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  • 35 most useful Slang Expressions for Spoken English

    Slang expressions are a group of words which allow English speakers to express how they are thinking and/or how they are feeling.  These slang expressions are worth learning and are not taught in schools.  For English-speaking learners learning these slang expressions help them understand native speakers and gives them more confidence to use these Slang expressions themselves in their daily lives.  Here are 35 most useful slang expressions in English:

     

    Slang Expression                       Meaning

     

    Blew me away                        When someone or something truly amazes you

     

    Unreal                                     Something that is amazing or brilliant

     

    Go the extra mile                    To make a special effort to achieve a goal or piece of work

     

    Piece of cake                           This refers to when something is very easy to do or finish

     

    Crunch time                            The decision has to be made now

                                                    The piece of work has to be handed in immediately

     

    Get out of hand                       A situation gets out of control

     

    Skeleton crew                         The minimum number of people needed to keep an office

                                                                or restaurant or hotel open and running smoothly

     

    Leave no stone unturned         To ensure that a situation or goal is achieved

     

    Cry wolf                                  To keep wanting attention or help from others when you

                                                                            do not really need it

     

    Don’t judge a book by its cover         Do not make a decision too quickly without

                                                                knowing all the facts

     

    Cost an arm and a leg             Refers to the cost of an item for sale which is very expensive

     

    Feeling under the weather      To feel unwell and so are unable to do something as usual

                                                                for example, being too ill to go to work

     

    Pull yourself together             To stop over-reacting and to calm down and to think more

                                                                clearly about the situation

     

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    When pigs fly                         This refers to when an event or something will definitely not happen

     

    Once in a blue moon               A situation or an event which happens very rarely

     

    Go the extra mile                    To try really hard to finish a piece of work or to achieve your

                                                                            aim(s)/goal(s)

     

    Hear on the grapevine             To hear something which may or may not be true

     

    Full of beans                           This refers to someone who has a great deal of energy

     

    Freak out                                 To over-react or get angry without their being any need to

                                                                do so

     

    Hit the nail on the head          When something is totally correct or right

     

    Bob’s your uncle                    Means ‘and that’s it’ or that is how the situation is and

                                                    these slang words always go at the end of the sentence

     

    Pear shaped                             This refers to when a situation has become a disaster or

                                                                gone wrong

     

    Leg it                                       This means run away from a situation very quickly/as fast

                                                                as possible

     

    Sod’s law                                This is another way of saying Murphy’s Law

                                                    If a situation can go wrong, it will definitely go wrong

     

    Flog it                                     This means to sell something as soon as possible at

                                                                whatever the price

     

    Bright as a button                   This refers to someone who is very clever

     

    Splash out                               When you go shopping and spend more money than you were planning to do

     

    Throw a spanner in the works To make a situation go wrong

     

    Not my cup of tea                   This means that that there is something someone definitely    does not like or does not want to do

     

    Lost the plot                            This refers to not understanding the situation at all

     

    Dog’s dinner                           This refers to when someone is dressed very well or over dressed

     

    Talking nineteen to the dozen When a person is speaking very fast

     

    Having a good old chinwag    This means to have a good gossip with someone

     

    Budge up                                 This refers to when you ask someone to move over so there is space for you to sit down as well

     

    Donkey’s years                       When someone has not seen another person for many years

                                                    or when someone has not done something for many years

     

     

    Although formal English is used in business, the use of slang expressions is an important part of speaking English in everyday life and is therefore unavoidable as it is part of whatever language one uses. These slang words refer to unusual and casual use of words and are definitely worth learning. With practice, everyone can use slang so learn some of the above and enjoy as then students will be able to speak like natives.

    References:

    https://www.umass.edu/ipo/sites/default/files/slang.pdf

     

    January 11, 2018
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