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Slang is a type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal.

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Understanding 2 Trevs

the passage is from Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. What 2 Trevs stand for? GINGER. I’m a DJ. JOHNNY. He’s an unemployed plasterer. PROFESSOR. I see. Are you pure or applied? GINGER ( to the PROFESSOR) ....
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The meaning of the acronym ITE?

I am reading a novel about North African prisoners of war and in it the writer uses the acronym "Ite" to represent a certain AXIS group of Soldiers. The best I can make out is that its the ...
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Understanding “cattle prod times a million”

The text is from Radiant Vermin (play) What is "cattle prod times a million" referring to? Ollie is planning to ambush and kill some homeless. Ollie: This is the answer to our prayers. ...
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kick off - usage

If someone does something suddenly, is it correct to say that he did it "from a kick-off"? Another situation: if someone gets angry, is it correct to answer "don't kick off"? Thank ...
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What does “ham one's biscuits” mean?

I've come across the phrase in the second episode of the sixth season of the Walking Dead. Here is the context: Eugene: It hams my biscuits is all. And going by cubic feet, the biggest building in ...
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cordeen or an ox tongue

I'm having a hard time with the slang in the movie Focus. I have just heard the following line: All eyes on me until I make the mark. And once I fan him, I tug my lapel. Two fingers mean it's a prat ...
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Can I use word “electric” to say that some person is cool?

urbandictionary says that "electric" is another way of saying "cool", "awesome", etc. But it also says that it can mean "Hitting it on really well with people, as if ...
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Roll with “punches”“to get to what's real”

Listening to Van Halen's Jump, I have a problem. Verse 1 has I get up and nothing gets me down You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around And I know, baby, just how you feel You gotta roll with ...
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Is dropping the word “University” standard in all variants of English?

I came across the following conversation. Person 1: Which school are you attending? Person 2: Georgetown Why do people drop the word "university" here? Is it obvious for native speakers? Won'...
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“spoon up” someone's nose

IMO, English songs from 80 to early 00 were golden. Anyway, I don't know how many time I listened to Billy Joel's songs. One of his songs Big Shot has this line, Well, you went uptown Ridin' in your ...
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The verb “bitch” in the transitive sene

I've been having an agony of the use of the verb "bitch" in the transitive verb which was used many times in Aersosmith's songs, but may be it was I didn't give enough attention to it, after ...
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Is this the correct way to ask? “within what time should I send the mail”

I will explain the scenario. My manager asked me to send a mail with some documents attached and to send it as soon as possible. Now, I want to know how soon exactly. So should I ask "Within what ...
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What does mano-a-mano actually mean?

I know that expression comes from Spanish a it’s literal meaning is hand by hand. However, I often find some other meanings like: fight; like a man to man; eye to eye. How common is this phrase in ...
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The usage of “toodle pip”

According to the Urban Dictionary: to toodle pip a dear friend means to say goodbye in a very friendly way. How common is this expression? Can I use it without any fear to be misunderstood?
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understanding house sister

what "esteemed house sister" means in the sentence? Alice. In my short time as your head of dorm. I and Mia, your esteemed house sister. The passage's from That Face (Play)
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A technique of using similar sounding words, instead of swear words

What is called a technique or method of using similar sounding words, instead of swear words in a sentence? For example: I'm not going to invite that mother trucker or mother father to the party.
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Understanding edges past the body

What is "He edges past the body" means in the last paragraph? The living room. Alice hangs in the open doorway to the bedroom. Billy sits at the table with his back to her. Screwed papers on ...
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Meaning of the verb “swing” in “How they swinging that?”

It was in the 12th episode of the 3rd season of Breaking Bad. Here is the context: Hank: How is your old man? Back teaching? Walt Jr: No. l don't think either of them are working right now. Hank: How ...
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What does “I am not the kind of dude who rolls” mean?

It's from the 12th episode of the 2nd season of Breaking Bad. Here is the context: Jesse's girlfiend: He's a high-school teacher. What's he gonna do, give you a B-minus? Send you outside to clap the ...
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Meaning of the verb “front” in context

It's from the sixth episode of the first season of Breaking Bad. The context is one guys took another guy to a drug distributor to sell him drugs. The guy hands him a pack of meth, but the drug dealer ...
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What does the slang adjective “sprung” mean?

I have come across it in the sixth episode of the first season of Breaking Bad. The context is two guys come to a drug disributor to sell him drugs. Here it is: Tuco, what's happening my brother. ...
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What does the phrase “be over someone's shit” mean?

Could you tell me what the phrase be over one's shit mean? For example: The math teacher was over my shit today.
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“nuts” and “on one's chin”

So I am enjoying this sketch That One Guy Who Still Says “These Nuts” (from the U.S, only available in some countries), What does "these nuts on your chin" mean when Vince says from 1:10~? ...
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What’s the difference between “scam” and “rip off”?

I was wondering what was the difference between these two terms: “To rip off” “To scam” Which one is better in this sentence? : “This store rips off their customers” “This store scams their customers” ...
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“seen before” vs “already seen”

Please clarify the exact difference between: I've seen your hands before and I've already seen your hands Which sounds more natural in everyday English and which sound more common in formal talking or ...
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Can “whatsoever” replace “at all”?

So I have difficulties to pronounce “at all” in English, and I was wondering if “whatsoever” meant the same thing, and if it could be used in a conversation. He had no idea whatsoever. He had no idea ...
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Do we say “given” or “given that“?

Which is the formal one? “Given I’m tired, I won’t be there.” “Given that I am tired, I won’t be there.” Can we omit the “that” after “given” or it won’t be formal anymore? Other examples: I don’t ...
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Which of these sentence is correct given the subject of the sentence?

Which of these sentence is correct? “I am a person who likes their hair” (we conjugate with “person” we use “their” as a gender-neutral pronoun or do we put “his?”) “I am a person who like her hair” (...
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Is “cops” (= police) a slang/derogatory term?

So, I was with a friend getting Starbucks. While talking to him I used the term "cops" 💬. A customer waiting for their coffee said "We don't say 'cops' honey, it's disrespectful."...
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Understanding been up half the night lying in wait for her

I'm having trouble understanding of this passage from The Ferryman (Jez Butterworth) What is the meaning of:"been up half the night lying in wait for her"? UNCLE PAT. She’s been up half the ...
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What do you call a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness?

In colloquial English, what a person who cares about personal well-being, hygiene and fitness, is called? if there are words which refer to just one or two aspects please mention them too. (Looking ...
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Understanding separate parts of passage from The Ferryman

I'm having trouble understanding of the separate parts of passage from The Ferryman (Jez Butterworth) What are the meanings of these sentences according to the passages: "spread-eagled round the ...
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Understanding sentences from The Ferryman

I'm having trouble understanding of this passage from The Ferryman (Jez Butterworth) What are the meanings of these sentences according to the passage: "get a bead on", "I’m a ways past ...
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Is 'haven't a clue' slang? and do people all over the world use it or is it just a British thing, or is it used by a smaller group of people?

Just wondering as I always use it and people often ask me what I'm talking about. So it got me thinking that it might just be a British thing, or maybe even just a thing people from the country ...
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Is there a male equivalent of “Karen”?

Is there a male equivalent of "Karen"? I have heard a few (e.g., Frank, Bob, Ken), but they don't seem to have the wide currency that "Karen" does. Perhaps they do and I am not aware of it. ...
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Understanding “Herberts”

This passage is from The Ferryman (jez Butterworth) What "Herberts" means? MAGENNIS. When I was a kid we used to go out to my grandfather’s place down in Fermanagh there, and help with the harvest. ...
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What is the difference between “I got stuck” , “I was stuck”, “I'm stuck"?

What is the difference caused by using “I got stuck”, “I get stuck”, “I was stuck”, “I'm stuck"? Could anyone please advise which is more natural and when should one use over the other with sentences?...
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What's the meaning of the “moon” in this context

The situation is like this. A girl named Letitia was about to buy a house with atrium, but she found a naked divinity statue of Hecate, a goddess of the moon (it could be guessed because there was ...
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What is the difference between “yep” and “yeah”?

What is the difference caused by using “yep” instead of ”yeah”? Is it used because “yep” sounds better and not straight like “yeah”? In some situations, it feels like "yes" is better to use than no ...
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Other alternative for “does that make sense”?

What are other alternatives for "Does that make sense"? I personally think this phrase is natural, not rude nor respectful. Are any other alternatives for when you try to sound more serious/angry (...
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which verb is commen and which one is formal to use “move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.”

If one wants to leave a place permanently (house, working place, office) and go to another place, which verb can we use "(move, displace, relocate, shift, etc.) (to/ from)"? I mean "(move to/ from), (...
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The F-word: Is there a polite but equally emphatic and concise alternative to this specific meaning?

Is there a polite but equally emphatic and concise alternative to "Fuck 'em" or "Fuck it"? I am asking if there is an acceptable alternative to the F-word when it is used particularly to dismiss ...
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Understanding word in the college is 1987

The Passage is from Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem. what is this line: "Word in the college is 1987 is going to be worse." means? Also, who is Maureen Pringle? PROFESSOR: A DJ, eh? GINGER: That’s right,...
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Verb “D'd one up”

Now reading this article, I encountered a verb(probably slang) I quite don't understand. Gary Payton, the former NBA player says, “Oh you know I was hot! I was thinking about calling him at the ...
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What does it mean when someone say “I prefer to use the old Saxon word wo-wo-word”?

Earlier today I asked a question on Stack Exchange Economics asking about the benefits of a certain scheme. A user replied as follows Instead of the word "benefit" I prefer to use the old Saxon ...
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Understanding My beauty was never in danger

The passage's from The Ferryman (play). What is the meaning of "My beauty was never in danger" in the passage, Also is "Dunn's Ground" is a farming slang or something? MICHAEL. Here, Aunt Cait. ...
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Does 'nick' mean 'idiot' in British English?

I was watching 'On The Buses' (British comedy) and I came across the word 'nick' being used to mean something along the lines of 'idiot'. I've never heard nick being used to mean 'idiot'. One of the ...
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What do draft and swine mean?

the passage's from Frankenstein play. it's a part of the opening song. What do draft and swine mean? Come gather ye feast on our Empire's riches New heaven on Earth shall to all ages rise Those ...
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What does “if the children breed with the children” mean?

It's from a play based on Mary Shelley's novel. What does "if the children breed with the children" mean? Victor: I don’t know. I have travelled where no man has travelled. I wonder how far I can go....
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What does Meat for the dogs mean?

What does Meat for the dogs mean? it's from a play called Frankenstein Victor: I shall need a steady supply of internal organs. Ewan: Very good, sir. Rab: Organs! Ewan: Quiet, Rab. Meat for the dogs....

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