A-Z Database

A-Z Database

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You can take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink

see Take a horse to water


You can’t have your cake and eat it

see Have your cake and eat it


You never had it so good

‘You never had it so good’ was the slogan of the 1952 US Democrat election campaign. ‘The people of Britain have never had it so good’ was also the sl...

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You pays your money and you takes your choice

This British catchphrase, which means that one gets what one pays for was coined by Punch magazine in 1846.


Young buck

see Buck up


Z/Z’s

The last letter of the alphabet, pronounced ‘zed’ in Britain and Commonwealth Countries but ‘zee’ in America, is also slang for sleep when pluralised...

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Zany

Zany is a word that has come to mean clownish in an offbeat sort of way. It is a lot older than most realise, dating back to the 16th century, and der...

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Zap

Zap is an echoic comic strip sound-effect word of American origin that dates from the 1930s, especially featured in Buck Rogers comics. Zap, meaning t...

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Zed

see Z/Z's


Zee

see Z/Z's


Zeppelin

A hydrogen-filled German airship, dating from around 1900, named after the German general who perfected it, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917)....

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Zilch

US slang expression that means nothing or zero. Like zip or zippo, its etymology is unknown, but some say it dates from the 1930s with the appearance...

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Zillion/s

Obviously a play on the word million and denotes a very large but indefinite number. It was coined by Damon Runyon in 1944.


ZIP code

The US postal service introduced an address code system called ZIP codes in 1963. ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement System.


Zip it

A figurative expression meaning to close or shut one’s mouth in much the same way one would close a zip fastener. It is thought to be of American orig...

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