Definition of Arthur Daley from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Arthur Daley

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a character in the British television series Minder (1979-1994). A Londoner who sells used cars and other goods, he is always interested in making money, not necessarily in an honest way, but is usually unsuccessful. He employs a ‚minder‘, Terry, to protect him. Some of the expressions Arthur Daley uses have also become part of the language. For example, he sometimes describes a business deal as 'a nice little earner', meaning that it will make him a lot of money easily. He also talks about his wife (who is never seen) as '‘er indoors'. The law will make things difficult for the Arthur Daleys of this world.