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Informal Vocabulary

     Informal English vocabulary

    A

    about to

    Peggy is about to leave.

    in advance

    We booked the tickets in advance.

    alive and kicking

    I love Berlin. It's alive and kicking.

    all of a sudden

    I went out in the sun. Then, all of a sudden, it started to rain.

    all over the place

    There are environmental problems all over 
    the place.

    B

    to go from bad to worse

    My marks went from bad to worse last term.

    to bag sth.

    Tom bagged this special offer at an online-shop.

    beat-up

    Mark is too beat-up to play tennis this evening.

    to do the best

    He always does his best.

    blabber

    Don't listen to him, he's a blabber.

    to blag sth.

    Once in a while young Tim blags his father's cigarettes.

    bloody

    What a bloody day!

    to be blue

    She's been feeling blue all day.

    bouncer

    A bouncer's task is to keep out those who might cause trouble.

    bowl of cherries

    Marriage it's not always bowls of cherries.

    be broke

    I can't go to the cinema with you, I'm broke.

    to brush up on sth.

    I have to brush up on my Spanish.

    buck

    You can buy a DVD player for less than 100 bucks (dollars).

    butt

    You're a pain in the butt.

    buzz

    Parachuting gives me a real buzz.

    Buzz off!

    Buzz off! I have told you not to come to my place anymore.

    C

    a close call

    I had a close call. A stone almost hit me!

    to catch sth.

    Sorry, I didn't quite catch your telephone number.

    to catch (a) cold

    I walked out in the rain, so I caught (a) cold.

    not to have a clue

    I don't have a clue about repairing the faucet.

    Come off it!

    Come off it! This isn't the truth.

    as far as I'm concerned

    As far as I'm concerned, I'd like to watch the film.

    cop

    A big crowd of cops gathered in front of the Bank of England.

    corner shop

    Mother really liked corner shops when she was a child.

    cram school

    Many pupils have to go to a cram school in the afternoon.

    on credit

    I'd not buy the new TV on credit.

    cut

    Mr Brown made big cuts of $500 million.

    D

    damned

    I hate going through that damned rush hour.

    to dig in one's heels

    If you take or express an opinion and refuse to change it, you dig in your 
    heels.

    to disrespect sb.

    Poor people shouldn't be disrespected.

    to do one's best

    He does his best to fix the car.

    to do someone good

    Let's go on a holiday. The sun will do us good.

    to do without

    If there's no milk for the tea, it'll do without.

    down under

    Down under will be my next destination.

    E

    to be up to one's ears

    Sorry, I can't go out with you. I'm up to my ears in work.

    every now and then

    Every now and then I play the piano.

    every other

    He comes to me every other week.

    to see eye to eye

    World Bank and IMF see eye to eye on Asia

    F

    fair enough

    Fair enough! Let's go out for dinner tonight.

    fiddle

    Especially fiddles are necessary to play folk music.

    to keep the fingers crossed

    I have to see the doctor for a checkup. - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    flutter

    The old lady loves a flutter on the slot machine.

    folk

    We all are fond of the Irish folk.

    for free

    I was lucky. I got this CD for free.

    freak out

    Ron freaked out when he heard that Peter had broken his car.

    fridge

    Butter must be kept in the fridge.

    G

    to get a lot of stick

    In his new job Jack gets a lot of stick.

    to get cold feet

    He wanted to speak to the boss, but he didn't. He got cold feet.

    to get fed up with sth.

    They get fed up with their neighbour's parties.

    to get rid of sth.

    We have to get rid of that old car.

    to get sth.

    Jason, did you finally get your exercise?

    to take sth. for granted

    I took it for granted the meeting was on Tuesday.

    greasy spoon

    I'd rather starve instead of eating at a greasy spoon.

    groovy

    This cocktail tastes groovy.

    guy

    Jennifer fell in love with the guy from the supermarket.

    H

    had better

    You'd better go now.

    on the other hand

    Sue likes pop music, on the other hand she doesn't like discos.

    to give a hand

    Can you give me a hand with the cupboard?

    hard graft

    Building our house has been a hard graft.

    by heart

    My brother has to learn the poem by heart.

    hip

    Molly always knows what's hip.

    to hold s.o.'s horses

    "Hold your horses," I said when John began to leave the room.

    to be hooked on sth.

    Bill is hooked on car racing.

    J

    to jump down sb.'s throat

    The boss jumped down my throat because I was late for work.

    K

    knackered

    What has happened? You look so knackered.

    to keep an eye on sth./sb.

    Will you keep an eye on my baby?

    L

    little by little

    Andrew had an accident while playing ice-hockey. Little by little he begins to walk.

    to look forward to sb.

    I look forward to my holidays in Rome.

    M

    to make ends meet

    She's been out of work for years. How can she make ends meet with four children?

    to make friends easily

    Chris makes friends easily.

    to make oneself at home

    Come in, please. Make yourself at home.

    to make the most

    Let's make the most of the last day of our holidays.

    to make up one's mind

    Did you make up your mind to buy a new computer?

    mash

    I love Grandma's homemade mash.

    What's the matter?

    You look sad. What's the matter with you?

    to be mean

    Grandfather is mean with money.

    to meet sb. halfway

    I don't like his ideas, but I can imagine that we should meet halfway.

    to mess around

    The clown messed around to make the children laugh.

    to mess up

    Sandy has really messed up this time.

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