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sweet Fanny Adams

rude slang Nothing. The term is a euphemism, based on the initials of "Fanny Adams" ("FA"), for "fuck all," which means the same thing. Sometimes shortened to "sweet FA." I worked there for 20 years and was dismissed with sweet Fanny Adams to show for it!
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sweet Fanny Adams

absolutely nothing at all. informal
Fanny Adams was the youthful victim in a famous murder case in 1867 , her body being mutilated and cut to pieces by the killer. With gruesome black humour, her name came to be used as a slang term for a type of tinned meat or stew recently introduced to the Royal Navy; the current meaning developed early in the 20th century. Sweet Fanny Adams is often abbreviated in speech to sweet FA , which is understood by many to be a euphemism for sweet fuck all .
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet
References in classic literature ?
Port Adams was now three years and a half away, so he stole a canoe one night, hid on the islets in Manning Straits, passed through the Straits, and began working along the eastern coast of Ysabel, only to be captured, two-thirds of the way along, by the white men on Meringe Lagoon.
He landed at Port Adams with a wealth of rifles and tobacco such as no one man had ever possessed before.
I will be pantaloon, if you like," said Colonel Adams, taking his cigar out of his mouth, and speaking for the first and last time.
There sat Colonel Adams, still unaffectedly dressed as a pantaloon, with the knobbed whalebone nodding above his brow, but with his poor old eyes sad enough to have sobered a Saturnalia.
This is a very painful matter, Father Brown," said Adams.
Nothing of the sort shall be suggested," said Colonel Adams, with a firm look at Fischer, which rather implied that some such thing had been suggested.
Adams died, when no one was in a mood to ask questions.
Adams became the commander of the Provisional IRA in November 1972, a month before Jean McConville disappeared.
With college students, they mostly get full erections," says Adams.
Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein are key participants in this overall strategy.
Adams had an early interest in the arts, specializing in art at the Brentwood Preparatory School.
I have chosen to be very specific about it,'' said Adams, attempting to define Minimalism.
Bunting, Moss Adams chairman and incoming AICPA chairman of the board, and William E.
I cannot accept that we are only good enough to be Toronto's dump," says Belanger, who believes developing the Adams Mine as a landfill sets a dangerous precedent for every abandoned open pit to be converted into a future dumping ground for southern Ontario waste.
Like John Adams, John Hancock was born in the Massachusetts town of Braintree in the section abutting Boston (later called Quincy).