- skip - Brewer’s

Bouncer

.

That’s a bouncer. A gross exaggeration, a braggart’s lie. (Dutch, bonz, verb bonzen, to bounce or thump. A bouncing lie is a thumping lie, and a bouncer is a thumper.)

“He speaks plain cannon, fire, and smoke, and bounce.”—Shakespeare: King John, ii. 2.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Bottomless
Botty
Boucan
Bouders
Boudoir
Boues de St. Amand (Les)
Bought and Sold
Bougie
Boule
Bouljanus
Bouncer
Bounty
Bouquet
Bourbon
Bourgeois (French)
Bourgeoisie (French)
Bouse
Boustrapa
Boustrophedon
Bouts-rimes [rhymed-endings]
Bovey Coal