18+ banner
bingo lingo header

Understanding the common bingo calls

When you first start playing tombola you might think that every other player knows this secret language and some of it might seem quite weird. Well you’d be kind of right; bingo does have its own language, or bingo lingo. There’s a whole set of phrases that go hand in hand with playing bingo, but don’t worry we’re here to help you learn the different names for bingo, sayings used in our Chat Rooms and some bingo general knowledge.

Games

Ready to get started? Here's some useful bingo terms for when you're playing our games.

90 ball bingo – this is a game of bingo that has 90 balls, ours is called bingo90.

Call – this refers to each number as it is drawn, in a bingo hall these numbers would be called out, hence the term call.

Dab/auto dab – in a bingo hall players would mark their ticket with a round ended pen known as a bingo dabber. When we play online bingo we can choose to dab our own tickets or set the game to auto-dab or auto-mark the tickets as the game plays out. There’s no need to worry if you think you missed a number, our games will catch you up and let you know if you are a winner.

1-Line prize – this is a prize awarded to the first player to mark off one horizontal line of numbers on their ticket.

2-Line prize - this is a prize awarded to the first player to mark off two horizontal lines of numbers on the same ticket.

Full House prize – this is a prize awarded to the first player to mark off all their numbers on one ticket. Multiple players can win the Full House prize at the same time.

Jackpot – this is a prize awarded to the first player to mark off all their numbers on one ticket within a certain number of calls. The number of calls varies from game to game and can be found in each game’s ‘how to play’ section.

Link game – in some of our games every half hour, all the clubs join together to play one big Link game, so called because the games are all linked up. Everyone will play one big game together. In the night when it is quieter some of our games link together for longer.

Bingo Calls

It's traditional that every number called from 1 to 90 has a different phrase associated with it. Some of these have historical links dating back to when the game first became popular, others change regularly - such as Number 10 which is always uses the name of the current Prime Minister!

Click to see the full list of bingo calls

Number

Bingo Call

1

Kelly's Eye

2

One Little Duck

3

Cup of Tea

4

Knock at the Door

5

Man Alive

6

Half a Dozen - Tom Mix

7

Lucky Seven

8

Garden Gate

9

Doctor's Order

10

(Prime Minister)'s Den

11

Legs Eleven

12

One Dozen

13

Unlucky for Some

14

Valentine's Day

15

Young and Keen

16

Sweet Sixteen and Never Been Kissed

17

Dancing Queen

18

Coming of Age

19

Goodbye Teens

20

One Score

21

Royal Salute - Key of the Door

22

Two Little Ducks

23

Thee and Me

24

Two Dozen

25

Duck and Dive

26

Pick and Mix

27

Gateway to Heaven

28

In a State - Overweight

29

Rise and Shine

30

Dirty Gertie

31

Get up and Run

32

Buckle my Shoe

33

Dirty Knee - All the Threes - Fish, Chips and Peas

34

Ask for More

35

Jump and Jive

36

Three Dozen

37

More than Eleven

38

Christmas Cake

39

39 Steps

40

Life Begins

41

Time for Fun

42

Winnie-the-Pooh

43

Down on your Knees

44

Droopy Drawers

45

Halfway There

46

Up to Tricks

47

Four and Seven

48

Four Dozen

49

PC

50

Half a Centry

51

Tweak of the Thumb

52

Danny La Rue

53

Here Comes Herbie - Stuck in a Tree

54

Clean the Floor

55

Snakes Alive

56

Shotts Bus

57

Heinz Varieties

58

Make them Wait

59

Brighton Line

60

Five Dozen

61

Baker's Bun

62

Turn the Screw - Tickety-Boo

63

Tickle Me Sixty Three

64

Red Raw

65

Old Age Pension

66

Clickety Click

67

Stairway to Heaven

68

Saving Grace

69

Favourite of Mine

70

Three Score and Ten

71

Bang on the Drum

72

Six Dozen

73

Queen Bee

74

Hit the Floor

75

Strive and Strive

76

Trombones

77

Sunset Strip

78

39 More Steps

79

One More Time

80

Eight and Blank - Older callers might use 'Ghandi's Breakfast' -"Ate Nothing"!

81

Stop and Run

82

Straight on Through

83

Time for Tea

84

Seven Dozen

85

Staying Alive

86

Between the Sticks

87

Torquay in Devon

88

Two Fat Ladies

89

Nearly There

90

Top of the Shop

Chat Rooms

Come and join the friendly conversation in our Chat Rooms, and get to grips with some of the popular bingo lingo we use there.

WDW – Well Done Winners. You’ll see this a lot as our players congratulate each other.

GL – Good Luck. Players will send each other luck just before a game starts.

GLE/GLA – Good Luck Everyone/All.

3tg – this means 3 to go, the player is saying they just need 3 more numbers to reach the next prize.

CM – This means Chat Moderator.

WB – this means Welcome Back.

LTNS – which means Long Time No See. Our CMs are always happy to see you!

feedback