Definition of The Grand Old Duke of York from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Grand Old Duke of York

 
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a British nursery rhyme about the Duke of York, a soldier who was the second son of George III. It is sometimes quoted when somebody cannot decide what to do. The first verse is:
Oh the Grand old Duke of YorkHe had ten thousand men,He marched them up to the top of the hillAnd he marched them down again.