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Gird one’s loins

Human loins are situated around the waist or hip area, where one would generally have worn a sword belt or girdle in days gone by. Thus, to gird one’s...

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Girl Friday

An assistant, female office worker who performs a wide variety of different tasks, after Man Friday from the 1719 novel by Daniel Defoe Robinson Cruso...

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Git

British colloquialism for a fool or worthless person as in ‘silly git’ dates from the mid-20th century and is a corruption of the word ‘get’ from ‘beg...

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Give a continental

see Not give/worth a continental


Give a fig

see Not give a fig


Give a flying fuck

see Not give a flying fuck


Give a hoot

see Don’t give a hoot/two hoots


Give a monkey’s

see Not give a monkey’s


Give a rat’s arse/ass

see Not give a rat’s arse/ass


Give a wide berth

Originally, a nautical term for ample sea room or anchorage away from other ships dates from the 1600s. Its modern figurative usage extended into non-...

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Give it horns!

A cry of encouragement meaning to go for it, with no holding back. The verbal and written expression is American from about the 1970s and is sometimes...

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Give one’s eye-teeth (for something)

To give one’s eye-teeth for something or other means that one would go to extreme lengths, even to the extent of giving up one’s eye-teeth, in order t...

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Give one’s left ball/nut (for something)

Vulgar, men only, and deliberately perverse version of ‘give one’s right arm for something’ where ‘ball’ is preferred in Britain and elsewhere, while...

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Give one’s right arm (for something)

To give one’s right arm for something or other means that one would go to extreme lengths, even to the extent of giving up one’s right arm, in order t...

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Give someone a leg up

Originally, help in mounting a horse dates from the early 19th century.


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