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rabbit
a player who is not very good at batting
Also called a bunny, and neither of which are as bad as being the  ferret .
cricket slang
rabbito
a hawker of rabbits
rabbit-proof fence
a pest-exclusion fence
The State Barrier Fence of Western Australia, also known as the Emu fence, was designed to keep rabbits and other agricultural pests from the east out of the pastoral areas.  It consists of three fences:        
  • # 1 crosses the state from north to south,
  • # 2 is smaller and further west,
  • # 3 is smaller still and runs east‑west.
In total they stretched 3,256 km, and at the time the 1,833 km #1 fence was the longest unbroken fence in the world. See dog fence for a similar fence constructed between 1901 and 1907
race
1 a fenced passageway for drafting sheep or cattle
2 a passageway for players to access the ground at a football field
racehorse
a thinly rolled tobacco cigarette or marijuana joint

originally prison slang
race off
to seduce someone
He raced her off to the bedroom.
racers
a brief men's swimming costume
See speedos for a full set of synonyms.
rack off!
go away!
Rafferty's rules
no rules at all
rage
a lively party
rainmaker
a very high kick
aussie rules
rapt
pleased, delighted
From the archaic word enrapture.
rare as rocking-horse shit
non-existant or exceedingly scarce

rashie
a lycra garment worn to prevent a rash
surfie slang
ratbag
1 a despicable, untrustworthy person
2 an eccentric person
aussie slang since the 1940s
rattle your dags
hurry up
We'll be late! Rattle your dags A dag is a lump of excrement-matted wool on a sheep's rear
first recorded in the 1980s
rat shit
feeling unwell
raw prawn
attempt to deceive by feigning ignorance
 In other words, something which is difficult to swallow.
Don't come the raw prawn with me, mate.
wwii military slang
razoo
worth nothing at all
 Commonly used in the expressions
I haven't got a brass razoo
or Not worth a brass razoo.
Possibly from sou, a small French coin, or a rahu, from NZ.
wwii soldiers slang

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reckon!
you bet! absolutely!
Redfern ∼ get off at…
coitus interruptus
Because in Sydney Redfern Station is the last stop before the terminus at Central Station, whereas Melbournites will often get off at Richmond
red goshawk
an australian hawk
 Probably the rarest endemic bird of prey, Erythrotriorchis radiatus is a large brown bird with a cream head, throat, and red-brown underparts.
It feeds on live prey, mostly other birds and small ground animals, and is found throughout northern and eastern Australia.
red ned
inexpensive red wine
Used to be sold in a flagon, nowadays it is usually sold in a cask
rellie ∼ rello
a relative
rego
motor vehicle registration

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ridgie didge
the truth, the genuine article
right
as it should be
No worries, she'll be right.
ringer
1 the fastest shearer in a shearing shed

From an earlier, now obsolete, sense, where a ringer was any person or thing that was superlatively good.

aussie slang since the 1870s 2 a stockman or drover
So called because they ring or circle the stock to keep them together.
aussie slang since the 1900s
ringie
runs the centre of the two-up ring
When all bets are placed the ringie places the pennies on the kip, tails up, and the boxer gives the call:
Come In Spinner
ring in
1 a substitute racehorse or greyhound
A racecourse deception to obtain favourable odds.
Also called a ringtail.

racing slang since the 1930s
2 in two-up, to switch coins
By substituting a double-sided coin for a genuine one.
gambling slang since 1918
ripped
affected by drugs or alcohol
ripper
really great, fantastic
rizzle
a returned services club

The Returned and Services League of Australia is a support organisation for men and women who have served or are serving in the Defence Force.
These licensed clubs were established to provide hospitality for war veterans and a place to build on their comradeship by providing bar and dining facilities, and have areas for two-up and pokies.
Each evening at 6 pm The Ode is read, followed by one minute's silence to honour those who died serving their country.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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road train
 interstate truck with many trailers
roadie
1 alcohol purchased to take away after drinking somewhere
2 a final drink prior to leaving
3 a person who transports and sets up a band's equipment
roll over
1 by an offender
One who makes a confession in a way that implicates others, in order to gain more favourable treatment.
2 by a witness in a court case
One who was previously hostile who decides to provide evidence helpful to the interrogator.
3 by a politician
One who resigns gracefully.
rollie
a roll-your-own cigarette

As opposed to a tailor-made
roo
kangaroo
roo bar
a strong bumper attached to a vehicle

To absorb the impact when hitting a kangaroo – or anything else!
root
sexual intercourse
rooted
1 exhausted, tired
I'm rooted after all that hard yakka ...
2 broken
The donk in your tinnie is rooted!
ropeable
very angry
rotten
very drunk
rooned
ruined
From a poem by the bush poet John O'Brien describing the recurrent cycle of droughts, floods and bushfires throughout the country. The key refrain in the poem is We'll all be rooned, the Irish pronunciation of ruined, which has become a dismissive response to predictions of disasters or hard times. written and coined in 1919
rort
a fraudulent or dishonest act or practice
What a great rort!
rough
unfair, unjust
rousie
roustabout
Any outdoor worker with broad-based, non-specific skills.
Commonly found in rural occupations, especially sheep farming and oil-rigs.
rubbidy
a pub
rhyming slang: rub-a-dub-dub for pub
ruckus
commotion
rug up
dress in warm clothes
it's the

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