British soldiers have long been know as Tommies because when pay books were 1st issued in 1812 during the Peninsula campaign, soldiers were shown an example pay book in the name shown below:
Private Thomas (Tommy) Atkins of the Grenadiers. Hence a "tommy".
by James December 27, 2005
"tommy" or pulling a "tommy" not having a job Someone who speaks of having a job and you have no idea what type of job they have or if they even have one. It's to be assumed that they do not have any type of employment but want to come off as if they do.For example, the popular 90's sitcom "Martin" based on the comedy of Martin Lawrence. His best buddy Thomas "tommy" Strong was always told :"what job, now you know you ain't got no job man!"
Don't try to pull a "tommy" on us, you know you ain't got no job.
by Star Status Tiff July 27, 2007