Charlie's dead

Charlie's dead

dated Used to covertly tell a woman that her slip, petticoat, or underwear are visible. Primarily heard in UK. I couldn't just let the poor woman walk around with her petticoat on full display, so I whispered, "I'm sorry, but Charlie's dead" as I walked by her. A: "OK, who's going to tell Aunt Marie that Charlie's dead?" B: "Again? I swear I see that woman's underwear more than her outerwear."
See also: dead
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