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prawn cocktail offensive

The (often derisive) name used for politicians' efforts to gain financial support while attending a social event (where prawn cocktails are traditionally served). Primarily heard in UK. I don't want to go to this dinner party—it's just going to become another prawn cocktail offensive, and I'm sick of people asking me for money!

come the raw prawn

informal To act as though one has no knowledge of something. Primarily heard in Australia. I know she's coming the raw prawn with me because her fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.
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come the raw prawn

If someone comes the raw prawn, they try to trick you, especially by pretending not to know about something. Don't come the raw prawn with me, sport, or I'll knock your head off.
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come the raw prawn

attempt to deceive someone. Australian informal
In Australian English, a stupid person can be referred to as a prawn .
1959 Eric Lambert Glory Thrown In Don't ever come the raw prawn with Doc, mate. He knows all the lurks.
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Mr Joyce said as part of the funding, up to $4 million will be repaid by prawn farmers through an industry wide levy, to be applied once affected farmers are back on their feet.
24 large shell-on king prawns, peeled with the tail left on
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The objectives of this study were to determine the success of the banana prawn stock enhancement program and to evaluate the growth and movement of stocked prawns within the Hormozgan study area.
Investigators are baffled over the sight of millions of small prawns that washed up on a beach in Chile.
In Australia, school prawn (Metapenaeus macleayi, Haswell) occurs along the east coast of Australia.
30 -- Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda has launched a Natural Prawn Farming Project under the guidance and assistance of NAQDA in Chundikulam Reservoir in Kilinochchi District.
One result of this diversification effort is the American Prawn Cooperative (APC), a marketing co-op in Walstonburg, N.
Washington, June 29 (ANI): After a decade of painstaking research and breeding, scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian prawn industry have successfully bred what may be called the world's most perfect prawn.
Summary: As flaky ideas go, "Let's open a prawn farm about five times the size of Bermuda in the desert" has to be, at first sight, one of the flakiest.
National Prawn Company (NPC), the world's largest fully integrated prawn farm, is set to invest $250 million into prawn farming amid surging demand and also boost its Middle East operations with the opening of a new office in Dubai.