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Drum and Bass

Drum and Bass is Cockney slang for Place.

The word "drum" to describe a home came about long before the style of music drum and bass. It's a great example of Reattachment - where a slang expression (not necessarily rhyming slang) gets reattached to a more modern phrase.

The word drum was originally used to describe a room or prison cell or even a road. It then became confined to only mean the home. Finally this was rhymed with Drum and Bass giving its modern interpretation.

Credit: contributed by Danny on 21-Apr-2000.

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