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a little birdie told me

English English speaking countries

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some people

This idiom is used playfully not to reveal the source of information about something. Usually, however, the source of the information is obvious. Sometimes rendered as 'A little bird told me'

"How did you know it was my birthday?" "Let's just say a little birdie told me!"


Confirmed by 23 people




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buy-cott

English English speaking countries

Word USED On Rare Occasion BY People Opposing Protests

(n.) Going out of your way to buy from a certain brand that has been boycotted.

“I’ve been buying a lot of t-shirts as part of a buy-cott to save a local business from going under”


Confirmed by 7 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 13 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 10 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 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




shrapnel

English English speaking countries

Word USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(n.) Coins or loose change. Reference to coins being small pieces of metal, like shrapnel.

"Have you got enough shrapnel for the parking meter?"





stan

English English speaking countries

Word USED Frequently BY Gen Z'ers

Can be used as a noun or a verb to describe an obsessive love of a celebrity. Used frequently on Twitter. Originates from Eminem's song 'Stan', which tells the story of one of his obsessive fans.

"She really stans BTS." "She's a big Taylor Swift stan."


Confirmed by 4 people




on my Larry

English United Kingdom

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

Refers to someone who is a loner. Someone who has no friends.

"Please hurry up! I'm all on my Larry"





munted

English Australia

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

(adj.) severely damaged or very drunk

"After that wreck, his car was completely munted." "He's too munted to speak!"





ngl

English Various countries

Abbreviation USED Frequently BY Young people

Stands for "not gonna lie" and is used before a statement that might be perceived as strange, or too honest. As an acronym, it's mostly used online.

"What do you think of my painting?" "ngl, it's not your best."


Confirmed by 22 people




double-double

English Canada

Slang USED Frequently BY Canadians

(n.) Common way to drink coffee in Canada. 2 milk and 2 sugar.

“Hi, can I order a double-double please?”





hatchings, matchings and despatchings

English United Kingdom

Expression USED On Very Rare Occasion BY Some People

Births, weddings, and deaths.

"I only go to church for hatchings, matchings, and despatchings."





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a cock and bull story

English London, United Kingdom

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Londoners

It means a long-winded story that is nonsense. The literal translation of the expression is from cock or rooster to donkey/ass.

"Some men’s whole delight is to talk of a Cock and Bull over a pot." (the earliest example in print: The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton,1621)





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dosh

English England

Slang USED On Occasion BY People Under 50

(n.) Means money, mainly used by middle-aged people who like to think they're 'down with the kids'.

"I've got a hell of a lot of dosh in my wallet."

"I've got a large amount of money in my wallet."