- a disturbance; brawl.
Origin of bobbery
First recorded in 1810–20, bobbery is from the Hindi word bāp re O father!
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Examples from the Web for bobbery
The tall fellow denied it, and there was a devil of a bobbery.Jacob Faithful
Captain Frederick Marryat
Why did you want to kick up a bobbery, when everything was so nice and peaceful?Patty's Friends
I'm not going to kick up a bobbery now when I'm given back my spurs.The House 'Round the Corner
I durst not ask either father or mother after the bobbery we've had.Olla Podrida
Skunks will often prove a great bother, as they take all kinds of bait and kick up no end of a "bobbery" when caught.Fox Trapping
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
- Also called: bobbery pack a mixed pack of hunting dogs, often not belonging to any of the hound breeds
- informal a noisy commotion
- informal noisy or excitable
C19: from Hindi bāp re, literally: oh father!
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