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Today's phrase of the day is one that I heard mentioned in the pub… - Brit Speak

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big girl’s blouse Brit. informal
a weak, cowardly, or over-sensitive man.


Big girl's blouse is a phrase that originated in the North of England (a stock line for Northern comedians such as Bernard Manning and Les Dawson) but it now used widely throughout the country.
It is normally used as a term to playfully ridicule a young man who is a bit soft and shy (it almost equates to 'milquetoast')... the sort of thing an overbearing relative might say to you

eg.
"Come on, put your back into it you big girls blouse!"
"You can't drink diet coke in a pub, you big girl's blouse"
or
"Did you see the way Beckham was rolling around on the grass after that tackle. Big girl's blouse"
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From:circe_tigana
Date:June 2nd, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
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I have never heard a northerner use that expression :)
From:ex_vanillaco754
Date:June 2nd, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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Dahn here in the Sarf we have 'Big girl's blouse' up there with those other great Northern expressions 'I'll go to the foot of our stairs' and 'Reet (Right) Gradley'

It helps to understand that us Southerners think anything north of London is 'Oop North'
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From:circe_tigana
Date:June 2nd, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
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::beats head against wall::

Is it the 28th yet?

::goes to airport to wait a month::
From:ex_vanillaco754
Date:June 2nd, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
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Now don't you start getting me all excited! You only have 26 days to wait

::the floor cushion is getting uber-excited::
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