British Slang & informal UK expressions

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oats Noun. 1. Sperm, with regard to being seeds. Used in phrases such as sow one's oats, which essentially alludes to procreation but at its most basic to having to sexual intercourse.
2. Sex. The informal phrase get one's oats meaning to have sex. E.g."You look a bit happier than you did yesterday. Did you get your oats last night?"
obs Adv. Obviously. Cf. 'obvs'. {Informal}
obvs Adv. Abbreviation of obviously. E.g."Obvs I'm not going to complain about her food to her face, she'll get upset." Cf. 'obs'. {Informal}
oddball Noun. An eccentric or unusual person. [Orig. U.S.] {Informal}
Adj. Unusual, eccentric, strange. [Orig. U.S.] {Informal}
odd-fish Noun. An eccentric or unusual person.
odds Noun. Loose change. Probably short for odds and sods. [Merseyside use]
odds and sods Noun. Bits and pieces, miscellaneous items.
offer someone out Vrb phrs. To challenge someone to a fight. E.g."She offered me out but I'm not happy fighting with drunk females."
off it Phrs. 1. Crazy, insame, mad.
2. Intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
off like a robber's dog Phrs. Departing or leaving very quickly.
off one's box Phrs. 1. Intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. E.g."I was so off my box last night that when my brother walked in the room I didn't recognise him." Cf. 'out of one's box'.
2. Out of one's mind, crazy.
off one's chump Phrs. 1. Very intoxicated, by alcohol or drugs.
2. Insane, crazy. See 'chump' (noun 2). E.g."He's off his chump if he thinks I'm going to let him run off with my wife!"
off one's face Phrs. Very intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Cf. 'out of one's face'.
off one's head Phrs. 1. Insane, mad.
2. To be extremely intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. E.g."He's off his head on LSD."
off one's nut Phrs. 1. Intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
2. Mad, crazy. E.g."I wouldn't get on the wrong side of him, he's off his nut and could turn aggressive at any moment."
3. Angry. E.g."She's off her nut about having her car scratched by the neughbour's kids."
off one's rocker Phrs. Insane, crazy.
off one's tits Phrs. Very drunk or intoxicated with drugs.
off one's tree Phrs. 1. Insane, mad. E.g."Don't expect a proper conversation with her, she's off her tree."
2. To be extremely intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
off one's trolley Phrs. 1. Crazy, insane. [Orig. U.S. Late 1800s]
2. Very intoxicated.
off Verb. To kill or murder. E.g."She paid me £5000 to off her husband but I just couldn't bring myself to do it."
off the hook Phrs. Exceptionally good, cool, wonderful.
off you fuck Phrs. Go away. Jocular, less offensive and familiar way of telling someone to 'fuck off'.
offy Noun. A shop that sells alcohol to be consumed off premises. An abbreviated form of off licence. Also spelt offie.
oggin Noun. 1. Sea. [Navy use]
2. Water. [Navy use]
oggy Noun. A Cornish pasty. [Cornwall use]
Oh my days! Exclam. An exclamation of surprise, shock or appreciation.
Oh my giddy aunt! Exclam. An exclamation of surprise.
...oholic Suffix. A suffix added to emphasise the nature of a person with regard to one of their obsessive or compulsive qualities, taken from the commonly used alcoholic. Terms such as chocoholic and sexoholic are frequently heard. E.g."It's pointless calling for Jim before midday, he's a sleepoholic."
oik Noun. An unsophisticated, uncultured and objectionable person.
oil painting Noun. An attractive thing. Usually in the negative as 'no oil painting'.
oily Noun. A cigarette. From the rhyming slang oily rag, meaning 'fag'.
oi oi savaloy! Exclam. 1. A greeting or attention seeking exclamation. Cockney? [Mainly London use]
2. Used to get attention. [Mainly London use]
O.J. Noun. Abb. of orange juice. [Orig. U.S.]
OK Exclam./Adj./Noun. All correct, good, acceptable. Also as okay. [Orig. U.S.] {Informal}
old bag Noun. An disagreeable, elderly woman. Derog.
old banger Noun. A delapidated old car.
old bat Noun. An disagreeable, unpleasant, elderly woman. Derog. {Informal}
old bean Noun. A form of address. E.g."Hello old bean, how are you today?"
(the) old bill Noun. The police. Often shortened to 'the bill'. [1950s]
old boiler Noun. 1. An unnattractive woman. Derog.
2. Wife. Derog.
old boot Noun. An objectionable, aging, unattractive woman. Derog. See 'boot' (noun 1).
old chap Noun. Affectionate term for one's penis. Cf 'old fellow', 'old man', 'lad'.
old chestnut Noun. A statement, joke or story that is so often repeated that it has become clichéd or no longer interesting. E.g."I can't be doing with listening to that old chestnut again." {Informal}
old cock Noun. Affectionate term of address for a man. Also 'old cocker'.
old cocker Noun. A form of address, usually for a man. Occasionally shortened to cocker.
old dear Noun. A frail elderly woman, and very occasionally man. {Informal}
old fart Noun. An elderly, old fashioned and tedious person. See 'fart' (noun 2).
old fellow Noun. Affectionate term for one's penis. Cf 'old chap', 'old man', 'lad'.
old fruit Noun. A affectionate term of address.
old hat Adj. Old fashioned.
old lady Noun. Mother, girlfriend or wife.
old man Noun. 1. Father, boyfriend or husband.
2. Affectionate term for one's penis. Cf 'old chap', 'old fellow', 'lad'.
Oliver (Twist) Noun. Fist. Rhyming slang. Oliver Twist, character and title of novel by Charles Dickens. E.g."Put up your Olivers and let's sort this once and for all."
Adj. Drunk. Rhyming slang on 'pissed'.
omadhaun Noun. A fool, a simpleton. Also as omadawn, omadan, amadan, omadhon, omadhan. [Mainly Irish/Manx use. Early 1800s]
on Adj. Euphemism for the menstrual cycle. E.g."No! I don't want sex tonight, I'm on. OK?"
on about Phrs. Talking about, often tediously. E.g."What are you on about? Get to the point."
on a mission Phrs. Seeking a good time.
on a promise Phrs. To have been promised sexual intercourse by someone, usually one's partner.
once-over Noun. An inspection, a quick look over something or someone. E.g. "Always give a car a good once-over before buying it."
one-eyed trouser snake Noun. The penis. Often shortened to 'trouser snake'.
one for the road Noun. A final alcoholic drink before setting off on one's journey.
one in the departure lounge Noun. In need of an act of defecation. E.g."Stop the car! I need the toilet, I've got one in the departure lounge."
one-night stand Noun. A brief sexual fling.
one-off Adj. Occurring only once. E.g."This is a one-off model, a concept car made by the same team who designed the Lotus Elite."
A singular occurrence of an activity, or production of a thing. E.g."This party is a one-off, as we can't afford to have another one this year."
one over the eight Phrs. Drunk, intoxicated by alcohol. E.g."Can someone get a taxi for Alex, he's had one over the eight and needs to go home now."
one sandwich short of a picnic Phrs. Eccentric, insane, odd. Also as two sandwiches short of a picnic.'s tits off Phrs. An addition to certain verbs to add emphasis. E.g."I laughed my tits off when I saw his new haircut, it was ridiculous!"
one stop short of barking Phrs. Mad, crazy, insane. See barking.
on fleek Adj. Fashionable, stylish, well-groomed. Cf. fleek /fleeky. [Orig. U.S.]
on one Phrs. Acting in a slightly crazed way. E.g."I'm going home. Andy's on one and he's annoying me."
on one's billy (tod) Phrs. On one's own. E.g."He was like an excited puppy when I visited, having spent the whole weekend on his billy tod."
on one's Jack Phrs. Alone. Rhyming slang on Jack Jones.
on one's tod Phrs. Alone. Rhyming slang from Tod Sloan, the name of an American jockey.
on one's uppers Phrs. Extremely poor, short of money. E.g."We would love to come out for a meal but we're on our uppers until we get paid at the end of the month." {Informal}
on spec Phrs. With hope of success, as a gamble, on the off chance. E.g."We called on spec and hoped to catch you in." {Informal}
on the batter Phrs. Drinking alcohol, or having a drinking session. [Orig. Irish?]
on the blink Phrs. Of machinery, or technology, not working efficiently or temporarily out of order.
on the blob Phrs. Menstruating.
on the box Phrs. 1. Claiming social security, unemployment benefits, from being unable to work through sickness. The 'box' was originally where charitable organisations kept funds that could be used to help workers on the sick. [West Midlands use]
2. Showing on the television. E.g."Have you seen that fab new sitcom on the box?" {Informal}
on the broo Phrs. Unemployed, claiming unemployment benefits. Also on the burroo. Cf. 'broo'. [Scottish use]
on the cadge Phrs. Begging. {Informal}
on the dole Phrs. Receiving social security benefits. {Informal}
on the drip Phrs. Paying by installments, on hire purchase. Cf. 'on the never never'.
on the fiddle Phrs. In the process of cheating, or defrauding. See 'fiddle'.
on the fritz Phrs. Broken. Cf. 'on the blink'. [Orig. U.S. /Early 1900s]
on the fuddle Phrs. A bout of drinking, a drinking session. See 'fuddle'.
on the game Phrs. Working as a prostitute. [Mid 1900s]
on the hit Phrs. Getting drunk. Abb. of on the hit and miss, rhyming slang for 'on the piss'.
on the hobble Phrs. Working without declaring one's income when in receipt of social benefits. [South Wales use]
on the hoof Phrs. Without planning or preparation. E.g."Are we going to book at table at a restaurant or get something on the hoof." {Informal}
on the hoy Phrs. Out getting drunk with friends. [North-east use]
on the job Phrs. Having sexual intercourse.
on the lash Phrs. Out getting drunk. E.g."We're on the lash tonight lads, so bring plenty of cash."
on the never never Phrs. Paying by installments, on hire purchase. Cf. 'on the drip'.
on the Pat and Mick Phrs. Taking time off work due to sickness. Rhyming slang for on the sick. See 'Pat and Mick'.
on the piss Phrs. Getting drunk. E.g."He's got a hangover after going out on the piss last night."
on the pull Phrs. Seeking a partner for sexual intimacies. E.g."We're off on the pull tonight, so have a bath and wear your best suit."
on the Q.T. Phrs. On the quiet, secretly.
on the rag Phrs. Menstruating.
on the razz /razzle Phrs. Indulging in alcohol, partying, generally having a good time. A shortening of on the razzle-dazzle. E.g."I'm buying a new shirt; we're off out on the razzle tonight."
on the rob Phrs. The act of thieving. E.g."You don't want to employ him! He's just like his older brother, always on the rob."
on the scrounge Phrs. Seeking to obtain something at the expense of or through the generosity of others. E.g."Keep out of the way of Steve, he's on the scrounge for some cash." {Informal}
on the take Phrs. Open to bribery, receiving bribes.
on the tap Phrs. Meaning the same as 'on the pull'. See also 'tap off'.
on the tiles Phrs. On a spree, out late enjoying oneself. Usually heard as having a night on the tiles. After the nocturnal habits of cats. {Informal}
on the wagon Phrs. Teetotal, abstaining from alcohol.
on your bike! Exclam. Go away! Clear off!
oojah Noun. A thing whose name one has forgotten. Often extended with other humorous additions, including an oojah ma bob, oojah ma thingy, or oojamaflip.
oose Noun. Fluff. [Scottish use]
order of the boot Noun. Dismissal. E.g."I can't afford to go out tonight, my boss gave me the order of the boot yesterday."
oscar Adv. Later. Rhyming slang on Oscar Slater, victim of a Scottish miscarriage of justice in 1909. Wrongly convicted of murder, his original sentence of death was commuted to hard labour for life, of which he served almost 20 years before being freed. [Glasgow use]
other half Noun. One's wife, husband or partner. Cf. 'better half'.
O.T.T. Phrs. Abb. of Over The Top, meaning excessive, beyond that which is acceptable, extravagant. E.g."Whooping in Church at a vicar's Easter sermon is a bit O.T.T."
our kid Noun. 1. One's younger brother or sister. {Informal}
2. Affectionate term for a friend. {Informal}
out Adj. Openly living as a homosexual. See 'closet.'
Verb. To declare publicly the homosexuality of someone. Very popular direct-action of the 'Gay' community in the 1990s, in an attempt to bring a higher profile to homosexuality.
out for a duck Phrs. Of the batsman, in the game of cricket, out for no score. More recently also applied to other scoring games. Cf. 'duck' (Noun 3). {Informal}
out of it Phrs. Very intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.
out of one's head Phrs. 1. Mad, crazy.
2. Intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Cf. 'off one's head'.
out of one's box /tree Phrs. See 'off of one's box'. E.g."I wouldn't bother calling on Sally, she's been drinking all afternoon and is out of her tree."
out of order Adj. Of a person or their behaviour, unfair, unacceptable, or wrong. E.g."Did you see that girl screaming at her mum in the church? She was well out of order."
out of puff Phrs. Out of breath. {Informal}
out on one's arse Phrs. Thrown out, discarded without further consideration. E.g."Any more noise during the ballet performance and you'll all be out on your arse."
out on the town Phrs. An evening enjoying the nightlife of a town or city. {Informal}
outtie Noun. A navel, belly button, that protrudes. Cf. 'innie'.
out to lunch Phrs. Insane, mad, crazy. {Informal}
over my dead body! Exclam. There is no way that I will let that happen! An emphatic objection.
over the shoulder boulder holder Noun. A brassiere, a bra. Jocular usage. Cf. 'boulder holder'.
over the moon Phrs. Delighted, very happy. E.g."I'm over the moon after passing my driving test first time." {Informal}
over the top Phrs. Extremely exaggerated, outrageous, beyond a joke. Cf. O.T.T. {Informal}
ow do! Exclam. Hello! How do you do! [Northern use]
owt Pron. Anything. E.g."Is there owt on television worth watching?" [Northern dialect]
oxo (cube) Noun. The London underground transport system. Rhyming slang on the underground's common name, the Tube. [London use]
oxygen thief Noun. An elderly person. Derog.
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