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Pail, pitcher = faded portrait. Butter = one who gives opponent a mouthful of dandruff. Violin = repulsive hostelry. Broke = skint. Poor conductor = doesn't know his brass from his oboe. Tara well = water hole of the artesion type. Broker = dead skint. Snuff boxes = there are sufficient containers. Relative pronoun = her mother. Carbon dating = courting practise of Beau Bromide. Polythene bags = mid-European old women. Radio set = attack every one of them. Poor, ailing and incommoded = broke, bevvied and potty.
60 Nutter = strike her with your head. Banger = town in Wales famous for sausages. Working the welt = taking time off to remove the scars of flogging. Darin sex = they are ants. Rapt = prelude to being sent. Reel gone = not all there (especially of cotton). Dig me like crazy dad = cultivate me like an insane father. Kop roar = uncooked South African policeman. Low girl = greetings Miss Tra, la, la = farewell, Sirs. Pipe de score = ascertain the results. Giz a blimp = gizzer deckada. Cum arubberduck = bath night.
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