One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier Used allusively to refer to a rich person from the city who dabbles in rural life for fun or profit.‘them Pitt Street fellas tell us they're ruined if for one year their crops fail to grow’
- ‘The Pitt Street "bushmen" hadn't a clue how to handle a horse.’
- ‘After the war, when even the Pitt Street bushmen had given way to natty, American-style "business executives," that idea of bush food was enough to cause a shudder in the best circles.’
- ‘The agriculture minister has urged Australians to get involved in the agriculture white paper, including a tax debate on the banning of negative gearing of farm investments for "Pitt Street farmers".’
- ‘I think the answer is to extend the rules now applied to Pitt Street farmers to cover other areas of business losses.’
- ‘The recent announcement by the Minister for Primary Industry that tax concessions to the so called "Pitt Street farmer" is to be examined.’
- ‘It was claimed that countless other animals were being shot by "Pitt Street cowboys".’
- ‘The Pitt Street farmers have moved in.’
- ‘"Why don't you become a farmer yourself rather than just talk about it? Oh, that's right: farmers earn less than the basic wage, work seven days a week, eighteen hour days. Off you go, Pitt Street Farmer."’
- ‘The Slav population and its variants were as common as a Pitt Street farmer or a Melbourne tram.’
- ‘Shirley's contacting all the Pitt Street farmers from the city and seeing if they're able to do anything for us.’
Mid 19th century: from the name of a major street in the business district of Sydney.
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