One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A greyhound, especially as a racing dog.‘he'd put the money on a dishlicker’
- ‘There are laws that deal with barking and pooing on common property that could see poochy sent down the road faster than a dishlicker at Wentworth Park.’
- ‘Yesterday, the dishlickers were doing trials where we were staying, and I had never been that close up to them racing before.’
- ‘After losing a fortune on the dishlickers, he found his radio had been nicked, and when he went to the car park to go home, he found his car had been pinched too!’
- ‘I suggest they leave it to the trots or the dishlickers and go for a toned-down alternative.’
- ‘There is a consensus that the dishlickers are a vaguely corrupt scion of the racing world, but nothing could be further from the truth.’
- ‘One dog chased the real bunny, while the other seven dopey dishlickers chased the fake one’
- ‘He has $25 million for the trots and dishlickers and $200,000 for some stupid reality TV show.’
- ‘He is better known in dishlicker circles for his connection with Locket.’
- ‘He makes the obligatory trip to the famous greyhound track to talk to the camera while the dishlickers go around in the background.’
- ‘It's a sort of eBay for horse racing—and of course the trots and the dishlickers—which matches up punters and odds on the Internet like buyers and sellers.’
1950s: from dish + licker.
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