bless (someone's) (little) cotton socks

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bless (someone's) (little) cotton socks

An expression of endearment, fondness, or appreciation for another person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Look at this picture that my sweet daughter drew me, bless her cotton socks! Bless his little cotton socks—Johnny knew I wasn't feeling well, so he brought me breakfast in bed.
See also: bless, cotton, sock
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ˌbless his, her, etc. (little) cotton ˈsocks

(British English, humorous) used to express your affection for somebody because of something they have said or done: And the kids brought me breakfast in bed — bless their little cotton socks!
See also: bless, cotton, sock
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Bless her Cotton socks, it's daffy Dot from EastEnders doing a star turn in - where else - a launderette.