Load of Cobblers




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Load of Cobblers : Phrases



Meaning:

Something is rubbish or nonsense.


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Origin:

The origin is in rhyming slang for
cobbler's awl. An awl is a pointed tool for making holes in things; it is an essential part of a shoemaker's (cobbler's) kit. The rhyming linked cobbler"s awls with balls, ie slang for testicles. Cobblers then came to be used in the same way as balls. A load of old cobblers is an extension of the saying.







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