(also Britishism /ˈbrɪtɪʃɪz(ə)m/)
An idiom used in Britain but not in other English-speaking countries: ‘Toy boy’ is a Briticism for a ‘gigolo.’
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- Scholars of English in the US are as inclined to point out Briticisms as their colleagues in the UK are to point out Americanisms.
- Specialism must be a Britishism, I told myself.
- More open to interpretation is ‘off one's own bat ’, which certainly originates from cricket, but is not always marked as a Briticism in American dictionaries.
Mid 19th century: from British, on the pattern of words such as Gallicism.
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