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I was watching a video called "Amnesia day" by Juice Media and I heard this phrase:

Come on straya! Crack a tinnie! Char a baby sheep! Stick a flag on your car! Or on your knob!

I was feeling pretty confident about my English until I heard these sentences. Can someone explain what do they mean? I only understood the flag part.

Note: They are Australian so it probably has to do with something from Australian accent and culture.

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    Don't let this affect your confidence - the vast majority of non-Australasian native English speakers also struggle with "Strine," which is an Australian slang term for Australian slang. I can guess all of these, but this whole quote is deliberately difficult for non-Australians. Although "knob" is also British slang. Commented Dec 22, 2020 at 0:50

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Come on straya - ‘straya’ is phonetically-spelled way of the abbreviation of Australia. Just imagine you’re drunk and say it.

Crack a tinnie - Crack open a tin of beer - crack could be considered onomatopoeic

Char a baby sheep - Cook some lamb, probably on the barbecue since char implies fire and Australia is stereotypically associated with barbecuing.

Stick a flag on your car or on your knob - Deliberate over exaggeration to encourage large shows of patriotism.

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    I'm baffled by "Stick a flag on your... knob." I'm in the U.S., and I'm not familiar with flags being stuck on door knobs or any other kind of knob. Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 17:31
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    @WayneConrad I’d lower your mind toward the gutter and think of a piece of male anatomy one could metaphorically reference as a flag pole :)
    – Arkhem
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 17:41
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    Thanks for the explanation. Now I understand why you did not elaborate on that in your answer. Please forget I asked. :) Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 17:44
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    the video shows a durex condom with an Australian flag on it youtu.be/BaA0hZ406YY?t=64
    – hojusaram
    Commented Dec 22, 2020 at 7:56
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    @hojusaram A condom with a national flag on it is for those who think being figuratively screwed by their country just isn't enough.
    – Deepak
    Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 12:04

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