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BOTTLE, n (col) - nerve, courage, especially in the phrase LOSE ONE'S BOTTLE. I'll trouble you to get up your courage and declare yourself now, not later (John le Carre). / didn't want them to think I'd lost my bottle. BOTTOM DRAWER, n - the equivalent of a hope chest. BOVVER, n (col) - rowdiness caused by gangs of teenage thugs, synonymous with AGGRO. A BOVVER BOY is such a youth. His accoutrements include BOVVER BOOTS, heavy boots used for kicking in gang fights. BOWLER, n - 1. a derby hat. 2.
FAIR or FUNFAIR, n - a carnival. FAMILY DIVISION, n - a division of the High Court of Justice dealing with divorce, the custody of children, etc. FANCY, v (col) - to like or be physically 3ttracted to another person. / think she fancies you. FANNY, n - not the buttocks but the female pudendum. FANNY ADAMS Or SWEET FANNY ADAMS, n (CO/) - nothing 3t all, absolutely nothing. The term is now a euphemism for fuck all or sweet fuck all. It derives from the name of a 19thcentury murder victim, whose body was cut up into small pieces.
BITTER, n - draught beer with a slightly bitter taste. The most popular kind of beer in Britain. BLACK, v- to organize a boycott of specified goods, jobs, work, etc. as part of a labor union action, especially in support of strike action elsewhere. BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA, n (col) - any cramped, overcrowded place. Named after a small dungeon in which in 1756 the Nawab of Bengal confined 146 English prisoners, of whom only 23 survived. BLACKCAP, n - formerly, the cap worn by a judge when passing the death sentence.