Slang words and phrases in English
Slang is a type of language consisting of words and phrases that:
- are considered to be very informal
- are more common in speech than in writing
- are typically restricted to a particular group of people or context
Meaning: a total failure
- The government's housing project was a complete abortion. It cost millions and it didn't help anyone.
- The election ended up being a total abortion thanks to vote buying.
Meaning: abdominal or stomach muscles
- If I do 100 sit-ups a day my abs should be rippling in a couple of months.
- Your chest and your arms look good, but your abs need a bit of work.
Origin: short for "abdominals"
Meaning: very skillful, very good at something
- My little brother was never interested in sports when he was young, but now he's an ace basketball player.
- If you want to be an ace fighter, you should learn hand-to-hand combat skills like karate or Muay Thai.
Meaning: to easily pass an exam or a test
- Jill was up all night studying, and the next day she aced her history exam.
- Even though he was nervous, Simon aced his driving test and got his driver's licence.
Meaning: the potent hallucinogenic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD
- The first time Virginia took a tab of acid, she went a bit crazy and thought she could fly. She was in hospital for three months after jumping off a building.
- Acid is a very powerful drug, and it can be very dangerous.
The rehearsal of our play was a complete abortion because
If someone says you've got nice abs, they've been looking at
Louis is an ace driver on the Formula One circuit, so he's
If a student aces an exam, they'll feel
If someone takes a tab of acid, they will probably