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From The Great War 1914-1918

Bobbery: A noise; a row; a squabble, for example, to kick up a bobbery – to create a disturbance. Al old army colloquial term, derived from the Hindustani exclamation of surprise or grief, "Bap-re!" (literally meaning "On, my father!"). [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.29.
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