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    Default all lombard street to a china orange

    Hi,

    What is all lombard street to a china orange ?

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    Default Re: all lombard street to a china orange

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Hi,

    What is all lombard street to a china orange ?

    Many thanks
    I'd say it's the same as "London to a brick".
    But I'm just free associating, as one necessarily must in the absence of context.

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    Default Re: all lombard street to a china orange

    Lombard Street is in the business area of London, and the Bank of England is there, so if you bet all of that (a huge amount of money) against a China orange (something of little value), you must be pretty sure you're going to win.

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    Default Re: all lombard street to a china orange

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Lombard Street is in the business area of London, and the Bank of England is there, so if you bet all of that (a huge amount of money) against a China orange (something of little value), you must be pretty sure you're going to win.
    Did you work that out, or is it an expression used by some? I have never heard it.

    The same goes for 'London to a brick', Ray.

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    Default Re: all lombard street to a china orange

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Did you work that out, or is it an expression used by some? I have never heard it.

    The same goes for 'London to a brick', Ray.
    It might be the Aussie version, as suggested by this page:
    Australian slang dictionary

    I haven't heard the Lombard St. one.

    Oh, and here:
    "The Sydney race caller Ken Howard is credited with the phrase London to a brick. Brick was Australian slang for a £10 note (from its reddish colour), and so if, towards the end of a race, Howard claimed that the odds of a particular horse winning were London to a brick, he was saying that the horse was at extreme odds-on, with an indisputable chance."
    http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/pubs/ozwo...orseracing.htm

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