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From The Great War 1914-1918

Gorblimey: "God bless me!" An exclamation or adjective of emphasis. A "Gorblimey" was the common colloquial term for an unwired, floppy, field-service cap worn by a certain type of subaltern in defiance of the Dress Regulations. Lines from a song, popular before the war, ran:

My Old Man's a fireman,
An' wot d'yer think o' that,
He wears Gorblimey trousers
An' a little Gorblimey 'at.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.107.
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