One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of goods) be acquired in dubious circumstances.‘he sells cheap computer games that have fallen off the back of a lorry’
- ‘When I was a kid my neighbour was always selling things that seemed to have "fallen off the back of a lorry".’
- ‘Keep an eye out for pickpockets and remember that many of the things for sale 'fell off the back of a lorry'.’
- ‘"But it's not like stuffing a few pairs of jeans in your bag or a TV falling off the back of a lorry. This bread is keeping us alive."’
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