dolly's wax


dolly's wax
: full up to dolly's wax 'Would you like more dessert?' 'No, I'm full up to dolly's wax.' This rather old-fashioned phrase means that you have eaten enough. It refers to the time before plastics were widely used, when children's dolls had wax heads attached to cloth bodies. This example illustrates the way the origins of words and phrases can be lost with changes in technology. These days the expression is likely to be replaced by full as a goog.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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