Bingo Number Nicknames

During a bingo games the bingo callers will often use fun nicknames for the numbers. Usually they will state both digits individually then the whole number, such as “Two and One, Twenty-One”, and then follow it with the nickname.

Below you will find some of the most common number nicknames used in the UK.


22 - Two Little Ducks

22 - Two Little Ducks

Number Nickname
1 On its Own, Number one, Just Begun, Kelly’s Eye, At the Beginning, Start the Game
2 One Little Duck
3 The Pawnbroker’s… sign, Cup of Tea, One Little Flea, My little Fly, Dixie Lee
4 Knock at the Door
5 Man Alive, Jack’s alive
6 Just a Click, Chopsticks
7 Lucky for Some, Hope in Heaven
8 One Fat Lady, The Garden Gate
9 Doctor’s Orders (“Number 9 pill”)
10 Big Ben, Cock and Hen, Downing Street, Gordon’s Den (the name of current UK prime minister)
11 All the Ones, Legs Eleven, Chicken Legs
12 One Dozen,One Does One
13 Baker’s Dozen, Unlucky for Some, Lucky for Some
14 Valentine’s Day
15 Young and Keen
16 Sweet Sixteen
17 Never Been Kissed
18 Coming Of Age
19 Barry O’Callaghan’s a Ride!
20 Two-O Blind Twenty
21 Key of the Door
22 All the Twos, Two Little Ducks (players will often respond with “Quack quack!”), Dinky Doo
23 Thee and Me
24 Two Dozen
26 (Two and Six) Half a Crown, Pick and Mix, Bed and Breakfast
27 Duck and a Crutch, Gateway to Heaven
28 In a State
30 Three-O Blind Thirty, Dirty Gertie
33 All the Threes, Feathers, Come in For Ya Tea
37 More Than Eleven
38 You’re Late!, Top Date!
39 All the Steps (named for the novel The Thirty-Nine Steps)
40 Four-O Blind Forty, Over the Hill
41 Time for Fun
42 The meaning of life
44 All the Fours, Droopy Drawers
45 Halfway There
49 The policeman
50 Hawaii, Bulls eye, Five-O Blind Fifty, Halfway House
51 Tweak of the Thumb
52 Weeks in the year
55 All the Fives, Snakes Alive
57 Heinz Varieties
59 The Brighton Line
60 Six-O Blind Sixty
64 Red Raw, Knock on the Door, You’re Poor, Cat’s Paw
65 Old Age Pension
66 All the Sixes, Clickety-Click
69 Either Way Up, Dinner for Two, Any Way You Look At It
70 Seven-O Blind Seventy
71 Bang on the Drum
74 Candy Store
75 The Irish pension
76 Is She Worth It? (“Every penny!” is often called back from the players), Trombones
77 All the Sevens, Sunset Strip, Seventy Plus Seven, Crutches
79 One More Time, Seventy Plus Nine
80 Eight-O Blind Eighty
81 Stop and Run, Cinnamon Bun
86 Between the Sticks
88 All the Eights, Two Fat Ladies
89 Almost There
90 Top of the Shop, Top of the House

We’d love to hear if you know of any other number nicknames, simply leave a comment below and we will add them to the list.

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4 Comments on Bingo Number Nicknames

  1. mel says:

    I’ve heard 74 be called “candy store” and 41 called “time for fun”

  2. Amber | UK-Bingo.com says:

    Hi mel,

    Thanks for the nicknames, they are good ones, I will add them to the list.

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