(the) dreaded lurgy

(the) dreaded lurgy
Noun. Any unspecified or fictitious desease. Invented and popularized by Spike Milligan on the Goon Show. Jocular use. Also dreaded lurgi.

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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  • dreaded lurgy — I Australian Slang 1. fictitious, very infectious disease; 2. any illness (coined by the Radio Goons) II Kiwi (New Zealand Slang) alternative name for the flu or a head cold; used as an excuse for not going to work, as in I can t come in today… …   English dialects glossary

  • dreaded lurgy — alternative name for the flu or a head cold; used as an excuse for not going to work, as in I can t come in today because I have the dreaded lurgy . Also slang for venereal diseases …   Kiwi (New Zealand slang)

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  • lurgy — noun (singular) BrE humorous an illness, especially one that is infectious but not serious: Anne s got the dreaded lurgy …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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