come up with the rations


come up with the rations
   British
   to be awarded as a matter of routine
   An army use where campaign medals were not valued highly and those for bravery appeared to be awarded at random:
    'Bit of decoration. Congratulations.' 'Came up with the rations.' He took the ribbon. But if he joked he was pleased in his soul. (J. A. Lee, 1937)
   Now used of routine awards to British functionaries and time-servers.

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