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come the raw prawn

slang To act as though one has no knowledge of something. Primarily heard in Australia. I know she's coming the raw prawn with me because her fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime.
See also: come, prawn, raw

prawn cocktail offensive

The (often derisive) name used for politicians' efforts to gain financial support while attending a social event (where prawn cocktails are traditionally served). Primarily heard in UK. I don't want to go to this dinner party—it's just going to become another prawn cocktail offensive, and I'm sick of people asking me for money!
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come the raw prawn

If someone comes the raw prawn, they try to trick you, especially by pretending not to know about something. Don't come the raw prawn with me, sport, or I'll knock your head off.
See also: come, prawn, raw
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come the raw prawn

attempt to deceive someone. Australian informal
In Australian English, a stupid person can be referred to as a prawn .
1959 Eric Lambert Glory Thrown In Don't ever come the raw prawn with Doc, mate. He knows all the lurks.
See also: come, prawn, raw
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However, later this summer the first harvest of King prawns from the New land-based 1500 square metre facility created at the Balfron farm by Great British Prawns Ltd is due to be marketed.
"With lack of established prawn feed suppliers, the production levels are limited, according to him, highlighting the challenges the industry faces."Selecting the ecosystem to establish the ponds requires expertise that includes better water quality management," Muli says, but adds that there is potential in the business if various stakeholders from the government and private sector are involved.
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My top tip You can add other types of shellfish, as well as or instead of prawns. One of my favourites is clams.
Fry your prawns in batches of four to five for a couple of minutes on each side until they are nice and golden.
Prawn culture is practiced only on a limited scale, and extensive farming practices with little inputs of carps are cultured in earthen ponds (FAO, 2005).
SYDNEY - Trials of a new sustainable fish meal to feed stock in a major Australian prawn farm are proving a success.
Order: Sesame prawn toa(PS5.70), Chilli beef in black bean sauce (PS6.10), Thai king prawn sweet and sour chilli (PS7), and we shared egg fried rice (PS3.20).
The development of the penaeid prawn trawl fishery along the Iranian coast of the Persian Gulf began in 1959 (Van Zalinge, 1984).
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