in the street

English New York, United States

Slang USED Very frequently BY ex inmates

It's slang for "in the free world", "out of prison".

"Now that I've been in the street for 7 years, I've accomplished many things."


Confirmed by 10 people




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curtain twitcher

English United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) A nosy person who watches his or her neighbours, typically from a curtained window.

"That old lady is always watching us whenever we leave the house, she's a real curtain twitcher."


Confirmed by 11 people




in a pickle

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some People

Means that you are in a difficult position with no easy solution.

"I'm in a bit of a pickle - the deadline is tomorrow and my computer just broke."


Confirmed by 16 people




anti-masker

English United States

Word USED Very frequently BY Some People

(n.) Word used for people who refuse to wear a mask during the corona crisis.

"Anti-maskers are not welcome in this establishment."


Confirmed by 15 people




cool beans!

English Minnesota, United States

Expression USED In the past BY Almost Everyone

It's a way of saying that something is great.

"See you at my place at 3pm?" "Cool beans!"


Confirmed by 13 people




loml

English English speaking countries

Acronym USED On Occasion BY Gen Z'ers

(n.) An acronym for 'love of my life'. Often used on Instagram as a caption for a picture of your partner.

"Look at him. #loml"


Confirmed by 8 people




to carry a torch for someone

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

To admire or love somebody in secret. Comes from the metaphor of a burning flame, i.e. to keep a fire burning.

"She's always carried a torch for him, maybe they'll get back together one day."


Confirmed by 7 people




humblebrag

English English speaking countries

Portmanteau USED On Occasion BY Millenials

(n.) A modest or self-deprecating statement that has the actual intention of drawing attention to something the speaker is proud of.

"He was complaining about having too many job offers to choose from." "What a humblebrag!"


Confirmed by 8 people




to throw someone in at the deep end

English English speaking countries

Standard Phrase USED Frequently BY Most People

(v.) To put someone into a new situation without enough preparation or introduction. Refers to the deep end of a swimming pool.

"They really threw me in at the deep end but I'm getting used to it now."


Confirmed by 12 people




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baptism of fire

English English speaking countries

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

Immediately having to cope with a stressful situation in order to improve.

"How was your first driving lesson?" "It was a bit of a baptism of fire but I enjoyed it."


Confirmed by 9 people




hangry

English English speaking countries

Portmanteau USED On Occasion BY Most People

(adj.) To be angry or irritated because of hunger.

"Can you hurry up? I'm starting to get hangry."


Confirmed by 12 people




to have your head screwed on

English United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

To think or act in a smart and sensible way.

"What do you think of the new girl?" "She's good, she's got her head screwed on."


Confirmed by 7 people




ok, boomer

English English speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Millenials

(interj.) Used in a humorous or ironic manner to dismiss closed-minded opinions from the baby boomer generation (people born between 1946 and 1965) and older people more generally. Often used when someone's opinion is so out-of-touch that it would take too long to explain something to them.

"If you just stopped eating avocado toast, you'd be able to afford a house in no time." "Ok, boomer."


Confirmed by 11 people




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#ClapForCarers

English United Kingdom

Hashtag USED In the past BY Most People

Hashtag used to express gratitude for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Refers to the act of clapping outside your house at 8pm on a Thursday night.

"A special #ClapForCarers will take place at 5pm today as we say happy birthday to our precious NHS."


Confirmed by 10 people




banana

English Malaysia

Name USED On Rare Occasion BY Almost Everyone

Used to refer to an English-educated Malaysian born Chinese person, who doesn’t have a good command of the Chinese language and can only speak English.

"Alex's grandparents find it hard to speak with him because he is a banana."


Confirmed by 5 people