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    there's a love

    Can anyone help me with the following sentence:

    "Deakin," she called across the table, to the man
    in the sheepskin coat, "lend us a bob or two, there’s a love. I know you can spare it.’"

    Especially with the highlighted part.

    Thank you.

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    Re: there's a love

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    Can anyone help me with the following sentence:

    "Deakin," she called across the table, to the man
    in the sheepskin coat, "lend us a bob or two, there’s a love. I know you can spare it.’"

    Especially with the highlighted part.

    Thank you.
    *I am not British, this is simply my American understanding of BE*

    I would have thought a Brit would have chimed in on this one by now, but since no one has I'll give it a go.

    lend us a bob or two = lend us a little bit of money, perhaps some change. I don't actually know how much a bob is. I have to assume this "bob" is not related to the one in the phrase "Bob's yer uncle".

    there’s a love = something close to "be a dear" saying that lending the money would make you a lovely person.

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    Re: there's a love

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    Can anyone help me with the following sentence:

    "Deakin," she called across the table, to the man
    in the sheepskin coat, "lend us a bob or two, there’s a love. I know you can spare it.’"

    Especially with the highlighted part.

    Thank you.
    I have to admit that I have no idea about the origins of "there's a love" but JayLouise is right, in that it means "if you do this, I'll consider you a lovely person"! "Love" is an endearment used very commonly in the UK, between family, friends and even people who don't know each other. My mother calls everyone "love", no matter who they are!

    A bob was a slang term for a shilling. In pre-decimal currency, there were 20 shillings in a pound.

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