Uncle Tom Cobley and all


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Uncle Tom Cobley 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 Cobley and all." Sometimes spelled "Cobleigh." Primarily heard in UK. Everyone from the Prime Minister, the Governor of Bank of England, the Mayor of London, the Director of the International Monetary Fund to Uncle Tom Cobley and all convinced us that we needed these austerity measures to survive the recession, yet here we are nearly a decade later, and information comes to surface that this was all an elaborate con job.
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Uncle Tom Cobley (or Cobleigh) and all

used to denote a long list of people. British informal
Uncle Tom Cobley is the last of a long list of men enumerated in the ballad ‘Widdicombe Fair’, which dates from around 1800 .
1966 Guardian It seems clear that a compromise, half-way solution had equally been ruled out by Government, Opposition, economists, press, TV, Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all.
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