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all gas and gaiters

A favorable or pleasant state. The phrase can also be written as "all is gas and gaiters," which is how it first appeared in Charles Dickens's novel Nicholas Nickleby. My boss has been in a good mood all week, so all is gas and gaiters.
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all gas and gaiters

a satisfactory state of affairs. informal, dated
This expression was first recorded in Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby ( 1839 ): ‘All is gas and gaiters’.
1961 P. G. Wodehouse Ice in the Bedroom She cries ‘Oh, Freddie darling!’ and flings herself into his arms, and all is gas and gaiters again.
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1 ALL GAS AND GAITERS (1966-71) THIS farce set in the fictional cathedral of St Ogg's, starred Derek Nimmo and sparked controversy for depicting the clergy as inept.
FRANKLY I don't care if Mr Miliband or Mr Millipede leads the Labour Party - most politicians are all gas and gaiters and feed our heads with false promises.
Ah, how the Church of England, riven by debate, close to despair over women clergy, gay bishops and turbulent priests, must pine for those days when All Gas and Gaiters seemed a fair reflection of life in its Cathedral closes.
He was superb as the thin-lipped dean, watching the antics of the archdeacon (Robertson Hare), the bishop (William Mervyn) and the Reverend Mervyn Noote (playedby the hugely talented, Liverpudlian comedy actor Derek Nimmo, who died in 1999), in All Gas and Gaiters, which ran on BBC in the late 1960s and early '70s.
The star of TV's All Gas And Gaiters did not speak to his 44-year-old impresario son Tim for 18 months after a row in the early 80s, but although they were later reconciled there was no mention of Tim in his 1986 will.
All Gas And Gaiters - with Nimmo as the Rev Noote, William Mervyn as the Bishop, and Robertson Hare as the Archdeacon - wasn't just inoffensive, it was funny.
But the stutter was real and he exploited it to brilliant effect playing bumbling clerics in All Gas And Gaiters, Oh Brother
He had a hit as the Reverend Mervyn Noote in the ecclesiastical television series All Gas and Gaiters, and found himself typecast as an English vicar for several years afterwards.
I say Derek Nimmo of All Gas And Gaiters fame was in the Oz soap Neighbours.
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and All Gas and Gaiters, was found slumped on the floor by Pat.