pot and pan n.
1. a man; esp. as old pot and pan, often abbr. to old pot under old adj.
|Sporting Times 4 Sept. n.p.: The old pot and pan wasn’t there.‘Meg’s Diversion’|
|Aus. Lang. 270: Pot and pan, old man.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 269: I must die for the want o’ Johnny Rann, / No Little Nell shall be rung for / This Pope-o’-Romeless pot-’n-pan / My ding-dong has been sung for.|
|Crime in S. Afr. 106: When he talks of a ‘pot and pan’ he means a man.|
|Rhy. Cockney Sl.|
2. a father; often as old pot and pan.
|Sporting Times 3 Feb. 1/4: Do not doubt me, / I can’t give any lip to the old pot and pan, / For, as old as ’e is, ’e can out me!‘A Dangerous Dad’|
|Sporting Times 1 Feb. 1/3: I would barter my old pot and pan for less than half the money.‘Barter’|
|Twinkletoes 156: Her Dad — her old pot-and-pan — doing things like that. It wasn’t possible.|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Pot and Pan. The ‘old man’.|
|This Gutter Life 159: Blimey! worrer ole pot an ’pan I ’ad — bless yer ’eart.|
|Down Donkey Row 33: The pot and pan’ll give you a bit over for yerselves.|
|Cockney 294: ‘My old man’ may refer to either a husband or a father; but my old pot and pan [...] only to the latter.|
|Up the Frog 39: Pot ’n’ pan – Old man (father).|
|Ain’t It Grand 5: He said when he got out he really tanned me old man’s backside! It must have been a wasted effort, my old pot and pan never changed.|
3. a husband; often as old pot and pan.
|Fact’ry ’Ands 153: How’s yer ole pot-’n’-pan, Tutsie?|
|Sporting Times 22 Jan. 1/3: But she dreamt not that Winkins was her ‘pot and pan,’ / Because she only knew him as ‘Bill!’.‘Her Husband’s Name’|
|Monument 54: I’m asking if you’ll have me for your old pot and pan.|
|diary entry in Raiders Overhead (1980) 122: As I rode off Georgie 2 shouted after me, ‘Mind you wash your face before you kiss your old pot and pan, you dirty girl’.|
|Fields at Evening 68: [He] demanded how did she like her ‘old pot and pan’? She looked at him critically, straightened his bow-tie .|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 20: ‘Where’s your old pot and pan, not about?’ ‘Down at the pub.’.|
|Cockney Dialect and Sl. 98: Pot and pan ‘old man’, i.e. husband.|
|Cockney Rhy. Sl. [Internet] Old Pot and Pan: Old man (husband).|
|www.asstr.org [Internet] She’d given the peelers the good word on where her old pot and pan was stashing his stocks of bob hope.‘Dead Beard’ at|
|(con. 1932) Beyond Nab End 11: My ‘pot and pan’ works on the river.|