Get your ears put back

The home of the Lonsdale Battalion 1914-1918

Get your ears put back: A colloquial phrase at the front for "Get your hair cut!" As men were compelled by regulation to keep their hair closely trimmed and cut quite short for reasons of health and cleanliness, the regulation was strictly enforced and orders for men to "get their ears put back" were heard almost every day at parades.[1] A modern-day equivalent would be "Tom has had his ears lowered."

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  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.87.

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