Useful Phrases for the UK

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

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