One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) an examination taken at the age of 11–12 to determine the type of secondary school a child should enter.
- ‘When I passed my eleven-plus, she dragged me up to school, no bus fares, we had to walk.’
- ‘And when I passed my eleven-plus I realised that history was also written by people who actually existed.’
- ‘There may be more selection in schools now than when we first came to office, but never mind, we'll scrap the eleven-plus.’
- ‘The old eleven-plus put tremendous strain on middle-class families: success was thought essential, but failure meant a public school which most could not afford or, worse, the secondary modern.’
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