oily rag

n
British
1.
a disparaging term applied to inexperienced or incompetent motor mechanics who are assigned menial jobs such as wiping away grease
2.
a cigarette. This piece of rhyming slang, from fag, was common in the 1950s but is now rarely heard.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • Oily Rag — Cockney Rhyming Slang Fag (cigarette) Give us an oily …   English dialects glossary

  • oily rag — noun a) An employee in a menial, unskilled role in a factory or workshop. Named for such employees often carrying a rag with them to wipe up spillages of oil or grease. b) A cigarette by way of fag …   Wiktionary

  • oily (rag) — • Rhyming Slang for fag (cigarette) …   Londonisms dictionary

  • smell of an oily rag — noun A very small amount, or the absolute minimum (usually of money). We have found them in the remote corners of Asia Minor, sans souliers, sans culottes, often in rags, living on the smell of an oily rag or a raw onion, trying their best to… …   Wiktionary

  • Live on the smell of an oily rag — survive on minimum food or income …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • Run on the smell of an oily rag — be economical (usually about a car) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • live on the smell of an oily rag — Australian Slang survive on minimum food or income …   English dialects glossary

  • run on the smell of an oily rag — Australian Slang be economical (usually about a car) …   English dialects glossary

  • rag — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clean ▪ dirty, filthy, oily, old, tattered ▪ bloodstained, bloody ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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