- : miserable as a bandicoot Extremely unhappy. Bandicoots are small marsupials with long faces, and have been given a role in Australian English in similes that suggest unhappiness or some kind of deprivation. The expression 'miserable as a bandicoot' was first recorded in 1845. A person can also be as 'bald as a bandicoot', as 'blind as a bandicoot', or be isolated 'like a bandicoot on a burnt ridge'.
Australian idioms. 2014.