Macquarie Dictionary


Hop in your paddock-basher

Ever find yourself stuck in traffic on a single lane road out in the bush? Chances are you might be beeping your horn at a paddock-basher

Pass any farm and you will see these beat up old vehicles lined up in various stages of rust. Paddock-bashers are often unregistered and primarily used for driving around rural properties, especially fields, an act unsurprisingly known as paddock-bashing, funny that

These vehicles are also known as paddock thrashers, which sounds a bit like thresher, another farm vehicle, or paddy bashers, which sounds a bit like we are about to run the Irish out of town. 

It isn’t all rusted cars and beaten up tractors out in rural Australia. Rather than hop in their paddy basher, some farmers use drones to survey their land. 

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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