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Американский сленг

Ace                       very good

                              - He's an ace reporter.

Airhead                 stupid person

                               - My sister's boyfriend is a real airhead.

Action                    excitement

                                 - Do you know where the action is in this town?

all-nighter              after studying all night.

                                  - I almost fell asleep during the test after an all-nighter.

Antifreeze                liquor

                                   - I really need some antifreeze in me on cold days like this.

Bashed                      crushed

                                    - The boat was bashed beyond recognition.

Beat                            exhausted

                                      - After working all day I am really beat.

Bench                           taken out of the game

                                        - He was benched during the basketball playoffs.

Bent                                angry

                                         - It's OK. Don't get so bent.

big mouth                     talk too much

                                         - Shut up! You really have a big mouth.

big stink                         big issue

                                         - The citizens made a big stink about the new nuclear power station.

Blow                                lost

                                           - He blew all his money gambling.

Blow                               leave

                                          - I'm going to blow out of here now.

boo-boo                         mistake

                                - If you make another boo-boo like that, you won't have a job.

Bread                     money

                                 - I need some bread to pay for my car.

Break                      opportunity

                                  - A lucky break helped him get the job.

break it up               stop

                                      - Break it up, or I will call the police.

bring-down                 depressing

                                       - The news of the airplane crash was a bring-down.

Buck                              dollar

                                        - Do you have a buck I can borrow?

Can                                  bathroom

                                            - Do you know where the can is?

catch some rays                get some sunshine.

                                              - I'm going to lie on the beach and catch some rays.

Cheesy                                cheap

                                              - That is really a cheesy looking outfit.

Chicken                                coward

                                                 - Don't be a chicken.

Chintzy                                 cheap

                                             - That really was a chintzy present you got him.

chow down                       eat a lot

                                             - I need to find a place to chow down.

Clunker                               old car

                                           - I can't go on a date in that clunker.

cold fish                             dull

                                         - My date for the dance was a cold fish.

come up for air                take a break

                                           - He has to come up for air or he will die from exhaustion.

Cool                            good

                                  - This is a really cool place to work.

cool down               calm down

                                  - Things should cool down in a day or two.

couch potato              lazy person

                                    - He is a couch potato.

Cram                      study hard

                                       - I need more time to cram for the test.

Cruise                   going very fast

                                     - The skier was cruising down the hill

Cushy                   easy

                                      - He has a really cushy job.

cut                           dilute

                                       - Could you cut my whiskey with a little water?

cut out                        leave

                                        - It is late. I have to cut out.

damage               cost

                                          -Lets get the bill and find out the damage.

dead                    quiet

                                      - This disco is really dead tonight.

deck                      knocked down

                                         - He was decked in the fight.

deep pockets            is a good source of money

                                       - Her boyfriend has deep pockets.

dicey                        chancy

                                   - Since the weather is a little dicey, I won't go today.

dirty                         an obscene

                                      - I hear that it's a dirty movie.

ditch                               leave

                                     - I'll ditch my younger brother with my grandmother.

do a snow job on            deceive

                                         - Don't try to do a snow job on me.

dope                               drug

                                          - There are a lot of dope dealers around here.

dope                              stupid person

                                          - He is such a dope.

dork                             strange person

                                     - He is such a dork.

dough                             money

                                          - I need some dough before I can go Christmas shopping.

down                              drink quickly

                                       - Let's go to a bar and down a few beers.

drag                                   boring

                                          - Doing homework on the weekend is a drag.

dynamite                          powerful; great

                                        - This drink is really dynamite.

earful                              a lot of gossip

                                      - My grandmother gave me an earful about the neighborhood.

easy mark                        likely victims

                                      - The Japanese are an easy mark because they usually carry cash.

eat                                    bothering

                                       - The problem is really eating away at me.

excellent                            fine

                                          - That's excellent man.

face-off                                                confrontation

                                         - The two sides were headed for a nasty face-off.

far-out                      great

                                       - This music is really far-out.

fix                     dose of drugs

                     - The addict needs another fix.

flaky                      unreliable

                    - He is too flaky to do the work.

flashback            remembered

                     - At the wedding he had a flashback of his old girlfriend.

flick                          movie

                        - I haven't seen a flick in a long time.

flip out                    lost control

                    - He flipped out when he heard that his mother had been killed.

flip side                        other side

                      - What kind of music do you have on the flip side of the tape?

fox                                very attractive

                   - His older sister is a fox.

foxy                         sexy

                  - She is a foxy lady.

freebie                                 free

                   - The pillow was a freebie

get into something                became seriously interested in

                    - I got into gardening in high school. 

get it                      understand

                  - I listened to the joke twice, but I still don't get it. 

get with it                     hurry up

                 - If you don't get with it, we will never finish this work. 

gig                      job

                 - I have a gig on Saturday night from 7:00 to 10:00. 

glitch                    defect

                  - This computer program has a glitch. 

glitzy                  fashionable

                                      - This is a pretty glitzy hotel to be staying in. 

go                             try

                               - Let me have a go at solving the problem. 

go bananas                    go crazy

                                   - I am going to go bananas if I don't have a vacation soon. 

go down                      happening

                                     - What is going down? 

Goof                            fool

                                    - I am really a goof at times. 

goof up                     made a serious mistake

                                    - I really goofed up when I painted my room green. 

goofy                      silly

                                - You are always acting goofy these days. 

gourd                     head

                                - Use your gourd to figure out what is happening. 

grand                   thousand dollars

                            - His salary is twenty grand. 

grass                  marijuana

                             - Lots of students smoke grass in the dormitory. 

gravy                    easy money

                           - This job is pure gravy. 

groovy                   pleasant

                            - This music is groovy. 

gross                    disgusting

                            - Picking your nose is really a gross habit. 

gross-out               disgusting time

                               - The party was a gross-out. 

grub                      food

                               - Where is the best place to get some grub around here? 

grubby                      unclean and untidy

                                  - Those clothes are too grubby to wear to the party. 

grungy                     dirty

                                 - That is a really grungy jacket. 

gut                      basic

                              - The gut issue is about what we are going to do now. 

gut                         stomach.

                              - He got shot in the gut. 

guts                      courage

                              - It takes a lot of guts to give the boss your true opinion. 

hairy                         dangerous

                             - That was a hairy plane trip. I am glad the storm is over. 

hammer                     accelerator

                           - Put the hammer to the floor or we will be late for the wedding. 

hang it up                     quit

                              - I have decided to hang up my teaching job. 

hang loose                    relax

                              - Just hang loose for another few days. 

hang tough                    stick with

                              - We need to hang tough on our decision. 

hardware                weapons

                          - The police were surprised by all the hardware the gang members had. 

have a buzz on             was slightly intoxicated

                                - I had a buzz on after the third martini. 

have good vibes                   feel good about

                               - I have good vibes about our new secretary. 

have it all together                   feel mentally all there.

                               - Recently I don't have it all together. 

heave                   vomited

                                   - I heaved up on the floor. 

high                        intoxicated on drugs or alcohol

                              - The teenagers look high to me. 

hip-shooter                     always talking without thinking

                                   - He is such a hip-shooter. 

history                 something in the past

                               - I don't have any idea where my old boyfriend is. He's history. 

hit                             successful

                             - Your proposal was a hit with the boss. 

hole up                   hide

                          - I had to hole up for three days because the police were looking for me. 

honcho                 boss

                         - The honcho says that we are going to have to give up two days of our vacation. 

hooker                   prostitute

                          - Her clothes make her look like a hooker. 

hot                       stolen

                        - The police stopped them because they thought the car was hot. 

huffy                    angry

                        - I will do it soon so please don't get huffy. 

hungry             eager to make money

                         - If you are not hungry, you won't get ahead in the business. 

hustle                hurry up

                           - If you don't hustle, we will be late again. 

hyped                   excited

                         - The fans were all hyped up for the football game. 

hyper                   over excited

                         - Don't get hyper about what she told you. You know it isn't true. 

in deep                             deeply involved

                           - They are really in deep with each other.

in the bag           settled

                      - Everything is in the bag. There is nothing to worry about.

intense                           serious

                   - This is a very intense situation we are discussing.

jam                    trouble

                    - I am glad you got yourself out of that jam.

Jerk   someone around          wasting my time and causing me trouble

                    - Recently it seems like everyone is jerking me around.

jock       an athlete

                  - My roommate is a jock for the basketball team.

john      bathroom

                - The john really smells.

joint      marijuana cigarettes

               - He is good at rolling joints.

joint      cheap bar

                - Where is the closest joint to here.

junkie           drug addict

                   - Sam is a junkie.

just off the boat              naive

                   - He acts like he is just off the boat.

keep one's cool                        remained calm

                     - He kept his cool when his house burned down.

Kegger                 beer party

                     - I hear there is a kegger at John's house tonight.

kick        enjoy

                - I get a kick out of watching him paint.

klutz      stupid and clumsy person

                      - He is a real klutz.

knock    criticize

                         - Don't knock it if you can't do it any better.

knocked up        pregnant

                        - My dog gets knocked up once a year.

knockout            stunning person

                         - Who was that knockout I saw you with last Friday?

knuckle sandwich           punch in the mouth

                          - Shut up or I'll give you a knuckle sandwich.

kook      strange people

                      - Watch out for all the kooks in this neighborhood.

laid-back             calm and relaxed

                       - You need to be more laid-back.

lame     an inadequate

                        - That is really a lame excuse.

line        story

                         - I have heard that line a million times.

loser     annoying and useless

                       - John is a loser.

love handles     rolls of fat around my stomach

                     - I exercise every day, but I can't get rid of these love handles.

make waves      cause trouble

                        - Try not to make waves around the office.

maxed out         exhausted

                       - I am maxed out at my work and need to rest.

mean         performs well on

                     - He plays a mean violin.

mega           large

                        - I have mega amounts of tomatoes in my garden this summer.

megabucks        a lot of money

                        - He made megabucks when he sold his company.

mellow                           calm down and relax

                      - You need to mellow out and enjoy life.

meltdown          total collapse

                     - There has been a meltdown in the relationship between my parents and me.

mickey mouse       nonsense and a waste of time

                          - The homework the teacher gave us was mickey mouse.

move on someone         pick up and seduce

                          - I am going to try to move on Sarah next Saturday.

mush           nonesense

                    - That is total mush and you know it.

 

nark       drug police

                     - Watch out for the narks in the airport.

neat         good

                      - That was a neat idea that you had.

negative             bad things

                    - There are too many negatives about the company merger.

nick       arrested

                      - The police nicked the shoplifter as he was leaving the store.

nip         a quick drink

                      - He took a nip out of the bottle.

no sweat             no problem

                         - It's no sweat to have the report in to you by Monday.

nuke     nuclear weapons

                       - Does that attack plane have any nukes?

nuke     heat up in the microwave

                    - I'll nuke our dinner in a few minutes.

nut         crazy person

                        - I think that he is a nut.

pad        a place to live

                   - Have you found a pad yet?

pain in the neck              annoying

                  - My wife's best friend is a pain in the neck.

paper-pusher   bureaucratic office workers

                     - My office is filled with paper-pushers.

party animal      love parties

                    - You're too old to be a party animal.

party-hearty      celebrate

                   - We need to party-hearty because we just got a raise in salary.

paw       hands

                     - Get your paws off of my body.

peanuts               practically no money

                        - I am not going to work for peanuts.

pickled        intoxicated

                       - He gets pickled after only one beer.

piece of cake    easy to do

                        - Working on a computer for me is a piece of cake.

pig         eats too much

                        - He is a pig at parties.

pig out                 eat a lot or overeat

                     - Let's go to the restaurant and pig out.

pit stop                stop and go to the bathroom

                     - Let's make a pit stop at the next rest area.

plastered            intoxicated

                      - He drinks too much and is always plastered on the weekend.

pooped out       quit

                         - He pooped out after we started to do the hard work.

pop               hit

                           - Shut up or I will pop you.

pop for something         buy

                           - It is my turn to pop for the doughnuts.

pro               professional

                      - He is really a pro at his work.

prod              reminder

                       - Can you give me a gentle prod next week so I won't forget?

psyched up        mentally ready

                     - The players are really psyched up for the game on Friday.

psycho     mentally ill

                    - She is a psycho. She should be in a hospital.

puke         vomit

                      - I feel like I am going to puke.

push off              leave

                       - I am going to push off now.

put the moves on           seduce

                         - You should give up trying to put the moves on her. She is married.

put-on              deception

                      - It was an elaborate put-on which I almost believed.

quarterback       lead

                       - Who is going to quarterback the meeting?

quick buck          some easy money

                       - I need to make a quick buck.

rack                    bed

                      - I have to hit the rack by ten or I'll be tired in the morning.

rack out               sleep

                      - I am going to rack out for two hours.

racket           noise

                   - There sure was a lot of racket outside last night.

rag              newspaper

                  - I can't believe we still get this same old rag.

rap         talk about

                    - We need to sit down and rap about a few things.

rathole           run down place

                     - When are you going to be able to move out of that rathole?

raw          new

                       - The raw office workers were not getting much done.

ream someone out        got angry with him

                       - The boss really reamed him out for his bad report.

red hot         important

                       - Your idea is really red hot.

repo          repossess

                      - Hey, don't repo my car. I will pay next week.

rinky-dink          inferior

                        - The circus was really rinky-dink.

riot        funny

                       - The comedy program was a real riot.

road hog             takes up too much of the road

                     - That driver is a road hog.

rocks     with ice

                        - Would you like your whiskey on the rocks?

rough time         hard time

                         - We have had a rough time this winter.

rug         wig

                     - Is that a rug on his head?

rug rat  children

                    - My sister has three rug rats.

rule       dominates

                     - My wife rules the house.

run off at the mouth     talking too much

                    - He is always running off at the mouth.

run out of gas   lost interest or momentum

                    - The politician ran out of gas during the campaign.

sack       go to bed

                    - When did you hit the sack last night?

scam              swindle

                             - Don't lose your money in some kind of scam.

scarf                   ate quickly

                       - Since he hadn't eaten in a week, he scarfed down everything on his plate.

schmuck              jerk

                        - What a stupid schmuck.

screw around    waste time

                       - If you screw around all day at this work, you will have to come back again.

screw up             make a mistake

                        - If you screw up one more time, I will fire you.

sharp             intelligent

                    - He is very sharp with numbers

shot                    try

                    - I'll give the puzzle another shot.

shot down          disagreed with

                      - Everyone shot down my idea at first, but later agreed that it was a good idea.

slammer             jail

                      - The police threw them both in the slammer.

smashed             intoxicated

                          - Try not to get smashed at the beer party.

smoke eater      fireman

                             - My father is a smoke eater.

split       leave

               - It is time to split and go see the movie.

spook   frightened

                 - The cows were spooked by the howling of the wolves.

spud          potatoes

                  - Do you want rice or spuds for dinner?

square            old-fashioned

                 - My father looks square in his jacket.

steamed up       angry

                  - Don't get so steamed up over the issue.

stink             is repulsive

                     - This whole operation stinks.

Straight               honest

                      - I want you to give me a straight answer.

stressed              upset

                       - I am really stressed by all the recent world events.

sucker                       be deceived

                        - Don't be a sucker.

take a hike         leave

                        - I am tired of all your complaining. Take a hike.

taken             cheated out of

                      - He was taken for all his money at the casino.

taking care of business                          doing what I have to do

                     - I have been taking care of business.

threads                            clothes

                    - Those look like expensive threads he is wearing.

tool around       drive around

                     - I don't want to tool around all night. It is time to go home.

Totaled                completely wrecked

                    - My car was totaled in the accident with the garbage truck.

up              happy and cheerful

                   - He has been up ever since he met his new girlfriend.

up for grabs       available.

                  - This is a sale. Everything is up for grabs.

veg out                        relax and do nothing

                   - I want to veg out in front of the television this evening.

vibes        feelings

                    - He really gives off good vibes.

wad       bundle of money

                   - You don't want to carry a wad like that with you in the big city.

waste          kill

                  - After you waste him, throw the body in the river.

Wheels              car

               - If you let me borrow your wheels, I'll go out and buy a pizza.

whiz      talented person

                 - He is a whiz at the computer.

wired             alert

               - I am really wired after drinking five cups of coffee.

wussy             weak person

                 - Don't be such a wussy all the time. Say what you are thinking.

yukky          bad

                  - This food tastes yukky

zapped              exhausted

                    - I am too zapped to help you right now.

zip          nothing

                   - He knew zip about running the company.

 

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