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It's looking a bit black over Bill's mother's

English United Kingdom

Idiom USED Frequently BY Older Generations

When dark clouds appear on the horizon, signalling that it's about to rain. The "Bill" in question is usually said to be William Shakespeare, but sometimes Kaiser Wilhelm.

"It's looking a bit black over Bill's mother's... I bet it'll rain."



round the Wrekin

English Midlands, United Kingdom

Expression USED Frequently BY older Midlanders

Slang for going the long way around, based on "the Wrekin", a large hill in east Shropshire, England.

"Sorry I'm late. I got on the wrong bus and it took me round the Wrekin!"