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lacky band
an elastic band
lag
1 originally, to transport a convict from britain to australia
After being free, a convict was known as an old lag.
2 to report someone to the authorities
Someone who does this is known as a lagger.
lagerphone
a traditional aussie folk music percussion instrument
Made from a stake of wood to which beer bottle caps have been loosely nailed, and banged to the ground in time to the music.
laid-back
relaxed, informal
lair
a flashily dressed young man of brash and vulgar behaviour
A show-off, also known as a mug lair.
aussie slang since the 1920s
lairise
to behave like a lair
aussie slang since the 1940s
lairy
flashy in a vulgar way
An aussie adaption of a Cockney slang term, where the meaning was more positive, meaning wise or knowing.
aussie slang since the 1890s
Landie ∼ Lannie
a landrover
aussie diminutive
land of the long weekend
australia
land of the wrong white crowd
1 new zealand
2 the suburb of bondi, sydney
Heavily populated by Kiwis and Poms.
lambing down
extracting the entire pay packet of a seasonal worker
Practiced by publicans who kept their customers drunk until they had knocked down their pay cheques. This reprehensible activity was commonplace in the outback in days of yore.
The original meaning of lambing down is to tend ewes during lambing time.
lamington
sponge cake
 The sponge is cut into squares, dipped in chocolate, and covered in shredded coconut.
popular in australia and new zealand
La Niña
the reverse of an el niño
An ocean-atmosphere phenomenon, part of the broader El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern.
Normally associated with higher than average winter, spring and early summer rainfall over much of Australia.
See El Niño for more information

spanish: the little girl
lappies
circuits of a street block in a car
Usually for the purpose of entertainment.
Chiefly a Qld term, elswhere known as blockies or bog laps.
larrikin
a good-natured, independant and wild-spirited person
Someone with little regard for authority, the antithesis of a wowser.
 In last decades of the 19th century larrikins flourished, and at first they were not loveable people, what we know today as a teenage delinquent.
Their gangs or pushes operated openly: they blocked the footpaths, jostled passers-by, made obscene remarks to respectable women, and spat on the clothes of well-dressed men. They beat up and robbed drunks and Chinese.
But they were different from the roughs of Britain.
The journalist John Stanley James described them this way:

One marked difference between the Melbourne larrikin and his compeers elswhere is his extreme boldness that comes from self-confidence, of young men and women who will not be confined, and contempt of authorities.
In Europe, the 'rough' avoids the neighborhood of police courts. He loves not to be known by magistrates and detectives.
But here, the larrikin not only chaffs and annoys the policeman on his beat, but daily crowds the police court …
Another marked difference is his generally better-fed and better-clothed appearance.
In Sydney it can be argued that the larrikins were a left-over from convict times, but they flourished in all cities, particularly in Melbourne, which had only a faint convict heritage. The larrikin spirit continues today.
aussie slang since the 1860s
lash
an attempt
I'll have a lash at it.
lash out
spending spree
laughing
a favourable or fortunate position
One more result like that and you'll be laughing.
aussie slang since the 1960s
laughing gear
the mouth
Wrap your laughing gear around this sanga.
Laura Norda
law and order
strine
lay-by
a way of purchasing something
Usually by making a small deposit, and subsequentially paying instalments –without interest– until the full amount is paid, prior to receiving the goods

L

lead foot
a fast driver
leak
urinate
left in the lurch
abandoned in a time of need
lend of
take advantage of someone's gullibility
You're having a bloody lend of me!
legend
an approbation for a cool person
Mate, you're a bloody legend!
leggie
1 a leg spin delivery
 Leg spin involves turning a ball off the pitch from the leg-side of a right-handed batsman, to the off-side. It is often described as wrist spin because, unlike off spinners, the revolutions of the ball are generated by the wrist rather than the fingers.
2 a leg spin bowler
It may be one of the most difficult skills to master in cricket, but a good leg spinner will almost certainly get plenty of wickets.
See offie and flipper for more.

cricket slang
leg opener
alcohol provided to a female
In order to reduce her sexual inhibitions.
lemon
anything that looks alright but is actually unsound
lemony
angry, irritated
Don't go lemony on me...
lend
to play a trick on; to treat like a fool
You're having a lend of me!

L

light on the hill
a symbol of the political objectives of the labor party
See ALP for more information.
lid
an old term for a hat
Now only heard in the phrase dip your lid.  An allusion to the Sentimental Bloke by C.J. Dennis who dips his lid upon first meeting his lady-love Doreen published in 1915
like a blue-arsed fly
racing about furiously in a highly agitated state
like a hole in the head
not at all
Would you like some black sausage?
Yeah, like a hole in the head.
A literal translation of a Yiddish metaphor.
like a rat up a drainpipe
with great speed
lingo
language
Watch your lingo in front of the children.
lippy
lipstick
aussie slang since the 1950s
liquid lunch
alcohol, usually beer
Consumed instead of food at lunchtime.
lit up like Luna Park
a reference to the excessive use of electricity
There are fun-parks named Luna Park in both Sydney and Melbourne noted for the lighting displays, which are visible for miles.
 Turn some bloody lights off, it's lit up like Luna Park in here!
little aussie battler
a typical member of the working class
The qualifyer little is a wry reference to little Johnny Howard, an aussie Prime Minister back in the 90's, and his attempt to align the term with the lower classes in order to gain votes.
Roughly speaking, there are three kinds of people in this country: the rich, the middle class, and the battlers.
Also known as the aussie battler, or simply the battler
little boys/girls room
the lavatory
aussie slang since the 1880s
littlie
a child
aussie slang since the 1950s
lizard drinking ∼ flat out like a lizard drinking
extremely busy, at top speed

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lob
1 to arrive, especially unexpectedly
The rellies lobbed in this arvo.
2 to land
My bag fell and lobbed on the rocks.
3 to throw
Lob the ball over to me.
4 to win a race
He was hoping his horse would lob.
lobby
1 a lobster
 A marine crayfish.
2 a yabbie
A freshwater crayfish – cherax destructor.
See yabby for more information.

qld slang
local rag
local newspaper
local yokels
the inhabitants of a town, suburb, or the like
lolly
1 a sweet or piece of confectionary
2 money
I'm running out of lolly.
aussie slang since the 1850s
lolly ∼ do your lolly
lose your temper
lolly water
carbonated soft drink
London to a brick
an absolute certainty
It's London to a brick it'll rain this arvie.
Technically, the phrase should be London to a brick on, but the word on  is always omitted.
longie ∼ long neck
a 750 ml bottle of beer
In Qld they prefer the term tallie and in WA a king brown.
aussie diminutive
long paddock
a public road with a grass edge
Used by graziers to feed stock
loo
lavatory
looker
very attractive female

L

lucky country
australia
From the title of an influential book by Donald Horne, written in 1964.
Originally intended as an ironic rebuke, the phrase has ended up being self‑complimentary.
lunch ∼ cut someone's lunch
to make a move on someone's wife or girlfriend
lunch ∼ drop your lunch
to fart
lurk
illegal, underhanded
If you want your share of perks, learn the ropes, and all the lurks.
Commonly found in association with the word perk.
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