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bits and bobs

Sundry little items, tasks, or chores. Primarily heard in UK. I'm almost finished, I just have a few bits and bobs to do around the house before we leave. I never thought it would take me this long to pack, but I have so many bits and bobs scattered around the house!
See also: and, bit, bob

bob up

1. Literally, to move up into view above the surface of something. Otters often bob up in this part of the harbor, so it's a great place to take photographs.
2. To appear, arise, or come into being quickly and/or unexpectedly. We thought the meeting was over until several questions bobbed up from the back row. The city is deceptively small, and acquaintances often bob up at the most unexpected places.
See also: bob, up

Two Bob

1. slang A 10-pence coin. Typically capitalized. Primarily heard in UK. Grandma gave me a Two Bob for my birthday!
2. slang A 20-cent coin. Primarily heard in Australia. Grandma gave me a two bob for my birthday!
See also: bob, two

be not short of a bob or two

To be wealthy. (A "bob" is another name for a shilling.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I hear her father is not short of a bob or two, so I wouldn't be too worried about her future.
See also: bob, not, of, short, two

Bob's your uncle

A phrase used to emphasize how easily or quickly something can be done. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in one pot, let it cook, and then Bob's your uncle, dinner is ready!
See also: uncle

bob and weave

To move quickly up and down and side to side, typically in an attempt to evade someone or something. You need to bob and weave more so that your opponent can't hit you.
See also: and, bob, weave

true as Bob

Truly; according to fact. Primarily heard in South Africa. True as Bob, we've been using the same formula since my great-grandfather started the company 125 years ago. Here's a story for you, true as Bob, about the largest fish I'd ever caught.
See also: bob, true


An abbreviation for "bug-out bag," a bag containing things that would allow one to evacuate and survive in an emergency or disaster situation, often for a minimum of 72 hours. Typical contents include food and water, a first-aid kit, extra clothing, necessary medication, and maps. To "bug out" is a slang term meaning to leave in a hurry. When the hurricane hit, I was very glad that my parents always made us keep a BOB at the ready.

bob up

Appear suddenly or unexpectedly. For example, I didn't know anyone in the group until Harry bobbed up. This term uses the verb bob in the sense of "to bounce," a usage dating from Chaucer's day. [Late 1800s]
See also: bob, up

Bob's your uncle

You can say Bob's your uncle to show that something is easy and quick to achieve. You just tag along with a teacher for a while, and in a year, Bob's your uncle, you are a teacher too. If the boiler ever gets too hot, the safety valve releases all the excess steam, and Bob's your uncle. No problem. Note: This expression dates back to a political scandal in Britain in 1886. The Prime Minister Robert Cecil gave his nephew the position of Chief Secretary for Ireland, and many people criticized him for this. The name `Bob' is short for `Robert'.
See also: uncle

bob and weave

make rapid bodily movements up and down and from side to side.
See also: and, bob, weave

Bob's your uncle

everything is fine; problem solved. British informal
Bob is a familiar form of the name Robert . The origin of the phrase is often said to be in the controversial appointment in 1887 of the young Arthur Balfour to the important post of Chief Secretary for Ireland by his uncle Lord Salisbury , whose first name was Robert . The problem with this explanation is that the phrase is not recorded until the 1930s.
1996 Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men I couldn't believe how easy it was to get. Just walked into a shop, signed a piece of paper, and Bob's your uncle.
See also: uncle

true as Bob (or God)

absolutely true. South African informal
See also: bob, true

(and) Bob’s your ˈuncle

(British English, informal) often used after explaining how to do something, solve a problem, etc. to emphasize how easy it is: To make the alarm go off at the right time, you just press this button, set the clock, and Bob’s your uncle! Bob is a short form of the name ‘Robert’. This phrase might refer to the prime minister Robert Cecil. In 1887 he unexpectedly decided to give an important government position to his nephew, who was not considered a very important politician.
See also: uncle

bob up

To come to the surface quickly, especially after being underneath for a short time: I didn't think anyone else was swimming in the pond, but then someone's head bobbed up right in front of me.
See also: bob, up

been bobbing for fries

phr. [has] a really ugly face. (As if badly burned.) Look at that face. Been bobbing for fries, I guess.
See also: been, bob, fries
References in periodicals archive ?
1940s THE FIVE-POINT BOB THE bob's next big moment in the spotlight arrived during the 1960s, when in 1963, hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, left, devised the five-point bob cut.
Bob made money as an amateur boxer, took on a job in Worcester, MA at IBM in the punch card accounting department while attending night school at the New England School of Accounting.
Imran: Bob the Builder is a builder and he is a puppet and I think he is very, very stupid and I think he is very, very thick.
Uncle Bob, Uncle Matt, and Aunt Pearl came to meet us.
Bob is survived by his wife Norma and two sons Bob and John.
Supposedly "Bob" and "Roberta" were separately responsible for the displayed pieces, with Roberta fashioning nests (like the one described above) and Bob sulkily causing chaos--dropping cowpat-like lumps of concrete on the gallery floor--or watching a small television painted red except for a little porthole onto the screen and tuned, on my visit, at least, to the news (Partial TV).
Bob had a huge impact on the way people thought about trees and the natural environment around them as well as on the environmental concerns shared by this organization.
Fortunately for Bob, who lives in Brooklyn, the commute has gotten a little easier as well.
At the time of his death, Bob was chairman of the board of SwedishAmerican Health System Corp.
Bob is survived by his wife, Virginia; his daughters, Deborah Shope and Bonnie (Shope) Rice; his sons, Peter and Steve; his brothers, Thomas and Richard; his sister, Nancy (Shope) FitzGerrell; and six grandchildren.
As the USNS Bob Hope moved through the Gulf of Oman on July 27 bound for Savannah, Ga.
I told Bob Spidell for a number of years that I loved doing taxes and helping people and couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Much like Bob Jones, the semi-autobiographical main character of his first published novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945), Himes hoped to benefit from relaxed racial restrictions on hiring due to the massive labor shortage in the defense plants.