Idioms

Idioms

Full nine yards

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Legover

British slang for sexual intercourse, usually used by males rather than females. A shortened form of  'to get one's leg over' which h...

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Get one's leg over

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Too poor to have-find a pot to piss in

US slang for extremely poor or penniless, dates from the 1930s. It has nothing to do with selling urine to treat leather or manufacture explosives, wh...

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Piss-elegant

Means flashy or affectedly refined, so is generally not a compliment. First citation in writing is from none other than Noel Coward, “The cast is very...

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Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks are the the rope-like strands of hair formed by matting and braiding. The word 'dreadlocks' is modern and is first cited in the 1960s, but...

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At large

An idiomatic phrase that means at liberty or free. It can have a negative or positive connotation in that a criminal or escaped convict can be at larg...

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Money does not grow on trees

An idiom that means money is hard to come by, as opposed to so many things that simply grow on trees in abundance, year after year. It is originally A...

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Bolt upright

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Over cadovers

This is just a way of saying that something or other is really over, finished, the end. Where it comes from, or when, remains a mystery, but there is...

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Joe Cocker

Rhyming slang for 'shocker' meaning a mistake or error of some kind. Joe Cocker/shocker, dates from the late 20th/early 21st century, and derives from...

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