: we'll all be rooned We will all be ruined. 'Rooned' is a comic representation of broad Irish-Australian speech. The saying is from the refrain of the poem 'Said Hanrahan', published in 1921 by John O'Brien, the pen name of P.J. Hartigan. Hanrahan is a farmer who predicts disaster whatever the conditions- 'We'll all be rooned,' said Hanrahan, 'before the year is out'. The expression is now used to mock the pessimists.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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