Definition of Fanny Adams in English:

Fanny Adams

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Pronunciation: /fanɪˈadəmz


British informal
  • 1 (also sweet Fanny Adams) Nothing at all: I know sweet Fanny Adams about mining
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    • Your Auntie or your Granny would be more likely to substitute ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ rather than use the naughty word.
    • The fact is, of course, that ‘proper talks’ tend to end up with the union getting sweet Fanny Adams besides a bit more chat about about partnership and training.
    • To use a quaint British phrase, I know sweet Fanny Adams about the media on the other side of the pond.
  • 2A nautical term for tinned meat or stew.
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    • The British Royal Navy adopted the term "Fanny Adams" to mean the canned mutton that had recently joined their rations, since the meat had a rather suspiciously smooth appearance.


late 19th century (in sense 2): black humour, from the name of a murder victim circa1870. sense 1 dates from the early 20th century, and is sometimes understood as a euphemism for fuck all.

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