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05 July 2010 @ 05:09 pm
[language] slang  
Jake and I watched an episode of "City Homicide" the other day, which is an Australian drama series about a homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters.

At one point, one of the detectives said, "You can bet your fine cotton socks" that we'll catch the killer.

I am intrigued and would like more information on this slang. We compared it to things like "you can bet your bottom dollar" and "you can bet your mama's life," which are phrases we can better break down, but not so much this.

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george: mr : you tell me that I'm drinking too mpene on July 6th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Hee. I've maybe even used the expression, definitely heard it. But I don't know where it comes from. Fine cotton socks indeed.
st_aurafinast_aurafina on July 6th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
I've heard and used "Bet your cotton socks!" Never heard them described as "fine cotton socks", though.

I don't have any information on the phrase itself - to me, it has a slightly parochial sound to it, the kind of thing you'd expect from a country cop, maybe. You'd hear it from the kind of person who would say "Not on your nellie!"
georgepene on July 6th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
hee. not on your nellie!

yes I have that country cop feel, maybe gently talking down to a kid.

Edited at 2010-07-06 03:48 am (UTC)
(no subject) - shehasathree on July 6th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) (Expand)