guernsey


guernsey
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. The name is used attributively to designate things found in or associated with Guernsey. Thus the term Guernsey cow for an animal of a breed of usually brown and white dairy cattle that originated in Guernsey. In the early nineteenth century the term Guernsey shirt arose for `a close-fitting woollen sweater, especially one worn by sailors'. During the gold rushes in Australia in the mid nineteenth century, in a specialisation of this sense, the term guernsey was used to describe a kind of shirt worn by gold-miners: 1852 F. Lancelot, Australia as it Is: The usual male attire is a pair of common slop trowsers, a blue guernsey... a broad-brimmed cabbage-tree hat. In a further specialisation in Australian English, the term guernsey was used to refer to a football jumper, especially as worn by a player of Australian Rules football: 1925 Bulletin: The majority was with an urchin who 'wasn't takin' any chance with a snake in a football guernsey. 1945 Australian Week-end Book: His football guernsey isn't striped so darkly. 1969 A. Hopgood, And the Big Men Fly: Drop-kick your way to fame and fortune in number 10 guernsey. 1973 K. Dunstan, Sports: On this cushion was the most cherished article in all Collingwood - the No. 1 black and white Collingwood guernsey. From the football meaning there arose the phrase to get a guernsey or be given a guernsey, meaning to win selection for a sporting team. In a widening of this sense, the phrase came to mean 'to win selection, recognition, approbation', and is commonly used in non-sporting contexts: 1957 D. Whitington, Treasure upon Earth: The executive won't give me a guernsey for the Senate. 1975 Bulletin: Doug was the next man on the NSW Liberal Country Party ticket... and if everything goes according to the rules... then he should be the one to get the guernsey for Canberra. 1979 The Age: `To get a guernsey'... Originally it was a great honour to be selected for a Victorian Football League team. Now it means to be invited, selected or included in just about anything.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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