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Lee, Sir Christopher (1922–2015) ([Cin.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 95 words.

A prolific English actor chiefly associated with the roles he played in horror films made by the British film company Hammer, most notably ...

Brit adj.

Jonathon Green.

in Green's Dictionary of Slang

January 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 134 words.

British.

1951 Green & Laurie Show Biz from Vaude to Video 567: Brit flick = British film [W&F]. 1963–74 B.

movie

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 32 words.

For British people of an older generation, to use this word to describe a film sounds ludicrously and affectedly American; for younger people and film buffs it is, inevitably, the norm....

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intermission

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 28 words.

an interval between parts of a play, film, concert, etc. Originally (19c.) an Americanism, but now probably as widely used in Britain as the traditional word ...

Carry On films ([Cin.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 96 words.

A series of British comedy films, the first of which, Carry On Sergeant, was made in 1958 and the last in ...

full monty ([Cin.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 103 words.

A phrase from The Full Monty, a 1997 British comedy film about a group of unemployed workers in Sheffield who decide to form a male striptease act in order to earn some money. The phrase ...

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Karloff, Boris (1887–1969) ([Cin.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 72 words.

A British-born American actor, who was born William Henry Pratt. His gaunt looks made him particularly well suited to roles in horror films, and his most memorable performance was as the...

‘Brother, can you spare a dime?’ ([Mus.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 120 words.

The title of a song with lyrics by Edgar Harburg, composed in the 1930s during the Great Depression in the USA. The song has become iconic of the thousands of people reduced from...

Brief Encounter ([Cin.])

Andrew Delahunty and Sheila Dignen.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

January 2010; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 94 words.

The title of a 1945 British film about a short love affair between a married suburban housewife and a doctor that she meets at a railway station. The affair, although characterized by...