[Ads-l] dob (someone in), v.

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Mon Oct 31 19:55:05 EDT 2016

>From GDoS:

dob (in) v.

[dial. dob, to put down with a sharp, abrupt motion](Aus./N.Z.) -- citations
from 1884 on.

dob oneself in (v.)

(Aus.) to let oneself in for problems.

1981 - 2002

1981 	  	B. Humphries Nice Night’s Entertainment
https://greensdictofslang.com/sources/2007 (1981) 42: She dropped the broad hint
that she’d like to go up to [...] Stratford some time [...] and I more or less
dobbed myself in.

... three citations in all.

Looks as if it starts English, moves to the Colonies, then tracks back to the

But I'm guessing ...


>     On 31 October 2016 at 23:18 Chris Waigl <chris at LASCRIBE.NET> wrote:
>     So my spouse comes down the stairs yesterday and says she has a question
>     about a word. An English word. A contact she is going to work with during
>     an upcoming (international) meeting wrote her that he "has dobbed [her] in
>     for a session with [person] about [complicated network security topic]".
>     The sense was something along the lines of "penciled her in" or "scheduled
>     her". Wictionary has a few senses of dob (v.), usually with the
> preposition
>     in, one of which is "To nominate a person, often in their absence, for an
>     unpleasant task", which is probably what we're dealing with. It's "chiefly
>     Australian", which fits because the speaker works for an organisation that
>     operates in the Asia/Pacific region. I don't have access to Macquarie. The
>     OED relates it to dab (v.), but only has the specialised sense dob on
>     someone = inform on someone, betray.
>     I'm somewhat doubtful that the episode indicates migratory tendencies on
>     the part of this word, but just in case others have noticed it, let it be
>     noted here.
>     Chris
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