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More from the British movie The Football Factory. In the following dialogue, the main character, a Cockney English speaker played by actor Danny Dyer, waxes philosophical about why he enjoys being a football hooligan and would rather do nothing else on a weekend:

What else are you gonna do on a Saturday? Sit in your fuckin' armchair wankin' off to Pop Idols? Then try and avoid your wife's gaze as you struggle to come to terms with your sexless marriage? Then go and spunk your wages on kebabs, fruit machines and brasses? Fuck that for a laugh! I know what I'd rather do. Tottenham away — love it!

I'm guessing this is slang of some sort, and I'd love to understand what he means by each word.

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A kebab is a type of fast food; in the UK it's often associated with post-pub eating.

A fruit machine is a gambling device; in the UK you can often find one in a pub.

"Brass" in this context puzzles me, but Wiktionary suggests (see "Translations") that it can be a slang term for a prostitute. That seems the most likely interpretation of the ones I can find.

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I think brasses is Cockney rhyming slang for prostitutes: "brass nail" => tail. –  Robusto Apr 17 '11 at 12:27
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@Robusto: Aye, brasses in that context does mean prostitutes or related stuff, strip club girls, etc. –  Orbling Apr 17 '11 at 21:17
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Kebab is not a slang term in any respect, just a Turkish/Greek fast food - there are kebab shops everywhere. A fruit machine is our phrase for what Americans call a slot machine, fruit because most of the earlier ones had fruit pictures on the reels and mainly still do. –  Orbling Apr 17 '11 at 21:19

To add to Peter's answer, with the parts he did not cover.

The "spunk your wages" bit, spunk means ejaculate, it's an odd phrase, but people often say "blow your wages", meaning spend them quickly, waste them on nothing. "blow your load" also means ejaculate, so it is an easy crossover.

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