One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Diesel oil for road vehicles.
- ‘Deep-sea fishermen blockaded the majority of French southern yacht and sport ports in protest against derv (diesel oil) price increases.’
- ‘Smaller operators tend not to be quite as well organised and suffer from resistance to claims for haulage rates increases on the back of increases in the cost of derv.’
- ‘Also I doubt if many will own their cars long enough to recoup the additional purchase price and the extra cost of derv.’
- ‘‘It's costing us about £25,000 per month for derv,’ he said.’
- ‘Today, the company, which supplies the Garage, dropped its prices to 79.9p per litre on unleaded, 85.9p on LRP and 83.9p per litre on derv - roughly 5p down on last week.’
1940s (apparently Second World War forces' slang): acronym from diesel-engined road vehicle.
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