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    up a gum tree/got a sheila up the duff/twisting his arm/get hitched

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track ith my interpretation of the four expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    My mate Bruce is up a gum tree. He got a sheila up the duff and now she's twisting his arm to get hitched.
    “up a gum tree” is an Australian colloquialism that usually means someone is off on the wrong track, someone is in trouble or has a serious problem.
    got a sheila up the duff
    sheila = slang for a girl/woman
    duff up = become pregnant, make pregnant
    pregnancy = the female condition of being up the duff
    twisting his arm
    arm-twisting = the use of personal or political pressure in an effort to persuade someone
    hitch = slang. to marry
    get hitched = get married as in:
    Do you want to get hitched to me?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: up a gum tree/got a sheila up the duff/twisting his arm/get hitched

    My mate Bruce is up a gum tree (= he is in a difficult situ). He got a sheila (=she) up the duff (she is pregnant) and now she's twisting his arm (=forcing him) to get hitched (=married).

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