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. Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 22:51
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    DERV = Diesel-Engined Road Vehicle, so: "Whore DERV"
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 22:52
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    Yeah, that's a real groaner.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 23:02
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    @Andrew You have excellent taste, sir. ;-)
    – Mick
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 23:12

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"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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