Credit fairy


Dear all

The other day I stumbled into an expression that befuddled me a bit - credit fairy because I'd never heard of anything of the kind before.

The context is as follows:
A guy calls up a friend and asks: Is there a credit fairy that magically raises your credit score?

Is it a make belief, just like the tooth fairy?

  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    No, but '<something> fairy' is a joking/ironic way of talking about a way of, perhaps, solving a problem, or getting something for nothing. The easiest way of getting money would be if a money fairy just gave it to you.

    Uncle Bob

    Senior Member
    British English
    entangledbank's explanation is clear and correct but gives the impression that <something> fairies always give you what you want. I recently heard a naughty dog being threatened with a visit from a "smack fairy"! So they can be negative too.
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