shovel and broom n.
(Aus./US) a room.
|N.Z. Truth 31 Jan. 2/8: I went up the apples and pears [...] to the shovel and broom (to my room), put my lump of lead on the weeping willow [...] and ploughed the ocean deep.|
|Chicago May: Her Story in Hamilton (1952) 132: Shovel and broom – room.|
|Grimhaven 180: ‘We took the chump for his Simple Simons,’ a man declares, ‘and made for the shovel and broom.’.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Shovel, living quarters; a room.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 418: My rent is away overdue for the shovel and broom.‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in|
|AS XXI:1 Feb. 47: shovel and broom. A room. (Origin uncertain, American or English.) May be American. If British, it is much rarer than birch broom.‘Some Notes on Rhyming Argot’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edns).|