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Monday, January 28, 2013

Learn Some English Slang (4)

Learn some English slang. Slang is highly ephemeral: it changes from one generation to another. Slang terms come into existence for various reasons, some obvious, some inexplicable, but most of them are delightfully direct and to the point. The use of slang adds spice to speech and writing.


Out in the sun: slightly drunk.
e.g. You look as if you were out in the sun.

Room to swing a cat: ample space.
e.g This bedroom is so small--hardly room to swing a cat!

Play it low: take an unfair advantage of.
e.g. He got his promotion by playing it low.

Rough and ready:: makeshift.
e.g. The room is rough and ready for the unexpected guest.

Salt away: store away money.
Where did the money come from? You must have salted it away.

Plastered: drunk.
e.g. When he came home from work, he looked plastered.

Out with it: confess; be honest.
e.g. Out with it, what did you do with my money?

Play up with: mess up; cause trouble.
e.g. The storm played up with our plans.

Over one's head: beyond understanding.
e.g The speech was over everyone's head

Rough it: live with it; endure.
e.g. This is not much of bed; you've got to rough it.

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