(do me a) lemon
• a popular phrase that I have had trouble finding a firm meaning for. I understand it to mean "do me a favour !" and can only think 'lemon' must be short for the Rhyming Slang for 'lemon flavour'
• 'favour'. The term is used as if to say "you must be joking !".

Londonisms dictionary. 2014.

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