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What's the meaning of the phrase 'Rosie Lee'?


What's the origin of the phrase 'Rosie Lee'?

The origin of this example of Cockney rhyming slang isn't known. We can say for sure that it doesn't derive from the name of the burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee as the expression, which is known in print from 1925, pre-dates her working life.