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Bob’s Your Uncle – Idiom of the Day

Posted: January 5, 2021 at 4:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Bob’s Your Uncle – Idiom of the Day


This is an informal British expression which conveys how easy it is to achieve a certain task.


No one knows for sure, but a common origin story is that the expression arose after the British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, (“Bob”) appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1887, an act of nepotism. From then on, “Bob’s your uncle” meant that you could achieve something quite easily.


  1. You just have to fill out an application form, and Bob’s your uncle.
  2. Scrambled eggs is the easiest thing to make. Just whisk some eggs, add them in the pan, move them about, and Bob’s your uncle.
  3. Treating a grazed knee is simple. Just wash it in cool water, add some coconut oil, and Bob’s your uncle.
  4. It’s not hard to get an A on this course. Just attend class regularly, go over your notes daily, and Bob’s your uncle.
  5. You know, killing someone isn’t really that complicated. You just slip something in their tea, and Bob’s your uncle. Remember, this is for educational purposes only!
  6. People think cooking steak is a lot harder than it actually is. You need to remember three things: the pan should be screaming hot, the meat should be at room temperature, and the fat or oil you’re cooking the steak in, should have a high smoke point. You got those three down, then Bob’s your uncle.
  7. People have no idea how easily their locks can be picked. All you need is the proper set of tools, and Bob’s your uncle.
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