oily rag

oily rag
a) An employee in a menial, unskilled role in a factory or workshop. Named for such employees often carrying a rag with them to wipe up spillages of oil or grease.
b) A cigarette - by way of fag.

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  • Oily Rag — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Oily Rag (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on oily rag instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/oily rag …   Wikipedia

  • Oily rag — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Oily rag (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on oily rag instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/oily rag …   Wikipedia

  • Oily Rag — Cockney Rhyming Slang Fag (cigarette) Give us an oily …   English dialects glossary

  • oily rag — n British 1. a disparaging term applied to inexperienced or incompetent motor mechanics who are assigned menial jobs such as wiping away grease 2. a cigarette. This piece of rhyming slang, from fag, was common in the 1950s but is now rarely heard …   Contemporary slang

  • oily (rag) — • Rhyming Slang for fag (cigarette) …   Londonisms dictionary

  • smell of an oily rag — noun A very small amount, or the absolute minimum (usually of money). We have found them in the remote corners of Asia Minor, sans souliers, sans culottes, often in rags, living on the smell of an oily rag or a raw onion, trying their best to… …   Wiktionary

  • rag — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clean ▪ dirty, filthy, oily, old, tattered ▪ bloodstained, bloody ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • oily — [[t]ɔ͟ɪli[/t]] oilier, oiliest 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is oily is covered with oil or contains oil. He was wiping his hands on an oily rag... When she was younger, she had very oily skin... Paul found the sauce too oily. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu… …   English dictionary

  • oily — oil|y [ˈɔıli] adj 1.) covered with oil ▪ He wiped his hands on an oily rag. 2.) similar to oil ▪ an oily liquid 3.) oily hair or skin contains more natural oil than is usual or desirable = ↑greasy ▪ a shampoo for oily hair 4.) oily food contains… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oily — UK [ˈɔɪlɪ] / US adjective Word forms oily : adjective oily comparative oilier superlative oiliest 1) covered with oil, or containing oil oily fish such as mackerel or herring an oily rag oily skin 2) looking, feeling, smelling, or tasting like… …   English dictionary

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