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Bob's your uncle!

Definition:

b) It's easy!

German translation:

Bob's your uncle! = und die Sache ist erledigt, und fertig!

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GOOGLE INDEX
Bob's your uncle: approximately 500,000 Google hits

 


 

Sample text:

Next time you've got a meeting or conference, print out the PDF on the link on the right hand side of this page and BOB'S YOUR UNCLE.

(BBC)

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Restart the phone and BOB'S YOUR UNCLE.

(from a mobile phone Internet forum)



Did you know?

Bob's your uncle!
catch phrase

- used to express the ease with which a task can be achieved

(Oxford English Dictionary)

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For those who believe British English has taken a back seat to American English, hold your horses! The Queen's English still boasts umpteen words and expressions used mainly by the British and the Commonwealth countries. Bob's your uncle is a good example. While it may have infiltrated American English to a very small extent, this expression remains uniquely British.

One of the more popular theories regarding the origin of "Bob's your uncle" involves Lord Salisbury, the Victorian prime minister (real name: Robert - Bob - Cecil).

Salisbury appointed a rather unpopular nephew to several government posts. One of the most controversial was as the Chief Secretary of Ireland, a position that many thought the young nephew was completely unqualified for.

The legend goes on to say that the cynical crowd in Britain then believed that having "Bob" as your uncle was like getting a free pass at the door, thus "Bob's your uncle" came to indicate something that was quick and easy to do.

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SYNONYMS

There you have it! Then you're done! That's it! Then, ready to go!

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