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bollocks

[bol-uh ks]
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noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) Vulgar. ballocks.
  2. (used with a singular or plural verb) British Slang: Vulgar. rubbish; nonsense; claptrap (often used as an interjection).

Origin of bollocks

First recorded in 1735–45; variant of ballocks
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British Dictionary definitions for bollocks

bollocks

ballocks or US bollix (ˈbɒlɪks) slang

pl n
  1. another word for testiclesSee testicle
  2. nonsense; rubbish
interjection
  1. an exclamation of annoyance, disbelief, etc
  2. the bollocks or the dog's bollocks something excellent
verb (usually foll by up)
  1. to muddle or botch

Word Origin

Old English beallucas, diminutive (pl) of beallu (unattested); see ball 1

usage

Both its anatomical senses and its various extended senses nowadays have far less impact than they used to, and seem unlikely to cause offence, though some older or more conservative people may object. The fact that shops displaying the Sex Pistols' album containing this word were charged with offences defined in 19th-century Indecent Advertisement and Vagrancy Acts now seems hard to credit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bollocks

n.

"testicles," 1744, see bollix. In British slang, as an ejaculation meaning "nonsense," recorded from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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