Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all

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Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all

And a large number of other people; et al. Used to indicate that a list of people is frustratingly long. An allusion to a folk song called "Widecombe Fair," the chorus of which lists a large number of people ending with "Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all." Sometimes spelled "Cobley." Primarily heard in UK. Everyone from the Prime Minister, to the Governor of the Bank of England, to the Mayor of London, to the Director of the IMF, to Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all convinced us that we needed these austerity measures to survive the recession. And yet, here we are nearly a decade later, and information comes to surface that this was all an elaborate con job.
See also: all, and, tom, uncle
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Cobleigh, Esq., Managing Director and Counsel, The American Institute of Architects.
On Monday, July 22, he, or Hunt, will be the PM while United, having returned for pre-season training on July 4, will be in China to take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy with or without Ashley, the Sheikh, Rafa Benitez, Salomon Rondon, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle, Uncle Tom Cobleigh, Andy Capp, Jarrow Elvis et al.
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As well as the Dutchman, Welshman Brendan Rodgers and German Jurgen Klopp have all said thanks, but no thanks, and the Reds' American owners have now turned to Uncle Tom Cobleigh, who told them to clear off.
Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all were in with a shout of replacing Mick McCarthy.
He married Amy Cobleigh on March 12, 1938, in Liberty, Mo.
We're answerable to directors, producers, technicians, co-ordinators, logistics, caterers, Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all, and woe betide a commentator who switches off his mobile 'phone, or takes off his headset.
From: Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them, by Rolfe Cobleigh, The Lyons Press