a load of (old) cobblers' awls

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a load of (old) cobblers' awls

slang A bunch of nonsense. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "cobblers' awls" rhymes with "balls" (testicles). Primarily heard in UK. Don't pay any attention to what she says, it's all a load of cobblers' awls. Can you believe what they're making us do at work now? What a load of old cobbler's awls. Personally, I think the notion of "love at first sight" is a load of old cobblers' awls.
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