cobblers

/ (ˈkɒbləz) British slang /

pl n

rubbish; nonsensea load of old cobblers
another word for testiclesSee testicle

interjection

an exclamation of strong disagreement

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Word Origin for cobblers

C20: from rhyming slang cobblers' awls balls

usage for cobblers

The use of cobblers meaning "nonsense" is so mild that hardly anyone these days is likely to be offended by it. Most people are probably unaware of its rhyming-slang association with ``balls'', and therefore take it at its face value as a more colourful synonym for ``nonsense''. The classic formulation "a load of (old) cobblers" seems to be particularly popular in the tabloid press
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