Kipper - Idioms featuring this word

Discussion in 'English Only' started by James Brandon, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. James Brandon

    James Brandon Senior Member

    Greater London (UK)
    English + French - UK
    Are there idiomatic expressions featuring/including the word "kipper"? I seem to have heard at least one but can't think of it right now. Or maybe I misheard and am on the wrong track...

    Comments welcome!
     
  2. maxiogee Senior Member

    imithe
    Paul Merton (he of Have I Got News For You) is very fond of "done up like a kipper"
     
  3. kertek

    kertek Senior Member

    Brussels
    UK English
    Yep - I've heard "stitched up like a kipper".
     
  4. moodywop Banned

    Southern Italy
    Italian - Italy
    The following are listed by Partridge so they're probably dated:

    Box? Him, box? He couldn't box bloody kippers!

    Doesn't do that on gin and kippers

    Giddy little kipper! (Cockney)
    (addressed to another or to oneself in approbation of the clothes one is wearing)
     
  5. James Brandon

    James Brandon Senior Member

    Greater London (UK)
    English + French - UK
    Nice ones, all of them - I had heard "stitched up like a kipper", in fact.

    Thanks
     
  6. mariposita

    mariposita Senior Member

    madrid
    US, English
    As dead as a kipper on a cracker.
     
  7. la reine victoria Senior Member

    Have you heard this one James?

    When something unfortunate happens to you, in a minor way, you may be consoled by a friend saying, "Never mind, rather that than a slap in the face with a wet kipper!"



    LRV
     
  8. maxiogee Senior Member

    imithe
    My dad had that as "better than a slap in the belly with a wet fish!"
    And he was a man who loved his kippers for breakfast - oh god the smell of kippers first thing in the morning used to turn our stomachs.
     
  9. James Brandon

    James Brandon Senior Member

    Greater London (UK)
    English + French - UK
    Your Victorian Majesty, in fact, yes, I had heard it, and it is a very funny one, but I can't say I hear it every day! It belongs to that area of language where, when you read (or hear) the expression, you think to yourself: "Yes, I know this one!" but you would not normally use it yourself. Some of the others, I had never heard - and it is a good selection, here. Excellent!

    PS Maxiogee, I used to love kippers for breakfast when I was a kid, but it was a treat, not a regular thing, in my family, I hasten to add! The smell is, well, an issue. But it goes with the product.
     

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