nonsense, rubbish, balls. A popular example of rhyming slang (from 'cob-bler's awls') which is often used in igno-rance of its vulgar derivation. Formerly used literally by cockneys to mean the testicles, the word is old, but was given widespread currency in the 1960s by such TV comedies as Steptoe and Son.
► He is dismissive about awards: "A load of cobblers".' (Observer, Section 5, 9 April 1989)

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  • cobblers — • Rhyming Slang, short for cobblers awls , balls . Used as a general swear word much in the way balls is. eg. That s a right load of old cobblers or as a one word disagreement Cobblers ! . Also used for testicles …   Londonisms dictionary

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  • Cobblers — I have heard people say what a load of cobblers more than once. Maybe that s because I talk so much rubbish. An equivalent would be what a load of bollocks. It means you are talking out of your butt and has nothing to do with any kind of dessert! …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • cobblers —    the testicles    Rhyming slang on cobblers awls, balls, which may or may not be a shortened form of balderdash. Mainly figurative use, with a load of old cobblers, meaning nonsense …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • cobblers —  1. Testicles.  2. Nonsense. Also a load of cobblers (Quite polite usage, despite 1.)  3. cobblers! Excl. of disagreement …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • cobblers (!) — Exclam. An exclamation of disagreement. Derived from the noun. Noun. Rubbish, nonsense. From the rhyming slang cobblers awls, meaning balls …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • cobblers — /ˈkɒbləz/ (say kobluhz) Colloquial –plural noun 1. testicles. 2. nonsense; rubbish. –phrase 3. a load of old cobblers, a lot of nonsense. {rhyming slang, cobbler s awls balls} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cobblers — 1) balls, testicles; 2) Balls!= Rubbish!, Nonsence! …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • cobblers — Australian Slang 1. balls, testicles; 2. Balls!= Rubbish!, Nonsence! …   English dialects glossary

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