I. a harbourside suburb of Sydney, close to the city centre. II. phrases Balmain boys don’t cry
‹informal› used to emphasize the reputed toughness of men from Balmain
• Balmain boys don’t cry mate, they only bruise a little.
[coined by New South Wales Premier Neville Wran in 1983.]
– origin named after William Balmain, landowner 1762–1803.