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  • Bob's your uncle meaning

    I have a rough idea of what "bob's your uncle" means (should be something that it's all right or easily done, or when you accomplish something, I guess) but I'd like to know better from some British native speakers when it could be used and, moreover,if it is currently still used or maybe it's now old fashioned.

  • #2
    Great question!

    This expression is indeed still used, but usually with older people. It wouldn't be a very trendy thing to say around friends or at a party for example.

    Bob's your uncle means "there you have it" or "and that's it". So yes, the sentiment that you get is correct.

    Here are some examples:

    You look for a job, you pass the interview and Bob's your uncle!

    You register online and Bob's your uncle!

    It's easy! To get to the park, you go round that corner, up the hill and Bob's your uncle!

    It's a fun expression, but use it sparingly.


    • #3
      Thanks for the explanation, I would refrain myself from saying it!


      • #4
        What the hell... first time I've heard this. Do you know about its origins, Zak?


        • #5
          To me it sounds as if it originated in London. My uncle and my dad, both Lodoners, used it a lot. Honestly not sure if I've ever used it and yes, ity's a bit old fashioned, but still OK to use occasionally.


          • #6
            Thanks for the info, Laury; so probably a London expression, right? Any idea about the original meaning? It sounds like an old merchandising slogan, maybe form a political campaign or something like that...


            • #7
              The Wikipedia entry simply says that no-one knows the origin of the expression - another site here admits that no-one knows but offers three possible derivations. To use another colloquialism "you pays your money and you takes your choice!"