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JennieG Lyr Req: wallamaloo liar / woolloomoolloo lair (21) RE: Lyr Req: wallamaloo liar / woolloomoolloo lair 26 Jul 20

"Lairy" is a word commonly in use among those of my generation - indeed, I still use it; it means flash, over the top. A young bloke who is flashily dressed for a big night out could be described as being "lairy".

"Mug lair" is a related expression. Our flashily dressed young bloke cruising along in his rumbling hotted-up vehicle, with both bloke and vehicle decked out to the nines, could be said to be a "mug lair" or "a bit of a lair".

"Lairy" was first observed in print in 1906. The word apparently used to be "leery", but gradually transmogrified into "lairy". Before 1906 - ah, that we don't know because it wasn't used in a printed sentence that can be definitely dated.

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