1. verbal effusiveness, usu. nonsensical.
|Night and the City 202: All this fanny about wrestlin’, all this madam.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 62: Since leaving school Joe has been a grafter and he can ‘spiel his fanny’ with the best of them.|
2. any form of story (poss. mendacious) designed to elicit money or sympathy, to provide excuses etc.
|(con. 1910s) Hell’s Kitchen 86: She was without money or food and the kiddie was ill. As she told the ‘fanny’ (story) the members of the gang all reached for their ‘kicks’.|
|Western Gaz. 18 Mar. 12/4: Yes, my ‘fanny’ had to be that drink was my downfall. Women always like to hear that one.|
|Farewell, Mr Gangster! 280: Slang used by English criminals [...] Put up the fanny – told false story.|
|Yorks. Post 23 May 6/5: The Pitcher’s Jargon [...] The modern ‘pitcher’ must have a good apperance, a clear and resonant voice, and a considerable knowledge of crowd psychology. [...] The tale he tells is his ‘fanny’.|
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 84: All a fanny, may I be topped if it ain’t.|
|Villain’s Tale 8: He could brazen out any sort of fanny that he put up to the filth, or stand a quizzing from a silk in court, but this situation was different.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] And don’t give me that old fanny about a losing streak.‘A Losing Streak’|
|‘Problem Drug Use and Probation in London: An Evaluation’ at www.kcl.ac.uk [Internet] People can feed you the biggest load of fanny.|
|Guardian 8 Feb. [Internet] PR types relentlessly hammer home the message that American football is ‘conquering the world’. And it’s all a load of fanny.|
3. in non-verbal sense, nonsense, absurdity.
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 51: All the usual fanny of cell light on all night, stripping me at bedtime and surprise searches of my cell.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Now that’s good out here in the nothin. Could mean fanny in town.|
4. a fit of temper.
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] fanny, dicky fit n. variation on radge.|
one who offers only empty boasts and promises.
|Not the End of the World 96: It reminded him of the corpses-in-waiting you saw on telly at Conservative Party conferences, chuckling vacantly at some fanny-merchant’s dismal, scripted one-liner.|
|Sun. Herald mag. (Glasgow) 11 June [Internet] These moments are interspersed with the wide eyed retellings of stories he heard from Dalgish – scoring against England at Wembley, psyching out Vinnie Jones (‘a fanny merchant’ apparently).|
(UK Und.) confidence tricksters.
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 78: You take a real worker — one ov the fanny mob or a cracksman or even a dip, anybody wiv a bit ov class, he’ll tell yer.|
to tell a deceitful story.
|‘Stir’ 65: ‘Spin a right fanny to the “Croaker”,’ advised Smith [OED].|
|They Drive by Night 83: You better say you work for the firm and all – Aberdonian Transit. Spin them a fanny.|
|Und. Nights 37: College Harry arrived [...] and span a fanny about how he was expecting a friend from the North who was coming straight on from Euston.|