the tray-bits

n
Australian
an attack of diarrhoea.
A 'tray-bit' is a British term for a threepenny piece from the turn of the 20th century (from parl-yaree; '-tray' is from the Italian for three, tre). The phrase was adopted in Australia as rhyming slang for the shits. Wide-spread in the 1950s, the expression is now obsolescent.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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