Definition of bobsy-die in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbɒbzɪˈdʌɪ/

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[mass noun] dialect & NZ
A great deal of fuss or trouble: she’ll kick up bobsy-die later
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  • This bill will get through only with the support of the Greens, yet only a week or so ago the Greens kicked up bobsy-die because the Accident Compensation Corporation invests in breweries.
  • It has kicked up merry bobsy-die in the past by wanting to know, when there has been a split vote, who voted for and who voted against.


Early 19th century: contraction of earlier Bob's-a-dying.

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