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Apple of My eye

Slangs are used in highly informal speech that is outside conventional or standard usage and consists both of coined words and phrases, and of new or extended meanings attached to established terms. Slang develops from the attempt to find fresh and vigorous, colourful, pungent or humorous expression and generally either passes into disuse or comes to have a more formal status. Slangs are used as an informal speech and make the language more user friendly. It makes spoken English more colourful and helps you express your thoughts in a better manner. Examples of some common slangs, along with their meanings and examples are given below:

In Old English, the pupil of the eye·(the round, dark centre) was called the ‘apple’. It was thought that the pupil was a round object much like an apple (a piece of fruit). When you look at someone, their reflection appears in your pupil. So if someone is the ‘apple of your eye’, he or she is someone that you look at a lot and enjoy seeing.

AU of YOUR EGGS in ONE basket

Definition: Having all of your resources in one place, putting your money or hopes or future into one thing. Example: 1) You don’t want to keep all of your eggs in one basket. You might lose everything! Etymology: ‘Eggs’ are delicate and if all of your eggs were in one container and that container was damaged, you might lose all of your eggs in one quick and painful moment.

Bump off

When you ‘bump’ something, you give it a little push. ‘Off’ means ‘not on’. So if you ‘bump’ someone ‘off’, you push him toward the end of his life.

Comes from the 19th century sense of the word ‘bender’, which was used for anything great or spectacular.

To confront a painfully difficult situation, to have a major problem in one’s hands. After .my Jimmy stole money from my company, I had to bite the bullet and fire him.

Someone in a group or family who has a bad reputation, a misfit or outcast.  Ted is the black sheep of our family – he dropped out of school and hasn’t had a job in years. Etymology: Years ago, the wool from black sheep was less valuable than wool from white sheep. As a result, farmers were not happy when black sheep were born and considered them to be the undesirable members of the flock.

Definition: A weak individual who is regularly used and abused by others. Example: 1) Ned will never get anywhere until he stops being such a doormat. Etymology: A ‘doormat’ is where people wipe their feet before entering a house, so someone who is called a ‘doormat’ is someone who gets ‘stepped on’ or abused by other people. Draq QUEEN Definition: A homosexual man who dresses like a woman. Example: 1) The drag queens on the subway are wearing gold dresses! Down TO tiie wire Definition: Until the very last possible moment, just before the end, almost at the conclusion of something, close to the deadline. Example: 1) The race was down to the wire and the audience was hushed in silence.


One who is shot at with a gun is said to ‘eat lead’, as an exclamation, the phrase is directed toward the intended target. Example: 1) “Eat lead!” yelled the bank robber as he fired his gun at the police outside. Etymology: A bullet is made of lead so when a gun is fired at someone, the intended target might be ‘eating lead’ – that is, bringing the bullet inside their body.


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