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  • bash
    ( n ) A drunken spree. He went out on a bash last night and is pretty sick today.
    1900s
  • bonehead
    ( n ) A stupid or foolish person. That bonehead let the air out of his own tires!.
    1900s
  • bunk
    ( n ) Nonsense. He said he aced the chem exam. That's bunk!
    1900s
  • butterflies in the stomach
    ( n ) Fearfulness, stage fright. Every time I talk to her I have butterflies in my stomach.
    1900s
  • call on the carpet
    ( vp ) To scold, chastise. The third time Winfred was late for work the boss called him out on the carpet.
    1900s
  • can
    ( v ) To fire. She talked back to the boss and got canned.
    1900s
  • cold
    ( adv ) Completely, immediately. Marguerite stopped Paul cold with her question.
    1900s
  • pan
    ( v ) To criticize severely. Lucy Lastik's ice-skating routine was panned by the judges.
    1900s
  • do in
    ( v ) To kill or destroy. His business was doing well until the hurricane destroyed his store and did him in.
    1900s
  • doll up
    ( v ) Dress up, dress stylishly. So where are you going, all dolled up?
    1900s
  • double-cross
    ( v ) To betray. He promised to pay me for painting his room but double-crossed me and didn't.
    1900s
  • frog
    ( n ) Hoarseness. I can't make a toast tonight; I have a frog in my throat.
    1900s
  • goop
    ( n ) A stupid person. He is such a goop he eats his peas with his fingers.
    1900s
  • goopy
    ( adj ) Stupid or foolish. Don't be so goopy; go along with the others.
    1900s
  • grouser
    ( n ) A complainer, a whiner. Doolittle is a constant grouser that everybody hates.
    1900s
  • hanging
    ( adj ) Excellent, outstanding. That is a hanging new sweater Brenda bought her sister.
    1900s
  • hep
    ( adj ) A part of the current musical culture. That cat is hep to all the dives with cool jazz.
    1900s
  • ice
    ( n ) Diamonds, jewelry. She came dripping with ice.
    1900s
  • in the bag
    ( pp ) Assured, guaranteed. Everything is in the bag. There is nothing to worry about.
    1900s
  • jitney
    ( n ) A nickel, a 5-cent piece. He didn't have a jitney on him at the time.
    1900s
  • just off the boat
    ( pp ) Naive. He acts like he is just off the boat.
    1900s
  • killer
    ( n ) Something or someone excellent, outstanding. That new book by her mother is a real killer.
    1900s
  • lay off
    ( v ) To quit. Hey, lay off bothering me!
    1900s
  • lick
    ( n ) A bit, the smallest amount. He doesn't have lick of sense.
    1900s
  • live-wire
    ( np ) An exciting person. Maisy is a live-wire everyone wants at his or her party.
    1900s
  • loaded
    ( adj ) Rich, wealthy. I hear Leroy's parents are loaded.
    1900s
  • machine
    ( n ) A car (hot-rodders). You should see that boss machine of his.
    1900s
  • nut
    ( n ) A crazy person. I think that he is a nut.
    1900s
  • rap
    ( n ) An accusation. Eustace has a rap sheet as long as your arm.
    1900s
  • rat
    ( n ) A contemptible person. The little rat won't do anything I tell him.
    1900s
  • rat
    ( n ) An informer, a tattle-tale. The little rat told the principal!
    1900s
  • ratty
    ( adj ) Unfair. He got a ratty assignment in Java.
    1900s
  • read the riot act
    ( vp ) To scold, chastise severely. When mom saw the condition of my room, she read me the riot act.
    1900s
  • scrap
    ( v ) Cancel. We had to scrap plans to go to the beach when we saw the weather report.
    1900s
  • screw
    ( v ) To harm greatly. He got screwed by a used-car dealer.
    1900s
  • side-kick
    ( n ) Someone who always accompanies someone else. You never see Pedro without his side-kick, Manuel.
    1900s
  • snarky
    ( adj ) Irritable, short-tempered. Don't be so snarky; I only asked a question.
    1900s
  • stand up
    ( v ) To not show up for a date. Hortense said that she would meet me for dinner but she stood me up.
    1900s
  • tail
    ( v ) To follow. Quentin tailed his sister to the boy's house.
    1900s
  • thick
    ( adj ) Close, tight. They are as thick as thieves.
    1900s
  • word
    ( n ) News, latest gossip. So, what's the word, man?
    1900s
  • yeah
    ( adv ) Yes, a positive answer. Yeah, I'm going to the football game.
    1900s
  • hillbilly
    ( n ) A clumsy, unsophisticated person from the country. Willy Earl tells everyone he is in computing but he is just a hillbilly who works in the stockroom of a computer warehouse.
    1900s
  • lollapalooza
    ( n ) Something excellent, outstanding. Boy, that storm last night was a real lollapalooza, wasn't it?
    1900s
  • skidoo
    ( v ) To leave. Come on, kiddo, time for us to skidoo.
    1900s
  • skiddoo
    ( v ) To leave. Come on, kiddo, time for us to skiddoo.
    1900s
  • fall for
    ( v ) To be deceived, tricked. I told him that my dad was the President of the United States and he fell for it.
    1900s
  • mutt
    ( n ) A dog. Hey, Fritz, what is your mutt barking at now?
    1900s
  • plug for
    ( v ) To promote, advance. Maudie brought the boss presents every day when she was plugging for a promotion.
    1900s
  • hawkshaw
    ( n ) Detective. Mildred hired some two-bit hawkshaw to follow me around and make sure I'm not seeing someone else.
    1900s
  • louse
    ( n ) A mean, despicable person. I won't have anything to do with that louse Ivan Oder.
    1900s
  • humdinger
    ( n ) Something excellent, outstanding. That new baseball bat of Glen Gary's is a humdinger!
    1900s
  • movie
    ( n ) A motion picture. I do enjoy a good movie after dinner.
    1900s
  • doodad
    ( n ) Decorative article. Maybelle's house is full of fancy doodads she brought back from her world travels.
    1900s
  • wisenheimer
    ( n ) Someone who thinks he or she is smarter than others. Buzz is a wisenheimer who thinks he knows everything.
    1900s
  • yegg
    ( n ) Safe-cracker, a crook. Marvin hired some yegg to do his dirty work for him.
    1900s
  • dragnet
    ( n ) A widespread seach. The police put out a dragnet for the guy who beat you up.
    1900s
  • hock
    ( v ) To pawn. Billy hocked his guitar to get his watch out of hock.
    1900s
  • batty
    ( adj ) Crazy, insane. If you think I'm going to get me to date your sister, you're batty.
    1900s
  • stir-crazy
    ( adj ) Crazy for being cooped up. I'm getting stir-crazy lying in bed all day .
    1900s
  • kiddo
    ( int ) Extended form of "kid". Look, kiddo, I ain't doing anything illegal.
    1900s
  • bean
    ( n ) The head. The picher threw a bean ball and knocked the batter out.
    1900s

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