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Calling Terms

Bingo callers in the UK traditionally use nicknames to refer to the numbers drawn. These calling terms sometimes rhyme and many date back decades.

1
Kelly’s eye (after one-eyed Australian gangster Ned Kelly), Little Jimmy, First on the board
2
Little duck, Me and you, Home alone, Peek a boo
3
One little flea, Cup of tea, Monkey on the tree
4
The one next door, On the floor, Shut the door
5
One little snake, Man alive
6
Chopsticks, Tom’s tricks, In a fix
7
Hockey stick, Crutch, Lucky seven, God’s in heaven, David Beckham
8
One fat lady, At the gate
9
Doctor’s orders
10
Downing street, Big fat hen, Cock and hen, Uncle Ben
11
Legs, Chicken legs, Skinny legs
12
One dozen, One doz’ if one can
13
Unlucky for some, Bakers’ dozen
14
Valentines day
15
Rugby team
16
Sweet sixteen, Never been kissed
17
Dancing queen (from the Abba song of the same name), Posh and Becks
18
Key of the door, Coming of age
19
Goodbye teens
20
Blind 20, One score
21
Royal salute, Key of the door
22
Two little ducks
23
A duck and a flea, The Lord’s my shepherd (from Psalm 23)
24
Two dozen
25
Duck and dive
26
Bed and breakfast (traditional price was 2 shillings 6 pence), Half a crown (equivalent to 2 shillings 6 pence)
27
Gateway to heaven, Little duck with a crutch
28
Duck and its mate
29
Rise and shine
30
Dirty Gertie, Speed limit
31
Get up and run
32
Buckle my Shoe
33
Two little fleas, Sherwood forest (all the trees)
34
Ask for more
35
Jump and jive, Flirty wives
36
Three dozen
37
A flea in heaven
38
Christmas cake
39
All the steps (from the 1935 Hitchcock film), Jack Benny
40
Two score, Life begins at, Naughty 40
41
Life’s begun, Time for fun
42
Whinny the Poo
43
Down on your knees
44
All the fours
45
Halfway house, Halfway there
46
Up to tricks
47
Four and seven
48
Four dozen
49
PC (for police constable), Copper
50
Bulls eye, Half a century, Hawaii five O
51
I love my mum
52
Weeks in a year, Pack ‘o cards
53
Stuck in the tree, The joker
54
Clean the floor
55
Snakes alive, All the fives
56
Was she worth it? (From the original price of a wedding contract)
57
Heinz varieties, All the beans
58
Make them wait, Choo choo Thomas
59
Brighton line (the London-Brighton engine was number 59)
60
Three score, Five dozen
61
Bakers bun
62
Tickety boo, Turn on the screw
63
Tickle me
64
The Beatles number, Red raw
65
Old age pension
66
Clickety click, All the sixes
67
Made in heaven
68
Saving grace
69
Either way up, The French connection
70
Three score and ten
71
Bang on the drum, Lucky one
72
A crutch and a duck, Par for the course (from golf)
73
Crutch with a flea, Lucky three
74
Candy store, Grandmamma of Bingo, Lucky four
75
Granddaddy of Bingo, Lucky five
76
Trombones, Lucky six
77
All the sevens, Two little crutches, The double hockey stick, Lucky seven
78
Heavens gate, Lucky eight
79
Lucky nine
80
Gandhi’s breakfast, Eight and blank
81
Fat lady and a little wee, Stop and run
82
Fat lady with a duck, Straight on through
83
Fat lady with a flea, Time for tea, Ethel’s Ear
84
Seven dozen
85
Staying alive
86
Between the sticks
87
Fat lady with a crutch
88
Two fat ladies, Wobbly wobbly, All the eights
89
Nearly there, All but one
90
Top of the shop, Top of the house, End of the line

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