One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounthe Big Stoush
The First World War.‘I was one of those individuals deemed unfit for active service during the Big Stoush’
- ‘He used to sit in that corner, write a bit of poetry, then stagger up to the Bulletin and sell it for five bob—just after the Big Stoush, that was.’
- ‘When I was a young man, we sent men to South Africa, and when the Big Stoush came on in 1914, we went right into it.’
- ‘It had gone into the Big Stoush as the 'little boy' amongst the nations and had come out with a bit of a swagger.’
- ‘She was born into a society marked by returned soldiers back in civvies, trying to reconstruct the lives they had before the Big Stoush.’
- ‘I cut timber down there for a couple of years, after the Big Stoush.’
- ‘It is pretty miserable having to go home without hearing a shot fired when I tried so hard to get into the Big Stoush.’
- ‘His mate joins the army to fight in the Big Stoush and dies at Gallipoli.’
- ‘The Big Stoush was the war, and a stunt was a battle—these were the verbal ways of avoiding a grim reality.’
- ‘His old man, like so many others, had not long been back from five years in the Big Stoush and had his own demons to fight.’
- ‘The Australian diggers knew the Great War of 1914–1918 as the Big Stoush.’
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