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napoo (not comparable)
- (UK, army, slang) Finished; gone; non-existent.
- 1918 April, 'R', An elegy on my dugout, when it was done in, published in Four Whistles by D Company of the Scottish Officer Cadet Battalion, quoted in 2013 by Graham Seal in The Soldiers' Press: Trench Journals in the First World War (ISBN 1137303263):
- What shall I do? / My poor old dug-out is napoo.
- 1920, Punch, Volume 158, page 185,
- “ ‘Very well,’ says I, ‘San fairy ann. Napoo washing — napoo ball.’
- “ That set ′em to work. Next day little boys were scraping the village over like fowls in a farmyard, getting a chip ′ere an′ a shaving there, an′ making themselves such a nuisance […] .
- 1964, Pierre Van Paassen, To Number Our Days, page 159,
- The war was napoo,* fini, and the Rhine the end of the journey.
- (UK, army, slang) Dead.
- (UK, army, slang) The end; enough,
- Soon it must be napoo for me. — Phrase used to signify the end of something.
- (UK, army, slang) To finish; to put an end to; to kill.
- He will napoo the rations.
- 1918, Roland Pertwee, The Little Landscape, Everybody′s Magazine, Volume 38, page 35,
- “The general says that if you are wise you will leave before the cannons come. Otherwise you′ll get ‘napooed,’ ” and he made an expressive gesture. “Compris?”
- 1918, Hereward Carrington, Psychical Phenomena and the War, [page 68],
- I thought a man was lucky if he did not get napooed first trip in.
- 1984, John Masters, Man of War, 1984, US title High Command, page 230,
- “No,” Merton said shortly. “We sit tight, they find us. If we both go wandering about looking for each other in the middle of the night, we′ll start a battle and the whole plan for tomorrow will be napooed.”
- 1988, Sidney Rogerson, Twelve days, page 19,
- German planes had not only carried out a raid behind our lines, but a long-range shell had actually hit one of the Battalion cookers and “napooed” it completely.
- (UK, army, slang) There is no more.