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Ok, we've got a bit of a question going around the office.  Has anyone heard of a phrase "off like a prawn".  This is *supposed* to mean "Goodbye" (Although we're not really sure).  If someone could clarify this, it would be much appreciated.  :)

Cheers..
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Delete the question fom here and post it at www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qList.jsp?ta=lounge instead.
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Even though this belongs in the lounge, it is a reference to "off like a prawn in the sun" or "off like a bucket of prawns in the hot sun", a reference to prawns and how they quickly get awful if you leave them in the sun.  "off" is aussie slang for going bad (rotting, etc.).  "off like a prawn in the sun" means leaving very quickly.

Prawns are one of several different kinds of shellfish.  See http://www.foodtv.com/terms/tt-r2/0,1991,3602,00.html for more info.
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"Off like a prawn in the sun" or "Off like a bucket of prawns in the sun" really means that something is really rotten or bad (prawns are what the yanks call shrimps - as in toss another shrimp on the barbie).

The phrase used when someone leaves hurriedly is usually "off like a Bondi Tram" in reference to the trams which used to run there and used to take off in a hell of a hurry.

Cheers - Gavin
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I think "off like a Bondi tram" is more precisely "Shot through like a Bondi tram".

If you have ever smelt a bag of off prawns that have been in the sun for a day or two you will understand the true meaning of the phrase.  Most people freeze old prawn heads then throw the bag of heads in the garbage the night before collection.

Prawns are usually eaten from the "esky" at "piss-ups" or "barbies" and washed down with a few "tinnies"

Common aussie slang for goodbye includes,
Seeya (See you later)
Catchya (Catch you later)
Hooroo (Buggered if I know)
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BTW - If you ever do come to Australia you should be aware that a fanny means a completely different thing here!
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See you round like a rissole.
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