This was part of the Uxbridge English Dictionary part of ISIHAC (I'm sorry I haven't a clue). The word was 'hors d'oeuvre' and the definition was 'ladies who hang around diesel pumps'. I don't get it.

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    I don't get it either, but "hor" sounds like "whore," at least in my dialect. That's the "ladies" bit, at least. – Azor Ahai -- he him Dec 19 '16 at 22:51
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    DERV = Diesel-Engined Road Vehicle, so: "Whore DERV" – Mick Dec 19 '16 at 22:52
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    Yeah, that's a real groaner. – Hot Licks Dec 19 '16 at 23:02
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    @Andrew You have excellent taste, sir. ;-) – Mick Dec 19 '16 at 23:12

"Hors d'oeuvre" is a pun on "whore DERV". Whore is fairly obvious, and DERV is a [UK] acronym for "Diesel-Engined Road Vehicle". In the UK, when diesel cars were uncommon, diesel fuel pumps for lorries (trucks) used to be labelled DERV.

Actually, the pun is the other way round. Never mind.

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