- a form of slang in which a rhyming word or phrase is substituted for the word intended, as Kate and Sidney for steak and kidney or khaki rocks for army socks.
- a further removal from the original word intended by ellipsis of the rhyming part, as titfer for tit for tat for hat.
Origin of rhyming slang
First recorded in 1855–60
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- slang in which a word is replaced by another word or phrase that rhymes with it; for example, apples and pears meaning stairs
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