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Jacked up

This expression has several meanings. The first as in to jack up prices comes from America in the late 19th century, from jack meaning to hoist or rai...

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These days it simply refers to any big prize or achievement, but the origin of this American expression is supposedly from the game of poker, c. 1880,...

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British informal from the North of England for buttocks or backside, dates from the late 19th century, derives from Jackie the diminutive of Jack but...

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An unplayable delivery in cricket dates from the second half of the 20th century after Jaffa, which means beautiful in Hebrew and a Jaffa is indeed a...

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see Bird


US slang for a battered old car from c. 1920. Perhaps from Jalapa a Mexican town where, supposedly, many old American cars ended up; otherwise the ori...

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British slang for clear profit, good fortune or luck dates from the late 19th century when jam was considered a treat or luxury. Jam as preserve i.e....

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Jam jar

Jam jar is rhyming slang for car, jam jar/car, dates from the 1920s.

Jam on it

British expression for something pleasant or something extra, believed to have originated in the navy from the late 19th/early 20th century. See also...

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Jam session

see Jam

Jam tomorrow

British expression that means something promised that never comes, rather like pubs that have signs that proclaim, “Free beer tomorrow”. Why jam? The...

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Full to capacity, chock-a-block, a combining of jammed full and packed to capacity, dates from the 1950s.


Rhyming slang for sweetheart, jam-tart/sweetheart, dates from the mid-19th century, See also Tart.


A frolic, a carousel, a spree, originally US slang first cited from 1872, but the origin is unknown. Since 1920, it is the annual rally of the Boy Sco...

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British slang for lucky or fortunate dates from the late 19th century when a bit of jam meant a stroke of good luck or sweet fortune and, hence allude...

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