T-learning # Idiom
Speak Like a Native

Bob’s your uncle !

Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) very close

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b) very fun

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c) very simple

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Bob’s your uncle, is something that you say after you have explained how to do something, to emphasize that it will be simple and successful.

French translation

Et voilà ! C’est aussi simple que ça !

How NOT to translate : *Bob est ton oncle


Examples in context

‘Bee rustlers add to misery of struggling hive owners

Ms Spence, who keeps her hives on industrial land at a secret location in Cardiff, had already lost one of her three colonies to the poor weather.
She says she knows of around 10 other hives being stolen this year alone and said she believes the perpetrators knew what they were doing.
"We have small carrying boxes for bees which will take about six frames - I can only presume that they came equipped with one of those boxes.
"They lifted the six frames out of the hive complete with the colony on it, put them in the box, shut the box up, Bob’s your uncle, away they go, and probably as quickly as that.’

BBC News, 25th May 2013


‘Michael Gove criticises ’ridiculous’ number of PM’s Etonians
The number of former Eton pupils in Prime Minister David Cameron’s inner circle is "ridiculous", Education Secretary Michael Gove has said.
It would be wrong to blame the individuals concerned, said Mr Gove, but he added : "It’s a function of the fact that, as we pointed out a couple of years ago, more boys from Eton went to Oxford and Cambridge than boys eligible for free school meals."
Mr Gove appeared to draw a parallel between Mr Cameron and the 19th and early 20th Century Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, who is partly remembered for appointing his nephew to the cabinet.
He said : "At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Conservative cabinet was called Hotel Cecil. The phrase ’Bob’s your uncle’ came about. It’s preposterous."’

BBC News, 15th March 2014


Everyday usage

Look, do this and then Bob’s your uncle ! How simple it is !

A few carefully thought-out decorative references, a small Chinese piece here, an Indonesian chest of drawers there, rearranging your old furniture to highlight the newcomers, and Bob’s your uncle !