Trolleys! Are They Just a Load of Pants?

Some pants yesterday

Some pants yesterday

Sue writes asking about the derivation of the term “trolleys”. She knows the expression is used to mean underpants, but where the heck does it come from?

We found out it’s quite a recent expression. Possibly originally from the Royal Navy, originating in the late 20th century and gaining popularity in the 70’s and 80’s. We found it’s possibly a shortening of “trolley wags” which is Cockney Rhyming Slang for “bags” – bags being another word for trousers.

So there’s some confusion over whether trolleys means pants or trousers. In our household it means trousers but there’s no doubt other people use it to mean pants!

What do you think folks?

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10 responses to “Trolleys! Are They Just a Load of Pants?”

  1. Moses says:

    I must mean Trousers because the trousers bags all the ballocks. Init

  2. Anyways says:

    Shut up sabo.

    Used in BBC’s series New Tricks by Tube (Underground rail) maintenance man in referring to dead man’s trousers.

    As in: "He had piss and shit running down his trolleys…."

    Trolley wags = bags = slang for old fashionable (1900s?) Oxford bags = voluminous trews. It’s old. Not underpants. Which Brits just call pants = adams.

    Could be confusing.

    Trolley and Tram = Ham.

    Trolley and Truck = F**k.

    There’s not much real cockney left in London. Go find an old geyser to natter wiv.

  3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang says:

    Sue writes askin’ abaht the bloomin’ derivation of the chuffin’ term "trolleys". she knows the bleedin’ expression is used ter mean Beetles And Ants, but where the ‘eck does it come from? we found aahhht it’s quite a recent expression. possibly originally from the royal Peas ‘n Gravy, originatin’ in the Cilla Black 20f century and gainin’ popularity in the 70’s and 80’s.

  4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang says:

    I find this wind incredibly made up, maybe the bloody Tom, Dick and Harry is accurate, but the chuffin’ translator is barely updated, so it’s very rathead, I will use anovver translator, updated daily, ter Rabbit and Pork ter those thumb-suckin’ weirdos talkin’ ’round wif a shitty accent.

  5. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang says:

    If there was a ratin’ ter this whole wind and blog and tom Brad Pitt, and translators and such, I would rate this under the bloody allowed ratings, Mae West regards, this wind sucks.

  6. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang says:

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  7. Debbie Eklund says:

    That must have been what my Dad meant when he said "Don’t drop your trolleys" as I was going out on a date. I am from Liverpool.

  8. Debbie Eklund says:

    That must have been what my Dad meant when he said "Don’t drop your trolleys" as I was going out on a date.

  9. brian lee says:

    where does the word pony meaning 25 quid come from.