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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 “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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Your item has shipped or has been shipped?

To my knowledge, as the verb ship is a synonym of send, the correct form should be Your item has been shipped. However on many online stores I see: Your item has shipped. Is this correct? To ...
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“noob” considered slang? offensive?

I came across this word recently: noob I found out that it means a newbie or inexperienced. What I also found out is that some websites have been referring to this word as a Internet slang. So ...
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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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Wanting to avoid vulgarity; alternatives for “a dick move”

I have heard the slang phrase dick move in contexts like this: "Please don't do that prank to him. That'd be a dick move from you." "Look at those drawings of Bob! Do you know who made ...
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“Roll a 40 down the street” meaning

I have stumbled across the following joke in the Fallout 4 video 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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what does “to riff” mean in this context?

Two players were playing a chess game. One play voiced "it looks ominous" after playing a move that he thought was brilliant. The other player responded "riffing". What does the verb, to riff, or the ...
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What phrase should I use to say that a girl rejected a guy who was rude to her?

How can I say that a girl rejected a guy who was trying to pick her up (and he was possibly rude to her)? For example: Mike was trying to pick her up at the party yesterday but she just ______ him. ...
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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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The meaning of Idiom like “Killed something”

Here's my question. When we say "He really killed the fried chicken", Does it mean... 1) He really loves fried chicken and scarf down, while having it. or 2) He's really good at making 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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What does “Nailed it” mean?

I came across a few combinations of 'nailed it' or 'nailed down' in various contexts. According to the blog-posts, it seems to be widespread on the internet. However, I have never heard these ...
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What does “crash” mean in this context?

Okay, 2 thoughts. Not that you asked, but... 1) You're going to crash, and it's okay when you do. This isn't a recovery. I did the same thing, it's part of the plan, usually, but you're not okay the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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British slang of using “that is” at the end of a sentence

I've been trying to find examples or proofs that this expression actually exists but I just can't find any. I've heard it somewhere some time ago and it stuck in my head, and now I'm worried if it's ...
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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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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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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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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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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's the difference between “hang out” and “play”?

I just saw the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The wide boy said, "Do you want to come to my home and play?" But the main character wanted him to say "hang out," and people around them jeered at the wide ...
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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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How to ask people if they are currently going commando

When asking people if they are currently going commando (not wearing underwear), should I say Did you came commando? or Are you on commando? or something else?
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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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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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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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“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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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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What does homie mean?

I heard Leonardo Dicaprio saying about Kate Winslet, "She's my homie.". I wonder what homie actually means. I looked up the online dictionaries and discovered that it's a North American slang for a ...
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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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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 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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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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“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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