Definition of Ned Kelly in English:

Ned Kelly

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Australian informal
  • 1A person of reckless courage.
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    • I'm not a Ned Kelly and probably no-one you know is that sort of character.
    • At Glenferrie Oval, a record crowd of 36,000 shoehorned into the ground known as the Sardine Can to see Ron Barassi, a Ned Kelly figure after leaving Melbourne over summer, make his debut as Carlton's captain-coach.
  • 2A person who shows a lack of scruples in business.


as game as Ned Kelly

Audaciously bold.
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  • ‘Good on you Ned’ is a compliment, ‘as game as Ned Kelly’ an old saying.
  • We know that by the time of the first world war, there was a saying among the Diggers in the trenches, ‘Oh he was as game as Ned Kelly’.
  • From hip to shoulder he was covered with blood from the spur, an’ although he could scarcely raise a trot you could see he was still as game as Ned Kelly.


late 19th century: from the name of Ned Kelly (see Kelly, Ned).

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