Definition of Lady Blamey in English:

Lady Blamey


  • An improvised drinking glass made by slicing the top off a bottle.

    ‘beer glasses were in short supply, so the soldiers fashioned Lady Blameys’
    • ‘Soldiers would have a canteen where you go and drink 'Lady Blameys'.’
    • ‘The bottles were often cut down to Lady Blameys.’
    • ‘I have highlighted John's 'Lady Blamey' in the 1944 photograph.’
    • ‘They didn't have glasses but you got your beer handed to you in these Lady Blameys.’
    • ‘The bar tender did not demur—just kept pouring beer in Lady Blamey glasses as fast as we gave him two or three feet of tickets.’
    • ‘A drinker often had to provide his own glass in order to get a beer; this frequently was a Lady Blamey.’
    • ‘He's just learnt the significance of an air raid siren and now he's being told how to make a Lady Blamey.’
    • ‘In the bars, Lady Blameys are raised.’
    • ‘That was a Lady Blamey. You go and drink that, which you paid for.’
    • ‘Up onto the top deck and of an evening everybody had what subsequently became known as Lady Blameys.’
    • ‘It was obvious to the older men that some of the young commandos were inexperienced drinkers, as they became quite vocal after a Lady Blamey or two.’


1940s: named after Lady Olga Blamey (1905–1967), wife of General Sir Thomas Blamey (1884–1951), commander of Allied Land Forces in the southwest Pacific during the Second World War. Lady Blamey reputedly taught the troops the method of slicing through glass with a kerosene-soaked string.


Lady Blamey

/ˌleɪdi ˈbleɪmi/