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Rhyming slang is a form of slang in spoken and written English in which a word is replaced by a rhyming word, typically the last word of a two- or three-word phrase with the effect that the meaning of the spoken or written words is not obvious to receivers who are not familiar with the code. Examples that are frequently quoted include "frog and toad" meaning "road", and "apples and pears" meaning "stairs". The part of the coded phrase that rhymes with the original word is typically, but not always, omitted to further strengthen the code, as in "I’m going up the apples" to mean "I’m going up the stairs".



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