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35 English Slang Expressions to Know

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Slang (English slang) - a set of special words or new meanings of existing words used in various groups of people (professional, social, age and so on).

In English lexicography, the term "slang" was widely used around the beginning of the XIX century. The etymology of the word is controversial. The study of slang was influenced by the English-language culture. J. B. Greenow and J. L. Kittridge described slang as follows: "slang is a tramp language that sticks around literary language and constantly tries to make its way into the most refined society." The concept of “slang” is mixed with such concepts as “dialecticism”, “jargon”, “vulgarism”, “colloquial speech”, “vernacular”.

We get dictionaries and write down the unfamiliar.

1. at first blush - at a glance

2. at sea - confusion, stupor

3. at sixes and sevens - who in the forest who is by firewood, mess

4. at the tip of the tongue - (turns) on the tip of the tongue

5. bublin brook - talker, gossip girl

6. babe at the woods - fell off the moon

7. rotten rat - a rotten person who has lost confidence

8. back to the wall - in a trap, in a hopeless situation

9. bad egg - the family is not without a freak, a white crow

10. ball game - kill two birds with one stone, catch the blue bird, luck

11. ball of fire - too energetic person, sewed in one place

12. bank on - hope, count

13. be gettin on - gain experience

14. beat about the bush - pour from empty to empty, beat around the bush

15. beat it - flush, reel, clean

16. beauty sleep - take a nap

17. beef up - strengthen, reinforce

18. between the devil and the deep blue sea - between two lights

19. big mouth - yap

20. big stink - scandal, sensation

21. big time (to have) - have a good time

22. bird has flown - train left, late

23. blast off - protest, resent

24. to blow smn's mind - drive you crazy, get sick (in the sense of something to get carried away)

25. bull shit - bullshit, sucks

26. butt in

27. butterflies in the stomach - butterflies in the stomach

28. butter up - oil, lubricate

29. calm down - calm down, slow down

30. chew the fat - sharpen his hair, chat, gossip

31. chicken feed - (about money) - the cat cried

32. cold turkey - addictive

33. cozy up - to adapt, try to like

34. dead beat - loafer

35. top banana - a nail, programs, an influential person.