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chesterdrawas

\chest-er-draw-ass\
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Chest-of-drawers - commonly written as chest-o'-drawers -
Pre-decessor of the modern day cupboards- usually an old, heavy, teak-wood contraption which has a set of drawers top to bottom. On the top are two drawers side by side, which were used to store all kinds of knicknacks- a typical drawer could have hundreds of forks, spoons, knives of all shapes and sizes. The lower drawers were single - often 4 feel long, used to store all kinds of large items that were too big to fit into the smaller ones. The large size of drawers invariably gave you a strained muscle if you pulled too hard to open them - inevitable in the monsoon when the wood expanded and the drawer got stuck in an awkward half open half closed position and refused to move in or out despite our best efferts

Usage

What men, why dont you keep dem new plates in the chest-o-drawers?
Added 2013-07-22 by Thunderbold

chowkidar

\Chow-Kidaar\
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Definition

Watchman or sentry is commonly called a Chowkidar

Usage

Complaining to Police after a neighbourhood theft near Ajmal's house:

Ajmal to policeman: Chora aake pure barthana leke gaye. Chowkidar Mak-Oda sora tha!

(Theives stole all the cooking vessels. Chowkidar 8%%## was sleeping).

Added 2011-07-20 by Impolitika

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

People

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Gorkha

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KV
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Security guard. Has roots in the word 'Chaukanna', which means alert. Can refer to day and night guards.

Day Guards are a varied bunch, they range from docile old men to aggressive fat ones. North Indian day guards are especially nasty specimens, simply because they want 50 rupees just to let you into the bank they're guarding (Logic, you must have come to the bank because you have pots of money, so you might as well part with some of it).

Night guards, in sharp contrast, are a vastly more entertaining and relaxed bunch. Their primary responsibility is to loaf around a designated residential area and pantomine as protectors of the innocent so that the residents can sleep without the fear of a break-in. In reality, they like to spend time boozing or snoozing, coming awake only to shuffle off on a reluctant round or two of the premises while bellowing their signature catch-phrase, Jaagte Rahooooooo . All it does is inform would-be robbers that the guard has passed by their hiding place and won't be back for a couple of hours. (Wheeeeeeeee!!! Mr. Chaddha is going to be missing an a/c unit or two in the morning.)

Usage

"That chaukidar outside X Building is such a pain, he whacked me on the head because I refused to give him my watch!"
Added 2011-07-16 by Surdie Birdie

Root

Hindi

Region

North India

Categories

WALTO

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Jaagte Rahooooooo

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bagadur
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Definition

A tree with inedible, resinous fruit pods that children would pound and form into balls, which would be dried and used for games. Sometimes, they'd be used simply for kolting purposes.

Usage

"Ai see a cock tree men, let's make cock balls."
Added 2011-07-08 by Minkey Chief

Root

English

Region

South India

Categories

School and College

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cock balls