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|English to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: to have a monk on|
|Would anybody know where the idiom "to have a monk on" originates? If so, please indicate your sources. Thank you.|
|English translation:more info|
I have found a reference to this expression in the dictionary of colloquialisms:
"monk on Noun. A bad mood, a temper. (Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire/NE Midlands use) "
Thinking about it further, I realise that one possible explanation is that often monks were bound to silence as part of their vows and the main characteristic of someone 'with a monk on' would be looking straight-faced and not saying a word...
Just need to prove this hypothesis, now...
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