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new list of old slang

1.  Aroo !   : goodbye ; so long . Australian ( 19-20th C )irish beauty

2.  bagman :  a tramp . Australian ( late 19-20th C )

3.  battle the rattler  :  to travel on a railway without paying . Australian ( since 1920 )

4.  Beatnik : member of the beat generation . Coined by the San Francisco press ( 1956-7 )

5.  square : anyone with conventional morals and habits . Canadian ( c. 1955 )

6.  mad as a wet hen  : intensely annoyed . Canadian ( 1920 )

7.  make it  : to succeed . USA  (1933)superman

8.  make a monkey of  : to make someone look ridiculous . USA ( ca. 1930 )

9.  old buzzard  : contemptuous for elderly or old man  ( ca. 1910 )weird man

10.  What say ?  : What do you think ?   Cockney ( from c. 1880 )

11. All the fat is in the fire    :  It has failed ( 19-20th C )

12. go , man, go  : get with it , swing , dig  . Canadian ( 1959 )

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sequel of seven slang , or , a skittering sqib of slang snippets, a short snort

1.   hob-nob   : a  mutual drinking 1760-1830 ; a drinking together or to each other’s health 1830

my sweetheart2.  hobo  : a tramp, esp. one who works , 1891 ; anglicized 1905

3.   keep a stiff upper lip  : to show no fear , 1815

4.  when pigs fly  : never  , C. 17-20

5.  go to pigs and whistles  : to be ruined , Scots , ca. 1780cartoon brit glasses

6.  pig’s eye   : in cards , the ace of diamonds 1864 ; Canadian , 1932 : the correct thing , excellent

7.  stewed  : tipsy , 1874 ; synonym with corned , pickled , salted

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slang and unconventional english

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1.  glad rags  : one’s best clothes , ca. 1906AlaskaCruise

2.  between you and me and the bedpost : between the two of us , ca. 1830

3.  blind drunk  :  ca. 1830weird man

4.  brush up  :  to revive one’s knowledge of something , ca. 1933

5.  take the cake  : to carry off the honors ;  be the best , ca. 1880

6.  call it a day  :  to  state one’s decision to go no further ,  ca.  1934

7.  codger  :   an old man ,  ca.  1756Irish American policemanblack bart

8.  cop : a policeman , abbr. of copper ,  ca. 1859

9.  cook one’s goose  :  to ruin , defeat , kill  , ca. 1859

10.  stuffy  : stand-offish  , ca. 1926

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cough dropbonus .      cough-drop  :   an attractive girl , South Africa , 1942sexy indian girl

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new list of old slang

1.  Aroo !   : goodbye ; so long . Australian ( 19-20th C )irish beauty

2.  bagman :  a tramp . Australian ( late 19-20th C )

3.  battle the rattler  :  to travel on a railway without paying . Australian ( since 1920 )

4.  Beatnik : member of the beat generation . Coined by the San Francisco press ( 1956-7 )

5.  square : anyone with conventional morals and habits . Canadian ( c. 1955 )

6.  mad as a wet hen  : intensely annoyed . Canadian ( 1920 )

7.  make it  : to succeed . USA  (1933)superman

8.  make a monkey of  : to make someone look ridiculous . USA ( ca. 1930 )

9.  old buzzard  : contemptuous for elderly or old man  ( ca. 1910 )weird man

10.  What say ?  : What do you think ?   Cockney ( from c. 1880 )

11. All the fat is in the fire    :  It has failed ( 19-20th C )

12. go , man, go  : get with it , swing , dig  . Canadian ( 1959 )

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f words in slang

1. face : a grimace ( from Shakespeare )

2. face fungus : a moustaches , beard , or both ( 19th-20th C )

3. face like a sea- boot : an expressionless face ( 19th-20th C )

4. face the music : to cope bravely with an unpleasant emergency ( 1850 )mailman 2

5. fagging : a beating , thrashing ( probably used as early as 1700 )

6. falderals : silly ideas ( 1923 )

7. familiars : lice ( 19th-20th C )

8. fandangle : a fantastic or ludicrous ornament , foolery , nonsense ( ca. 1880 )

9. farm : a cheap establishment for pauper children ( 1869 )

10. fart about : to dawdle ; to waste time ( 19th-20th C )

11. feeler : a tentative question , comment , or device ( 1890

12. filtch : to steal ( from 16th C )

13. filly : a girl ( from 17th C )fashionable woman

14. firkytoodle : to indulge in physically intimate endearments ( 17th-19th C )

15. fogged : tipsy ( ca. 1840 )

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colloquialisms and other slang in p

a.  people-in-law : one’s husband’s or wife’s relatives  (1890)civil war group

b.  pepper alley or Pepper Alley : rough treatment , esp. hard punching (1820)

c. pepper-box : a revolver ( ca. 1840-1910 )

d.  take pepper in the nose : to take offence ( 16th -mid 18th C )cartoon man pokin fat man in stomach

e. be off to perch : to go to bed ( 1860 )

f.  drop off the perch : to die ( 18th-20th C )amer. flags veteran cemetary

g. knock off the perch  : to defeat ( c. 1850 )

h.  perisher : a short-tailed coat ( 1880 )census WWI

i.  perpendicular : a buffet meal ;  a party at which most of the guests have to stand ( 1871 )

j.  persuader : a spur ( 1786 )

k.  phiz-gig : an old woman dressed young  ( 19th C )

l.  pick-me-up :  a stimulating liquid ( 1867 )

m. picture show : a big battle ( military  1915 )war talk WWI

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all the world is but a slang-tree

1. slang : the special vocabulary of low , illiterate , or disreputable persons ; low , illiterate language (1758)

2. slang , adj.  Slangy : 1758 . Rakish , impertinent

3. slang : to remain in debt (v.i.) ca. 1770-1800 . 2. to exhibit at a fair (1789) ; 3. to cheat , swindle , defraud (1812) ; 4. to fetter  ( ca. 1810-1850) ; 6 . to abuse , scold violently ( 1844 )

4. out on the slang : to travel as a salesman

5. slang-dipper ; -dropper : A slang dipper is one who gilds metal chains for the purpose of selling them as gold . A slang dropper is the man who disposes of them , as he usually does by pretending to pick [one] up in the street under the nose of his victim [whom]  he immediately asks to put a value on ( 1935 )

6. slang it : to use false weights

7. slang the maulies : to shake hands ( London 1871 )

8. slang-tree : a stage

9. slang-tree , climb the : to perform ( mid C. 19-20 )

10. slanging : 1. exhibiting at a fair or market; 2. abuse ; violent scolding

11. slangs : fetters ; leg-irons ( 1810 )

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