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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

So named because of the resemblance of the typographical combination of a colon and a hyphen or dash, :—, to the penis and testicles of a dog.

NounEdit

dog's bollocks pl (plural only)

  1. (typography, punctuation mark, vulgar) The name of the punctuation construction :— used to represent a restful pause in reading a text.[1] The construction itself is proscribed.[2]
  2. (Britain, vulgar slang) Something that is regarded as outstanding.
    That new flat screen TV you bought is the dog's bollocks.

SynonymsEdit

(slang: the best): ballocks, the bee's knees, the business, the cat's pyjamas

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ dog, n. §dog's bollocks, n.”, in OED Online, Oxford: Oxford University Press, January 2015.
  2. ^ Trask, Larry. "The Colon". University of Sussex.