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The Balloon: A colloquial term used of any event, e.g. "What time does the Balloon go up?" the speaker meaning "What time is the parade?" Usually referring to a Pay Parade. c.f. the Theatrical slang expression: "When does the ghost walk?"[1]

References / notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.15.

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The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain during the Great War, which also includes: technicalities, trench slang, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, sobriquets, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used, and have been transcribed from three primary sources (see contents). Feel free to help improve this content.
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