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the best of British (luck)
A wish for good luck, used especially when it is believed that there is not much chance for success or a positive outcome. Primarily heard in UK. You want to play for Man U one day? The best of British! I don't think he'll succeed, but I wish him the best of British luck.
the British are coming
cliché Used as a humorous way of announcing the arrival of British people, businesses, commodities, etc., typically in the headlines of news articles. Commonly but erroneously attributed to Paul Revere, a Patriot in the American Revolution who is said to have uttered the phrase during his "midnight ride" to warn other patriots as to the movement of British troops. The British are coming, the British are coming! Plans are officially being made for UK's superstar pop band to play a huge tour across North America.
the British disease
That which supposedly plagues British people, government, or society. Used especially in reference to an inability or unwillingness to be as productive as possible. The real British disease is not complacency or unrest, but the desire to achieve short-term goals at the cost of investing in long-term, sustainable economic policies.
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the best of Britishused to wish someone well in an enterprise, especially when you are almost sure it will be unsuccessful. informal
This phrase is an abbreviation of the best of British luck to you .
the British diseasea problem or failing supposed to be characteristically British, especially (formerly) a proneness to industrial unrest. informal
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