American Slang Expressions 2

Here are some nice common American Slang Expressions :

  • Ants in your pantsantsinpants

Definition:

To be nervous or anxious or jumpy; to be unable to sit still.

Example:

1) The children had ants in their pants, so we took them outside for some exercise.

2) Would you please stop tapping your foot?! You must have ants in your pants!

Etymology:

If you had ‘ants’ (small insects) in your ‘pants’ (clothing) you would probably feel like jumping around.

Synonym:

antsy

  • An arm and a leg

Definition:

A large amount of money; very expensive or costly.

Example:

1) My new Mercedes cost me an arm and a leg!

Etymology:

Some things are so expensive that they are painful to buy, and cost everything you have.

  • Bounce

Definition:

To leave.

Example:

1) We’ve got to bounce — my friend Charlie is having a big party.

2) I’m going to bounce. I have to get up early tomorrow.

Etymology:

When something ‘bounces’, it moves up and down, like a ball. When a person ‘bounces’, she moves from one place to another, as though flying through the air.

  • Average Joe

Definition:

Someone who is just like everyone else; a normal person.

Example:

1) Mickey is your average Joe — he likes football, hates opera, and thinks it’s a crime to do any work on weekends.

Etymology:

‘Average’ means ‘ in the middle’ or ‘not extreme’, and ‘Joe’ is a common male name, So ‘average Joe’ refers to a man who is not extremely different from everyone else.

Synonym:

regular guy.

  • Back on your feet

Definition:

To recover, usually from an illness; to feel better after being sick.

Example:

1) Rick has been in the hospital for a week, but he’ll be back on his feet in no time.

Etymology:

To be ‘on your feet’ means that you are standing. So if you are ‘back on your feet’, it means that you are standing again, after a period of lying down due to sickness.

Synonym:

back in the saddle


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