I had never heard that phrase or the word oxters before, but I did a quick search and found this. It looks like it is Scottish in origin and means armpit. So, "up to your oxters" idiomatically would mean something like "up to your neck" in American English.cuchuflete said:What does this mean? Etymology?
full sentence: He was in on it = totally implicated right up to his oxters and beyond.
context: a reply to a thread question about the meaning of a sentence describing a party to a crime.
Boy howdy! Thanks, y'all, for scaring it up.maxiogee said:I commented to Panjandrum that I wondered how long it would be before someone queried his use of the word "oxters" - it's a word which I used to hear a lot but it seems to be dying out. It's "a darling word"!
The first recorded example is 1420 and since then it has appeared in a range of reputable sources on both sides of the Atlantic.The armpit; (also more generally) the underside of the upper arm; the fold of the arm when bent against the body. Also: the armhole of a coat, jacket, etc.
Chiefly Eng. regional (north.), Sc., Irish English, and Manx English.
I have found that searching for the meaning of oxter, the Dublin Slang Dictionary and Phrase Book says it is also a verb and gives three options of spelling.
I wouldn't want you to think that oxter is used a lot. I don't often need to talk about armpits and I would only say oxters for humorous effect I haven't often written it.Thomas1 said:I have found that searching for the meaning of oxter, the Dublin Slang Dictionary and Phrase Book says it is also a verb and gives three options of spelling.
Do you use them all interchangeably as nouns and verbs?