28 phrases that only British people will understand

Greg Evans
Saturday 04 November 2017 16:30
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Let's be honest, us British folk have a funny way of expressing ourselves.

We aren't referring to people who chose to speak eloquently like Stephen Fry or The Royal Family.

No, this is all about those unique bits of slang and phrases that only British people truly understand.

Terms that are so typically British that even other English language speaking nations like America and Australia would probably have difficulty translating them.

With that in mind, here are a list of phrases that are likely to confuse anyone who didn't grow up in the UK.

Before you ask, none of them are "Brexit".

Raining cats and dogs

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: It's raining very heavily outside

Fortnight

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Meaning: Two weeks

Bagsy

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: To claim something first or 'first dibs.'

Bee's knees

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Meaning: That is really good

Bob's your uncle

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: "There you go" or "hey presto."

A bodge job

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Meaning: A job was done badly

Cost a bomb

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: That cost a lot of money

Gone pear shaped

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Meaning: Something has gone wrong

I'm skint

Via:(Giphy)

Meaning: I have no money

Knackered or cream crackered

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Meaning: Someone is very tired or exhausted

Gaff

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Meaning: Home

Out on the lash

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: Drinking, on a night out or partying

Geezer

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Meaning: A well dressed man or a man, typically from east London.

I'm going to get off with him/her

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: I want to kiss that person.

I'm gutted

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Meaning: I'm quite sad about something

Smoking a fag

Via:(Giphy)

Meaning: Smoking a cigarette

It was nicked

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Meaning: Something was stolen.

On the pull

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: Trying to attract someone on a night out

Wind-up merchant

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Meaning: A person who is very good at teasing

Your round

Via:(Giphy)

Meaning: Time for you to buy the drinks

Getting shirty

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Meaning: Someone is getting angry

A knees up

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: A party

That's thrown a spanner in the works

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: A plan has gone wrong

Mint condition

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Meaning: Perfect condition

Taking the Mickey

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: Taking liberties

Whinging

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Meaning: Moaning or complaining

Meat and two veg

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Meaning: A man's private parts

Ta!

Via: Giphy(Giphy)

Meaning: Thank you

HT UK Business Insider

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