Hackney Sandwich - A puzzle in Language
We know that the phrase today is made from two words - Hackney, and Sandwich. This explains the current meaning of the phrase such that when is offered a Hackney Sandwich, one expects to be shot/mugged (hackney) with a bread foodstuff (sandwich). This meaning is not too far from the truth.
The meaning of Hackney Sandwich is disputed. Some say it also means a sexual threesome involving two men and a woman from east london
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