She's a bit of an old trouser [old trout]


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Hi, I'm watching a parody of the film Brief Encounter. The man who plays Dr. Alec Harvey says that his wife is "a bit of an old trouser." What does he mean by that? The woman who plays Laura Jesson comments that he doesn't sound like he cares for his wife very much. Alec then follows his statement by saying that "she can be rather vicious and she takes drugs."

Thank you!
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    An equal stab in the dark, but, given that it from 'Brief Encounter' I suspect that the man is saying that his wife likes to be in charge - to dominate the household:

    to wear the trousers : to be the dominant member of a household.

    "Oh yes! He may be a lion-tamer, afraid of nothing, but at home it is his wife who wears the trousers."
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    English UK
    Susanna, is it the Victoria Wood parody? If so, I've just watched it, and what the man actually says is "My wife's a bit of an old trout, I'm afraid".


    Senior Member
    English UK
    Sounds rather fishy to me....

    (Now I wonder what that might imply :confused:)
    To be honest, I'm not sure how I'd distinguish between the various terms for "disagreeable old woman", sdg. For me, "old trout" conjures up images of pursed lips (ie someone sour-faced), but that might be just me....

    That said, unlike (say) "old bat", I can't imagine anyone using "old trout" today, unless they wanted to sound deliberately old-fashioned - which was, of course, the case in this skit:).
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