sweet Fanny Adams n.
1. absolutely nothing at all.
|Derby Dly Teleg. 27 Jan. 2/4: Described as ‘the go one better’ revue, ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’ or ‘San Fari Ann,’ whichever way one reads the posters.|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 19: Hon all sides, wot did the soldjers see? ’Y, sweet Fanny Adams!|
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier 123: F.A.—Sometimes lengthened into Sweet F.A. or bowdlerized into Sweet Fanny Adams. Used to mean ‘nothing’ where something was expected.|
|🎵 Sweet F.A.‘Sweet Fanny Adams’|
|Eve. Post (Wellington, NZ) 27 Oct. 24/1: That was not [...] the ‘Fanny Adams’ alluded to by soldiers, but ‘sweet Fanny Adams’.|
|‘Sweet Fanny Adams’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 27: Now all that is left on the old oak tree / Is SWEET F.A.|
|letter 24 Oct. in Leader (2000) 99: Needless to say, there was sweet fa by me in it.|
|Jimmy Brockett 124: You got sweet F.A. from that crowd.|
|Fings I i: What you got? You know damn well wot I got – sweet fanny adams.|
|For Your Eyes Only (1962) 165: For three months of the year I have a fine holiday that costs me just sweet Fatty Arbuckle!|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 101: I feel kinda proud sittin’ here doin’ sweet Fanny Adams.|
|Aussie Eng. (1966) 78: S.F.A. Or Sweet F.A. Nothing.|
|(con. 1913) Born to Fight 61: [W]hen I wondered what my pay would be there was an answering chorus of, ‘Sweet F.A.’.|
|Sir, You Bastard 124: You’ve sweet FA to lose anyway.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 109: Nothing, sweet Fanny Adams, not a sausage.|
|An Eng. Madam 36: You got me for sweet Fanny Adams.|
|Complete Barry McKenzie 11: Sweet F.A. That’s what I got for flogging the local drop in this dump.|
|Indep. Mag. 16 Oct. 35: The expression ‘sweet FA,’ for instance, refers to little Fanny Adams, an eight-year-old girl who was dismembered in a Hampshire hop garden in 1867.|
|Dead Souls 156: It seems like a lot of hard work and sweet FA to show for it.|
|White Trash 258: Nurses [...] lend a helping hand and get sweet FA in return.|
|Indep. Rev. 1 Oct. 5: I have Sweet Fanny Adams left in my wallet.|
|(con. 1960s-70s) Top Fellas 58/2: [The books] have sweet Fatty Arbuckle to do with your genuine article skinheads.|
|Truth 53: Chief Commissioner David Gillam, the so-called new broom, done nothing except sweep the dirt around and under the carpet. Achieved sweet fanny.|
|in Guardian 2 Aug. 🌐 Trumps mission is to rescue America from the evil that is Clinton. Obama has done sweet FA in 8 years, Clinton will just carry that on whilst quietly raping the coffers.|
|Silver [ebook] ‘Then we [...] get a court order to sell the factory and the land, and distribute any proceeds. But it would be cents in the dollar. Sweet FA’.|
2. the buttocks, the posterior [play on fanny n.1 (3)].
|They Drive by Night 275: All I got to do is weigh up when the topper’s likely to get to work and give a jump into the air. Well, down I come on sweet fanny adams and break my bleeding neck. It’s me who’s killed myself.|
3. nonsense; as an excl.: rubbish! piffle!
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 78: Never, definitely never, have I heard such a load of Sweet Fanny Adams as this horrible man comes out with.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 139: Practical jokers, sweet Fanny Adams!|
|White with Wire Wheels (1973) 215: Sweet Fanny Adams.|