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Questions tagged [slang]

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

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Is “cool” appropriate or offensive to use in IMs?

Today I learned a new word "Nive". When I google search, I found on urbandictionary it says nive "means cool. without actually having to say cool. cuz cool is an ugly word." My question is that - is ...
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What does “cut the cheese ” mean?

I want to know the meaning in this sentence : " Sorry isn't gonna cut the cheese this time " the meaning of this slang doesn't make sense in this example . I know cut the cheese means release ...
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what does “drop one's balls” mean?

I see it in "Regular Show" The whole sentence : Benson's gonna drop his balls when he sees how good we set up these chairs. Is it a slang ? I haven't found anything in web.
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What does “Don't hate” mean or imply here?

I am not quite get the logic between the lines here. Is "Don't hate" a slang or sth? Why did Bruce say it? (he sure knows Tony not hates him, so it's a joke, right? but meaning what?) This phrase ...
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How did “flavored” come to mean “distracted”?

There is a scene in the movie Beautiful Girls: Marty: Are you OK? Willie: Yeah. Yeah, I'm... Why? Marty: You seem a little flavored today. Willie: No! No, I'm cool. Marty: ...
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Meaning of yo in Social Media

I have seen several times expressions like: "10 yo just watched..." By context I understand that is a father referring to his 10 years old son. I have seen it in Twitter by different people. Are ...
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“Lay it on”. Would my guess be correct? British English

Ahm, I liked and quite often listen to this old song. But I haven't paid enough attention to what the singer is singing up until now. Now, I have a question. The singer says, From 0:50: Oh yeah ...
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Usage of “has” vs “have” nowadays

I'm here again with misunderstanding of some grammar rules. So there is sentence where it's said " 4 days has never felt so long". why a song writer used "has" instead of "have", when I asked question ...
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What is the meaning of “Put together 'f****ing sh*t' ~” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of "Put together 'f****ing sh*t' is ~" in the following sentence? Put together 'f****ing sh*t' is stuff that really bothers, angers, or disgusts you. (Source: Meaning of "...
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I need to make my sentence sound like slang [closed]

I have a line "Turn on your iPod. We're about to get on the road." (Guy is talking with his passenger in a car), so I need to make it more like slang, maybe a bit rough. The point is that the other ...
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What's the common usage of the term “innit” in British slang?

This question is primarily for Brits, although anyone knowledgeable is welcome to contribute. Recently I conducted an activity at my school to spread a bit of information about common British slang. ...
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“You betcha” as a response to “Thank you”

A: Thank you! B: You betcha! I've heard the phrase "You betcha" several times as a form of agreement or understanding. Though, I don't understand what it means after the exclamation "Thank you". ...
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what is buzzword for a too many cups of coffee

Like the term Boozer is for a drunk, what is the buzzword used for a person who has too many cups of coffee or an overload of caffeine? General used amongst the digital generation sipping away in ...
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“Such level of shade for her age” - meaning of “level of shade” in a YouTube comment on an actress taking part in a talk show

I watched this video (a very young urbane actress being interviewed on a late-night TV show) and came across the comment that I couldn't understand: Such level of shade for her age... I see great ...
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Who is “local copper inspector”?

Jane Marple was an elderly spinster and amateur detective in the village of St. Mary Mead. An Agatha Christie creation, she appeared in 12 novels, starting with Murder in The Vicarage. Although ...
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Phrase for “what's up” but using numerical code

Some time ago I've heard phrase What's the 599? Where "599" is some three-digit number I don't remember, which one and why it is used. Maybe it was 322. The meaning of the phrase is "How it is ...
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Meaning of term “sh*-spit”

In movie "Polar" one character uses an invective "shit-spit" for crime organization boss. What does "shit-spit" mean? Could you provide me some definition or alternative term? I found one definition ...
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What part of speech is “daily” in the phrase “on the daily”?

I read a sentence which was: They do it on the daily. Consider the part "on the daily". Daily is a noun as it is preceded by a preposition. But most of the dictionaries define "daily" as a noun ...
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Can you use the adjective “hard” in slang speak as an adverb?

I am wondering if the slang speak "hard" as in "I hard countered her champion in the last game", can be used in other sentences to mean a similar thing, and how widespread the usage is. Notice the ...
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Meaning of “chug” elbow gesture

In Adjustment bureau a reporter tells a young Senate candidate: Whenever I see you on C-SPAN, I always think you're about to go: "Chug!" and lifts his elbow up to his shoulder. What does he mean?
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What is the meaning of 'top my prop'?

I am reading the book Aloft by ChangeRae Lee and it contains the sentence: She could easily float my boat, top my prop,crank up the generators. I found the meaning of 'float my boat', but not the ...
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What does it mean 'to hit a switch on someone '?

My woman claiming that I switched on her Only 'cause I hit a switch on her She wasn't really good at keeping up I don't understand what it means to hit a switch on her, if I get the previous ...
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How does stand for “get V”?

I remember we would dream about kids Tryna get that V with that crib Back when you used to be’s with that Crip I can suppose it means a vehicle, but might it be something else? This is from the ...
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Other ways of saying “Don't give up”?

In the context of "... but either way, don't give up on yourself yet..." Perhaps Don't bury yourself? Don't put a cross on yourself? I'm not native so it's hard for me to decide if any of these ...
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Abigail is amazing Slang english american?

okay while I read Urban Dictionary I saw this Slang: Abigail and its description is: Abigail A Best Friend who understand everything about everyone, the most amazing person you'll ever come ...
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What's the meaning of “floss” here?

This short dialogue is from the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Nick: Do you guys talk a lot? Talk about her (Tris) new boyfriend? Norah: I cannot believe Tris dated a straightedge. ...
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What is a “mo”?

This short dialogue is from the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Norah: He's a complete mo, look at him. Caroline: He is not a mo. Look at how shitty he's dressed. His Supercuts ...
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The origins of xbow

"xbow", sometimes spelled "x-bow", "XBow" or even "x bow", is a common contraction in the gaming environment which means "crossbow". Having started gaming as a child, I've never paid too much ...
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“The old jive broad split” meaning - Bill Withers Song (Ain't no Sunshine)

"The old jive broad split" It's a part of what Bill Withers says at the beginning of "Ain't no sunshine". It's a part of the story behind this song. But it lacks everything. I have absolutely no ...
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Is there a word “Pisser” in English gambling?

I have happened to see a Japanese anime, which is about a natural born gambler, (with English subtitles) And they (The honcho group and other "workers") are gambling dices. From 22:51 ~ The honcho ...
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Does the “ass” in “smart-ass”, “lard ass” etc. mean “smart donkey” or “smart butt”?

What's the literal meaning of ‘ass’ in expressions like ‘lard-ass’, ‘hard-ass’, ‘smart-ass’,… etc.? Does ass here in such expressions mean donkey or butt?
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What is the synonym of Chilantu

Chilantu (pronounced as Chiluntu) is a composite word derived from Chillar + Ubuntu. Chillar [Hindi] means loose change, like a few cents you throw away at a hopeless beggar in the corner of the ...
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An expression meaning doing long and hard mental work resulting in extreme mental fatigue

There's an idiom "work one's fingers to the bone" literally linked to manual labor, and I am looking for the like colloquial, idiomatic or slang expression referring to hard mental work. The one that ...
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Meaning of the verb “cut” in context

Here is the context: High intensity interval training can be used to lose as much fat as possible while cutting, to stay lean and conditioned while adding muscle, or to improve aerobic and ...
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Meaning of “rockin' it out” in this context?

Obama was spotted with his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, rockin’ it out on Saturday at a Beyoncé and Jay Z concert just outside the nation’s capital. I find "rock it out" is defined in ...
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What does KB means in announce to rent apartment?

I'm looking for an apartment, and in announces it's often written KB. For example : Suitable for one person. 2 rooms, KB, no pets allowed, no smoking allowed Furnished flat with more than one room, ...
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meaning of the phrase “all out rip doing someone”?

It is from this video. It is at around 31 second. Here is the context: You might be surprised by the end of the video because I am not going to come out here and all out rip keto dieting.
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What does “triggered” mean?

I know that the answer to this question might be very obvious like "go search online" or go check Urban Dictionary but I have already did but I did not really understand. Does it mean 'pissed' or '...
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What does “robbin” mean here?

Doctor Who: The Stone Rose 'What? It can't be that bad, can it? You've not been robbin' it or something? Or you been seeing one of the girls in the gift shop and you don't wanna tell me about ...
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How to understand song titles like: “Hit me off”

I'm listening R&B and would like to know what singer says. Google translator cannot help and and linguee has no records. How should I understand "hit me off" in the lyrics for the New Edition ...
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unprofessional and totally unacceptable greetings [closed]

Is greeting someone as "Hi there John, " considered unprofessional and in no uncertain terms considered totally unacceptable when greeting work collegues?
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what does the phrase “don't pimp me” mean?

I watched the pilot episode of The Office (Season 1). There, Michael says, "Oh, hey do you like the Jamie Kennedy Experiment? Yeah Punk'd, and all that kind of stuff? You are going to be my ...
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What is the difference between you betcha and I betcha?

I've heard people using this slang betcha. What is the difference between you betcha and I betcha?
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What does “work the runway” mean?

From the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar In a drag queen context, when the winners are announced, the host said to them Work the runway. Work it! Tempus fugit, diva women! ...
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What does “go on my tires” mean?

From the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar In a drag queen contest, a muscular man passes the winner envelope to a past drag queen, who says to the audience of the muscular man: ...
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What does “take a collar” mean?

From the movie Goodfellas: Police to gangster: Talk to me. When was the last time you took a collar? Fuckhead, I'm talking to you. I can't find anything on the Internet. Does "take a collar" mean "...
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Is using “Dude” for male unknowns is rude? [closed]

I want to know if calling strangers as a dude is rude. What are the possible alternatives?
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Slang word for working overtime without being paid

I am looking for a slang word to describe the situation, where you are voluntarily working overtime at your job, but without getting paid. E.g. if you stay late at your work because you would like to ...
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Meaning of “short"

In the end of the movie Full Metal Jacket, a person name Joker was saying: I am happy that I am alive, in one piece and short. What does short mean here?
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What can it mean: “to eat a fist”

It's from Megadeth's song : "They talk of days like this, sentencing their children, when they need to eat a fist." What does "to eat a fist" mean?