bent as a nine bob note

bent as a nine bob note
Phrs. 1. Homosexual. See 'bent'.
2. Crooked, dishonest.
A catch-phrase whose original meaning was version 2, but with the onset of 'bent' referring to homosexually has come to be heard more with regard to version 1. In British currency, a bob was a slang expression for a shilling (five pence) but with decimalization in 1971 became obsolete.There was never any such thing as a nine bob note, hence the simile. Cf. 'queer as a nine bob note' and 'camp as a row of tents'.

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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