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From eye dialect of a broad pronunciation of Australian. Coined by “Afferbeck Lauder” (Alastair Ardoch Morrison) and popularised with his 1965 book Let Stalk Strine. Australian from 1965.

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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, Britain, informal, humorous) Broad Australian English; broad Australian rendered as eye dialect.
    • 1982, J. C. Wells, Accents of English, Volume 3: Beyond the British Isles, page 595,
      Several Strine forms depend on an assumed equivalence between Strine fortis consonants and Cultivated/RP lenis ones, thus garbler mince (couple of minutes), egg jelly (actually). It is doubtful whether this reflects any real phonetic difference.
    • 1989 July 8, Ariadne, New Scientist, page 120,
      A team at Griffith University in Bribane is working on what the university′s newspaper callls a bionic snorter. Translating into English from Strine, this is a bionic hooter, conk, bugle or nose.
    • 1992, Gillian Bottomley, From Another Place: Migration and the Politics of Culture, 2009, page 133,
      Dell′Oso describes the encounter of an Asian woman with a surly bus driver whose only language is Strine (a form of Australian English, barely intelligible to many of the native-speakers).