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    Smile On the Game

    We all know what the phrase means
    Sometimes expensive for men, and maybe shortly illegal.
    But what is the origin of the phrase
    Is it a good game for women?

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    Short for on the crying game I expect. Maybe they knew about you : D
    If life gives you lemons ask for Tequila

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    Maybe they played games before the main event


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    Quote Originally Posted by willie wacker View Post
    Maybe they played games before the main event

    You mean you don't? You are doing it wrong.
    If life gives you lemons ask for Tequila

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    Don’t know origin of “on the game”

    But gobshite ;
    Is usually regarded as “Irish English”
    The first literary mention is from Hugh Leonard’s 1973 play “Da“: “Hey God, there’s an old gobshite at the tradesmen’s entrance.”

    There is an earlier reported U.S. Navy use, meaning “enlisted seaman,” with this 1910 quote: “You can imagine all the feelin’s In a foolish ‘gobshite’s’ breast.”)

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    Some play it better than others...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucy chambers View Post
    You mean you don't? You are doing it wrong.
    I knew they're was something wrong , I'll have to go to you for some lessons


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    Probably, an expression used that the general public would not understand if they overhead it in a conversation.
    “Booze” was used the same way in London, for drink, especially bootleg drink, but of course, everyone knows the expression now.

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    The British expressions: ' to be on the game / be in the game / go on the game 'and its American equivalent ' to be in the life ' are used by prostitutes to refer to their way of life. They may derive from the 19 th century term ' wench of the game ', a prostitute. See prostitution for synonyms.

    (http://www.definition-of.com/on+the+game)

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    Default My explanation

    we say he's game for a laugh etc, meaning 'up for it'

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