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Popular Idioms and Usages Part J

Dear friends, without much appreciation, the series goes on, and now it’s in its Jth installment. Popular idioms and usages is a series that I started days ago, with each post containing any important idiom or phrase beginning with a letter. Here goes the J list.

Jack Palancing: Dancing. This is a rhyming slang. Please read about Cockney Rhyming Slang.

Jam Jar: Car. This is another example of Cockney Rhyming slang.

Jam tomorrow: A promise very unlikely to be kept.

Jerry built: Built superficially to make quick profit from business.

Jim Horner: Corner. Cockney rhyming.

Jimmy Riddle: Urinate. This is a Cockney rhyming slang for ‘piddle’.

Joanna: Piano. Another Cockney Rhyming slang.

Jobs for the boys: Favoritism in which advantages like jobs are given to relatives and close acquaintances.

Join forces: Unite and come together in something.

Join the colors: Be enlisted in the army.

Jump down someone’s throat: Speak very angrily to somebody.

Jump to conclusions: Arrive at quick conclusions on something without analyzing the situation at all.

Just deserts: The punishment for the mismanagement you did.

Just-in-time: A way of manufacturing, in which the product is manufactured as per requirement in time for shipment. Compare to the self-publishing industry books (please read about self publishing and vanity publishing).

It seems that too many Cockney Rhyming slang expressions have been there in the post. It seems apt to make a post itself on Cockney Rhyming slang. I will concentrate on that in the next installment; please await it. (Latest news as of June 4th: The cockney rhyming slang post is up.)

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