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American Slang

American Slang

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Definition:All the time; always available; without a break.
Example:
1) In New York City, a lot of stores are open 24/7.
2) I had to move because my neighbors played loud dance
music 24/7.
Etymology:Some convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. The phrase is used for anything that is always (or nearly
always) available.
Synonyms:around the clock
Definition:
To do something very well, particularly an examination
(verb); first-rate (adjective), or an expert (noun).
Example:
1) I'm going to ace this exam - I've been studying all
week!

2) Lois Lane was the ace reporter for The Daily Planet
-- although she did have a lot of trouble uncovering
Superman's identity!

Etymology:

In World War I, a pilot who shot down five enemy
planes was called an 'ace', which is the powerful one
card in a deck of playing cards. 'Ace' can be used as a
verb (to do well) or as an adjective (excellent, best) or
as a noun (a nickname for someone who is good at
something, or for a good friend).

Definition:
Someone who isn't very smart; a stupid person.
Example:
1) Susan and Jim are such airheads -- they love sports but they are failing all of their classes at
school!
2) I woudn't ask Alaine for the answer -- she's an airhead!
Etymology:
If your head is filled with air instead of brains, you probably can't think very well.
Synonyms:
ditz
All Ears
Definition:Listening carefully; keenly attentive.
Example:
1) I was all ears as Svet told me this exciting story.
Etymology:You listen with your ears, so if you are \u2018 all ears \u2018 your
entire being is listening to someone speak.
Definition:A study or work session that goes through the night;
studying without sleep ( usually a last-minute course of
action ).
Example:
1) We pulled an all-nighter to finish the report.
2) I pulled an all-nighter to study for my math exam.
Etymology:The term is popular with college students who spend the

night before an exam studying ( or \u2018cramming\u2019 ), trying to learn a lot of material in a short period of time. The term is frequently used in the phrase \u2018 pull an all-nighter \u2018.

Definition:A large amount of money; very expensive or costly.
Example:
1) My new Mercedes cost me an arm and a leg!
Etymology:Some things are so expensive that they are painful to buy,
and cost everything you have.
Definition:To be nervous or anxious or jumpy; to be unable to sit still.
Example:
1) The children had ants in their pants, so we took them
outside for some exercise.
2) Would you please stop tapping your foot?! You must have
ants in your pants!
Etymology:If you had 'ants' (small insects) in your 'pants' (clothing) you
would probably feel like jumping around.
Synonyms:antsy
Definition:
To be out of options or alternative courses of action; to be stuck in a bad situation.
Example:
1) I'm at the end of my rope -- I lost my job, my car died, and I don't have any money in the bank.
Etymology:

A 'rope' is thrown to someone who is in a difficult place, such as deep water or the edge of a cliff.
If there is not enough rope, the person might be in trouble. So to be 'at the end of your rope'
means that there is no more help available, and the situation is not good.

Synonyms:
in a jam, at wit's end

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