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

Author: Stephen Lau

Born in Hong Kong, Stephen Lau received his education from the University of Hong Kong, SEAMEO in Singapore, and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He has published books on learning English as well as on health and wisdom in living. He now resides in the United States.

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