wallaby track, on the

wallaby track, on the
Australian English
To wander from place to place in search of work (archaic).

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  • wallaby track — /ˈwɒləbi træk/ (say woluhbee trak) noun Colloquial the route across country taken by workers looking for seasonal employment usually while living as swagmen. See wallaby (def. 3) …  

  • On the wallaby track — Artist Frederick McCubbin Year 1896 Type oil on canvas Dimensions 122.0 cm × 223.5 cm (48.0 in × 88.0 in) …   Wikipedia

  • on the wallaby track — on the wallaby or on the wallaby track (informal; Aust) Travelling through the bush with one s swag, esp looking for work • • • Main Entry: ↑wallaby …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the wallaby track — (AU) In Australian English, if you re on the wallaby track, you are unemployed …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • On the wallaby track — on the way from place to place (in search of work) …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • on the wallaby track — Australian Slang on the way from place to place (in search of work) …   English dialects glossary

  • wallaby — /ˈwɒləbi / (say woluhbee) noun (plural wallabies or, especially collectively, wallaby) 1. any of various smaller members of the family Macropodidae, many resembling kangaroos, belonging to a number of different genera, as Macropus (as the tammar… …  

  • track — I. /træk / (say trak) noun 1. a road, path, or trail. 2. the structure of rails, sleepers, etc., on which a railway train or the like runs; a railway line. 3. the mark, or series of marks, left by anything that has passed along. 4. (especially… …  

  • wallaby — n. (pl. ies) 1 any of various marsupials of the family Macropodidae, smaller than kangaroos, and having large hind feet and long tails. 2 (Wallabies) colloq. the Australian international Rugby Union team. Phrases and idioms: on the wallaby (or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the wallaby — The word wallaby (used to describe many smaller marsupials of the family Macropididae) is a borrowing into English from Dharuk (the Aboriginal language formerly spoken in the Sydney region). It first appears in written form in 1798. The term… …   Australian idioms

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