Macquarie Dictionary


Classic Aussie pick-up line; “You’ll do”

You’ll do is an Australian exclamation of strong approval, affirmation, etc. Below is an example of this from author Ray Harris.

`He’ll do, Mat,’ he said softly. `You’d think he’d been driving steam engines for twenty years.’ –RAY HARRIS, 1954.

Of course, more generally it is known as a great Aussie compliment. The somewhat risque entry in one of our slang publications (we’ll leave it to you to find which one) had this example sentence:

He had muscles on his muscles and thighs like tree trunks. I looked at him and said ‘You’ll do’.

Have you ever used this phrase or had it used on you? We’d love your wild and woolly stories below.

Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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