“O..Chak de phatte nap de killi, subha jallandhar shaam nu dilli”. So what exactly does the popular phrase “Chak De Phatte” means? Quora has an answer to almost every problem or to any question. It has exact meaning and history behind the three words “Chak De Phatte”.
According to Urban Dictionary, Chak De Phatte -though loosely translated as pick up the floorboards is more of a war cry than a housekeeping call. The origins of the phrase lie in the times when the Khalsa i.e. the original warrior Sikhs were formed, they would cross canals and attack Mughal camps in a blitzkrieg attack and then just as they came would retreat leaving the enemy helpless.
“The sport of tent pegging also evolved from this camp raiding where the riders would remove the pegs of the tents trapping the occupants under, what then used to be a very heavy fabric.”
“While escaping back to their base the Khalsa warriors would dismantle any temporary bridges constructed by them(made out of ‘Phatte’) to prevent the Mughals from chasing them and sometimes to prevent the enemy from escaping, hence the cry ‘Chak De Phatte’. The phrase then acquired the meaning: to complete the route. And is now used as in the figure of ‘Bring the house down!’.”
Another writer wrote: “In fact, it was a war cry of the Sikhs during the “Sikh time” from 1708–1765. means kill the enemy and dispatch him to his burial place when the Sikhs were fighting against the Mughals in Punjab.”
The real cry was – “chakk de fatte, put de killy na rahe Lahore na rahe Delhi.” mean kill all the enemies of the Sikhism and destroy their centers – Lahore and Delhi.”