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Old Bill a grumbling veteran soldier, typically having a large moustache (with allusion to a cartoon character created during the war of 1914–18 by Bruce Bairnsfather (1888–1959), British cartoonist). Taking shelter from bombardment in a shell-hole, he advises his complaining friend, ‘If you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it.’Old Bill is also an informal name for the police (also the Bill). This may have originated from the cartoon character's being depicted in police uniform and giving advice on wartime security on posters during the war of 1939–45.

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