American Slang Expressions (2)

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Lets have a look on these nice American slangs :

buy the farm

Definition:

To die.

Example:

1) Lance bought the farm when he drove his motorcycle straight into a brick wall.

Etymology:

Sometimes, when a person dies, the life insurance payment is large enough for the surviving family members to pay off the mortgage on a piece of property – or to ‘buy the farm’.

bad egg

Definition:bad-egg

A troublemaker; someone who has a bad attitude and causes trouble.

Example:

1) Emily is a real bad egg — she’s always starting fights and causing trouble.

2) We have to get rid of the bad eggs in the accounting department.

Etymology:

In this phrase, ‘egg’ means ‘person’ or ‘individual’. This is probably because the human head looks a lot like an egg. A bad egg, then, is a simply a bad person. There is a similar phrase to describe a good person – a ‘good egg’.

big house

Definition:

Prison, particularly a maximum security federal prison ( or jail )

Example:

1) After he got caught robbing a bank, Ted was sent to the big house for 20 years.

Etymology:

A ‘house’ is where people live, and a prison is quite large 9 or ‘big’), home to hundreds of criminals. This phrase became popular in the early 1900’s, when organized crime and large scale prisons developed in the United States.

Synonyms:

up the river, under glass, behind bars

bump off

Definition:

To kill or murder; to assassinate.

Example:

1) Igor got bumped off last week. The police have no clue who did it.

Etymology:

This phrase comes from 1920s American gangster slang. When you ‘bump’ something, you give it a little push. ‘Off’ means ‘not on’. So if you ‘bump’ someone ‘off’, you push him toward the end of his life.

Synonyms:

rub out

butts

Definition:

Cigarettes, or the remains of cigarettes.

Example:

1) Hey, do you have any butts ?

2) Look at this mess! There are broken dishes, newspapers and butts all over the floor.

Etymology :
A ‘butt’ is the end or rear of something. In this slang word, the end of the cigarette refers both the end of the cigarette and to the whole cigarette.

chick

Definition:

A young woman, particularly an attractive young woman.

Example:

1) I like Holly — she’s a cool chick!

Etymology:

A ‘chick’ is literally a young chicken or any baby bird. The use of ‘chick’ to refer to a young woman comes from 1920s African-American slang.

chicken

Definition:

A coward; someone who is not daring or willing to take risks; a person with little self-confidence.

Example:

1) Don’t be a chicken–go introduce yourself to the professor.

2) Come on, you chicken. Just try one of my homemade cookies.

Synonyms:

yellow

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