One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pub.‘I ambled over to the rubbity dub and had a pint’
- ‘The rubbity-dub'll soon be open to all chunderers.’
- ‘I'm going to the rubbity dub for a pig's ear.’
- ‘Been down the rubbity lately?’
- ‘The old man was in the rubbity having a few beers.’
- ‘I'll just get to the rubbity before closing time.’
- ‘I'm with you, mate. Just take me back to the rubbity-dub.’
- ‘He stopped at the rubbity dub for a couple of drown your fears with his china plates.’
- ‘Not a bad old bird to have a drink with at the rubbity, yer know.’
- ‘Let's go into this rubbity dub pub for a spot or two.’
- ‘While we was down at the rubbity, a bloody great storm came up.’
Late 19th century: perhaps from ‘rub-a-dub-dub’, the opening line in the nursery rhyme Three Men in a Tub.
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