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Old April 13th, 2016, 02:44 AM   #1
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MISC | Metro/subway idioms, phrases, sayings

"Métro, boulot, dodo" do the Parisians rhyme when they want to describe the monotonous daily routine of the big-city dwellers: "metro, work, sleep".

"Bist du in der U-Bahn geboren?" ("Are you born on a subway train?"), the people in Hamburg sometimes say when someone leaves a door open that was shut before.

Are there other common metro- or subway-related idioms, sayings or colloquialisms used in the cities around the world?
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Mind the gap springs to mind as a phrase a lot of people automatically associate with London.
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The San Francisco subway has been trying to get people to use the word "Bartable" but I don't think they've had much success.

http://bartable.bart.gov/
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2 from Sydney:

"Getting off at Redfern" is slang which has the same meaning as the expression "Abdominal Snowman". (Redfern is the last station before you arrive at Central and the Sydney CBD generally when coming from the south or the west, ie one stop before the main event.)

A common although no longer relevant expression is to "shoot through like a Bondi tram" - ie leave in a hurry.
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In Glasgow they refer to the Subway as 'the drain'
in London the announcements are sometimes in Patois
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2 from Sydney:

"Getting off at Redfern" is slang which has the same meaning as the expression "Abdominal Snowman". (Redfern is the last station before you arrive at Central and the Sydney CBD generally when coming from the south or the west, ie one stop before the main event.)
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In Glasgow they refer to the Subway as 'the drain'
Why is that? Wasn't it also nicknamed Clockwork Orange?
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In Copenhagen we have the same saying as in Hamburg.

Er du født i et S-tog
Ar you born in a S-train.
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