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.
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.
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.
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