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To travel around jobless and homeless, with one's possession tied up in a bundle and typically carried on a stick over one's shoulder. Primarily heard in Australia. Many were left with nothing after the war, forced to waltz Matilda across the country in search of work.
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waltz (or walk) Matildacarry a bundle of your personal possessions as you travel the roads. Australian
The name Matilda was one of a number of names given to the swag or pack carried by bushmen in Australia. The expression was famously used by A. B. (‘Banjo’) Paterson ( 1864–1941 ) in his 1903 song ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
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To travel about, especially on foot, carrying a swag.
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