One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in south-west Western Australia) a cool onshore breeze at the end of a hot day.‘every day at 3 o'clock the Albany doctor arrives and the temperature drops’
- ‘We sit waiting for the Albany doctor to blow up.’
- ‘The coast is reached by the Albany Doctor between 19h00 and 22h00.’
- ‘The frogs down in the pipe trench croaked and piped as though impatient for the arrival of the Albany doctor.’
- ‘Every day, it was visited by a wind called the Albany Doctor.’
- ‘The Albany doctor was chasing him down lake Dumbleyung.’
Early 20th century: from the Western Australian port town of Albany + the Australian sense of doctor ‘cool onshore breeze’.
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