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 17 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 9 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 13 people




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."


Confirmed by 7 people




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!"


Confirmed by 4 people




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."


Confirmed by 5 people




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."


Confirmed by 5 people




quid

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Some People

(n.) The British pound.

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


Confirmed by 9 people




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."


Confirmed by 5 people




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?"


Confirmed by 5 people




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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?"


Confirmed by 4 people




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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."


Confirmed by 4 people




punching

English United Kingdom

Slang USED Frequently BY Young People

(v.) Used to indicate that someone's partner is more attractive than them, and they have done well to get them. Often used by men in a positive way to praise their friend's girlfriend.

"You're punching with her, mate, she's gorgeous!"


Confirmed by 5 people