- (Cockney slang, dated) A peculiar, surprising, and/or confusing event, thing, &c.
- 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, Chapter 35, p. 318:
- 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, Chapter 7, p. 44:
- “Well, who's a better right?” growled the gamekeeper. “A pretty rum go if squire ain't to talk for Dr. Livesey, I should think.”
- 1955, C. S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew, p. 85:
- “There they are, Strawberry - Fledge, I should say. This is a rum go.”
- 1964, William Crozier Walsh & al., Mary Poppins:
- Bert: Life's a rum go, Guv'nor, and that's the truth.
- 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 37: