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Meanings of Australian words and idioms Noah

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Noah - A shark.

The word is derived from rhyming slang Noah's Ark, but as is common with many rhyming slang terms the rhyming final element is often omitted.

Other examples of rhyming slang in Australian English include...

Al Capone...phone...

Barry Crocker...shocker....

billy lid..kid...

meat pie...try (in rugby) and mystery bag...snag (sausage).

Noah's ark can be found from the late 19th century in Australian English as a rhyming slang term for...nark...meaning an informer.

The shark sense is first recorded from the 1930s.

1936 Western Argus, Kalgoorlie 12 May...

They were about 70 yards from the shore and noticed a 12ft shark swimming about. As the "Noah's Ark" seemed to avoid bait thrown on a line, they decided to experiment with fracteur.

1979 B. Humphries, Bazza Comes Into His Own...

A lotta them beaches in Oz are full of Noah's.

1995 T. McGowan, Crew...

"Noah's love surf carnivals", Jason said.

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