She's a blinking nuisance. BLOW, n col - cannabis. BONCE, n col - the head. BONK, n col - 1. You must be right to wear the university color. An Ox- flaming bonkers! Inexplicably part of the national author. Used as a modi- BOB, meaning a lot of money. A car like that fier: the booking office at the station. BOBBY, n col - a policeman. Until rage sale, with people selling goods from relatively recently, the term PEELER was also the trunks of their cars in a parking lot hired used for a policeman, and in Ireland still is. The word traffic island to make it conspicuous to driv- survives although the institution was re- ers.
A trademark. His accoutre- make a tactless or indiscreet remark. Usually played by elderly cial instructions to do or deal with some- gentlemen in sedate and verdant surround- thing: When you were appointed librarian ings. I'm not answering any questions Vehicles may only enter the hatched area till I've seen my brief. The term is often used ironically. The term derives from the 19th-cen- next to an open window? Often a debutante. Short the Welsh. A northern English mentally ill. His opinion isn't worth a brass these lakes, which is a tourist center no- farthing.
Farthings were originally silver table for its bird sanctuaries. Frankly, I'm browned-off deal- BULL, n - short for the bull's-eye of a target, ing with them, they never pay on time. BUM, n - the buttocks or anus. Short for bum fodder. The name is imi- pressed and pushing the car or allowing it tative of the sounds it makes as it cooks. Also used as a cheap airline tickets. See ARSE. Pronounced boof- tied into two sections on either side of the fay. He's a clever little BUNK, v col - a hurried departure, usually bugger. The silly old bugger talks to him- under suspicious circumstances, especially self.
See ALL. Next thing I knew, As a verb, it means to completely ruin the whole family had done a bunk. To health insurance company. Coloquially, a CAFF. As a verb, to British Army. That's a capital suggestion. A jam butty, a punch. Usually im- employer. BY-LAW, n - a municipal ordinance. CARR, n - an area of scrub-covered bog or C fern. I've ally at half time.
It is ers at night. Pronounced cen- sively to someone, especially with an ulte- teen-ery. CHALK, n - a score or record. Depending on context, it can possibly. Not every farm-worker belongs to also mean goodbye cf. He had a bouncer. They oped bosom. CHURN, n - a large container for milk.
Hard cider. Piccadilly Circus. From a Hindi word meaning note. The cubby-hole was which the UK's major financial business is chocked up with old newspapers and vari- transacted, or the financial institutions lo- ous kinds of rubbish. Equivalent of Wall Street.
He was too choked to say anything ment for the support of the royal family, the more. To ian life and work. Also a slang name for the penis. There edge or information about something. He's was this clapped-out farmhouse right on the really clued-up on the technical aspects of border John le Carre. Realising this was likely to be the last CO-ED, n - not a student, but a school or col- bus, I ran like the clappers to catch it.
CLASS, n - a grade in a university degree. COAST, n - the seaside. They went down to She's got a second-class honours degree the coast for the day. He has an alibi is obnoxiously opinionated or self-satisfied, but it's a load of old cobblers.
As an inter- a know-it-all. The US equivalent ing up the surface of a road before it is re- is bull. Her main East End of London, speaking a charac- function is to issue tickets and collect fares. A cloakroom self. A Cockney is traditionally defined as attendant is a hat check girl.
CLOSE, n - a courtyard or quadrangle en- something done badly. When used as part of a COD, v col - to make fun of, tease. As a noun: streetname, e. Burnside Close, it signi- a hoax or trick. A collar or television broadcasting, especially late stud is a collar button. Used as a modifier: cloth-cap attitudes. I'll give you the Conservative Party, one of Britain's two a piece of advice, sonny - don't come the major political parties.
He copped 15 years for troduces cabaret or television acts. Also armed robbery. In a military context, to COP used as a verb. IT means to be killed. A corruption that of an opponent to try to break it. After sev- CORN, n - any cereal plant. He works for the corpora- dren. A French word, pronounced cresh. A crib. They live in Hillside Crescent. REEL is a spool of thread. What's a sweet young thing like her ment or house provided by a local council doing with an old crock like him?
A person election. They toasted and buttered. CRASH, v col - short for gate-crash. Comparable to mace. A cushy lege. Equivalent of Annapolis. From a Hindi word meaning pleasant. DAYCARE, n - treatment or supervision during the working day for people who might be at risk if left on their own, usually provided D by a local authority or health service.
DEAD, adv col - very or exactly. They were running dead papers, prohibiting the publication of cer- level until the last few seconds of the race. DAB, n col - a fingerprint. Get Alan to do it called inheritance tax, although the older - he's a dab hand at hanging wallpaper. See BAGS. DAFT, adj col - foolish, simple, stupid. Let him alry equivalent to a knighthood. Also the have a dekko at the photo, maybe he knows legal title of the wife or widow of a knight or her.
Dame Elizabeth. DEMO, n col - short for demonstration. Social and Liberal Democratic Party. In Britain change, etc. His Japanese is diabolical. It DIY, n abbr - short for do-it-yourself. DIY had been a diabolical conspiracy on the stores sell everything for the home handy- part of the police, the prosecution, the man. DO, v col - to treat violently, to assault. DIAL, n col - face. I'd like to pretend that unsteady, unreliable. He has a dicky heart. Conmen are cashing in on the re- when forming a pay structure within an in- cession with a record number of dodgy cut- dustry.
DOGS, pi n col - greyhound racing. DIGS, pi n col - lodgings. DRY, n - a hard-line Conservative. See WET. US goose egg. Used which a lot of people sleep. A most of the residents commute to work. DOSS, v col - to sleep rough. US Trojan. Nearly all prime ministers have lived at No. DOZY, adj col - stupid. Wednes- Pronounced drafts. Formerly, a labour exchange. Great Enclosure in the Sky. The term ogy.
It derives from the name of a 19th- wagon. We had ever such inferring it was not worth eating. By degrees bad weather. It's ever such a waste. A common commercial term. FEN, n - low-lying, flat, marshy land. Also used as a verb. He's been fiddling his expense claims for FLAT, n - an apartment. Pope Leo X. Also DO A ting. FLIT, which has the same meaning. Subtlety is the key - nals are red. What filthy weather, eh? With or with- FIN, n - a plane's vertical stabilizer.
I've got to or foley artist. FORM, n - 1. The filth fitted him horse, an athlete, etc. GAMMY, adj col - gimpy. As a verb, to publish such an an- period. GBH, n abbr - grievous bodily harm. GCSE, n abbr - General Certificate of Sec- ondary Education, a public examination in specified subjects for year-old school- children. It replaced GCE O-level. G GEN, n col - information. You'll have to ask properly genned up. I'd like to give you a bet- GET or GIT, n col - a worthless, contempt- ter price, but I don't think my governor ible person, a bastard.
He went abolished in the s by the socialists and down without taking a degree. He went GRANGE, n - a farmhouse or country house down for twenty years tor rape with trim- with its various outbuildings. GRASS, n - a police informer, a snitch.
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You come stale, rotten or sour. I'm not sure how old he is, but ship. Well, if you half hoop handle over the top, for making don't like porridge, you can go without. Also a verb. GRILL, v- to broil. GOB, n col - mouth. GUARD, n - the official in charge of a tram. Of- evator , etc. Generally, any three suc- cessive successes. McHugh scored three fine goals and only narrowly missed a hat trick. HIDE, n - a hunter's or birder's blind.
They had a little cod. He's not half quirements of the general public: high- clever. We won't be home and tween a subdivision and a housing project. As a noun, the ner or appearance, or unpretentious. The word means a fit of depression or sulking. Just thinking about it gives me the hump. HONK, v col - to chuck up, vomit. The adjective or are having a title conferred on them. HUMPY means angry or gloomy. HOOD, n - the folding roof of a convertible. Used as a noun, an- other word for vacuum-cleaner. A trade- mark.
JAMMY, adj col - lucky. That was a jammy shot if I ever saw for less than ten years in a country of which one. We have time for one more jar unemployed and people on low incomes. Why don't we get to- INDENT, v- to place an order for foreign goods gether for a jar or two one of these eve- through an agent, or to order goods by pur- nings?
The Inland Revenue seven. JOINT, n - a piece of meat for roasting. Polio sued shares of transferable stock but do jabs. JOY, n col - success, satisfaction. Did you KINK, n col - a sexual deviation. The adjec- get any joy with that loan you asked for? JUDY, n col - a girl or woman. KIOSK, n - a telephone box. JUG, n - a pitcher. KIP, n - sleep, a nap.
I feel like porting freight by road, especially one that a kip. Also used as a verb: You can kip in travels throughout Europe. Is it much further? I'm knackered. I'm KEG, n - an aluminum container in which beer not a toy-boy, but if it amuses you to call is transported and stored. These are , knock me up early tomorrow morning?
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Do you ter. US sayings like Don't kid a kid- squash match. By extension, any person of the knock-on effect, so will hundreds of who is in a commanding or superior posi- others in the area. They refer to a league table of wages. As a noun, play L-plates on the car. The majority of new lets are fixed to both the front and the rear of the covered by the rent regulations. Roast thing. LIE-IN, n - a long stay in bed in the morning. See PLC. Use your loaf! This car the opposite sex.
Is has a good lock. LUD, n - lord. From Latin: hold- LUG, n - ear. A Scottish word. In the middle of the ing. When reports have to be written, I'm night he awoke to find he had to go to the always the one who gets lumbered. LUMP, THE, n - self-employed workers in the LORD, n - a title and way of addressing an construction industry considered collec- earl, marquess, baron or viscount, or the tively, especially when referring to tax and younger sons of a duke or marquess. Speaker of the House of Lords.
The British equivalent of a meal ticket. MATE, n - a friend, usually of the same sex. MAINS, n - the pipes or wires which supply The word is often used to address any other water, gas, and electricity to buildings. Used male. We've been mates ever since we especially to refer to the place where these were at school. Tell you what, mate, I'll let pipes and wires end inside the building.
On the British Monopoly A common and chilling expression. They board, the most expensive place to land. MEAN, adj - miserly, tight with money, petty. As employers, they are notoriously mean. Know what I mean' G.
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MERRY, adj col - slightly drunk. A truck farm. Informally, an individual resi- quantities. The table was piled high with dence in such a street. MILD, n - draught beer, darker colored than 2. I've been rather constipated bitter and flavored with fewer hops. By extension, covers developments in the automobile in- a regular series of visits, especially those dustry. From elected to the House of Commons. French: thousand leaves. In gen- You'd better mind out the boss doesn't see eral appearance they were all much of a you doing that.
If we all muck in, we can get lectively considered as sexual objects. MINGY, adj col - meagre, niggardly. It responds to phone calls but is not li- MUG, n col - someone who is easily censed to cruise for fares. Bet- reach a destination. He's such a misery. In both cases, it is normally used with- MO, n - short for moment, especially in the out an article.
MUM, n col - mom. He got the needle after she had refused his invitation. NERVY, adj - not brash, bold or brazen, but tense, apprehensive, jumpy. He teens, shops, etc. See HIRE sonnel at home and overseas. His shop not NAFF, adj col - inferior, in poor taste, socially only sells newpapers and magazines, but unacceptable.
Princess Anne used the verb also stationery, greetings cards, candy, etc.
They pecially a homosexual. NAPPY, n - a diaper. As a noun, the word means either a police NARK, n col - 1. It's for the police. Used as a verb, it fairly good nick. I'll just nip out and post these letters. They nipped into the pub for a quick one. It can also be tions. Also used as a noun. The nobs were forever snubbing tion site, excavation or roadwork. In the the snobs C. This milk is off. Sorry, sir, haddock is off. NOTE, n - short for banknote. Pro- side. He O got on to the board through the old boy net- work.
He has eight O-levels. The 'o' stood for ordinary, as op- or, generally, a person who has a great deal posed to advanced. Equivalent of ferred on civilians and servicemen for emi- USo. The group is set to play a one-off show showjumping. The racist practice of ing body of the British or Irish government.
PANTO, n col - short for pantomime. Used as a modifier: He sers. A trade-in. General Anderson passed out from Sandhurst in PA, n abbr personal assistant. The receptionist regrets the PASTY, n - a pie or turnover, especially one construction of a perspex divider at her filled with seasoned meat or fish. Figuratively, a dirty or source. It's a pigsty! AISO pint. A life peer, e. A peripatetic football PIT, n col - bed. It's nearly noon and the coach.
PERK, n col - short for perquisite. PITCH, n - 1. Colloquially, of a spouse. PONCE, n col - another word for a pimp. PONG, n col - an offensive smell, a stench. The bazaars ponged of filthy oriental tion, from which passengers have access spices. The bloody photocopier is play- POOF, n col - derogatory slang for a male ing up again. My back's playing me up something fierce. Equivalent to Inc.
PLEB, n col - a common vulgar person. It was often served with roast beef. The word probably derives from groups in employment and education. French blanc, white, in vin blanc. Practised PO, n col, old - short for chamber pot. I've been allowance. The first was waste it. Often used as a term of abuse. It is usually divided courses, at degree standard and below. Health Service. This latest is a medical practice that is not part of the injury puts paid to his hopes of participat- NHS.
PROLE, adj col - short for proletarian. QUACK, n col - a doctor. US provost marshal. There was a long queue in front of libraries. We had to queue for hours. A good-looking coholic drink. QUID, n col - one pound sterling. The favourites, as any punter will tell you, QUIFF, n - a prominent tuft of hair, especially don't always win. Also, any member of the one brushed up above the forehead. The QUIN, n - a quint quintuplet. As a noun, it means a practi- lower division. The heat made them both randy. Cockney rhym- RANK, n - a taxi stand. A all right. RISE, n - a salary raise.
When ROPY, adj col - inferior or inadequate. From Italian scappare, to escape. It derives from scatterbrained. The police rumbled where dishes are washed, vegetables pre- their plans. Our sales always increase ately. Both names are S trademarks which have become generic. SARKY, adj col - sarcastic. Guinness at lunchtime. He's sitting his fi- opposition party in Parliament who would nal exams in June. SKINT, adj col - broke, without money. As a verb, it means to do such work. SHIN, n - a cut of beef: the lower foreleg. SLAB, n col - an operating or mortuary t3ble.
Used as a verb, the word means to SHOP, n - a store. My boss was a smarmy SINK, v col - to drink. It was nothing unusual ex-salesman of the worst kind. This is a smashing book and I rec- taurants and pubs. In everyday fuss. Her father made a great song and speech, a cry of 'snap' usually means 'me dance of her coming home after midnight. A painting of a fluffy little kitten are both reading the same book. A diamond snatch. Pronounced sorr-bay. Colloquially, school.
SNOG, v - to kiss and cuddle, to neck. Your thumb one's nose. The clock is set wrong mum's been going spare with worry. Crossley-Hol- posit of fat just above the waist. Also called a IT: to be quiet, shut up. SOD, n col - 1. Poor sod, he almost got lucky someone that he should speak immedi- for once Jack Higgins. The word is SPIV, n col - a person who makes a living by shortened from sodomite. STD, n abbr - subscriber trunk dialling.
The wife's been giving pudding containing dried fruit. Now you're re- a woman's shoe. IT13S stocking. SPUNK, n col - semen. STONE, n - 1. Now, squire, especially to express human body weight, what can I do for you? STAFF, n - in surveying, a rod. What on earth have you ficer with a rank between sergeant and done to your hand?
US started. He saw the poster in the for trouble. Outside surgery hours, STUFF, v col - to have sex with a woman, to please phone the emergency number. By screw. Don't ask the attractions of country life to town-dwell- too many questions, they might think that ers. US subway character. SWEET, n - 1. Replaced in by income sup- harm or hardship, severe.
It was a port. Swingeing tax increases. The verb is toasted and buttered. TEAT, n - the nipple on a baby's bottle. Pro- ticular course. TELLY, n col - short for television. This ratio I handed her the book. A terrsced house is a eration by a legislative body.
Grosvenor Terrace. Why don't we get a soccer pitch on which spectators stand. Chinese takeaway? THICK, adj col You want me situation. Usually used in the passive. He to work an extra ten hours a week? That's had the job taped in the first couple of days. TART, n - 1. Figu- tained. All I'm asking you to do is to keep baked in a batter. He never washes the people. Time, Drink up now. But the two words are not in- to the brim of a container. Can you top up terchangeable. Britons speak of a 'tin the sugar in those bowls. TORCH, n - a flashlight. A tin roof. As a noun, it means trash for usable or saleable items.
They use this term to describe U themselves. The word is often used derogatorily. It's one non-U. TUP, n - an uncastrated male sheep, a ram. He doesn't care tuppence about politics. They were VAN, n - a closed railroad car used for carry- turfed out of the club. Derived from tweet, a VAT, n abbr - value-added tax, a tax on mincing or affected pronunciation of sweet. Bill won't wear that ar- VEST, n - an undershirt. WEE, n - the act of urinating, a leak.
Be back VET, v - to subject to thorough examination in a minute, just going for a wee. Weaponry purchased by WEEK, adv - seven days before or after a police forces is carefully vetted. Before he specified day. Voluptuously proportioned. Informally, shortened ban house. Villains like to hear them- containing the main shopping and enter- selves talking, that's why we catch so many.
VIVA, n - an oral examination. A gift voucher. WET, adj- feeble, foolish, ineffectual. Used in a political context, as a noun, the word re- fers to a Conservative politician who is con- sidered not to be a hard-liner a dry. WHACK, n - a share or part. Whatever hap- W pens, I want my whack - that was the agree- ment. A terminably about what Yeats was 'painting whacking great piece of pie, a whacking big a picture of. As a noun, waffle is verbal lie. WHIP, v col - to steal something. WANK, v col - to masturbate. WANT, v - to need doing. Listen, lor in the House of Lords, formerly made of mate, you're beginning to get on my wick.
Often used in the plural. She was the bowler tries to hit with the ball. Collo- wearing a long, droopy wooly. Apo's a voluptary WORKS, pi n- a factory. Equivalent to the WAC. WINDY, adj col - afraid, frightened, nervous. Royal Naval Service. From the abbreviation WING, n - the fender of a car. Our officers usually manage to winkle out of people exactly what they want to know. Probably deriving from golliwog.
With break down. The table's a bit wonky, see if grass it is a garden, irrespective of size. They looked a real bunch of yobs. YOMP, v col - to walk or trek laboriously, es- pecially over difficult terrain while carrying a heavy load. Originally military slang. YONKS, pi n col - a very long time, ages. Z ZED, n - spoken form of the letter 'z'. Avocado trees supposedly grow in ar- A eas infested by alligators. Latin: nourish- green pepper or pimiento and mushrooms, ing mother.
Pronounced all-tar- pie a la mode. The Latin masculine lamation of ACE, v col - to get the better of someone. Similar to half-board. At tercity rail services. Named dictions. The ante is each player's people of the US: an all-American boy. An apartment house or food and drink are dispensed from vend- apartment building is a block of flats. If something middle-class American. Re- usually homebrewed. The person the traffic up for miles. BAD, n col - very good, great. Stay ASS, n col Personally I don't state legislatures.
ATM, n abbr - a cash dispenser. BAGEL, n - a breadroll in a doughnut shape. BALL, n - baseball. BALL, v col - to have sexual intercourse with. Used reach in order to score. Many idiomatic ex- as a verb, it means to publicize by sensa- pressions derive from this term. To GET soned and smoked Italian sausage. To BE mally, as in GB, it means nonsense. The heat and BASE is to get in touch with someone. If THE the noise are enough to drive you bananas. They're fare reform is being bypassed for Band-Aid throwing a big bash for their 50th wedding solutions. We really pleasing everybody, I'd be a basket case got a bang out of seeing him in person.
BANGS, pi n - hair in a fringe. BATHE, v - to take 3 bath.
Idi- airsickness. Conversely, if you are bars, usually a heavy drinker. From the original practice of lake or river of the southern US. Now, another term for traitor. A pellet gun. As a as part of a wage agreement. It was with a pitched baseball. Also an you blew it big time. Kurt BILL, n - a piece of paper money, a note, as Vonnegut explains the origins of the term: in a ten-dollar bill. All currency notes are The expression was first used by news pho- the same size and colour green , differing tographers, who often got to see up only in the picture and denomination, which women's skirts at accidents and sporting is printed in all four corners.
The word was this: 'Beaver! US cookie. Used as a noun, it means some- one out of the game and put him on the thing very difficult or unpleasant. Currently the usage out of action. Sometimes written with a capi- ductions, often a clearance sale. BLANK, n - an empty form, e. The distance between streets is by girls and women. Colloquially a often measured in blocks. He could eat a bodacious the area. A showbiz a police station. BONER, n - a gaffe or blunder. You run the lights, some guy's a wild and remote rural area.
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