Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ballocks! excl.

also bollacks! bollicks! bollix! bollocks! bollocky! bollox!
[ballocks n. (4); ult. ballocks n. (1)]

1. rubbish! nonsense!

[UK] ‘Session of the Poets’ in Lord Poems on Affairs of State (1963) I 354: ‘Ballocks!’ cries Newport, ‘I hate that dull rogue.’.
[UK]Rochester (attrib.) Sodom IV v: Let’s see the late improvement of your art: / Bollocks! the Dildoes are not worth a fart.
[US] in R.G. Carter Four Brothers in Blue (1978) 4 May 253: Becoming enraged, and forgetting his orders [...] he [an Irishman] broke out into several loud ‘Bocklishes’ [sic].
[US]Hecht & MacArthur Front Page Act I: Oh, bollacks!
[UK]‘George Orwell’ Keep The Aspidistra Flying (1962) 90: This writing business! What b—s it all is!
[UK]P. Larkin letter 9 Dec. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 4: I suppose my writing is terrible. Sod & ballocks, anyway.
[UK]R. Grinstead They Dug a Hole 115: ‘Don’t tell me a few S.S. men are after getting you down.’ ‘Getting me down, my bollocks!’ snapped Blunderbank.
[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Ridge and River (1966) 161: ‘Bollocky!’ he said, in a surprised voice.
[UK]M. Pugh Chancer 98: ‘Oh ballocks,’ his son replied.
[UK]K. Amis letter 9 Apr. in Leader (2000) 591: Bleeding ballocks to it all.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 147: ‘Ah, bollox,’ said Marchmare.
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene iii: Bollocks!
[Aus]P. Pinney Restless Men 68: ‘Salvation Army in Brisbane [...] Better than either here or the bush.’ ‘Bollicks,’ said the fat man.
[UK]B.S. Johnson All Bull 11: Those Z-reservists who, on receiving their recall papers for the Suez crisis, sent them back with the one word bollocks scrawled across them.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 34: ‘Cheap at the price, son,’ he said. ‘B-bollocks,’ said Moxey.
[Aus]T. Winton That Eye, The Sky 88: ‘Oh, bollocks.’ ‘Tegwyn, another word like that and you can go to your room.’.
[UK]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 33: ‘Can’t leave you on your own. No telling what you might get up to.’ ‘Bollocks.’.
[Ire]R. Doyle Snapper 139: Bollox! I’ve left my watch in work again.
[UK]Observer Screen 4 July 16: ‘Happy New Year, sir,’ say the press. ‘Bollocks,’ is the Duke’s response.
[UK]Guardian 21 Jan. 32: ‘Bollocks to that,’ I says.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 116: Meybe me mam’ll stop drinkin. An meybe ah’ll win the lottery. Ah bollox.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 3: Bollix. Dont touch nuthin.
[UK]C. Brookmyre Be My Enemy 123: ‘You’re fucking fired [...]’ ‘Bollocks she is,’ Ger interjected.
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 44: Just stick your head in and shout: Me and Jordan: Bollocks!

2. an excl. of derision.

[UK]M.F. Caulfield Black City 75: ‘Ach, it’s all over now,’ said O’Connor. [...] ‘Bollix the over!’ said Young. ‘Not as far as we’re concerned.’.
[Ire]J.P. Donleavy Ginger Man (1958) 178: ‘God save the King.’ ‘Bollocks the King.’.
[Ire]F. Mac Anna Cartoon City 48: ‘It’s true, he’s an international club DJ now.’ ‘My granny’s bollocks.’.
[UK]J. Joso Soothing Music for Stray Cats 26: They made announcements, some sort of problem [...] they’d give us more information as it came to them, bollocks they would.

3. a general excl. of annoyance, frustration.

[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 49: Put the boot in with shrieks of ‘bollocks!’.
[UK]Viz Oct./Nov. 29: Officer! Arrest that man! Sodding bollocks!
[Ire]R. Doyle Snapper 196: Oh, bollix to it.