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Dictionary of Cockney Rhyming Slang

Here is a handful of Cockney phrases with some contextual examples of their use. Most of these are the more commonly used ones – though in some cases only regionally – in modern English. See also: Slang Books.

The rhyming slang is shown in blue, and the meaning in red.

  Adam and EveBelieveWould you Adam and Eve it?
  AlligatorLaterSee you later alligator.
  Apples and PearsStairsGet up those apples to bed!
  Army and NavyGravyPass the army, will you?
  Bacon and EggsLegsShe has such long bacons.
  Barnet FairHairI'm going to have my barnet cut.
  Bees and HoneyMoneyHand over the bees.
  Biscuits and CheeseKneesOoh! What knobbly biscuits!
  Bull and CowRowWe don't have to have a bull about it.
  Butcher's HookLookI had a butchers at it through the window.
  Cobbler's AwlsBallsYou're talking cobblers!
  Crust of BreadHeadUse your crust, lad.
  Daffadown DillySillyShe's a bit daffy.
  Hampton WickPrickYou're getting on my wick!
  Khyber PassArseStick that up your Khyber.
  Loaf of BreadHeadThink about it; use your loaf.
  Mince PiesEyesWhat beautiful minces.
  Oxford ScholarDollarCould you lend me an Oxford?
  Pen and InkStinkPooh! It pens a bit in here.
  Rabbit and PorkTalkI don't know what she's rabbiting about.
  Raspberry TartFartI can smell a raspberry.
  Scarpa FlowGoScarpa! The police are coming!
  Trouble and StrifeWifeThe trouble's been shopping again.
  Uncle BertShirtI'm ironing my Uncle.
  Weasel and StoatCoatWhere's my weasel?

This is only a small sample of Cockney rhyming slang. If you're looking for a more comprehensive dictionary, there are some good ones available in the Books about Slang section of our online Wordplay Book Store.

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