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Scumbag

US slang for condom dates from the 1960s and also US slang for a despicable person dates from the 1970s.


Scuppered

In the sense of wrecked or ruined, e.g. ‘my plans were scuppered’ dates from the late 19th/early 20th century and derives from earlier military slang...

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Scuttlebutt

Mainly a US expression meaning gossip or idle chatter; dates in this sense from the late 19th/early 20th century. Originally, from the late 18th/early...

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Sea-change

Describes a fundamental, major or considerable change and dates from the 16th century, coined by Shakespeare in The Tempest (1610) where Shakespeare d...

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SEALs

see Navy SEALs


Search me

An American expression from the late 19th/early 20th century used to imply that the speaker has no knowledge of some fact or no idea what course to ta...

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Second bite at/of the cherry/apple

see Another bite at/of the cherry/apple


Second fiddle

see Play second fiddle


Second nature

A habit or characteristic not exactly innate but so long practised or acquired that it seems so, dates from the 14th century and is an abbreviation of...

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Second string to one’s bow

see Another string to one’s bow


See a man about a dog

This expression dates from the mid-19th century and is a euphemism for whatever a man has in mind to do without being explicit. In America it is somet...

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See Corner

Fanzine is a portmanteau word (from fan and magazine) which describes an unofficial publication produced by supporters or followers of a particular cu...

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See eye to eye

Agree or to be in harmony, the source is the Bible, Isaiah, 52:8, “For they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.”


See how the other half lives

see How the other half lives


See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

A Buddhist/Shinto proverb that some sources maintain is Japanese, while others maintain it is Chinese and attribute it to Confucius, because a similar...

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