on the wallaby track

on the wallaby track
On the wallaby track
(AU) In Australian English, if you're on the wallaby track, you are unemployed.

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  • on the wallaby — or on the wallaby track (informal; Aust) Travelling through the bush with one s swag, esp looking for work • • • Main Entry: ↑wallaby …   Useful english dictionary

  • wallaby track — /ˈwɒləbi træk/ (say woluhbee trak) noun Colloquial the route across country taken by workers looking for seasonal employment usually while living as swagmen. See wallaby (def. 3) …  

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  • track — I. /træk / (say trak) noun 1. a road, path, or trail. 2. the structure of rails, sleepers, etc., on which a railway train or the like runs; a railway line. 3. the mark, or series of marks, left by anything that has passed along. 4. (especially… …  

  • wallaby track, on the — Australian English To wander from place to place in search of work (archaic) …   English dialects glossary

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