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(one's) (old) china

slang One's close friend. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "china" is short for "china plate," which rhymes with "mate." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Bring your china to the show then—the more, the merrier. It's always great to spend time with my old china.
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china

slang A close friend. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "china" is short for "china plate," which rhymes with "mate." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Bring your china to the show then—the more, the merrier. It's always great to spend time with my old china.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

China

n. the teeth. (see also ivories.) I spent a damn fortune trying to get this China fixed up.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In China's councils of empire were the Japanese emissaries.
China's swift and remarkable rise was due, perhaps more than to anything else, to the superlative quality of her labour.
Contrary to expectation, China did not prove warlike.
For some time all territories adjacent to China had been grumbling at Chinese immigration; but now it suddenly came home to the world that China's population was 500,000,000.
"That would make me very unhappy," answered the china Princess.
Then the Lion gathered his legs under him and jumped on the wall; but just as he jumped, he upset a china church with his tail and smashed it all to pieces.
Why shouldn't he stop in England, and do as well as if he went to China?"
You know, as well as I do, he is going to China to make his fortune."
During that year, Frank was to remain at the office in London; his employers being informed beforehand that family circumstances prevented his accepting their offer of employment in China. He was to consider this concession as a recognition of the attachment between Magdalen and himself, on certain terms only.
They were straitened on one side by the rivalry of the Hudson's Bay Company; then they had no good post on the Pacific where they could receive supplies by sea for their establishments beyond the mountains; nor, if they had one, could they ship their furs thence to China, that great mart for peltries; the Chinese trade being comprised in the monopoly of the East India Company.
"It is a very pleasant way, and I really think I have learned more about China to-day than in all the lessons I had at school, though I used to rattle off the answers as fast as I could go.
"The king of China was extremely indignant with his daughter and replied: "You have lost your senses and you must be treated accordingly." So he had her shut in one set of rooms in one of her palaces, and only allowed her ten old women, of whom her nurse was the head, to wait on her and keep her company.
Danhasch readily consented, and after having the tower where the prince was confined pointed out to him, and making a wager with Maimoune as to the result of the comparison, he flew off to China to fetch the princess.
As he did so his eyes fell on the Princess of China. Surprised at finding a lady so near him, he raised himself on one arm to look at her.
Whilst all this was happening in the capital of Schahzaman the two genii had carefully borne the Princess of China back to her own palace and replaced her in bed.