One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who steals unbranded cattle.‘the cattle were forced on to the hills, where they were easy picking for the old poddy dodger’
- ‘They didn't want him on the place because they classed him as a poddy-dodger.’
- ‘He was the poddy-dodger who trained Ned Kelly.’
- ‘I learnt that trick off an old poddy-dodger.’
- ‘I was worried we might be dealing with poddy dodgers instead of straying cattle.’
- ‘Elegantly clad in the latest fashion, the poddy dodger lived it up in Sydney's best hotels.’
- ‘Dad had fought with the Anzacs and had been an artful poddy dodger.’
- ‘They over-reacted to the threat of poddy dodgers on their boundaries.’
- ‘I was a poddy dodger in the wild country on the Kimberley coast.’
- ‘And I won't even ask how long you've been 'saving' my cattle for me, you thieving old poddy dodger.’
- ‘The place was notorious as a poddy-dodger's paradise.’
Early 20th century: from poddy (in the Australian sense ‘calf’) + dodger.
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