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shonky, chook, lob, fair dinkum, she'll be right, cozzie, skite, ridgy didge, fair go, rip snorter

1. a chicken

2. swimming suit

3. boast, brag

4. true, the truth

5. dubious, underhanded

6. a chance 

7. drop in to see someone 

8. original, genuine

9. great, fantastic 

10. it'll turn out okay

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1. Chook: a chicken

2. Cozzie: swimming costume

3. Shonky: dubious, underhanded e.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc.

4. Deadset: true, the truth

5. Fair dinkum: true, genuine

6. Fair go: a chance ("give a bloke a fair go")

7. Lob, lob in: drop in to see someone ("the rellies have lobbed")

8. Ridgy-didge: original, genuine

9. Rip snorter: great, fantastic - "it was a rip snorter of a party"

10. She'll be right: it'll turn out okay

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