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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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What does "dead" and "buck" mean? [closed]

In a youtube video, the interviewer asked, "What happened to your business?" The interviewee replied with, "It was basically dead and the economy was literally like a buck a day." ...
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Is this structure idiomatic: "I seem to remember...." to mean you only remember a little

"I seem to remember that the park adjacent to my school was humongous." This is a sentence of a native speaker when he was talking about how things have changed compared to when he was ...
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what all did they do

a. What all did they do last night? I think 'what all' is used informally in American English in questions such as (a). I was wondering if it is used at all in British English and would also like to ...
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How rude is the "cockblock"? [closed]

The word, not the act. Also, obviously not the Harry Dresden "Skin Game" version working with a trigger cock - since the cock we are talking about most definitely isn't a rooster (or is the ...
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Idiom/slang for the expression "to use in an unwitting fashion/manner"

In the following video (2.12), the commentator is using the expression "to use in an unwitting fashion", whose meaning is perfectly understandable. My question is about how the same idea ...
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What are the nouns that can be used to describe something that is out of reach at this moment but a good idea overall

I got into this situation in work. When we got tight schedule and planning and another piece of work is coming through, and it's useful but its out of priority in the moment for my team. And not for ...
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What is the meaning of "PO"? [closed]

I encountered a sentence, "My parents were so POed when I got into this." when I was watching an anime show. What does PO stand for? I guess its meaning is something like angry but have no ...
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What does '(something) goes brrr' mean and how to use it?

It's a slang phrase, I believe. However, wanting to know something new won't hurt, right? I've seen many people use this phrase, but I still don't get how to use it. I, first, saw this phrase on ...
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New slang terms for "old" [closed]

Face it - I'm old (passport-wise - of course I vehemently deny it...). Having faced another incident where oh-so-hip German journalists synthesized "youth language" by themselves, I wonder ...
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Who all is back question

Who all is back? It's a cue from a dialogue. The character asks another about the people invited back to the team. I googled the phrase and found a news post titled "Stranger Things Cast Reunion ...
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What does "jellicle" mean?

What does "jellicle" mean? It's from the YouTube show Screen Rant (5:18). I can't find the meaning of this word and consequently can't grasp the concept of the "jellicle motivation"...
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"looked at someone as" + adjective

Context: "My groupmates looked at me as weird when my mother came to see me every Monday." Is "looked as weird" okay? Or should it be "looked at me as a weirdo"? I'm not ...
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What does "yanis' mean

It's again from one of my favourite YouTube show "Screen Rant". I am confused about the word "yanis". What it means, has it a synonum? https://youtu.be/Zk_YKmtOYyI?t=318 5:18
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Don't know what "I am tight" means

It's from Youtube show Screen Rant where movie producer has just heard about his cameo in a film and has got so excited. In response for that he says "I am tight". I don't have a clue what ...
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What does "don't kiss the dog" mean? [closed]

I'm watching a TV show. And there's a situation that someone tried to steal someone's wallet but failed. Then other person said to that thief this. If you want to lift someone's wallet, don't kiss ...
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Doing it with "done" (slang specific?)

Reggae/crossover band Skindred: "You done dead already..." Naturally, when I heard it first, I thought this was specific exclusively to Jamaican slang, but today I tripped over: Lynyrd ...
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Look alike expressions

I have a question about grammar. In English, can I say: I can see you and your husband in both of your children. Just to express the kids look like both of the parents?
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Keep someone hanging

I know that the proper idiom is 'to leave someone hanging' but can one use 'to keep someone hanging' in certain contexts. Like, does this example sound correct- "You've kept us hanging for a ...
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Lover definition in British English

If a person I’ve been seeing calls me ‘my lover’, does it mean that we are more than just dates like calling someone ‘darling’ including romance or is it just dating including sexual intimacy but not ...
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"Get Groomed" Is it safe to use without negative connotation?

Can I ask someone to "Get Groomed" without any negative connotation? Recently I came across a post on hinative.com which said: The second meaning is that it's an expression which means ...
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What does "18 Gs apiece" mean?

A bored former military platoon first attempt to steal from a wealthy man for whom Carlos works as security, but come up with only a few hundred thousand dollars. Carlos is also a the military platoon:...
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What do "Shot Caller" and "Expendable" mean in a social war game? Which is higher?

I've been recently playing a social game so deep like below. We form a "Guild" and combat with each other, comprising of 15 members, like taking down castles or towers sort of thing. Each ...
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What's the passive form of "he did him dirty"?

What's the passive form of "he did him dirty"? He got done dirty? I think this is the correct form, but I am not 100% sure, because it sounds a bit odd.
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What does y'all mean?

From "Been Throwin Money" by 2 Pistols: You see I'm ballin' on a different level Flintstones in my watch y'all rock pebbles I am not sure I understand this lyrics. You see I am rocking ...
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“A person who always pays their debts late” VS “Someone who always pays their debts on time”

I was wondering if there is any word / idiom / expression to define someone who borrows money from relatives and friends and pays them always late. I know the words: Deadbeat Welcher But they tend ...
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Is this Nick guy's phrases common(real)?

This video features an American (speaking Japanese well) called Nick is showing us what kind of slang is used in the U.S. But he said the U.S is so large that it depends on where you come from, (Nick ...
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"utter bologna" vs "utter baloney"

Is "utter bologna" valid? I mean, can it be used in nonfiction, for example (I'm following Chicago style), or should it be replaced with "utter baloney" or something else? Aren't ...
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Announcing pregnancy to a friend as aunt or uncle

In Spanish (at least in Colombia) I have heard that when announcing a pregnancy to a close friend, sometimes it can be said to "you will be aunt/uncle" due to the close relationship between ...
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Why sometimes in the U.S.A do they skip verbs?

Reading some lyrics from American songs, I've noticed that sometimes they skip verbs. For example in F.N. by Lil Tjay he says "You a Man, I don't fear you" Isn't this wrong? I think it ...
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What does "take it easy and riff? mean?

I came across the phrase in the 7th episode of the 4th season of Rick and Morty. Here is the context: Morty: You know, Rick, I'm sure you want to jump into another crazy adventure, but can we just ...
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Expression "My Scrotum" [closed]

You know, for example, when you upload at a site a music you think good(not for the purpose of learning English but just for its own fun sake there is no such site at SE unfortunately, PLEASE ...
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"Sedgefield Yellow" and "Mallowflier"

the text is from a play called The River. characters are talking about fishing. What are "Black Bomber", "Sedgefield Yellow" and "Mallowflier" referring to? are the same ...
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People say "Wazzup?" Is it proper? [closed]

People usually say this as Wazzup? But I think it is not proper. Would it be better to replace it with What's up? Why or why not?
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What does "legit LOL" mean? [closed]

The context (in a chat): - Person1 says something - Person2 responds with an animated GIF - Person3 says "legit LOL to Person2's reaction!" What does "legit LOL" mean? Does ...
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Meaning of "bummed to hear she thought so poorly of it"?

Kindly forgive me when I left once SE in a radical manner. My question is, I uploaded a music at a site. It was Cyndi Lauper's Goonies r Good Enough. And I got a reply saying, Love this song, and was ...
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Do the British use words like "batso" or "nutso"?

Today I encountered the word "batso" and I understood from context it meant "crazy". It interested me because it sounds like an Italian word "pazzo" which means "...
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What does "sump'n'll" mean?

This sentence is cited from "Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad" "Every day is a new deal. Keep workin' and maybe sump'n'll turn up"
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Which country is the slang "moola" used?

There is a slang for money called moola. Where do they commonly use it? I have rarely heard American or British people using this word. And in which situations could we use it?
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When to use No and Nope [duplicate]

As per what I understand Nope is an informal way of expressing the same what no does. Is it appropriate to use Nope in official mails, or is it suggested to use in like whatsapp chat etc. Also why the ...
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Understanding "Boss the stone" and other phrases

The Passage is from Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. Ginger is a DJ and he never had the chance to work as a DJ and he is high at the moment. According to these lines, what's these phrases means: "...
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What does "beast at (something)" mean?

Under this Youtube video there is a comment. When you returned to a game you haven't played in years and discover you're still beast at it. What does beast at it mean? I looked it up in the ...
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How to say I need to smoke cigarette too much just because you have not smoked for a long time in AmE

I was writing a short story about an American in which the guy who has quit smoking, feels a strong craving for smoking after a couple of days that he has given up smoking. I wonder what is the casual ...
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Is bitch in "Bitch please" a verb or a noun?

Is "bitch" in "Bitch please" expression a verb or a noun? Is it calling the listener a bitch as in "bitch, please" or is it some kind of provocation as in "bitch (...
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What's the meaning of "to beat the bleach out of the chick’s skin"?

I told her to organize some boys to beat the bleach out of the chick’s skin, but she was quoting scripture, saying God will fight her battles. I searched online dictionaries for bleach but the ...
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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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