all my eye and Betty Martin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown, but may be nautical.

Noun[edit]

all my eye and Betty Martin (uncountable)

  1. (dated) rubbish, humbug
    • 1881 Thomas Bastard, The Autobiography of Cockney Tom, at Project Gutenberg Australia
      All my eye and Betty Martin, thought I, I will have no more truck with you.
    • 1893 November, R. D. Blackmore, "Perlycross", in Macmillan's Magazine, vol. LXIX, page 83,
      Oh, that's all my eye and Betty Martin! Nobody believes that, I should hope.

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