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sweet Fanny Adams

rude slang Nothing. The term is a euphemism, based on the initials of "Fanny Adams" ("FA"), for "fuck all," which means the same thing. Sometimes shortened to "sweet FA." I worked there for 20 years and was dismissed with sweet Fanny Adams to show for it!
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet

sweet Fanny Adams

absolutely nothing at all. informal
Fanny Adams was the youthful victim in a famous murder case in 1867 , her body being mutilated and cut to pieces by the killer. With gruesome black humour, her name came to be used as a slang term for a type of tinned meat or stew recently introduced to the Royal Navy; the current meaning developed early in the 20th century. Sweet Fanny Adams is often abbreviated in speech to sweet FA , which is understood by many to be a euphemism for sweet fuck all .
See also: Adam, fanny, sweet
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Nor do I want to trawl through pages full of folk who mean less than sweet Fanny Adams to me.
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