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Old 05-06-2017, 06:57 AM
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Default "Big Girl's Blouse" Expression

You Brits have some great expressions and this is one of them. I also really like "how's your father?" But I am not quite clear on the former. Apparently it means a weak and/or effeminate man. But what does the "big" refer to? Does it mean a big girl, i.e., fat or large girl or does the big mean that the man is very much weak and effeminate?

Can't wait to use this on somebody.

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Hi CD

My impression is that it's mainly jocular, and used when a man seems to be making a fuss over nothing.

I think it's the blouse that's big, not the girl.
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Thank you, Robert. That is what I was thinking. So basically you are saying that someone is acting very effeminate?

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You Brits have some great expressions and this is one of them.
Oh, yes! My late boyfriend Christopher (from Blackburn) used to just astonish me with some of the stuff he'd say. "A right pillock" and "an utter numpty" are the two that really stuck with me.
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Hi CD

Not effeminate in the sense of coming over as gay or camp, but a bit timid, or a worrier, or something like that. And I think it's said mainly to a fairly big guy rather than a small guy. I think it's mainly a northern England expression.
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The colloquial Welsh equivalent of "big girl's blouse" is pais, i.e. "petticoat"... we evidently set our sights a little lower.
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Oh, yes! My late boyfriend Christopher (from Blackburn) used to just astonish me with some of the stuff he'd say. "A right pillock" and "an utter numpty" are the two that really stuck with me.
My favorite, and I don't know if it's a common saying, but I was called a vile wanker on here once. LOL! Vile wanker! What a great insult and only the brits could come up with that classic. Vile wanker!! HAHA love it.
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My favorite, and I don't know if it's a common saying, but I was called a vile wanker on here once. LOL! Vile wanker! What a great insult and only the brits could come up with that classic. Vile wanker!! HAHA love it.
I can't think why anyone would call you Vile, Abby.

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You Brits have some great expressions and this is one of them. I also really like "how's your father?" But I am not quite clear on the former. Apparently it means a weak and/or effeminate man. But what does the "big" refer to? Does it mean a big girl, i.e., fat or large girl or does the big mean that the man is very much weak and effeminate?

Can't wait to use this on somebody.

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As Robert said, it is a comment about someone making a fuss over nothing. The "Big" is added for emphasis meaning "Big" fuss over nothing.
It has nothing to do with the size of the blouse, or the girl within.
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You Brits have some great expressions and this is one of them. I also really like "how's your father?" But I am not quite clear on the former. Apparently it means a weak and/or effeminate man. But what does the "big" refer to? Does it mean a big girl, i.e., fat or large girl or does the big mean that the man is very much weak and effeminate?

Can't wait to use this on somebody.

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Actually I think you may find "Girls blouse" was a bit of a sissy (or effeminate) and big girls blouse was a big sissy.
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