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This dictionary of British slang includes popular words and phrases that you might hear in the UK and will help you with your own spoken English.

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Ace — is used to describe something that is awesome. A word that is popular in the north and amongst youngsters. A load of Looking for somebody awesome — is used to describe something that is not very good. This idiom has nothing to do with the surname or the place. Bees knees — the phrase does not relate to bees or knees but is an idiom for excellent.

No one is about to literally bite off any part of your anatomy. It is used to describe willingness. Brassed off — considering the Brits are good at hiding their emotions we still have plenty of words to describe when we are not happy with something. However, it was originally used to describe loose change in your pocket. Today it is more commonly used to say everything is OK. Cheerio — No it is not just a breakfast cereal but also one of the many words used to say goodbye in the UK.

Cheesed off — is a quirky euphemism for being unhappy. Obviously, you would be unhappy if your cheese went off! Chin wag — means to have a long chat and its origins come from a Welsh word meaning empty. Daft cow —is used amongst friends and is an affectionate way of making fun of a female friend when they have done or said something silly.

Be aware the meaning changes dramatically when you say this to a stranger!

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Easy peasy — A fun and childish way of expressing something is easy to do or understand. We dare you to use it next time your lecturer is explaining something. Effing and blinding — this expression is used to describe someone who is using unpleasant language. Elevenses — a mid-morning snack before lunch that normally includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. Earful — is an expression used to describe someone who is being told off.

For crying out loud — This is a replacement for a rude word. Flogging a dead horse — to try and find a solution to a problem that is unsolvable. Gobsmacked — if you are gobsmacked you are amazed by something or someone. In a good or bad way! The association with digging for food morphed into the slang we use today. Gobby — is used to describe someone who talks a lot and has a lot of opinions, and not necessarily in a good way.

Hammered — is the slang word used to describe someone who is very drunk. You can say someone is tipsy if they appear to be a bit drunk.

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Get it? The origins of this saying refer to the brass handles on doors which get very cold.

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This bit makes sense but the monkeys bit of this saying is baffling, even to the Brits. Jar — is slang for a pint of beer. Kerfuffle — is a fuss or commotion. Keep your hair on — can you lose your hair if you get too angry or excited? Last order — you will hear bar staff, in pubs, shout this and ring a bell at 11pm or at Lurgy — if someone has the lurgy stay away.

It means they are ill and possibly contagious. Let down — can be used in a multitude of ways and means you thought the experience was not good. Leave it out — means you want someone to stop doing or saying something that you find upsetting or annoying. Minted — if someone is described as minted it means they are rich, so become their best friend immediately!

Mitts — a mitten is a kind of glove. But Brits have shortened the word and made it slang for hands. Miffed — is another way of saying you are confused or annoyed. Not my cup of tea — is a saying used when something is not to your liking.

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Naff — is used to describe something that is of poor or inferior taste. Nosh — is slang for food. One off — an expression used to describe something unique. It means someone thinks you are lying. Put a sock in it — If you have had enough of someone talking you can tell them to put a sock in it.

It is totally fine to use amongst friends but even you think your lecturer is going on a bit we advise you keep the thought to yourself! Quack — is slang for a doctor that is suspected of not have the correct qualifications. Reem — is English slang for something being nice, good or cool and originates from Essex.

Rank — is slang for something that is horrible, in bad taste or actually smells unpleasant. Rinsed — can be used in a couple of ways. The first is if you defeat someone in an argument, fight or other competition. The second context is when someone pays over the odds for something. Finish off whatever you are doing fast!

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The implication is you are taking too long or you are not doing it efficiently. Stitched up — is when someone has taken advantage of you. Shagged — This can mean a of things some ruder than others. But the most common use is when someone is expressing how tired they are. Taking the piss — If you hear this being used it means one person is shocked at what another person is doing or saying. Throw a spanner in the works — you are likely to hear this saying when something goes wrong or someone makes a mistake. Tickety-boo — means OK and may have originated from a Hindi word meaning everything is fine.

The offie — The off-licence is the equivalent to an American convenience store, licenced to sell alcohol. Umpteen — means a relatively large, but unspecified amount, of something and is generally used when someone is annoyed. Up the spout — when you have wasted something such as money. Under the cosh — is used when you feel under pressures or restricted. Veg-out — is slang for relaxing.

To veg-out properly you have to order pizza and find a really naff movie to watch in your jim-jams. Vibe — is slang for feelings, atmosphere, mood. Wonky — is another word for shaky or unstable. You can use it to refer to a person or an object.

For example, you might say a chair has a wonky leg. Wangle — means to get or do something that is a bit devious. Wee — is a Scottish word for small. If a Scottish person says they want a wee drink they want a whiskey. If an English person says they want a wee direct them to the nearest toilet! Xtra — is used to describe something that is very good.

Your round — if you go to a pub with a group of friends it is most likely that one person will buy Looking for somebody awesome whole group a drink. This will continue until everyone in the group has bought a drink. On some ocasions it might be used when someone disagrees with you. Zonked — is used when someone is sleeping or by someone who is expressing they are super tired.

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Zebra crossing — is often used to describe the black and white horizontal markings on the road where pedestrians can cross. Share Tweet Share. A Ace — is used to describe something that is awesome.

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