(as) bent as a nine-bob note

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(as) bent as a nine-bob note

1. Completely and obviously false, fake, or illegitimate; not genuine or authentic in the slightest. ("Bob" was an informal word for a shilling prior to decimalization in 1971. There has never been a nine-shilling note in circulation in the UK.) Primarily heard in UK. The guy said he was selling Rolexes, but this thing is bent as a nine-bob note. The politician's hammed-up, teary-eyed speech was as bent as a nine-bob note, if you ask me.
2. Completely or blatantly not heterosexual or cisgender. Offensive when used pejoratively. Primarily heard in UK. Honey, I'm as bent as a nine-bob note and proud of it.
See also: bent, note
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