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1) The word is associated with sitting under a lime tree, or having nothing more demanding to do than squeezing limes. It is also thought to originate from "limey", a slang term meaning a British serviceman during World War II (noted for hanging around bars and drinking).

2) During long voyages at sea, sailors would suffer from a disease known as Scurvy which was caused from a lack of Vitamin C. British soldiers would counteract this by taking limes on board and sucking them periodically. For this, they came to be known as "limeys". During WW2 when many limeys were stationed in Trinidad and Tobago, they would seek amusement from the local prostitutes (Green-Corner, Port-of-Spain was famous for this and there is more than one calypso sung about it eg. Jean and Dinah - Sparrow). The locals would see the limeys hanging out and say that they were "liming", hence, liming became a verb which means to hang out (source: English teacher in Hillview College, Trinidad-and_Tobago early 90's).

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  1. present participle of lime
  2. (Trinidadian, Caribbean, slang) hanging around, usually in a public place with friends, enjoying the scene.
    "No Liming or Loitering - No Shouting or Loud Noise" (written on a sign in Port of Spain shopping mall).


  • Lionel Ritchie. All Night Long (pop song, verse 2):
    We're going to party, Liming, Fiesta, forever
    Come on and sing along.