Here are some lists compiled by Nicholas Denyer, with the aid of contributions from Sidney Allen, Cathy Atherton, Susan Aufgang, Lynne Broughton, Graham Chinner, James Clackson, Sarah Clackson, Chris Decker, Neil Hopkinson, Jane Hughes, Denis Marrian, Jeremy Maule, Robert Wardy.
JINGLE-JANGLES: (h)abdabs (the screaming) Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) AC/DC (bisexual) Acey Deucey (version of backgammon) airy-fairy Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) ambler gambler Andy Pandy (character on children's TV) argie-bargie ("ergo", as used in disputations) arsey darsey arsey-versey (head over heels) arty-farty arty-tarty Ashta-kashta (board game of Indian origin) baby boomer back pack Bali belly barmy army (England cricket supporters) BCBG ("bon chic, bon genre" = Sloaney) bee's knees better-notter big wig blackjack blue blood boho (Bohemian) bon ton boob tube boogie-woogie boo hoo Bow Bells bow wow boy toy (gun, fast car, etc.) brain drain bum boat bum chum (catamite; cf. "bosom friend") busy body busy Lizzie charivari cheeky chappie Chicken Licken (character in children's books) chiff-chaff chip shop chitter-chatter Chunky Monkey (brand of ice cream) clap-trap Click-Clack (brand of storage jars) clink-clank clip-clop clitter-clatter clunk-click (seat belt slogan) Coca Cola cop-shop cosi cosa creature-feature (item on Tiswas) creepy-crawly crinkum-crankum (knotted intricately) criss-cross crop-top culture vulture Curly-Whirly (brand of confectionary) CV date rape Dead head (fan of Grateful Dead) Delhi belly des. res. dicky ticker (bad heart; from "dicey ticker"?) dilly-dally ding-dong dippy-hippy (fatuously New Age) double trouble dream team Dreddhead Driller Killer (once notorious video nasty) drip-drop Dry Fly (brand of sherry) eager beaver easy osie (Scots: easy going) easy peasey even Stevens (fair shares) Evil Knievel (dare-devil motor-cyclist) fag hag (woman fond of homosexual men) fan-tan (Chinese gambling game) Fasta Pasta fat cat fee fi fo fum fender-bender (minor car accident) fell fiend fible fable fiddle faddle fiff-faff Fizz-Buzz (drinking game) flash-trash flat tack (NZ: tired out) flick-flack (type of somersault) flim-flam (sleight of hand or tongue) flip-flap (nonsense) flip-flop flower power Foxy Woxy (character in children's books) fro yo fuddy-duddy fun fur fun run funny bunny (funny peculiar) fuzzy wuzzy gang bang gee gaw geek chic gender bender Georgie Porgie gibble-gabble (foreign speech) ging gang (where horse walks to turn mill) God squad goosegog grandstand greenery-yallery hackerty-backerty (to count seconds) handstand handy-andies (brand of paper hankies) Handy Dandy (kissing game) Hanklyn-Janklin (updating of Hobson-Jobson) hanky-panky happy-clappy hard hat harum-scarum hashish hedgehog heebie-jeebies heigh ho hell's bells helter-skelter Henny-Penny (character in children's books) hey-day hickery-pickery (a type of drug) hickory-dickory hi fi higgledy-piggledy high five highlight hip hop (style of dancing) hippety-hoppety hobby-bobby (part-time PC) hobo Hobson-Jobson (Anglo-Indian dictionary) hocus pocus hoddy-noddy (a fool) Holy Moly! hogo (bad breath, from French "haut gout") hoity-toity hokey cokey holus bolus (bogus Latin: "entirely") Hong Kong honky tonky hootchi-coochi hotch-potch hot head hot pot hot shot hotsy-totsy how now? hubble-bubble hubbub hugger-mugger hullaballoo humdrum Humpty Dumpty Huncamunca (tragic heroine) hunky dorey hurdy gurdy hurly-burly hustle-bustle hysteron proteron icky wicky ill will itsy-bitsy Jeepers Creepers (American, to shun blasphemy) jibber-jabber jiggery-pokery jiggy-joggy (of rapid travel, on horse) jingle-jangle jim-jams (infantile: pajamas) jump jet kicky wicky (Shakespeare: wife) King Kong Kit Kat (brand of confectionary) knickerbockers knick-knack know how kowtow Ku Klux Klan Lanky Panky (character in children's books) lap-top Lib-Lab li-lo lily livered Linger-Longer (children's card game) linsey woolsey (Shakespeare: linen and wool mixed) listeria hysteria lock pick lovey-dovey lubbelly-jubbelly Mad Max mama Maui Wowee (form of cannabis) Mayday Milly Molly Mandy (character in children's books) mini crini Mini Minor mish-mash moaning minnie Mod Squad (on '60s TV) mop-chop (hair-cut) mumbo jumbo mummy muscle Mary (manly Lesbian) namby-pamby Naughty 'Nineties near beer night light nig-nog niminy-piminy nitty gritty nit wit no go noodnik (Yiddish: fusspot, fool) no show oboe (was once "haut bois") odd bods ogle-mogle (a pudding) Oingo-Boingo (a pop group) okey-dokey olde worlde omnium gatherum (bogus Latin) Organ Morgan (character in Under Milk Wood ) orang-utan Pall Mall palsy-walsy papa party pooper party popper pay-day peg leg pell-mell pen friend pen pal penny pincher Pickwick Papers Pfizer riser (aphrodisiac) picnic pie-eyed piggywiggy pilpul (Yiddish: hair-splitting argumentation) ping pong pindy-pandy (conjuror's word, like "abracadabra") pinky-winky (little finger) Pisha Pasha (card game) pishery-pashery (nonsense) pitter-patter plain Jane play way (hedonist) plip-plop polo pomo (post-modern) pooper scooper pot shot Potty Putty (brand of children's modelling clay) pow-wow Praggers Waggers (Varsityese: the Prince of Wales) pseudo Tudor R2D2 rack rent rag bag raggle-taggle rag mag ram raid ram rod rat race rat-tat-tat razzle dazzle rich bitch Ricky Ticky Tavi (mongoose in the Jungle Books ) riff-raff Rin Tin Tin rip roar road rage rococo roister-doister roly poly rootin' tootin' Royal Mail (why not "Royal Post"?) Rude Food (soft-porn book) ruck-sack rugger bugger rumpy-pumpy (sexual intercourse) sci fi seesaw Seventh Heaven Shaker-Maker (brand of children's toy) shell shock shilly-shally ship shape shock jock short sharp shock (Gilbertian penal policy) short shrift sicknick (Yiddish: one who likes black humour) silly billy Simple Simon sin bin (place of detention) sing-song skid lid (crash helmet) skimble skamble (disordered) slapdash slip-slops (slippers) slow coach snail mail snicker-snacker snip-snap space race Spiro-Gyro (children's toy for drawing spirals) spoil sport squeegee Steady Eddie (Governor of Bank of England) Stinker Pinker (nickname of Wodehouse character) stranger danger stun gun superduper super-trooper (large spotlight) swan song swing-wing swisser-swasser ("Sweet Sir Walter", ecstatically) tank top T.B. teasey-weasy (society hairdresser) teensy-weensy teeny-weeny teepee teeter-totter (Canadian: see-saw) tell tale Telly Welly (Welsh TV programme) Tex-Mex think tank tick-tack (bookies' sign language) tick-tock Tic-Tac (brand of confectionery) tic-tac-toe (American: noughts and crosses) tip-toe tip-top Tiswas (children's TV programme) tittle-tattle tohu-bohu toowit toowoo topsey-turvey Top Shop toy boy traduttore traditore Tricky Dicky (sobriquet: Richard Nixon) tric trac (version of backgammon) true blue tuppenny-ha'penny Turkey Lurkey (character in children's books) tutti frutti TV Uhu upsy-daisy V.D. vice versa vomit comet ('the aeroplane in which astronauts achieve their first experience of zero gravity' - Economist 23.12.95, p. 127) voodoo wacky baccy (cannabis) walkie-talkie wampum Wavy Navy (Naval reserves) what not (furniture) wheeler-dealer whipper-snapper wibbly-wobbly wiggle-waggle wigwam willy-nilly wimbly-wambly (of upset stomach) wing-ding (a knees-up) wishy-washy witches' breeches (Australian: long knickers) won-ton wrig wrag yoo hoo zig-zag zoot suit JINGLE-JINGLES ack-ack agar-agar aye aye baa baa bang-bang Barbar (rugby club) beri-beri bob-bob (defecate) bon-bon booboo bulbul (Persian bird) buzz buzz (in Hamlet ) bye-bye can-can cha-cha chi-chi chin-chin choo-choo chop chop cocoa cous cous dada din-din dodo dumdum Duran Duran fifty-fifty frou-frou gaga gee-gee gilly-gilly girlie-girlie go-go goody goody haha ho-ho-ho housey housey hush hush jaw-jaw jug-jug ju-ju knock-knock Koko (the clown) lulu mama Mau-Mau motmot (riverine bird) muu muu (shift dress) Naf-naf (clothing company) never-never night-night no-no (the noun) papa paw-paw peri-peri (small hot beans) pip-pip pocketa-pocketa (noise of internal combustion engine, says OED) pooh pooh puff-puff rara ro-ro Sing Sing so-so Tartar ta-ta Tintin tomtom Toto (pop group) tsetse tusk tusk tut tut tutu twenty-twenty two-two wa-wa (electric guitar) waw waw (check the vowel, in SOED as type of monkey) wee wee willie-willie (whirlwind) woof-woof ylang-ylang JINGLE-AND-JANGLES beck and call bed and board bits and bobs Bradford and Bingley (Building Society) cash and carry cheap and cheerful chopping and changing classes and masses dribs and drabs fiddle and faff flotsam and jetsam G and T high and dry hither and thither king and country kiss and cuddle kith and kin Marks and Sparks mix and match nobs and yobs odds and sods pic'n'mix Pinky and Perky (puppets on children's TV when I was young) pitch and put pongs and gongs (variant on "smells and bells") pots and pans Pride and Prejudice primp and preen rough and ready Sense and Sensibility smells and bells (High Church) so and so spic and span stars and stripes such and such surf-n-turf thick and thin this and that thrills and spills to and fro top and tail toss and turn town and gown Tweedledum and Tweedledee yin and yang. (Latin: urbi et orbi)
Unsorted: Tinky-Winky (Teletubby), Hasta la pasta, Famous Amos (cookies) --when I was a kid, the Helter-skelter was the cone shaped construction at the Fairground, with a semi-enclosed spirally-descending track around its outer wall, that one raced down seated on a mat.
"willy-nilly" >comes from "will he" (or won't he?). It almost seems to be a reversal of Latin nolle volle
RIME nitwit lovey-dovey super-duper handy-dandy boogie-woogie cf. chock-a-block ding-a-ling with the limiting case of verbatim repetition, as in: pooh-pooh so-so bye-bye cf. so-and-so through-and-through Also common in nursery words: mama dada pee-pee boo-boo Note hifi from high fidelity with vowel shift to create rime HS: also note 'sci-fi' (in the same pattern.) ABLAUT sing-song criss-cross chit-chat wishy-washy doo-dad cf. spic-n-span bric-a-brac even tic-tac-toe Some examples may display onomatopoeia along with verbatim repetition, rime or ablaut, e.g. Choo-choo murmur ga-ga Bow-wow hubbub Tick-tock ding-dong ping-pong flip-flop pitter-patter The independent base word is usually the second word, as in: chit-chat nitwit But it may be the first word: super-duper tick-tock Both words may be attested: sing-song handy-dandy Or perhaps neither, esp. when the combination enjoys onomotopoeic motivation, as in: ga-ga boogie-woogie Interestingly, many rime and ablaut combinations in English retain a non-serious character even after centuries of use, e.g. handy-dandy, recorded in 1362, pitter-patter, in 1425, riffraff, in 1470
Zany-brainy, Smarte-cart, dust-buster [ghost-buster, fuzz-buster, based originally on 19th century trust-buster], Mod-Squad, and non-brand names like zoot-suit, motor-voter, queen of mean, snail-mail, schlemiel-appeal, boob-tube, airy-fairy, arts-craftsy [also artsy-fartsy]. Four-on-the-floor, or 4x4 [four by four] for 4-wheel drive vehicles..., ficto-facto, sci-fi, vi-spy (Virus-Spy, a virus detector, based on "I spy" or ?), mall-crawl (cf. "pub crawl"), poop-scoop. 'fender bender':