Useful Phrases for the UK

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Useful Phrases for the UK 

People in the UK love their slang phrases and colloquialisms. Knowing a few of them can help you blend in with the locals, and understand what they're talking about. Even the Brits get confused when a new slang phrase springs up - the latest one - reem, as in "that's reem", meaning "that's good". Better if you don't ask... just do. 

Below are a few useful phrases for the UK to get you started:


Absobloodylootely - Absolutely
All over the gaff - Unorganized
Arse-over-tit - Drunk


Ballistic - Wild
Bangers - Sausages
Barmy - Crazy
Bimey! - Oh geez!
Bobby - Policeman

Policemen in the UK aka bobby


Cabbage - A slow person
Cack - Crap - "What a load of cack, mate!"
Chunder - To throw up
Ciggy - Cigarette
Claret - Blood - "They were copping it up, claret all over the place!"
Cop it - To get in trouble


Damage - Cost
Dicky - Feeling unwell
Done over - Beat up - "He was done over by that bloke."
Dosh - Money


Earner - A dishonest laborer


For crying out loud! - For God's sake!
Frenchy - A french kiss
Funny farm - A mental institution

French kissing in the UK


Gab - To talk a lot
Gander - To look at
Geezer - An old man
Get the nod - To get permission
Grub - Food
Gutted - Choked up - "He was gutted about the game"


Hacked off - Annoyed - "He was really hacked off at that copper."
Headcase - A nutcase
Hold it down - Keep the noise down, control yourself
Hooter - Nose


Ickle - Small, tiny - "I like that an ickle bit, mate."
Iffy - Doubting, doubtful

Jar aka a beer in the UK


Jammy - Lucky
Jar - A pint of beer
Jock - A Scottish man
Juiced up - Very drunk


Kick it off - Start something, a fight with another Brit perhaps
Kip - Sleep - "I need some kip, bro"
Knackered - Tired


Lairy - Loud, brash
Lip - Smart talk
Loaded - Cery rich
Lost the plot - Gone mad - "That nutter's completely lost the plot!"

Food in the UK


Malarkey - Stuff and nonsense - "What a load of malarkey!"
Mate - Address for a friend
Mental - Crazy
Mint - Great condition - "That's mint"
Munch - Food - "Time for munch"


Naff - Nasty, in poor taste - "That's naff!"
Nipper - A small child
Nosh - Food


Offie - A place where off-license alcohol is sold

Offlicence in the UK - offy


Parky - Chilly - "Parky weather today."
Plank - A fool


Ruck - A fight
Rug - Wig


Scrounge - To begg food, materials
Shafted - Screwed, betrayed
Sussed out - Figured out

Trainspotters in the UK


Tanked - Drunk
Top! - Wonderful
Trainspotter - A nerd, geek
Trots - An upset stomach


Up for it - Enthusiastically available


Wedge - Money
Wind up - To tease