If you post your favorite and their original meaning. I’ll list them. Used cold turkey this morning in a post and was thinking, what does that mean exactly? If I don’t get yours into the list in post 1 or I post something incorrect, please give a shout, public or private. Update Parentheses and number refers to the post number where it was mentioned. 9Jun- Added Put out to Pasture (#36), Get a Taste of their own medicine (#36), perfect storm (#36), Wild goose chase (#36), That Ship has sailed (#36), Pee in your Cheerios (#37), Happy as a Clam (#39), Jonesing For something (#40), No Problem (#44), Dryer than a popcorn fart (#47). 8Jun- Added sick (#35), Bless Your Heart (#36), The Whole Nine Yards (#36), Since Moses wore short pants (#36) 3Jun- Added Your mother's a whore (#31), wet (#33) 26May- Added Handbags at dawn (#24), Read the Riot Act (#25), Yuppie (#28), Six Ways From Sunday (#30) 20 May- Added two idioms with the word Gauntlet used (#18), SNAFU (#23), FUBAR, Wigs on the Green (#21) 19May- Added gone dooally (no.17) 13 May- Added as all get out, toot sweet, over the top, Dekko- Have a Dekko, Knock you up. Links Cornish Slang: (#43) http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/08/20-cornish-slang-terms-that-require-translation Defintion: id·i·om, ˈidēəm/, noun 1.a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., rain cats and dogs, see the light ). As all get out- (Sandbox General #2) https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=as all get out to describe something in absolute relativity to its spectrum of reality This place is cool as all get out. This food is gross as all get out. She is lookin' hot as all get out. He is sharp as all get out tonight! #totally#completely#entirely#wholly#absolutely Bless Your Heart (AustinIllini #36)- Depending on usage, has a range of meaning from a snide comment, to a genuine compliment for a variety of reasons. See this Quora link: https://www.quora.com/Is-Bless-your...-be-said-and-received-as-a-face-value-comment Bohica!- (Huntn #27) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_slang_terms. From the US Navy, but don’t know how widespread that is. This link says armed forces from Vietnam era and I servered under Vietnam Viets so... Bend over, here it comes again, a term with an obvious sexual reference, which men seem to like (the reference ) but having to do with facing some kind of adversity or unpleasantness, situational or put on the individual by authority, such as Bohica, we are being deployed again! Cold Turkey- Without preparation. First used in correlation with withdrawl from an addictive substance in the 1920s with regards to heroin addiction. The idea being that "cold turkey" is a food that requires little to no preparation to eat - hence doing something "cold turkey" means the action will be done without preparation & immediately. Also connected to the notion that the symptoms of withdrawl from many substances include cold sweats (moisture), and sallow skin - much like that of a cold, dead, turkey. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Cold Turkey Dekko (Have a Dekko, Take a Dekko)- (MobileHaathi #5) Late 19th century (originally used by the British army in India): from Hindi dekho ‘look!’, imperative of dekhnā. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dekko. Another link says the phrase migrated back to England with soldiers on leave. Dryer than a popcorn fart (Barley #47)- It's dry or it's hot. Origin uncertain: https://definithing.com/popcorn-fart/ FUBAR- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_slang_terms. Fouled up beyond all recognition. Sometimes used with different F word. Get a taste of their own medicine (AustinIllini #36)- Get treated the way you've been treating others (negative)https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/give+a+taste+of+own+medicine Gone dooally (Jeremy H #17) https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/doolally Early 20th century: originally doolally tap, Indian army slang, from Deolali (the name of a town with a military sanatorium and a transit camp) + Urdu tap ‘fever’. Gauntlet- Thow down the Guantlet: (Scepticalscribe #18) lhttps://www.history.com/news/what-does-it-mean-to-throw-down-the-gauntlet. Today the phrase “throw down the gauntlet” means to challenge or confront someone, but in its earliest use it wasn’t meant as a metaphor, but was a physical action intended to issue a formal challenge to a duel. The word itself comes from the French word “gantelet,” and referred to the heavy, armored gloves worn by medieval knights. In an age when chivalry and personal honor were paramount, throwing a gauntlet at the feet of an enemy or opponent was considered a grave insult that could only be answered with personal combat, and the offended party was expected to “take up the gauntlet” to acknowledge and accept the challenge. Gauntlet- Run the Gauntlet: A similar-sounding phrase, “to run the gauntlet,” has a completely different origin, deriving from the Swedish word “gatlopp” and Old English “gantlope,” meaning lane course or passageway. This gauntlet referred to a military punishment in which a prisoner was forced to run or walk between two columns of troops as they struck him with clubs, heavy ropes, whips or leather straps. Handbags at Dawn (Arkitect #24) A catty fight. Derives from the more traditional "pistols at dawn", but with the selection of weapon implying that the participants are of the weaker sex. Works especially well if they're actually male. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Handbags at dawn Happy as a Clam (A.Goldberg #39) Very happy. An abbreviation of the expression “happy as a clam at high tide”. Clams of course would be happy if they could be happy at high tide as they’d be covered with water. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/as-happy-as-a-clam.html Jonesing for something (Mefisto #40) "[to be] jonesing for [something]", often used when referring to drugs, but can be used to refer to pretty much any craving. I'd heard it a million times, but just recently learned that it refers to a certain "Great Jones Street" in Manhattan, apparently at some point in time known for drug related activities. http://mentalfloss.com/article/49625/how-did-jones-come-mean-craving The New Oxford American Dictionary has “Origin 1960’s: said to come from Jones Alley, in Manhattan, associated with drug addicts.” https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/17601/where-did-im-jonesing-get-its-meaning-from Knock you up- (JBarley #13) https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/knock+you+up 1. rude slang To impregnate someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "knock" and"up." I really hope I didn't knock her up—I'm not ready to be a dad. 2. To awaken or call for someone by knocking at their door. A noun or pronoun can be used between "knock" and "up." Primarily heard in the UK. I can knock you up when my alarm goes. No Problem (Huntn #44)- An overused phrase, often incorrectly used in the service industry. A cliche that has become a common reply for many interactions where a customer is ordering an item off a menu, where a better response is to reply in a positive manner such as "my pleasure to sever you" or "my pleasure". The correct usage is when a circumstance puts the person using this phase, in essence to be inconvenienced, but to signal they are ok with the situation. Example: I accidentally spilled my water all over the floor. Response: No problem (we'll clean it up). Over the Top- (Sceptical Scribe #7) The term over the top is used when something is done in excessive amounts or beyond reasonable limits. It is sometimes (in the UK at least) shortened to O.T.T. The term was first coined during the Great War when the troops became engaged in trench warfare. When the troops were sent over the trench wall, the order given would usually be over the top lads and best of luck. The over the top tactic gained little or no land, but it saw thousands of men slaughtered as they crossed no-man's land http://www.grammar-monster.com/sayings_proverbs/over_the_top.htm Pee in Your Cheerios (Mousse #37)- A term used to draw attention to someone's bad mood, bitchiness. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=peed in your cheerios Perfect storm (AustinIllini #36)- A "perfect storm" describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances aggravate a situation drastically. In all normal contexts, anything described as a "perfect storm" is likely to have catastrophically bad consequences. Put out to pasture (AustinIllini #36)- For a person forced to retire. For a piece of equipment, replaced with newer equipment. http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/put+out+to+pasture Raining Cats and Dogs- A literal explination for raining cats and dogs is that during heavy rains in 17-century England some city streets became raging rivers of filth carrying many dead cats and dogs. The first printed use of the phrase does date to the 17th centurey, when English playwright Richard Brome wrote in The City Witt (1652): "It shall rain dogs and polecats." His use of "polecats" certainly suggests a less literal explination , but no better theory has been offered. Other conjectures are the the hyperbole comes from a Greek saying, similar in sound, meaning "an unlikely occurrence," https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Raining cats and dogs Read the Riot Act- (Scepticalscribe #25) And then there is "reading the riot act" - which - in modern metaphorical use means the last warning from an authority figure (such as a parent, or teacher) before some sanction is imposed. "You lot, I'm about to read you the riot act.." Historically, of course, it meant something similar; a crowd may have gathered to protest an especially egregious act on the part of the authorities, and, once the forces of law and order (the use of this Act predated the existence of the police, so something along the lines of dragoons would have been used) had made an appearance, before they charged, or were allowed to charge, a figure clad in the robes of authority (such as a magistrate) would literally announce to the crowd that he was about to "read the Riot Act" which - in essence - instructed them to disperse before they were charged and gave legal force to the act of charging by the mounted soldiery. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/read-the-riot-act.html Saved by the Bell- A reference to a safety coffin when there was a fear of being buried alive, or a boxer about to lose a fight, saved by the bell rung at the end of the round. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/saved-by-the-bell.html Ship has Sailed (AustinIllini #36)- That ship has sailed. It is too late, or that decision has already been made. https://www.quora.com/What-does-the-idiom-this-ship-has-sailed-mean-Whats-its-origin Sick- (i7Guy #35) as in This is sick. Depending on the connotation, the original meaning is this is sickening, as a sickening sight. But somewhere in the last 40 years, it has turned into something that is exceptionally cool. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=that's sick. link 2:https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/131116/this-is-so-sick Since Moses Wore Short Pants (AustinIllini #36)- References something that happened a long time ago, referencing the early 20th century, when the phrase originated, boys wore short pants (knickers), so when Moses wore short pants, that was a very long time ago. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091013074448AAPtn19 Six ways from Sunday (maculateConception #30) Use this phrase to describe something you did or would like to do a good amount of times. This phrase says "six ways" which represent the six days after Sunday in a week (Monday - Saturday). It can have a positive or negative cannotation depending on the manner in which you use it. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=six ways from sunday SNAFU- (Scepticalscribe #23) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snafu. A military term Situation Normal All Fouled Up. Sometimes used with a different F word. The Whole Nine Yards (AustinIllini #36)- a colloquial American English phrase refers to everything, the whole lot, all the way. Other words can be and are substituted, fill in the blank, the whole _________ (ball of wax, first recorded in the 1880s, enchilada, shooting match, shebang or hog. The choice of the number nine may be related to the expression "To the nines" (to perfection) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_whole_nine_yards Toot Sweet(s)- (JBarley #23) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toot_Sweets The song title is a play on words, a humorous Anglicisation of the French expression "tout de suite", meaning "at once" or "right away". During World War I British soldiers serving in France, most of whom could not speak French, adopted the phrase as "toot sweet" to mean "hurry up" or "look smart".[2 Upper Crust- A reference to the top level of society, comparing it to the upper crust of a loaf of bread, by virtue of being on the top, the unburned part of the bread, or the portion of the bread not contaminated by heavy metals or other contaminants. I heard the last explanation on a European tour. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/upper-crust.html Wet (Zenithal #33)- Variation: all wet (mistaken), wet behind the ears (inexperienced), wet blanket (no fun, stop being a wet blanket). This has quite a range of mostly negative meanings from feeble, or child minded to being ready for sex, intoxicated, urinate. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/all--wet Wild Goose Chase (AustinIllini #36)- A pointless, or hopeless endeavor. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/wild-goose-chase.html Wigs on the Green- (Scepticalscribe #21) https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wigs on the green. In modern use, it means a sharp disagreement or fight. 'Oh, there'll be wigs on the green after that." Historically, it also meant the same thing, but physically, rather than metaphorically; the term itself dates from the 18th century, when gentlemen wore periwigs, or wigs, and - if involved in a physical fight, or fisticuffs, - their wigs might just go flying onto the grass, or village green. Your mother’s a whore (Future-Proof #31) Origin: friends of children of prostitutes mocking them for their mother’s career. Meaning: to denigrate one’s friend, jokingly, or when angered in traffic. Variation: Son of a whore! https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=but the point of the story is, your mother's a whore Yuppie- (Scepticalscribe #28) Yuppie was an acronym- 'young-upwardly-mobile-person' - and it described the brash and confident young things who made a fortune in the stock markets in the 1980s when the markets were deregulated, elbowing out the older stuffy mannered antiques who had run things cosily for an absolute age.