A bit of a belter

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Danish, Denmark
I am translating The Antiques Roadshow. After reading an inscription from King George IV on a gold pen, one of the experts says: "That's a bit of belter". Could anyone explain to me what this expression means? Thank you!
  • Siberia

    Senior Member
    UK-Wales - English
    I think it might come from the slang expression "to belt" to give a hard blow or hit. So a "belter" is something/one that gives you a hard blow. I'm guessing but perhaps the estimate expected for the pen was more or less than they'd imagined, hence it gave then a blow/shock.
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