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Popular American Slang Words and Phrases
(To) ace (v.) (a test, exam, etc.): To pass a test, exam, etc. really easily. e...
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Dead: Empty; quiet (said of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc.) ex: "It's really dead in here tonight"
(It's empty in here t...
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Lemon: a bad buy or purchase.
Munchies (n.pl): Chips and other types of junk food. ex: "I picked up some munchies on my ...
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Trash (v.): To destroy. "The band trashed the hotel room."
Turn-off (n.): Something that makes you lose your interest. e...
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Popular american slang words and phrases

Popular american slang words and phrases
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. 1 Popular American Slang Words and Phrases (To) ace (v.) (a test, exam, etc.): To pass a test, exam, etc. really easily. ex: "Robert aced his physics exam." All-ears: When someone says "I'm all ears", they are telling you that they are listening to you, that they are giving you their undivided attention. All-nighter (n.): A period of work or study that lasts all night. Most often used with the verb "pull" (To pull an all-nighter) - ex: "We pulled an all-nighter in order to finish the project." Around-the-clock: 24/7, all day and night, non-stop; ex: "The house was being watched around the clock." B.O.: Short for "body odor" - the foul smell one secretes from one's armpits, especially when one doesn't shower/wash. ex: "The woman sitting beside me had really bad B.O." Blow or Bomb: to fail or to be unsuccessful. Blue or Have the Blues: to feel depressed or sad. Buck: one dollar. By the skin of your teeth: just barely. Cash (n.): Money. ex: "You got any cash on you?" Cheesy (adj.): Cheap, tacky. ex: "A cheesy pick-up line", "A cheesy song", etc. Chick (n.): Young woman, girl, etc. *this term is considered derogatory (offensive) by some, so if you're not sure - don't use it :)* Cool (adj.): nice, great, impressive ex: "a cool dress", "a cool guy", "a cool bar" Cop (n.): Police officer. ex: "My brother is a cop." Creep (n.): An unpleasantly weird/strange person. ex: "I don't like Tom. He seems like a creep." Couch Potato: a lazy person, one who sits on and watches TV. Cram: to study feverishly before an exam. Crash: to go to sleep; or to show up without invitation ex: "Can I crash here tonight?"
  • 2. 2 Dead: Empty; quiet (said of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc.) ex: "It's really dead in here tonight" (It's empty in here tonight/there are very few people here tonight). Drama queen: Someone who gets overly emotional/sentimental about things. Someone who thrives on the dramatic. ex: "Betty is such a drama queen!" Down to earth: practical; simple. Drive up the wall: to irritate; “He is driving me up the wall.” Dutch or go Dutch: each person pays for his/her own meal. Gonna: Short for "going to". ex: "I'm gonna call you tomorrow." Gotta: Short for "have got to" or "have to". ex: "I gotta go." Get under one’s skin: bother. Give the cold shoulder: ignore. Give a ring: to telephone. Hyped (adj.): Really excited. ex: "We're all hyped about the concert next weekend." Hang out: to gather in a casual; and social manner. Hang-over: the physical effects of heavy drinking (headache). Hit the books: study. Hit the road: to leave. Hold your horses: be calm! In no time: Very soon. ex: "Don't worry - We'll be there in no time." Just plain (adj.): Clearly; simply. ex: "He's just plain stupid." Jock: an athlete. Later: Short for "See you later." Lighten up (v.): To relax; to not take things too seriously. ex: "You gotta learn to lighten up a bit!" The Late Mr. Smith: a term used when the person is dead.
  • 3. 3 Lemon: a bad buy or purchase. Munchies (n.pl): Chips and other types of junk food. ex: "I picked up some munchies on my way from work." No way: 1) Phrase used to say that something is definitely not going to happen. ex: "P1: Are you going to see her again? P2: No way!"; 2) Phrase of awe/disbelief. ex: "She gave you her phone number? No way!" Over: "Over" is often used to emphasize location. ex: "I live over on Orange Street." (I live on Orange Street). (To) overstep (v.): To be out of line. To say/do something that's inappropriate to a situation. ex: "I'm sorry; I overstepped. I shouldn't have said those things to your parents." Once in a blue moon: infrequent. Oops! said after a small mistake. Pass the buck: transfer responsibility to someone else. Piece of cake: easy or effortless. Pig out: to overeat. Pop quiz: an exam that is not announced . Ride shotgun (v.): To ride in the front passenger seat of a car. ex: "I wanna ride shotgun!" Rip-off: overcharge or steal. R.S.V.P.: the formal reply to an invitation, by phone or mail. Screw up (v.): To make a mistake, do something badly/wrong ex: "I really screwed up my audition." Sweet (adj.): Very nice. ex: "That is a sweet car." Shoot the breeze: talk. Spill the beans: reveal a secret. Take off (v.): To leave, to get going, to be on one's way. ex: "We have to take off. See you soon!" That hit the spot: (When talking about food/drinks) That was really good; That's just what I needed.
  • 4. 4 Trash (v.): To destroy. "The band trashed the hotel room." Turn-off (n.): Something that makes you lose your interest. ex: "The fact that she smoked so much was a real turn-off." 24/7 (Twenty four seven): Non-stop, around the clock. ex: "That place is open 24/7. It never closes." Take a rain-check: do at another time. Take for granted: to assume. Watch your back! Be careful; Watch out. *this is often meant as a threat or warning* Weirdo (n.): Strange person. *fairly negative* Wimp (n.): Weak, cowardly person. Work up the courage (to do something): To build up enough confidence (to do something); not concrete; ex: "She finally worked up the courage to ask him out." Wrap (something) up (v.): To finish (something); To Bring something to a close. ex: "OK, let's wrap things up for today." What’s up: How are you? You bet: 1) Of course. ex: "P1: Hey you wanna come to the beach with us? P2: You bet!"; 2) No problem. ex: "P1: Thanks for all your help! P2: You bet!" You can say that again! Phrase meaning "I agree with you completely." You're telling me! Phrase meaning "I know exactly what you mean"; Similar to "Don't I know it!"; ex: "P1: My son's in Iraq. I miss him so much! P2: You're telling me! I've got two sons over there!" http://www.infosquares.com/americanslang/