What does stitched up like a kipper mean?

Where does the saying done up like a kipper come from?

In Britain, between the wars, seamstresses were in demand and frequently moved to new employers. It was unusual for them to move without their friend, so seamstresses usually came in pairs and were referred to as kippers. Seamstresses stitch. ‘Stitched like a kipper’ is a whimsical development of ‘stitched up‘.

What does done me like a kipper mean?

done up like a kipper (not comparable) (simile, Britain, slang) cheated or exploited; treated unfairly.

What is a kipper slang?

a male salmon during the spawning season. Australian archaic, derogatory, slang an Englishman.

Where does the expression stitched up come from?

The phrase “to stitch up,” first appearing in the late 16th century, initially meant “to put together by sewing,” with the implication that the work is done in a hurry.

What does stitched up mean?

1 : to use a needle and thread to close a large cut or wound The doctor stitched up his wound. The doctor stitched him up. 2 British, informal : to make (an innocent person) appear to be guilty of a crime : frame They stitched him up for murder.

Are kippers herring?

A kipper is a fat herring (caught in season) that has been split through the back, gutted, opened flat, salted or brined to reduce its water content and then cold smoked.

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What does it mean to be done up?

To decorate or embellish someone or something, often for a particular occasion.

What does done like dinner mean?

[mainly Australian] to be completely defeated, often unfairly, in a contest or competitive situation. The fact is, you were done like a dinner by a superior team.

What is a dotty?

(Entry 1 of 2) 1a : mentally unbalanced : crazy. b : amiably eccentric a dotty old relative.

What does the dithering mean?

(Entry 1 of 2) intransitive verb. 1 : shiver, tremble the dithering of grass— Wallace Stevens. 2 : to act nervously or indecisively : vacillate dithering about what to do next There’s no time to dither.

What does stitch up mean in Australia?

‘getting stitched up’ meaning

To play a prank on someone. It is often something that is planned in advanced, and they that person has been stitched up / you have planned a stitch up. Often will make the person look like a bit of a fool.