: dry as a pommy's towel Extremely dry. This is a play on various meanings of the word 'dry'. The phrase can refer to rainless weather or to an arid landscape, but it is most commonly used to mean 'thirsty', especially in expressing a desire for a drink of beer. The phrase derives from the stereotypical Australian view of the English as reluctant to wash, and belongs with other anti-English terms such as 'whingeing pom' and 'full as a pommy's complaint box'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • Pommy — or Pommie [päm′ē] [Austral. & N.Z. Slang] Austral. N.Z. Slang n. pl. Pommies [< ?] [also p ] a British person adj. [also p ] British: Sometimes a derogatory usage …   English World dictionary

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  • Pommy — Le terme pommy, souvent raccourci en pom, est couramment utilisé par les Australiens, Néozélandais et parfois les Sud Africains pour qualifier les Britanniques. Bien qu originellement péjoratif, le Australian Advertising Standards Board a statué… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pommy — [[t]pɒ̱mi[/t]] pommies also pommie N COUNT (disapproval) A pommy is an English person. This use could cause offence. [mainly AUSTRALIAN, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • Pommy — /ˈpɒmi/ (say pomee) (also lower case) Colloquial (sometimes derogatory, racist) –adjective 1. British, especially English: *What cheer? Oh that s Pommy talk – English for How s it cobbers? –xavier herbert, 1938. –noun (plural Pommies) 2. → Pom1.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pommy — or Pommie noun (plural Pommies) Etymology: by shortening & alteration from pomegranate, alteration of Jimmy Grant, rhyming slang for immigrant Date: 1912 Australian & New Zealand usually disparaging Briton; especially an English immigrant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pommy — /pom ee/, n., pl. pommies. (often cap.) Usually Disparaging. (in Australia and New Zealand) a British person, esp. one who is a recent immigrant. Also, pommie, pom. [1910 15; orig. obscure; corroborating evidence for any of the numerous fanciful… …   Universalium

  • pommy — Australian English English person …   English dialects glossary

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