up the spout


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up the spout

slang Pregnant. You two have only been married for a couple of months, I can't believe you're up the spout already! I was pretty wild during my university years, which is how I found myself up the spout at 22.
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up the spout

BRITISH, INFORMAL
1. If something is up the spout, it is completely ruined. The money's disappeared, so has he, and the whole scheme's up the spout. The economy's up the spout.
2. If a woman is up the spout, she is pregnant. Her daughter is up the spout again. Note: This is usually used when the pregnancy is a problem rather than a good thing. Note: Originally, this expression was used to refer to items which had been pawned (= given to someone in return for a loan of money). The `spout' was the lift in which an item was taken from the pawnbroker's shop to the storeroom above.
See also: spout, up

up the spout

1 no longer working or likely to be useful or successful. 2 (of a woman) pregnant. British informal
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up the spout

Chiefly British Slang
1. Pawned.
2. In difficulty.
3. Pregnant.
See also: spout, up
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As Jeff weighed only seven stone, Up The Spout had to carry six stone of dead weight in his races.
The following 1952 season, Up The Spout and Jeff looked like trotting up in a point-to-point at Belmont in Herefordshire only to fall and the horse to sadly break his neck.
However, Jeff revealed to me, many years later of course, that Up The Spout was in reality another horse called John French which had run, with some distinction, under Jockey Club Rules
Also, three years previously with Jeff, then just 13 years old, in the saddle, Up The Spout had won the PS160 Welsh St Leger at a flapping meeting in the Vale of Neath