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rhyming slang

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And now, if there is any secret about the rhyming slang, it is this—the rhyme is left out.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Nose em is but a contraction of the rhyming slang, which see.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • If the rhyming slang was ever, during its existence, regarded as a secret language, its secrecy has long since departed from it.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for rhyming slang

rhyming slang

slang in which a word is replaced by another word or phrase that rhymes with it; for example, apples and pears meaning stairs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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