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Tom and Jerry

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The phrase Tom and Jerry has a several meanings:

  • Tom and Jerry was originally a pairing of names from Pierce Egan's Life in London, or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom. Egan was a noted chronicler of London low life of the Regency Period (1810-1820), when the rich young bucks of London like Tom and Jerry were notorious for roistering in the streets, breaking windows, and assaulting passers-by.
  • A Tom and Jerry shop was a low beer hall in the 19th century, a name derived both from Egan's work and from the older name Jerry shop that predated Egan.
  • The verb to Tom and Jerry means "to engage in riotous behavior".
  • Tom and Jerry was a series of cartoons produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), featuring a hapless cat (Tom) endlessly chasing a clever mouse (Jerry).


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