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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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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?
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Like a Swiss watch

Here in Spain we have a saying to mark that something works perfectly, we say that it works like a Swiss watch. Is there any equivalent expression in English?
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Expression UK radio hosts and MCs use to shout out to friends/fans

I notice this mainly in drum 'n' bass/grime/dubstep radio shows from UK where an MC or the host frequently talks over the tune. Similar to terms like 'shout out to xxx' or 'big up xxx', where xxx ...
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meaning of the phrase “amped up on” in context

It is from Crash Course A&P. It is at 1 minute and 23 second. Here is the context: But even when they are functioming well, some of your immune cells are careening around your body like ...
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Meaning of “no scratch no snatch”

I'm trying to understand all the lyrics of this song. At 2:20, the song goes "but she says no scratch no snatch". I understand the meaning of these words separately, but I don't get the meaning of the ...
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“pretty not” disgusting/terrible/bad

While reading a story, I've encountered with this word (a slang, as you may call) and I was wondering what meaning does this word adding to the sentence; "As far as this town's villagers go, John ...
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The antonym of “diss”

I learn that 'diss' is a shortened version of "disrespect" Urban Dictionary: diss For example, try to diss me, man. What's the opposite of it? I searched 'spect' as shorthand for 'respect'. ...
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Left wing liberal snowflake

I've seen a comment that I am a left wing liberal snowflake. What does it mean? I saw this on a Facebook comment; it's from Ellen talk show. Here is the screenshot:
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What is the meaning of `DOPE`? [closed]

What is the meaning of DOPE? I recently joined a Google+ Group, the reply of a user is So DOPE!!! I do not understand it, I can only guess it is good or nice, or another similar meaning.
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“Flicker” what does this word mean in the video?

I am so afraid that I am bombarding lots of questions here. And let me thank you so much for all ( probably ) of native speakers here for your efforts from the bottom of my heart. I like(d) Kee&...
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What's the meaning of phrases that include “ship”, “shipping”, when there is a conversation about the heroes of TV series?

I saw such phrase "Fans have been shipping these two for years, and it’s easy to see why. They’re attractive, single, and they’ve got a lot in common..." in this article. What does "shipping" mean in ...
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“Roll a 40 down the street” meaning

I have stumbled across the following joke in Fallout 4 game: What is the best way to start a parade in South Boston? Roll a 40 down the street. I have no idea what roll a 40 down the ...
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can one mix the expression “to nail something” with “the sh* out of”?

Can I say for example She nailed the shit out of the chorus or he nailed the shit out of the job
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What is a formal synonym phrase for “What the hell are you talking about”?

What I want to write is formal, or polite version of what the hell are you talking about? A reason why I can't use this is beacuse a person who's saying this is a middle-aged man, and he's not ...
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The Internet is Your Oyster

Why they say the Internet is your oyster when they mean, I guess, you can find abundant resources to solve your problem? Update : It has an origin which I missed.
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What does 'share squat' mean in this context?

I came across the sentence in a comment from this news story. The investigators are sharing squat. But I bet they know a whole a lot. What does 'sharing squat' mean here?
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What is the English equivalent of the Russian word тормоз which is used for very slowly working software?

In Russian there is word тормоз (tormoz) which originally meant "brake" (as in a car), but now is often used to denote a very slowly working software. The nearest word in English I know is "lag". But ...
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Not common words [closed]

Is this a vulgar slang or something? When such a word can be used? You are a blight. Is there other words that convey the same clue? E.g. You are an adversity, an ordeal.
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Meaning of “cross” in “While the cross has corrected slightly this week, we expect the uptrend to continue and recommend a buy-on-dips strategy”

From an article titled "Euro to US Dollar Exchange Rate Will Go Higher, Analysts Say, Buy On Dips": “While the cross has corrected slightly this week, we expect the uptrend to continue and ...