(also Pommie) Australian /NZ informal, often derogatory
noun (plural Pommies)
A British person.
- The decidedly un-exotic name of the obscure English county, delivered in a camp Pommy lisp, has a legendary effect.
- Not that we're whingeing, we leave that to our Pommy immigrants.
- I wish he's have gone back to Britain with the rest of his Pommy mates.
(as) dry as a Pommy's towel Australian /NZ humorous
- Extremely thirsty: let’s get a cold drink, I’m as dry as a Pommy’s towelMore example sentences
- He might feel like going out for a drink, because he's as dry as a Pommy's towel.
- Entering a London pub, Barry exclaimed that he was 'as dry as a Pommy's towel'.
- "I'm dry as a pommy's towel. A tinny would start the day nicely, thank you."
- 1.1Extremely dry: this is high plains territory, almost all of it is dry as a Pommy’s towel my plonk is as dry as a Pommy’s towelMore example sentences
- "Driest state in the driest continent, this is," says Dave. "Dry as a Pommy's towel."
- I won’t break a sweat about it. I’ll be as dry as a pommy’s towel!
- The sun was high before he reached Adelaide River and his tongue was as dry as a Pommie's towel.
(as) full as a Pommy complaint box Australian humorous
- Extremely or completely full: any decent hotel was as full as a Pommy complaint boxMore example sentences
- When he'd finished eating, Dave pronounced himself 'full as a Pommy's complaint box'.
- What do ya expect, geezer? He's as full as a Pommy's complaint box!
- When he's as full as a Pommy complaint-box, he'll come home and spend the night flat out like a lizard drinking.
Early 20th century: apparently a shortening of pomegranate, rhyming slang for 'immigrant'.
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