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[b]I Said / His Lordship Said... Anglo-American Expressions[/b]

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Espionage context ;

 

BRIT -- A marked bill

AMER -- A planted pretext

 

...(Putting out false information for the apposing intel. service to pick up. The source in your own ranks who produces that false info as fact should then be examined to see if there is a mole in your own ranks.)

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BRIT: Bedsit

AMER: Efficiency

 

Bedsit - This is the kind of accommodation many students live in when they cannot afford anything else. It is basically a single room with a bed, cooker, table and sofa. You would normally share the bathroom. The nearest thing we have in the US is an efficiency.

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BRIT -- Have an early bath.

AMER -- Hit the showers.

...Quit or get kicked out of a game, lose a job, abandon a project, etc

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BRIT: The Clink

AMER: Jail / Prison

 

the name of a prison which was on Clink Street in the Southwark area of London.

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BRIT -- Jam tomorrow

AMER -- Pie in the sky

(Promise of future reward or betterment, perhaps not dependable)

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BRIT -- Grasp the nettle.

AMER -- Take the bull by the horns.

...i.e, Deal directly and bravely with a difficulty.

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Yorkshire dialect

 

BRIT: Addle (addle a living)

AMER: Earn by labor

 

...not to be confused with

 

BRIT: Addled (addle-headed)

AMER: Empty headed

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BRIT -- She's on the game.

AMER -- She's one of the working girls.

...Circumlocutions for "prostitute".

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