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Looked like the cat that swallowed the canary;
Done up like a dogs dinner;
Lit up like a Christmas tree;
Talking 10 to the dozen
like 2 peas in a pod.
Vaccinated with a gramophone needle;
As silly as a cut snake;
Full of piss & wind;
Going for a Werris Creek;
Clean the Barry Beath’s;
Took off like the robber’s dog;
Black as the ace of spades;
Short arms & long pockets;
Drinking light beer is like kissing your sister;
Happy as a pig in mud;
 Flat out like a lizard drinking;
full as a tick;
silly as a 2 bob watch;
as useless as an ashtray on a motor bike;
a dead bird never falls out of its nest;
off like a bag of prawns in the sun
[ Heather Wheatley ]

Trainer Sam Fennell was told by his owner to be succinct in reporting by telegram his charge’s success – or otherwise.
Straight after the race this message hit the wires: SF,SF,SF,SF. Loosely translated it read “Started, farted, slipped (and) Fell, See Friday, Sam Fennell”
[ Noel of Newcastle ]

I guess you’ve heard the truly Oz saying “Who’s robbing this coach?”, usually said when somebody interferes during a job. Well, it originated during one of the Kelly gang’s hold-ups. Old Ned got a little confused at times, so the hold-up lines went something like this:

“Stand and deliver. We’re going to rob all the women and rape all the men”, said Ned
A male voice yelled out :”Don’t you mean, rob all the men and rape all the women?”
A lispy voice from the background said: “Who’s robbing this coach?”
[ Noel ]

Are you still looking for Aussie sayings? If so, I have a few for you, but you’ve probably heard them before:

A head like a boarding house pudding
It would kill a brown dog
To do the Harold Holt (bolt)
Short arms and long pockets
Started and farted (to begin a project but not finish it)
Like the barber’s cat – all full of piss and wind (I confess I have no idea what this one means, do you?)
More front than a rat with a gold tooth
Punters eyes (one each way)
Good luck with your book launch on Thursday.
Kind regards
[ Merril Worrad ]

Having read of your project in the Sunday Herald, I’d like to submit the following saying:
“Could pull a ton up Druitt Street”
My understanding of the saying is that it defines a good cart horse which was strong enough to pull a load of one ton up Druitt Street, probably from the wharves at Cockle Bay to George Street. The saying refers to Strength in general, and would hardly be restricted to horses now. I can’t date the saying for you. I can only say that I learnt it from my father who, I suspect, learnt it as a young fellow in the 1930’s. I hope this saying can be preserved.
[ Mark Adams ]

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