One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tough or unruly young man.‘stay out of that place—the gurriers there would carve you up with knives’
- ‘I whacked a gurrier in Dublin in the side of his hood when he lunged for the phone near Merrion Square, nearly knocking him off his bike in the process.’
- ‘All the while, resentment is building up in the hearts and minds of the majority who, rightly or wrongly, perceive that the gurriers are laughing at them and thumbing their noses at the law.’
- ‘Deputy Ring added that young people had no manners and they should be using the army to ‘get these gurriers off the streets.’’
- ‘Nearby fields turned golden brown and made easy harvesting, noted by the neighbourhood gurriers who added hay bales to their pyromania hitlists.’
- ‘If the gurriers want to target someone in particular they will pour battery acid on the bonnet.’
- ‘‘But we do need to send a message to these gurriers who are making life hell in communities that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by Limerick City Council,’ Mr Mulcahy said.’
- ‘And then, the matter of familial links: how closely related is the spide to other Rogue Forms, such as the Southern Irish knacker or gurrier, the Scottish ned, schemie or bampot, or the English scally, shellie, shinywanker or wideboy?’
- ‘There's nothing easy about walking down O'Connell Street on a Saturday afternoon as gurriers hurl abuse at you.’
- ‘There have been some nasty incidents and frightening experiences at the cemetery when low-down gurriers steal property while people are visiting their relatives, he said.’
- ‘With no worries about battery power or gurriers who might steal something that looks like it can be sold at a car boot sale, you can see what you've written right there on the page.’
- ‘Its readership embraces university boffins as much as gurriers out in the bog.’
- ‘I couldn't go before a judge with me looking like a gurrier.’
- ‘Of course I was the eejit who left it in the car, but I would have thought that even the gurriers had their own phones like everyone else, but of course my passenger door window was smashed in and the phone and charger whipped.’
- ‘She needed care, gave me exercise, kept gurriers off the back wall in the garden, and provided fun all in one go.’
- ‘Alas, those days are long gone with gurriers out there ready to grasp the slightest opportunity to help themselves at our expense.’
- ‘I don't go near the town when i am home as it is not safe. full of ignorant gurriers and asylum seekers.’
- ‘Cllr Timmy Conway said gurriers are going into Roselawn at night and scaring residents there.’
- ‘‘You could clearly see my son just standing there talking to his friends and then struck by his gurrier,’ she added angrily.’
- ‘If they can then they must, because there can be no hiding place for this type of gurrier.’
- ‘I think we now have most of the hurling out of our systems time to focus on Sunday and the gurriers.’
1950s: perhaps from French guerrier ‘warrior’, or gur cake, an Irish English term for a mincemeat-filled pastry slice formerly associated with street urchins.
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