come the raw prawn

vb
Australian
to try to take advantage of or deceive someone. This colourful expression probably originated in the 1940s and is still heard. The precise connection between the uncooked crustacean and deceitfulness is not clear, but the sug-gestion is of cadging by feigning inno-cence or naivety.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Don't come the raw prawn — don t try to fool (me) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • don't come the raw prawn — Australian Slang don t try to fool (me) …   English dialects glossary

  • don't come the raw prawn with me — (Australian Slang) don t try to cheat me …   English contemporary dictionary

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