But also -- Short for 'Bull Durham', an old (1850s) brand of rolling tobacco, and hence (usually) a roll-your-own cigarette. Used particularly in the Australian Defence Forces. "David Bradley, Australian Journal of Linguistics (1989) suggests that it may be derived from a widely used brand of loose tobacco used for roll-your-owns, Bull Durham, clipped and resuffixed with the most productive suffix for forming new colloquial words in Australian English." -- Source: Australian National Dictionary Centre, quoted in the Urban Dictionary.
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durry (plural durries)
- (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, slang) A cigarette, especially a roll-your-own. [From 1940s.]
- 2004, Jay Verney, Percussion, page 118:
- He pulled a tobacco pouch out of his pocket with a plastic bag containing what had to be a mind-altering substance. “You′re welcome to join me in a durry,” he said, rolling himself a cigarette.
- 2007, Kevin Hallewell, Woop Woop, page 151:
- He thought for a moment as he deftly rolled the paper and tobacco into a durry, licked the edge and stuck it down.
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