Learn Some Slang 2

Learn Some Slang and Colloquial Expressions

 Beat about the bush; prevaricate; not being direct.

e.g. Don’t beat about the bush; tell me what’s on your mind.

 Better than a slap in the eye: okay, acceptable.

e.g. Not all the goals were accomplished. Well, at least the project was completed on time; it’s better than a slap in the eye.

 Poison: drink..

e.g. “What’s your poison?” “I’ll have a gin tonic.”

 Butter up: flatter.

e.g. Now that you have been promoted, everybody seems to butter up you.

 French leave: leave without permission.

e.g. His boss found out that he took French leave yesterday afternoon to see his mother in the hospital.

 Full bang: full speed.

e.g. You have to go on full bang if you don’t want to miss your flight.

 By a long chalk: by a great amount.

e.g. He lost his reelection by a long chalk.

Choosy: difficult to please.

e.g. Nobody likes to deal with you: you’re a choosy customer.

Come clean: confess everything.

e.g. Under the police interrogation, the man finally came clean.

 Creature comforts: physical comforts.

e.g. We all need a TV; it’s just one of those creature comforts.

 Darned sight more: a lot more.

e.g. “Do you think he should put more effort on this?” “A darned sight more!”

 Dead head: a stupid person.

e.g. Your friend seems like a dead head to me from the way he behaves.

 Deliver the goods: do what is expected or required.

e.g. The new employee seems to deliver the goods — very hard working and conscientious.

 Do one’s bit: do one’s share of responsibility.

e.g. I’ve done my bit; I hope it’s going to work.

 Do the trick: achieve the objective.

e.g. If you turn the handle in the opposite it may do the trick and open the lid.

 Drive up the wall: irritate intensely.

e.g. Don’t drive me up the wall every time I see you.

 Drop in on: visit casually.

e.g. Do drop in on us; you are always welcome.

 Stephen Lau

Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau

 

 

 

 

Learn Some Slang

Learn Some Slang and Colloquial Expressions

 Better than a slap in the eye: okay, acceptable.

e.g. Not all the goals were accomplished. Well, at least the project was completed on time; it’s better than a slap in the eye.

 Poison: drink..

e.g. “What’s your poison?” “I’ll have a gin tonic.”

 Butter up: flatter.

e.g. Now that you have been promoted, everybody seems to butter up you.

 French leave: leave without permission.

e.g. His boss found out that he took French leave yesterday afternoon to see his mother in the hospital.

 Full bang: full speed.

e.g. You have to go on full bang if you don’t want to miss your flight.

 By a long chalk: by a great amount.

e.g. He lost his reelection by a long chalk.

Choosy: difficult to please.

e.g. Nobody likes to deal with you: you’re a choosy customer.

Do one’s bit: do one’s share of responsibility.

e.g. I’ve done my bit; I hope it’s going to work.

Come clean: confess everything.

e.g. Under the police interrogation, the man finally came clean.

 Darned sight more: a lot more.

e.g. “Do you think he should put more effort on this?” “A darned sight more!”

 Dead head: a stupid person.

e.g. Your friend seems like a dead head to me from the way he behaves.

 Deliver the goods: do what is expected or required.

e.g. The new employee seems to deliver the goods — very hard working and conscientious.

 Creature comforts: physical comforts.

e.g. We all need a TV; it’s just one of those creature comforts.

 Do the trick: achieve the objective.

e.g. If you turn the handle in the opposite it may do the trick and open the lid.

 Drive up the wall: irritate intensely.

e.g. Don’t drive me up the wall every time I see you.

 Drop in on: visit casually.

e.g. Do drop in on us; you are always welcome.

 Bowl over: overwhelm.

e.g. I was bowled over by all the information received at the seminar.

Pooped: exhausted.

e.g. What’s the matter?  Everybody looks pooped today. We haven’t even started the work!

 Stephen Lau

Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau