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Fanny Adams

obsolete A ration of tinned mutton, as provided upon a naval ship. This macabre sobriquet was taken from the name of an eight-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in 1867, thus likening the quality of the meat rations to the remains of the young girl. I swear if I have to eat Fanny Adams one more time, I will throw myself overboard.
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Q: A: A: A: Sweet Fanny Adams. Celtic are flying right now and I can't see Falkirk shocking both Old Firm clubs in the same cup run.
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