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Rosie Lee


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Rosie Lee, British rhyming slang for ‘tea’, appears to have originated in the early years of the twentieth century. It is first recorded in Edward Fraser and John Gibbons's Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases (1925). The truncated rosie was not long in following: ‘We'll 'ave the Rosie now, George’ (J. B. Priestley, Good Companions, 1929).


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