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fall off the back of a lorry

Of goods or merchandise, to be acquired by illegal or dubious means; to come into (someone's) possession without being paid for. Primarily heard in UK. Danny says he has several laptops and smartphones he wants to sell for cheap—sounds like they fell off the back of a lorry to me.
See also: back, fall, lorry, of, off

off the back of a lorry

  (British humorous) also off the back of a truck (Australian humorous)
if you say that you got something off the back of a lorry, you mean that it was probably stolen I don't know where he gets this stuff - probably off the back of a lorry. There's a new stereo too which, I suspect, fell off the back of a lorry.
See also: back, lorry, of, off
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I am immensely grateful to Lorry, the DeArmonds and the many generous donors who have stepped up to bring us closer to making our building initiative a reality," says UO School of Music Dean Brad Foley.
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