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Clean and polish – We're winning the war

From The Great War 1914-1918

Clean and polish - We're winning the war: A war-time sarcastic phrase often heard at the front among men grumbling when too much importance seemed to be paid by their officers to appearances or "spit and polish," the keeping buttons etc., bright and so forth, a detail that was insisted on, for disciplinary reasons in some battalions almost up the fighting line. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.57-58.

Glossary of words and phrases

The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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