got the morbs

English United Kingdom

Expression USED In the past BY Victorians in the 1880's

Used to describe temporary melancholia, coined from the word "morbid".

"I've got the morbs walking around this cemetery."





the Mrs

English United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Used by men to refer to their partner. Does not necessarily mean they are married.

"Want to go for a beer tonight?" "I can't, I'm staying in with the Mrs."





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bagsy

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(v.) To claim something for yourself, reserving it so someone else can't take it.

"Bagsy front seat!" "Don't take the last slice of cake, I've bagsy'd it."





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Oright?*

* Are you alright?

English United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED Very frequently BY Everyone

A common and informal way to greet someone.

"Oright mate, how's it going?" "Yeah, not too bad, thanks."





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How do?

English Northern England, United Kingdom

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some People

Greeting often used between walkers as they pass each other on a hike. It doesn't really mean anything but it an expression of friendliness that does not require an actual answer.

"How do?" "How do?"





baccy

English Northern England, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Shortened word for 'tobacco'.

"I'm rolling a cigarette, can I use your baccy?"





leg it

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

(v.) To run very fast.

"I forgot my keys so I legged it back to my house."





quid

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(n.) The British pound.

"Can you lend me two quid for some chewing gum?"





skive

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(v.) To play truant, meaning to not go in to work or school when you are supposed to.

"Let's skive maths this afternoon, I haven't done the homework."





spend a penny

English United Kingdom

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

Euphemism meaning "to go to the bathroom", originating from a time when public toilets charged one penny. It is used mostly by women, as men's urinals were free to use.

"I'll be back in a minute, just going to spend a penny."





bun

English Southern England, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

(v.) Used when displaying a displeasure to a certain idea or thought.

"Do you want to go to the gym later?" "Nah, bun that!"


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mugged off

English Essex, United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

To be played for a fool or rejected (romantically).

"Are you still dating that girl?" "Nah, I've been mugged off."


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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."


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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."


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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."