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 Post subject: ' Band in the nick'
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:20 pm 

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Anyone heard the phrase ' keeping the band in the nick'? Used to describe a fair weather friend who only keeps in occasional touch to keep the band in the nick.

It may have lost some of it's translation over generations but I cannot work out what the phrase actually means?


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 Post subject: Re: ' Band in the nick'
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:39 am 
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Never, ever heard of that one.

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 Post subject: Re: ' Band in the nick'
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:43 pm 

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:roll: I have a feeling that this should be in the 'just for laughs' category.

Or maybe people I know have a language all of their own :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:49 am 
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It's a new one on me :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:24 am 

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I too had never heard of it but guessed it was something to do with machinery. I then found the following using Google:

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ances ... 32.html#m1

Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion

Keep t'band in't nick
Maintain a relationship.
I sent her a birthday card, just to keep t' band in t' nick
The expression comes from the mill-worker's task of ensuring that the yarn did not jump out of the guiding mechanism, and the driving rope or belt did not come off the wheel.
See Mill band

Mill band
The rope or belt which drove a machine in the mill.
On bonfire night, this was a popular means of lighting fireworks, because the oil-soaked rope could be lit and would burn slowly during the celebrations.
Keep t'band in t'nick


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 Post subject: Re: ' Band in the nick'
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:26 pm 

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:D Thanks Ruth, we now have learnt something new, I'm sure this applies to one person I know or :? thought I did.


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