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Say it with music

The title of a song by Irving Berlin composed in 1921.


Scallywag

A scallywag is a disreputable fellow, originally an American expression from the early 19th century but anglicised by the mid-1800s. Early citations g...

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Scam

American slang for a fraudulent scheme or swindle dates from the 1960s and adopted across the rest of the English-speaking world during the 1970s. Its...

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Scampi

Scampi is the plural of scampo the Italian for shrimp or prawn. Strictly speaking, scampi should specifically refer to Dublin Bay Prawns, nephrops nor...

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Scapegoat

A scape goat is a person who is blamed or punished for the wrongdoings of others and first makes its appearance in this sense in the early 19th centur...

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Scare the living daylights out of someone

see Beat/scare the living daylights out of someone


Scared out of one’s wits

see Out of one’s wits


Scared shitless

see Shitless


Scaredy-cat

An unduly fearful person; children’s slang from c. 1930.


Scarlet woman

A scarlet woman is a sexually promiscuous harlot and the expression has been in use since the late 16th century. The source is the New Testament where...

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Scarper

British Slang meaning to run off or run away. There are two theories about its origin. One is rhyming slang Scapa Flow/go. Scapa Flow is a remote Roya...

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Scat

US slang for go away dates from the mid-19th century, an abbreviation of scatter.


Scattergun approach/strategy

see Shotgun approach/strategy


Scatty/scatterbrain

Scatty is British informal for silly and disorganised and dates from the early 20th century. It is an abbreviation of scatterbrain or scatter-brained,...

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Schlemiel

This is 19th century American slang for an imbecile or a clumsy, awkward person. Its origin is Yiddish shlemiel meaning bungler.


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