Off-like-a-bride-s-nightie meaning

(Australia, slang, simile) Making a rapid departure; away. [From 1960.]
  • (Australia, horse racing) Moving quickly and resolutely.

Just before it was to be his shout, he was off like a bride′s nightie.

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Origin of off-like-a-bride-s-nightie

  • A reference to the supposed eagerness of just-married couples to have sexual intercourse on the night of their wedding. Australian from 1960.

    From Wiktionary