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British English A to Zed supplies readers rapid entry to an alphabetical directory of both the hundreds of thousands of "Briticisms" brought up within the normal entries or the correlating "Americanisms" that seem during the publication. This up to date variation gains greater than 5,000 entries, together with new phrases, either formal and slang, and phrases from assets as varied as London companies and Bridget Jones's Diary.

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British English A to ZEd, Revised & Updated Edition (Facts on File Library of Language and Literature)

British English A to Zed offers readers speedy entry to an alphabetical directory of both the millions of "Briticisms" brought up within the basic entries or the correlating "Americanisms" that seem during the booklet. This up to date variation positive aspects greater than 5,000 entries, together with new phrases, either formal and slang, and phrases from assets as different as London companies and Bridget Jones's Diary.

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The whole boiling, referring to a group of people, means the 'whole mob of them' but boiling can refer to the whole lot of anything. bollard, n. traffic post A bollard in both countries is a post on a ship or dock around which hawsers are tied. , a short post on a traffic island, to regulate traffic by barring passage in certain directions. t. Slang, bawl out Slang. It is a curious coincidence that this word resembles bollocks (see ballocks) and bollixed (as in, all bollixed up). ' bollocks. See ballocks.

Slang, ack-ack Slang. World War I for anti-aircraft guns. Ack-ack became World War II slang in both countries for both the guns and the fire. argue the toss Slang. Dispute needlessly. Slang, squabble argy-bargy a dispute Inf. A noisy wrangle. Also used as a verb: I grew accustomed to hearing them argybargy. Army and Navy Stores SEE COMMENT Army and Navy store in America is a generic term for a type of shop selling lowpriced work and sports clothes, sports and camping equipment, and the like. In London, it is the name of a particular department store selling general merchandise.

2. Slang. Synonymous with arfo'c, short slang for articulated lorry. , Slang. 1 . crooked; dishonest 2. homosexual be quiet! inter;. Inf. keep still! ' berk, n. approx. Slang, dope Slang. A fool who is also unpleasant. This word is heard in mixed company, but mightn't be if its origin were known. It is a shortening of Berkeley (pronounced Barkley), which is short for Berkeley Hunt, which is rhyming slang for cunt. berm, n. shoulder Of a road. Originally, a terrace between a moat and the bottom of a parapet.

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