One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An exceptionally lucky person.‘I'd be happy to be a tin arse for just one day at the races’
- ‘Bob came out of it all right, didn' yer Bob? Tin arse Bob they call 'im.’
- ‘Never praise a good shot – 'Tin-arse!' is the highest praise allowed.’
- ‘His reputation as a tin arse lasted right to the end of his stay in the States.’
- ‘Luke couldn't believe my tin arse since I had picked the winner 'again' when we were betting together.’
- ‘Have been a total tin arse in the last year, Dad must be sending me luck!’
Late 19th century: from tin ‘money’, figuratively ‘luck’.
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