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bite of the reality sandwich
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic, rare) A wake-up call, a reality check.
biter {{wikipedia}} etymology bite + er pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈbaɪtɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈbaɪtə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of bite; someone or something who bites. Not all dogs are biters.
  2. (curling) A stone that barely touches the outside of the house.
  3. (slang) One who plagiarize.
  • rebit, Tiber, tribe
bite someone in the arse
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar, UK) To punish or take retribution on.
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bitey etymology bite + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) inclined to bite.
    • 2005, Tom Widdicombe, Be with Your Horse: Getting to the Heart of Horsemanship So when someone tells you their little trick for dealing with a bitey horse, just remember that that is what it is — a little trick.
    • 2006, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time It has all the beauty of an idyllic tropical island without any of the nasty, bitey stuff.
bit of crumpet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A very sexually desirable woman. She's a bit of crumpet, that one.
Synonyms: piece of crumpet
bit of rough
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a sexual partner (typically male) of a lower social class
bit of skirt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive) A woman, when regarded as a sexual object.
    • 2000, Roy Holland, Just a Bit Touched: Tales of Perspective, page 44: I never heard a word about a bit of skirt. Not like some blokes you meet — they're born out of one and they try to spend the rest of their lives getting back in.
    • 2012, Jane Roberts, Triple Challenge: '69 to '70, page 24: Rosemary overheard him say that he did not usually grace such functions with his presence, but had been dragged along one January evening with the promise of a 'nice bit of skirt'.
    • 2012, J. T. Ellison, The Cold Room: He slapped the visor back into place. “Tired?” Baldwin asked. “A bit. This case, you know. Been keeping me up all hours for weeks. Your bit of skirt is quite the woman, isn't she?” Memphis asked.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of bit
  2. (slang) genitals
  • bist
  • tibs
bits and bats
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, informal) Miscellaneous item.
etymology 1 Diminutivized form of bitch. Alternative forms: biddy, biddie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, often, plural) bitch, girl, woman, especially one that is promiscuous We gotta get some bitties in here to liven things up. He's got it made, hanging around with the bitties all the time.
etymology 2
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. alternative form of bitty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) A mongrel dog.
bivvy etymology From bivouac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A small tent or shelter.
    • 2011, Caitlin Moran, ‘Protestors? They're Beautiful’, The Times, 12 Nov 2011: It would be alarming and disconcerting if people sleeping on roll-mats in central London emerged from their bivvies at breakfast, box-fresh, and sporting a crease down each leg of their slacks.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To erect, or to stay in such a tent or shelter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A bivouac sack
  2. (informal) The location of a bivouac
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To camp in a bivouac
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) alternative form of biscuits
    • 2000 January 5, "blackbat" <XXX{{@}}>, "Re: the spy who loved tea", message-ID <>, alt.2eggs.sausage.beans.tomatoes.2toast.largetea.cheerslove, Usenet: I was just wondering what everyone else has in their respective Coffee/Tea… please specify what food stuffs that you have been known to dunk. very catholic, me - strictly bix only
    • 2003 March 3, Chris Comley <>, "Re: Home Highway - ADSL", message-ID <>, uk.telecom.broadband, Usenet: Make sure you have plenty of tea/coffee and choccy bix on hand when they show up!
    • 2005 September 10, Adrian Bailey <dadge{{@}}>, "Re: [=SDC=] Q46. A cup of tea's too wet without one....", message-ID <kLwUe.16493$>, alt.usage.english, Usenet: btw, the bix are Albert (NAITUK), Lincoln, Jammie Dodger, (Jaffa Cake - NAB), Thin Arrowroot, Malted Milk, Nice, Hobnob.
biz pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) business
bizarro etymology Variant of bizarre; see that entry for more information.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Bizarre, unsettling, creepy.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. {{sectstub}}
bizjet etymology biz + jet, from business jet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A relatively small jet aircraft designed for transporting groups of businesspeople or wealthy individual.
bizspeak etymology biz + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon used in business.
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bizzie Alternative forms: busy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK, Liverpool, derogatory) A police officer.
bizzo etymology biz + o pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australian, slang) Business; a matter or matters of personal concern; a course of action.
    • 1993, Plays International, Volume 9, page 41, TOM: I knew you'd have to do the full bizzo, I knew it. You disgust me.
    • 2007, David Free, A Dancing Bear, page 96, We don't want this to turn into one of those pie-in-the sky bizzos where you aim too high and then never end up doing it.
    • 2009, Alex Archer (a pseudonym; written in-house), : Eternal Journey, , page 53, None of my bizzo, really, but why was he after you?
    • 2010, Wayne Ashton, Equator, page 412, Hong's calm started to crack coz he'd seen Dave do his one drink for himself bizzo many times over the years since they'd met.
  2. (UK, slang) An item the name of which has been forgotten; a thingumajig.
blaccent etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, nonstandard, humorous, neologism) An accent characteristic of African-American (black American).
    • 2003 January 5, Eric Stewart, “the people's kitchen”,, Usenet He's black, but doesn't have a trace of a blaccent.
    • 2004 February 19, Ben Zimmer, Is the slogan grammatical?, sci.lang, Usenet Timberlake has long sought to overcome his whiteness to perfect a "blaccent", as the kids call it these days, and the McDonald's ad campaign explicitly relies on a hiphop idiom.
    • 2005 November 15, “Eli” of Michigan, “Lord of The Dance”, The Life of a Swordfish, at She spoke with a very thick she screamed "C'mon B!, C'mon B! C'mon B!" (she was quite persistent with this phrase, and used the actual word) "I betta neva see yo A out eating sub sammiches eva again!".
    • 2006 February 8, “Drew” of Philadelphia, “The moral's I'm immortal ”, Trapper Juan, at Rothlisberger...speaks with a blaccent, which in reality is not that uncommon. The problem is his inconsistency. Sometimes, he lays it on thicker than J. Will haggling at a swap meet
black {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /blæk/
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etymology From Middle English black, blak, blake, from Old English blæc, from Proto-Germanic *blakaz (compare Dutch blaken, Old High German blah, Old Norse blakra), from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg- (compare Latin flagro, Ancient Greek φλόξ 〈phlóx〉, Sanskrit bharga 'radiance' {{rfscript}}). More at bleach.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of an object) Absorbing all light and reflect none; dark and hue.
  2. (of a place, etc) Without light.
  3. (sometimes capitalized) Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.
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  4. (chiefly, historical) Designated for use by those ethnic groups which have dark pigmentation of the skin. black drinking fountain; black hospital
  5. Bad; evil; ill-omened.
    • 1655, Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168. ...what a black day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
  6. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen. He shot her a black look.
  7. Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
    • 1866, The Contemporary Review, London: A. Strahan, page 338. Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.
  8. (Ireland, informal) Overcrowded.
  9. (of coffee or tea) Without any cream, milk{{,}} or creamer. Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.
  10. (board games, chess) Of or relating to the playing piece of a board game deemed to belong to the "black" set (in chess the set used by the player who moves second) (often regardless of the pieces' actual colour). The black pieces in this chess set are made of dark blue glass.
  11. (Germany, politics) Related to the Christian Democratic Union (Germany). After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.
  12. (secrecy) Relating to a initiative whose existence or exact nature must remain withheld from the general public. 5 percent of the Defense Department funding will go to black projects.
Synonyms: (dark and colourless) dark, (without light) dark, gloomy, pitch-black
  • (dark and colourless) white, nonblack, unblack
  • (without light) bright, illuminate, lit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
    • Shakespeare Black is the badge of hell, / The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night.
  2. A black dye or pigment.
  3. A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
  4. (in the plural) Black cloth hung up at funeral.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, "Of Death", Essays: Groans, and convulsions, and a discolored face, and friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the like, show death terrible.
  5. (sometimes capitalised) A person of African, Aborigine, or Maori descent; a dark-skinned person.
    • 2004, Anthony Joseph Paul Cortese, Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising (page 108) Prize-winning books continue a trend toward increased representation of blacks, accounting for most of the books with exclusively black characters.
  6. (billiards, snooker, pool, with the) The black ball.
  7. (baseball) The edge of home plate
  8. (British) a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.
  9. (informal) blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).
  10. In chess and similar games, the person playing with the black set of pieces. At this point black makes a disastrous move.
  11. Part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black.
    • Sir K. Digby the black or sight of the eye
  12. (obsolete) A stain; a spot.
    • Rowley defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly blacks of lust
Synonyms: (colour or absence of light)
  • blackness
, blackness, (person)
  • (standard) African American (in the US), Afro-American (in the US), person of color (US) or person of colour (UK), person of African descent
  • (usually derogatory) Negro
  • (derogatory) coon, darkie or darky, nigger
, (standard) African American (in the US), Afro-American (in the US), person of color (US) or person of colour (UK), person of African descent, (usually derogatory) Negro, (derogatory) coon, darkie or darky, nigger
  • (colour, dye, pen) white
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make black, to blacken.
    • 1859, Oliver Optic, Poor and Proud; or, The Fortunes of Katy Redburn, a Story for Young Folks "I don't want to fight; but you are a mean, dirty blackguard, or you wouldn't have treated a girl like that," replied Tommy, standing as stiff as a stake before the bully. "Say that again, and I'll black your eye for you."
    • 1911, Edna Ferber, Buttered Side Down Ted, you can black your face, and dye your hair, and squint, and some fine day, sooner or later, somebody'll come along and blab the whole thing.
    • 1922, John Galsworthy, A Family Man: In Three Acts I saw red, and instead of a cab I fetched that policeman. Of course father did black his eye.
  2. To apply blacking to something.
    • 1853, Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin ...he must catch, curry, and saddle his own horse; he must black his own brogans (for he will not be able to buy boots).
    • 1861, George William Curtis, Trumps: A Novel But in a moment he went to Greenidge's bedside, and said, shyly, in a low voice, "Shall I black your boots for you?"
    • 1911, Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson Loving you, I could conceive no life sweeter than hers — to be always near you; to black your boots, carry up your coals, scrub your doorstep; always to be working for you, hard and humbly and without thanks.
  3. (British) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
Synonyms: (make black) blacken, darken, swarten, (boycott) blackball, blacklist
related terms: {{top3}}
  • café noir
  • calamander
  • chernozem
  • melancholy
  • melena
  • nigrescence
  • nigrosine
  • rouge et noir
  • skean-dhu
  • {{rank}}
etymology 1 From Blakemor (first recorded use in 1210), from Old English blæc + mór.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A village in England.
etymology 2 black + -a- + Moor (first recorded use in 1547)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (obsolete or archaic, offensive) A Moor.
    • 1995, The Blurred Racial Lines of Famous Families: Pushkin Genealogy: "Although, as we now realize, no Blackamoor at any 18th century European court was merely decorative, in Ibrahim's case, Peter's expectations for him were as loaded with responsibility as those he would have had for his own son."
    • 1601, pronouncement of Queen Elizabeth I in 1601, Staying Power: the History of Black People in Britain, Peter Fryer: highly discontented to understand the great numbers of negars and Blackamoors which (as she is informed) are crept into this realm... who are fostered and relieved [i.e. fed] her to the great annoyance of her own liege people, that want the relief [i.e. food], which those people consume, as also for that the most of them are infidels, having no understanding of Christ or his Gospel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, offensive) A person with dark skin, especially (but not necessarily) one from northern Africa
    • 2003, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, Beethoven: Revealing His True Identity "What!" exclaimed the Prince, "the music is by the blackamoor (a black Moor). Well, my fine blackamoor, henceforth thou art in my service."
    • 2002, Barbara Hewson, An English Bar Disciplinary Tribunal went over the top when dealing with a racial harassment case. What had Pringle done to merit such a severe penalty? He had said to Adusei during a criminal trial, "How's the blackamoor?". The Tribunal found that this was offensive, which clearly it was, and constituted an act of racial discrimination.
    • 1958, Maurice W. Connell, The Prophet Said Silk (), citing Thomas Gage's Travels in the New World, J. Eric S. Thompson (editor), page 73 Gage noted the clothing of the slaves of the Spanish nobles, and silk was common to them. "The gentlemen have their train of blackamoor slaves, some a dozen, some half a dozen, waiting on them, in brave and gallant liveries, heavy with gold and silver lace, with silk stockings on their black legs, and roses on their feet, and swords by their sides."
  2. a blackamoor slave, a blackamoor servant; and hence any slave, servant, inferior, or child
    • 1999, Doug Davis, Lost Girl She seems to have been a serious girl, but she remembered her father's characterization of her as his "Little blackamoor."
    • 1893, Annotation to The Diary of Samuel Pepys by "Mary", citing Restoration London, Liza Picard, pages 178-179. In 1596 Elizabeth I had already decreed that all "blackamoors" should be sent back to Spain or Portugal as they were disturbing local labour markets. It became very fashionable for the wealthy to have "blackamoor" page boys and personal servants, as their complexions set off the pale-skinned beauty of the women of the family.
  3. (heraldry) a stylized Negro Argent, three blackamoors' heads couped sable, capped or, fretty gules.
Synonyms: black, Negro
black and blue Alternative forms: black-and-blue
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic, of a person) Having obvious bruise of the skin, typically from falling or being hit or punched. My arm is still black and blue from slipping on the ice yesterday.
black and tan pronunciation
  • (UK) /blakən(d)ˈtan/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various breeds of dog having black and tan colouring. {{defdate}}
  2. (US slang, now historical) A bar, nightclub etc. which had both black and white customers, especially which indluded black entertainers. {{defdate}}
  3. (colloquial) An alcoholic drink made from a dark and a light malt, typically stout (black) and ale (tan). {{defdate}} Not only did the Dublin barkeeps not make a shamrock in the foam, they claimed to not even know what a black and tan was.
  4. (in the plural) An armed force recruited to fight against Irish republican activity in Northern Ireland; see Black and Tans. {{defdate}}
black and white
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  1. (US, slang, law enforcement) A 1970s police patrol car.
  2. A type of giant cookie (about 8 inches diameter) with icing on the top side: half white, half dark chocolate.
Synonyms: (police car) panda (British slang)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. alternative form of black-and-white of an image, a video, etc: in black, white, and perhaps shades of grey, rather than in colour
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  2. (figuratively) Easily divided into diametrically opposing camp or schools of thought.
black babies
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (Ireland, idiomatic, potentially offensive) Third-world charities, the mission. Jim met his wife when she was collecting for the black babies.
This term has fallen from use over the last few decades, both due to it being potentially offensive, and due to a better understanding of third world issues.
blackbird {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From black + bird. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈblakbəːd/
  • (US) /ˈblækˌbɚd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A common true thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
  2. A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae (26 species of icterid bird).
  3. (slang, derogatory, historical, among slavers and pirates) A native of the South Pacific islands.
Synonyms: (Turdus merula) common blackbird; {{vern}}; merle, merl; ouzel, (Icteridae) icterid
blackboy {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology From black + boy. For sense (plant of genus Xanthorrhoea) from a supposed resemblance of the plant to an Aboriginal boy holding an upright spear.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australian, obsolete, possibly offensive) An Aboriginal boy or servant.
    • 1898, Guy Boothby, Billy Binks—Hero, republished in Ken Gelder, Rachael Weaver, The Anthology of Colonial Australian Adventure Fiction, [http//|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2rTwTrKDN4muiQeKnK3EAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blackboy%22|%22blackboys%22%20-intitle%3A%22blackboy|blackboys%22%20-inauthor%3A%22blackboy%22&f=false page 118], A moment later he beckoned the blackboy to his side, and when he arrived pointed to the ground. The boy gesticulated in answer, and then both pulled their horses to a standstill and waited for me to come up.
    • 1906, South Australian Geology Department, Henry Yorke Lyell Brown, Robert Etheridge, Reports (geological and general) resulting from the explorations made by the government geologist and staff during 1905, [http//|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&dq=%22blackboy%22|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=brDwTsnUE8WSiQfPsdGnAQ&redir_esc=y page 36], September 30th, 1905.—Examined some hills in the locality. A Chinaman and some blackboys are camped here with some cattle belonging to the Mount Diamond butcher.
    • 1930, Mary Montgomerie Bennett, The Australian Aboriginal as a Human Being, [http//|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&dq=%22blackboy%22|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=m7fwTsTBBM2eiAex-bS5AQ&redir_esc=y page 49], His tracks joined a cattle pad, and the blackboys followed them at speed, two riding on each side of the path.
  2. (Australian, informal) Any plant in the genus Xanthorrhoea, native to Australia.
    • 1946, , Volume 13, [http//|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&dq=%22blackboy%22|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-KnwTujBBcGRiQePpIygAQ&redir_esc=y page 49], As with many things, the pioneers followed the natives in the use of the Blackboy. They also found that the gum possessed some property that will cure dysentery and other internal complaints. The gum was also used for dyeing, tanning and varnishing.
    • 1966 November 8, Parliament of Western Australia, Parliamentary Debates, [http//|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&dq=%22blackboy%22|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7KbwTpPGA4bXmAXx8oCLAg&redir_esc=y page 2181], The gum from the blackboy trees was used for the making of varnish and stain,…
    • 1977, Royal Society of Western Australia, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, Volumes 60-61, [http//|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&dq=%22blackboy%22|%22blackboys%22+-intitle:%22blackboy|blackboys%22+-inauthor:%22blackboy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IaPwTtLSEIi5iQf_ydzGAQ&redir_esc=y page 5], As with any fire, blackboys and sedges were the first to grow, little else appearing before the first rains, which were followed by a flush of herbaceous shoots.
Synonyms: (Xanthorrhoea plant) balga (X. preissii), grasstree/grass tree, yakka (yacca/yacka) (South Australia)
black cat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) A cat with black fur.
  2. A fisher, North American marten that has thick brown fur (Martes pennanti).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical slang) To do better than another in some respect.
    • From a web page archived by Britain's National Archives: The team name derives from the Lynx wildcat of 702 Naval Air Squadron’s badge and also the naval slang of “Black Catting” which implies having done or owned something better than anyone else.
black chamber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical, cryptography, informal) A government or royal court's cryptanalyst department.
blackcurrant {{wikipedia}} etymology black + currant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shrub, Ribes nigrum, that produces small, very dark purple, edible berries.
    • 1993, R. D. Davidson, 19: The vegetation of Lough Neagh wetlands, R.B. Wood, R.V. Smith (editors), Lough Neagh: The Ecology of a Multipurpose Water Resource, Monographae Biologicae: Volume 69, page 487, Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) and guelder rose (Viburnum opulus) are frequent but alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus) a common constituent of East Anglian carr is very rare.
    • 2003, European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy, ESCOP Monographs: The Scientific Foundation for Herbal Medicinal Products, page 426, Blackcurrant leaf has a diuretic action [11,12,14], therefore it should not be taken concurrently with diuretics indicated for cardiac or renal insufficiency except on medical advice.
    • 2005, Bernard Stocks, The Teenage Pensioner, page 112, On this first day I concentrated on bushes - gooseberry and blackcurrants for the bottom end borders, rhododendrons for the front inside the wall and a couple of hydrangeas in the spaces left in the monoblocking to the left of the front door.
  2. The berry borne by this shrub.
    • 2003, Maria Villegas, Kay Halsey, Sarah Randell, A Little Taste of France, page 120, Their wines are intense and elegant, tasting of blackcurrants and made to be aged.
    • 2011, Katherine Swift, The Morville Hours: The Story of a Garden, page 222, Blackcurrant jam is easy, but this year I have left the blackcurrants so long that they are sweet and ripe enough to eat raw: delicious rolled in a crunch of granulated sugar.
    • 2012, Tong Kwee Lim, Edible Medicinal And Non-Medicinal Plants, Volume 4: Fruits, page 28, Blackcurrants can be eaten fresh, on its own, or with ice cream or in mixed fruit salad.
blackdar etymology black + dar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, usually sarcastic) The ability to detect whether or not a person is of African ancestry by observing that person.
    • 2009, 30 June, BillB [username], Re: OT: RGP KKK,!original/,, “I said I saw predominantly black people in those "most dangerous neighborhoods", and you went on and on about how race is an artificial construct, what if his grandfather was white, yada yada yada, yet now you have no problem identifying the person in the video as a "black woman". How is that? Is it a gift only you have? I have heard of must have blackdar.”
    • 2010, 19 February, Rev. Ivan Stang [username], Re: Nerd gal, or sex goddess in disguise?,!original/alt.slack/FtdsZeWmH0w/n5q6k3nRKykJ, alt.slack, “She is pegging my High-Maintenance-dar, and my High-Maintenance-dar is almost as good as my cradar and my blackdar.*”
    • 2012, Touré, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, Free Press (2011), ISBN 9781439177556, page 112: (I'd meet her during the party and she didn't set off my Blackdar at all, so that convinced me to stop listening to my Blackdar about the hostess.)
black diamond
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. hematite
  2. anthracite
  3. carbonado, a natural diamond that is black in colour
  4. A black synthetic diamond, specifically a CVD polycrystalline diamond or HPHT polycrystalline compact diamond.
  5. (South Africa, derogatory) A member of the new affluent black middle class in South Africa, characterised by conspicuous consumption.
  6. (skiing) A symbol representing a steep and relatively difficult trail, typically 40% gradient or above.
black eye {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An eye which has been bruised showing noticeable hematoma, especially after receiving a blow.
  2. A defeat.
  3. Damage to a reputation.
Synonyms: (bruised eye) shiner
blackfellow Alternative forms: blackfella, blackfeller, black fellow etymology From black + fellow. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈblakfɛləʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, now usually considered offensive) A (male) Australian Aborigine. {{defdate}}
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 40: He was squatting on the ground like a blackfellow, quiet and still and cunning.
    • 2000, Daryl Tonkin, Carolyn Landon, Jackson's Track: Memoir of a Dreamtime Place, [http//|%22blackfellas%22+-intitle:%22blackfella|blackfellas%22+-inauthor:%22blackfella%22&dq=%22blackfella%22|%22blackfellas%22+-intitle:%22blackfella|blackfellas%22+-inauthor:%22blackfella%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=usLxTv7yJqfMmAXA-dysAg&redir_esc=y page 256], It was as if the blackfellas were their property, and the Board could do with them as they saw fit.
    • 2002, James Roberts, At the Bar, in Rebekah Clarkson (editor), Forked Tongues: A Delicious Anthology of Poetry and Prose, [http//|%22blackfellas%22+-intitle:%22blackfella|blackfellas%22+-inauthor:%22blackfella%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=usLxTv7yJqfMmAXA-dysAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blackfella%22|%22blackfellas%22%20-intitle%3A%22blackfella|blackfellas%22%20-inauthor%3A%22blackfella%22&f=false page 29], A blackfella and a whitefella are sitting at the bar. The whitefella says to the blackfella eh boss, whadya reckon? The blackfella says since you ask, I consider it a metaphor of the historic case of the Coorong massacre of 1840.
    • 2007, Noel Olive, Enough is Enough: A History of the Pilbara Mob, [http//|%22blackfellas%22+-intitle:%22blackfella|blackfellas%22+-inauthor:%22blackfella%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mb_xToKbM62imQWOq6yiAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22blackfella%22|%22blackfellas%22%20-intitle%3A%22blackfella|blackfellas%22%20-inauthor%3A%22blackfella%22&f=false page 212], Most police officers had no blackfella cultural background, no knowledge of Aboriginal priorities in life, yet they were the power in the town.
The word has been reclaimed to some extent by aborigines to describe themselves, but its use by white people is now usually considered racially offensive.
coordinate terms:
  • whitefellow
black gold
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) petroleum
Synonyms: See also .
black hat {{slim-wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From the black stetson (cowboy hat) traditionally worn by such villains.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A villain or bad guy in a story, especially in a Western (a film or other work of the Western genre).
  2. {{rfc-sense}} (computing, slang) A malicious hacker who commits illegal acts.
related terms:
  • white hat
  • gray hat
etymology 2 From the black hats traditionally worn by men in Haredi communities.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Haredi Jew; a member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
black hog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) The Irish shilling of 13 pence, as opposed to the English 'white hog' shilling of 12 pence
Blackjack etymology From the card game blackjack, also called twenty-one, which is one of two pronunciations of 2NE1's name (the other being "to anyone").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the South Korean girl group 2NE1.
    • 2014, Julie Carlson, "2NE1 Comeback", Hallyu Magazine, Issue #11, Winter 2014, page 41 (approx.): The queens of K-pop, 2NE1, are gearing up for their world tour in March and Blackjacks could not be more excited!
    • 2014, Chester Chin, "2NE1 in concert: Sassy and fierce", The Star (Malaysia), 29 May 2014: It’s this sort of brash ethos that resonates with Blackjacks (as 2NE1’s fans are known).
    • 2014, Lainey, "2NE1 Gives Their All For Malaysia", Campus Plus, Issue 91, July 2014, page 58: Most of these 'Blackjacks' have waited five years since 2NE1's debut to finally see the girls (CL, Bom, Dara, Minzy) perform a full show in Malaysia.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Fatal cattle disease caused by the soil-borne bacteria {{taxlink}}; symptomatic anthrax
  2. (countable) A person who takes the place of striking worker. A scab.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 22 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.”
  3. (countable) A person who cheats in a game, a cheater.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
  4. (colloquial) A notorious gambler.
Synonyms: (strikebreaker) scalie
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to a scab worker. The blackleg workers entered under cover of darkness.
Black Maria etymology unknown. First attested in the 1830s. pronunciation
  • /blæk məˈraɪə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A police van for transporting prisoner.
black op
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) black operation
Black Pope etymology From the simple black vestments worn by the Superior General, in contrast to the Pope's white vestments.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually considered derogatory) The Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
    • 2008, Jeff Israely, Jesuits to Elect a New 'Black Pope' ,Time Magazine: But just down the block from St. Peter's Square, church elders — though not all so old, and without a Cardinal among them — have begun gathering for a closed-door meeting to elect the man dubbed the "black pope".
blacksmith {{wikipedia}} etymology black ‘color of iron’ + smith ‘related to smite’ pronunciation
  • /ˈblæk.smɪθ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who forge iron.
    • James Howell (c.1594–1666) The blacksmith may forge what he pleases.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out.{{nb...}}. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (informal) A person who shoes horses; a farrier.
  3. A blackish fish of the Pacific coast (Chromis or Heliastes punctipinnis).
Historically, blacksmiths in small communities have played a number of other roles, including farrier, wainwright and wheelwright. However, blacksmithing properly refers to the forging of iron, and blacksmiths and farriers themselves make the distinction. Synonyms: ironsmith
  • smith, metalsmith
  • smithy
coordinate terms:
  • goldsmith, whitesmith, silversmith, platinumsmith, farrier, forge
blackstrap {{wikipedia}} etymology black + strap?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The dark, viscous molasses remaining after maximum extraction of sugar from raw sugar cane, used in manufacturing and cattle feed.
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  2. (obsolete) A mixture of spirituous liquor (usually rum) and molasses.
    • Judd No blackstrap to-night; switchel, or ginger pop.
  3. (obsolete, nautical, slang) Bad port wine; any common wine of the Mediterranean.
blacktress etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, cinema, rare) An African American woman who is a pioneer of the film industry.
black velvet {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) An Australian aboriginal woman viewed by a white man as a sexual partner.
    • 1989, John Joseph Healy, Literature and the Aborigine in Australia, [http//|%22black+velvets%22+aboriginal&dq=%22black+velvet%22|%22black+velvets%22+aboriginal&hl=en&ei=o8PoTt77F6ahiAfc2fTwCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y page 162], But the Krater who introduces Mark to black velvet is totally human and, in his gestures, culpable.
    • 2002, John Maynard, Aboriginal Stars of the Turf: Jockeys of Australian Racing History, [http//|%22black+velvets%22+aboriginal&hl=en&ei=a7_oTp2MMqmaiQeUzN3hCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22black%20velvet%22|%22black%20velvets%22%20aboriginal&f=false page 105], Writer, Xavier Herbert, said that white men would refuse to work on remote stations without available Aboriginal women or ‘black velvet’.
  2. (Australia, slang) Sexual intercourse with an Australian aboriginal woman.
    • 2009, Jill Roe, Her Brilliant Career: The Life of Stella Miles Franklin, [http//|%22black+velvets%22+aboriginal&hl=en&ei=HMboTureAYSViAf79-D2CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22black%20velvet%22|%22black%20velvets%22%20aboriginal&f=false page 494], Black velvet — that is, the sexual abuse of Aboriginal women — had become highly topical with the publication of Coonardoo and Capricornia, and Miles′ choices in this area still seem reasonable.
  3. (Ireland) A cocktail of stout and champagne.
blackwash etymology black + wash
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, New Zealand) A whitewash victory for any New Zealand national sporting team.
  2. (slang, cricket) A whitewash victory for the West Indies cricket team. Started in the 1984–86 "Blackwash" series of the West Indian cricket team in England in 1984.
  3. (medicine) A lotion made by mixing calomel and limewater.
  4. (slang, mining) public campaigns and advertising funded by the coal industry to draw attention away from environmentally unsustainable practices or to justify exclusion from carbon taxes.
Synonyms: (New Zealand victory) blackout
related terms:
  • blackwashing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To villainize, to present in a damaging light.
    • 1904, George Bernard Shaw, John Bull's Other Island, page lxii: Mistrusting my own prejudices, I have taken the story from the two parliamentary papers in which our officials have done their utmost to whitewash the tribunals and the pigeon-shooting party, and to blackwash the villagers.
  2. (transitive) To blacken, to cover with a black color.
    • 2004, Peter Plate, Fogtown, page 109: The masts of British frigates and U.S. warships blackwashed the piers at the Embarcadero.
    • Plymouth Pulpit: Sermons Preached in Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, Sept 1873-Sept 1874, Volume 2 , Henry Ward Beecher , 1892 , “ I do not care whether a man whitewashes or blackwashes his fence, or whether he uses guano or barnyard manure, or what his mode of cultivation may be, the question is, Does he get good fruit? ”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The revisionist portrayal of something as belonging to a black race of people.
    • 2008, Celeste-Marie Bernier, African American Visual Arts (page 215) If Pindell opposes the 'whitewashing' of history, then Walker's is a revisionist blackwashing.
    • 2013, Jonathan Scott Holloway, Jim Crow Wisdom (page 118) This “blackwashing,” in Hare's opinion, was the work of black studies departments and the black faculty …
  2. The application of a coating of blackwash.
    • 1852, Frederick Overman, The Moulder's and Founder's Pocket Guide (page 120) The blackwashing is here to be the very last operation, and to be well performed, and when dry must be polished by a large sleeker fitting the circle of the cylinder.
  3. (pejorative) The revisionist portrayal of something as evil.
    • Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism , Robert Stam & ‎Ella Shohat , 2007 , page 12 , 0415979226 , “Historical writing proliferates in examples of tendentious accounts of national history, where the “whitewashing” of one history goes hand in hand with the “blackwashing” of another. ”
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of blackwash
Blackwater State etymology Alluding to the dark colour of the water of its rivers, due to the presence of a black vegetable mould in the soil.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Nebraska
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blacky pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory and offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
Synonyms: (all derogatory and offensive) coon, nigger, wog
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) drunk
Synonyms: See also
blade {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English blæd, from Proto-Germanic *bladą (compare Western Frisian bled, Dutch blad, German Blatt, Danish blad) from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlh̥₃oto 〈*bʰlh̥₃oto〉 (compare Irish bláth, xto pält, txb pilta, Albanian fletë), from *bʰleh₃- 〈*bʰleh₃-〉. Similar usage in Sägeblatt, the German term for a saw blade. More at blow. pronunciation
  • /bleɪd/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The sharp cutting edge of a knife, chisel, or other tool, a razor blade.
  2. The flat functional end of a propeller, oar, hockey stick, screwdriver, skate, etc.
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  3. The narrow leaf of a grass or cereal.
  4. (botany) The thin, flat part of a plant leaf, attached to a stem (petiole). The lamina.
  5. A flat bone, especially the shoulder blade.
  6. A cut of beef from near the shoulder blade (part of the chuck).
  7. The flat part of the tongue.
  8. (poetic) A sword or knife.
  9. (archaeology) A piece of prepared, sharp-edged stone, often flint, at least twice as long as it is wide; a long flake of ground-edge stone or knapped vitreous stone.
  10. (ultimate frisbee) A throw characterized by a tight parabolic trajectory due to a steep lateral attitude.
  11. (sailing) The rudder, daggerboard, or centerboard of a vessel.
  12. A bulldozer or surface-grading machine with mechanically adjustable blade that is nominally perpendicular to the forward motion of the vehicle.
  13. (dated) A dashing young man.
    • Coleridge He saw a turnkey in a trice / Fetter a troublesome blade.
  14. (slang, chiefly, US) A homosexual, usually male.
  15. Thin plate, foil.
  16. (architecture, in the plural) The principal rafter of a roof. {{rfquotek}}
  17. The four large shell plates on the sides, and the five large ones of the middle, of the carapace of the sea turtle, which yield the best tortoise shell. {{rfquotek}}
  18. Airfoil in windmill and .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To skate on rollerblade.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with a blade.
  3. (intransitive, poetic) To put forth or have a blade.
    • P. Fletcher As sweet a plant, as fair a flower, is faded / As ever in the Muses' garden bladed.
  4. (transitive, professional wrestling, slang) To cut (a person) so as to provoke bleed.
  • abled
  • baled
blag etymology From French blague, from Old Provençal blagar. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, informal, transitive) To obtain (something) for free, particularly by guile or persuasion.
  2. (British, informal) More specifically, to obtain confidential information by impersonation or other deception. The newspaper is accused of blagging details of Gordon Brown's flat purchase from his solicitors.
  3. (British, informal, transitive) To beg, to cadge. Can I blag a fag?
  4. (UK, informal, transitive) To steal.
  5. (Polari) To pick up someone.
  6. (UK, informal, 1960s) To persuade. He's blagged his way into many a party.
  7. (UK, informal, 1940s) To deceive, to perpetrate a hoax on.
{{rfc}} Synonyms: (obtain by deceit, especially information) pretext
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A means of obtaining something by trick or deception. A good blag to get into a nightclub is to walk in carrying a record box.
  2. (British criminal slang) An armed robbery.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, informal) Fake, not genuine. You’re wearing a blag designer shirt!
blagger etymology blag + er pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A smooth talker, a persuasive person.
  2. (informal) A thief or robber, one who blag.
blah {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • Sense “Idle, meaningless talk” (1940), probably imitative or echoic in origin. Perhaps, but cf Greek "barbarbar” ‘unintelligible sounds’ (Grillo 1989:174.
  • Adjective sense “bland, dull” (1919), perhaps influenced by French blasé.
  • The blahs (“boredom, mild depression”) first attested 1969; extension of adjective sense and influenced by term blues.
  • Also may be connected with bleat
GRILLO, R. D. 1989. Dominant Languages: Language and hierarchy in Britain and France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • /blɑː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal) Nonsense; drivel; idle, meaningless talk.
  2. (informal) (in plural, the blahs) A general or ambiguous feeling of discomfort, dissatisfaction, uneasiness, boredom, mild depression, etc.
Synonyms: (nonsense, drivel) bosh, bombast, bunkum, claptrap, eyewash, fustian, rant, hooey, humbug, rubbish, twaddle, (feeling of boredom, mild depression) malaise
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Dull; uninteresting; insipid. Well, the new restaurant seems nice, but their menu is a little blah.
  2. (informal) Low in spirit or health; down. I decided to go exercise rather than sit around all day feeling blah.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An expression of mild frustration. Blah! Why can't I get this computer to work!
  2. (When spoken repeatedly, often three times in succession: blah blah blah!) Imitative of idle, meaningless talk; used sometimes in a slightly derogatory manner to mock or downplay another's words, or to show disinterest in a diatribe, rant, instructions, unsolicited advice, parenting, etc. Also used when recalling and retelling another's words, as a substitute for the portions of the speech deemed irrelevant. Yea, yea, blah blah blah, Mom, you said this all yesterday. And then he was like, "Oh, my brother's an Internet millionaire, blah blah blah." Like I care!
  3. Representing the sound of vomiting. See bleah, bleh.
Synonyms: (boring content) blah blah blah, yada yada yada
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To utter idle, meaningless talk.
    • 2014, Shelagh Stephenson, Ancient Lights (page 28) Ooh, I feel so guilty, I've got far too much money — … So give it away, endow a charitable foundation, burn it, but stop blahing on about it …
blahg etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang, derogatory) A dull, uninteresting blog.
Blairista etymology Blair + ista
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal, derogatory) A supporter of Tony Blair, British prime minister 1997-2007, or his policies.
Blairite {{wikipedia}} etymology From the surname of Tony Blair, British prime minister 1997-2007.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal) A supporter of Tony Blair or his policies.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to Blairites or to Tony Blair's government and policies.
related terms:
  • Blairism
  • Blairist
blame game
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) A situation in which people attempt to blame others rather than trying to resolve a problem.
blandscape etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A bland-looking landscape.
blank etymology Middle English blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, from xno blonc, blaunc, blaunche from Old French blanc, feminine blanche, from frk *blank from Proto-Germanic *blankaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bhleg-. Akin to Old High German blanch (German blank), Old English blanc, blanca, English blink, blind. See also blink, blind{{,}} and blanch. pronunciation
  • /blæŋk/
  • (also) (US) /bleɪŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic) White or pale; without colour.
    • Milton To the blank moon / Her office they prescribed.
  2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty space to be filled in; as, blank paper; a blank check; a blank ballot.
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  3. (figurative) Lacking characteristics which give variety; uniform. a blank desert; a blank wall; blank unconsciousness
  4. Absolute; downright; unmixed; sheer. blank terror
  5. Without expression. Failing to understand the question, he gave me a blank stare.
  6. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
    • Milton Adam … astonied stood, and blank.
  7. Empty; void; without result; fruitless. a blank day
  8. Devoid of thoughts, memory, or inspiration. {{rfex}}
descendants: {{etymtree}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cartridge that is designed to simulate the noise and smoke of real gunfire without actually firing a projectile.
  2. An empty space; a void, as on a paper, or in one's memory.
    • Jonathan Swift I cannot write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of half an inch from you.
    • Hallam From this time there ensues a long blank in the history of French legislation.
    • George Eliot I was ill. I can't tell how long — it was a blank.
  3. A space to be filled in on a form or template.
  4. A paper without marks or characters, or with space left for writing; a ballot, form, contract, etc. that has not yet been filled in.
    • Palfrey The freemen signified their approbation by an inscribed vote, and their dissent by a blank.
  5. A lot by which nothing is gained; a ticket in a lottery on which no prize is indicated.
    • Dryden In Fortune's lottery lies / A heap of blanks, like this, for one small prize.
  6. (archaic) A kind of base silver money, first coined in England by Henry V., and worth about 8 pence; also, a French coin of the seventeenth century, worth about 4 pence. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (engineering) A piece of metal prepared to be made into something by a further operation, as a coin, screw, nuts.
  8. (dominoes) A piece or division of a piece, without spots; as, the double blank"; the six blank." In blank, with an essential portion to be supplied by another; as, to make out a check in blank.
  9. The space character; the character resulting from pressing the space-bar on a keyboard.
  10. The point aimed at in a target, marked with a white spot; hence, the object to which anything is directed.
    • Shakespeare Let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye.
  11. Aim; shot; range.
    • Shakespeare I have stood … within the blank of his displeasure / For my free speech.
  12. (chemistry) A sample for a control experiment that does not contain any of the analyte of interest, in order to deliberately produce a non-detection to verify that a detection is distinguishable from it.
Synonyms: (bullet that doesn't harm) blank cartridge, blank bullet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make void; to erase. I blanked out my previous entry.
  2. (transitive, slang) To ignore. She blanked me for no reason.
  3. (transitive) To prevent from scoring, as in a sporting event. The team was blanked.
  4. (intransitive) To become blank.
  • Almost any sense of this can occur with out. See blank out.
blankie Alternative forms: blanky etymology Shortened from blanket + ie. pronunciation
  • /ˈblæŋki/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A blanket, especially one used as a security blanket.
    • 2002, Belinda Luscombe, "Dress to De-Stress," Time, 18 Feb., They instead sought out a place of refuge, somewhere familiar with a blankie and a mug of hot cocoa.
blast pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /blɑːst/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /blæst/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English blast from Old English blǣst, from Proto-Germanic *blēstaz, *blēstuz. Cognate with German Blast. More at blow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}A violent gust of wind.
    • Thomson And see where surly Winter passes off, / Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts; / His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill.
  2. A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 146: Blast was produced by bellows worked by four 'blowers', three of whom worked at a time while the fourth stood ready to replace one of the others.
  3. The exhaust steam from an engine, driving a column of air out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by the blast.
  4. An explosion, especially for the purpose of destroying a mass of rock, etc.
  5. An explosive charge for blasting.
    • Tomlinson Large blasts are often used.
  6. A loud, sudden sound.
    • Sir Walter Scott One blast upon his bugle horn / Were worth a thousand men.
    • Bryant the blast of triumph o'er thy grave
    • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter VIII Then the captain sung out "Stand away!" and the cannon let off such a blast right before me that it made me deef with the noise and pretty near blind with the smoke, and I judged I was gone.
  7. A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight.
    • Bible, Job iv. 9 By the blast of God they perish.
    • Shakespeare virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast
  8. (figuratively, informal) A good time; an enjoyable moment. We had a blast at the party last night.
  9. (marketing) A promotional message sent to an entire mailing list. an e-mail blast; a fax blast
  10. A flatulent disease of sheep.
  11. (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) An algorithm for comparing primary biological sequence information.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To confound by a loud blast or din.
    • Shakespeare Trumpeters, / With brazen din blast you the city's ear.
  2. (intransitive) To make a loud noise.
  3. (transitive) To shatter, as if by an explosion.
  4. (transitive) To open up a hole in, usually by means of a sudden and imprecise method (such as an explosion). Blast right through it.
  5. (transitive) To curse; to damn. Blast it! Foiled again.
  6. (transitive) (sci-fi) To shoot, especially with an energy weapon (as opposed to one which fires projectiles). Chewbacca blasted the Stormtroopers with his laser rifle.
  7. (soccer) To shoot; kick the ball in hope of scoring a goal.
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  8. To criticize or reprimand severely; to verbally discipline or punish. My manager suddenly blasted me yesterday for being a little late to work for five days in a row, because I was never getting myself up on time.
  9. (transitive) To blight or wither. A cold wind blasted the rose plants.
  10. (intransitive, obsolete) To be blighted or withered. The bud blasted in the blossom.
  11. (obsolete, intransitive) To blow, as on a trumpet.
    • Chaucer Toke his blake trumpe faste / And gan to puffen and to blaste.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Blast it; damn it.
etymology 2 From Ancient Greek βλαστός 〈blastós〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cytology) An immature or undifferentiated cell (e.g., lymphoblast, myeloblast).
  • Balts blats
blasted pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈblɑːst.ɪd/
  • (US) /ˈblæst.ɪd/
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  1. en-past of blast
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Which has been subjected to an explosion. The remains of the blasted tank were testament to the power of the landmine it had hit.
  2. Which has been subjected to violent gusts of wind.
  3. (slang, slightly, dated) Accursed; damned. I’ve tried for 2 hours to make this blasted part fit, and it still won’t go in.
  4. (heraldry) Whose branch bear no leaves; leafless.
  5. Intoxicated, drunk. Dude, we got fucking blasted last night.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (euphemistic) Damned; extremely. That dog is so blasted stubborn.
  • baldest
  • stabled
blates etymology Shortening of blatantly.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (UK, slang) blatantly; certainly; obviously
    • 2008, "deKay", Tuesday Top 5: Movie Licences (on newsgroup >There have been far more abominations than great games based on popular>films, but what are your 5 favourites?5) Er.4) Um.3) Erm.2) Batman the Movie (Spectrum)1) Goldeneye (N64). Blates, innit.
blather Alternative forms: blether (Northern England) etymology From Old Norse blaðra. Cognate with German dialectal bladdern. pronunciation
  • (UK) /blæðə(r)/
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  1. (pejorative) To talk rapidly without making much sense. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) nonsensical or foolish talk
Synonyms: See also
  • halbert
Blatino etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person of mixed black and Latino ancestry.
    • My Life in Porn: The Bobby Blake Story, , Bobby Blake, with John R. Gordon , page 188 , 978-0-78672-096-5 , 2008 , “Before I talk about Flex-Deon I should talk about the Blatino sex party scene I got involved with while I was in the adult film business, and which I went on being involved with for a few years after I retired from making films, because it was at a Blatino event that I first met Flex.”
    • Right Side of the Wrong Bed , , page 161 , Frederick Smith, 2007, "It's not just the sex," I said. "And I'd never call you a Blatino boy toy, because I don't see you in those terms. Unless you're looking to be exoticized."
    • Bridesmen of Madison County,, Mark Thornton, 2012, The dirty dog quickly pressed on the widget and then the thumbnail. The message was from a hot looking Blatino with the profile name 'sexual chocolate'. Nico was growling when he anxiously pressed the message retrieval key.
Alternative forms: blatino
blaze pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English blase, from Old English blæse, blase, from Proto-Germanic *blasǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-. Cognate with Low German blas, Middle High German blas. Compare Dutch bles, German Blesse, Swedish bläs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth and heaping kindling on the coals,{{nb...}}.
  2. Intense, direct light accompanied with heat. exampleto seek shelter from the blaze of the sun
    • John Milton (1608-1674) O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon!
  3. The white or lighter-coloured marking on a horse's face. exampleThe palomino had a white blaze on its face.
  4. A high-visibility orange colour, typically used in warning signs and hunters' clothing.
  5. A bursting out, or active display of any quality; an outburst.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) his blaze of wrath
    • John Milton (1608-1674) For what is glory but the blaze of fame?
  6. A spot made on trees by chipping off a piece of the bark, usually as a surveyor's mark.
    • Robert Carlton (B. R. Hall, 1798-1863) Three blazes in a perpendicular line on the same tree indicating a legislative road, the single blaze a settlement or neighbourhood road.
etymology 2 From Middle English blasen, from Middle English blase. See above.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be on fire, especially producing a lot of flames and light. exampleThe campfire blazed merrily.
  2. (intransitive) To shine like a flame.
    • William Wordsworth And far and wide the icy summit blazed.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path&nbsp;[&hellip;]. It twisted and turned,…and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.”
  3. (transitive) To make a thing shine like a flame.
  4. (transitive) To mark or cut (a route, especially through vegetation), or figuratively, to set a precedent for the taking-on of a challenge. exampleThe guide blazed his way through the undergrowth. exampleDarwin blazed a path for the rest of us.
  5. (slang) To smoke marijuana.
    • Most commonly used in the infinitive, simple present, or simple past:
    exampleI like to blaze;&nbsp; let's go blaze;&nbsp; we blazed last night;&nbsp; he blazes every day
    • Or less commonly, in the present progressive:
    examplehe is blazing right now
related terms:
  • ablaze
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Under the influence of marijuana, usually at a relatively high dose. “I could tell by his bloodshot eyes that he was pretty blazed.
Synonyms: stoned, baked, reefed, lifted, high, lit, blitzed, up there
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of blaze
blazer etymology From blaze + er. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A semi-formal, casual jacket.
  2. A person or thing that blazes (marks or cuts a route).
  3. Anything that blazes or glows, as with heat or flame.
  4. The dish used when cooking directly over the flame of a chafing-dish lamp, or the coals of a brazier.
  5. (slang, US) One who smokes cannabis; a stoner.
  6. (archaic) One who spreads news, or blazes matters abroad.
    • Spenser Blazers of crime.
  7. (slang, UK) An older member of a sporting club, often with old-fashioned or conservative views.
blazing pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of blaze
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very fast.
  2. (sarcastically) Very slow. Garden snails move at a blazing speed of about .03 miles per hour.
  3. (slang, of a person) Sexually attractive. The actress, with her perfectly-curved body, was simply blazing in her new movie!
  4. Of tremendous intensity or fervor; white-hot. It was a performance of blazing ferocity.
  5. (colloquial) Exceedingly angry. I've became so blazing that I can't control myself properly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of something that blazes or burns. the blazings of many fires
bleacherite etymology bleacher + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, informal) One who sits in the bleachers.
    • 1991, Armand Deutsch, Me and Bogie I quickly came to the conclusion that bleacherites are better fans.
bleah etymology Possibly connected with Russian блевать 〈blevatʹ〉 (“to vomit”) Church Slavic бльвати 〈blʹvati〉 (“to vomit”), Ancient Greek φλύω 〈phlýō〉 (“I'm spouting”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlou-/bʰleu-
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, US) Expresses negative feeling. The quality of the emotion expressed is more negative than that of 'blah' and has a slight feeling of disgust, verging on nausea.
    • You bought that green station wagon? Bleah!
    • 2005, William Safire, The Ick Factor (in The New York Times, 25 September 2005) Reviewing my list of ickisms - yuck, yecch, bleah, ew and ick - the linguist [David McNeill] observes, "Negative words having to do with disgust seem to be embodied in the experience of expelling unwanted, possibly poisonous, materials from the mouth. …
  • belah
bleat Alternative forms: blate, blait (Scotland) etymology From Middle English bleten, from Old English blǣtan, from Proto-Germanic *blētijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₁- 〈*bʰleh₁-〉. Cognate with Scots blete, bleit, Saterland Frisian blete, bletsje, Dutch blaten, bleiten, Low German bleten, German blaßen, blässen; compare Greek trblekhe, Old Church Slavonic trblejat, and also Latin fleō. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The characteristic cry of a sheep or a goat.
Synonyms: (sheep's cry) baa, baaing, bleating
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Of a sheep or goat, to make its characteristic cry.
  2. (informal) Of a person, to complain. The last thing we need is to hear them bleating to us about organizational problems.
Synonyms: (1): baa, (2): kvetch (US), moan, whinge (British), whine
  • ablet
  • blate
  • table
etymology 1 pronunciation
  • /blɛk/, /blɛx/
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) An imitation of the sound of gag, used to express disgust or disdain. Blech! Look at all the garbage people add to the online dictionary!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To have the vomiting reflex triggered.
etymology 2 {{slim-wikipedia}} From Yiddish בלעך 〈blʻk〉. Related to German Blech. pronunciation
  • /blɛx/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Judaism) A metal sheet used to cover stovetop burners on Shabbat to allow food to be kept warm without violating the prohibition against cooking.
  • belch
blechy etymology blech + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Disgusting.
    • 2002, "nacey (formerly tosh)", Was the death of Joxer the cause of Xena's downfall? (on newsgroup I'm there for action and adventure, with a bit of sexual tension on the side (playful sexual tension. Xena and Gabrielle's sexual tension was *So* not playful at the end there, very forced and just blechy.)
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bled pronunciation
  • /ˈbled/
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etymology 1 See entry for bleed.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of bleed
etymology 2 North African.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in parts of French North Africa) Hinterland, field.
etymology 3 Created in Multicultural London English, of Jamaican origin. Has since spread around England.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, MLE, slang) Informal address to a male.
bleed dry
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  1. (transitive) Of a slaughter animal, to wait until all its blood has drained off. Slaugthered livestock is usually bled dry prior to butchering.
  2. (transitive, figuratively, informal) To bleed white.
bleeder etymology bleed + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is easily made to bleed, or who bleeds in unusually large amounts, particularly a hemophiliac.
  2. Anything that sap a resource produced by something else.
  3. A valve designed to release a small amount of excess pressure from a system.
  4. (UK, slang, derogatory) A troublesome fellow; a blighter.
  • rebleed
bleedin' obvious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) So evident that it goes without saying, and is thus superfluous.
    • In "", an episode of BBC TV sitcom , the proprietor wife points out that keeping a rat within the hotel is inadvisable, due to health concerns. Basil responds, "Can't we get you on , Sybil? Next contestant - Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Special subject - the bleedin' obvious."
bleeding pronunciation
  • /ˈbliːdɪŋ/
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  1. present participle of bleed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) (used as an intensifier) extreme, outright.
    • "You are a bleeding liar. Truth is of no interest to you at all." —
    • {{quote-web }} "You are a bleeding idiot sometimes, but I love you and", Harry hands him the first gift Severus ever gave him and says, "One hundred and sixteen."
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (UK, slang) (used as an intensifier) Extremely. His car's motor is bleeding smoking down the motorway. It turns out he was too bleeding cheap to ever drain the oil.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The flow or loss of blood from a damage blood vessel.
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    exampleInternal bleeding is often difficult to detect and can lead to death in a short time.
  2. (medicine, historical) bloodletting
related terms:
  • bleeder
  • bleedingly
  • blood
  • bloody
bleeding heck
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang) minced oath for bleeding hell.
bleeding hell
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, slang, mildly, blasphemous) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
bleed the lizard
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang)To urinate.
Synonyms: See also
bleed white
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, figuratively, informal) To cause someone hardship by cutting all their supplies off. Besieging the castle will bleed it white and force it to surrender.
bleep etymology Onomatopoeic pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A brief high-pitched sound, as from some electronic device.
  2. (euphemistic) Something named by an explicit noun in the original, unedited version of the containing sentence. What the bleep are you doing?
  3. (music, slang, uncountable) A broad genre of electronic music with goth and industrial influences, as opposed to traditional gothic rock.
    • 2005, "Jennie Kermode", What is gothic? (on newsgroup alt.gothic) See, there are a huge number of people in this city who look like goths and talk the talk and claim to enjoy much of the same music I do, so it confuses me somewhat that the clubs all play bleep. I would have thought there would be enough people to make something else work.
    • 2005, "oldgoth", Theaving{{SIC}} Goths (on newsgroup uk.people.gothic) A number of nights now steer away from the EBM of yesteryear. The scene is alive and kicking with plenty of new bands that aren't reliant on synths. All you have to do is look. At InsanitoriuM we have a large, young, crowd that would up and leave if we started playing bleep at them, and we're not alone.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To emit one or more bleeps.
  2. (transitive) To edit out inappropriate spoken language in a broadcast by replacing offend word with bleeps.
  • plebe
bleepable etymology bleep + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Suitable for bleep (censoring by replacement with a tone), i.e. foul-mouthed.
    • 1998, SPIN magazine (volume 14, number 5, May 1998) ...competing with Alanis Morissette for the most bleepable alt-rock single ("Closer") of the decade.
    • 2001, Indianapolis Monthly (volume 25, number 1, September 2001) ...Mora unleashed the famous "Mora meltdown," in which he blasted his team, his coaches and himself in largely bleepable terms. A day later he resigned.
    • 2009, Jon Canfield, Photodex ProShow: Visual QuickStart Guide The first bleepable moment occurs at 00;00;06;07 (6 seconds and 7 frames in). Press the spacebar to pause here.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of bleep
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, euphemistic, slang) A generic intensifier which can be substituted for any profane intensifier.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) A word used in conversation to reflect general indifference to a situation or object of conversation. What did you think of the movie?" "Bleh, poopy. You?"
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Mildly uncomfortable; not good. "I'm feeling a bit bleh."
bless pronunciation
  • /blɛs/ {{enPR}}
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etymology 1 From Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, blēdsian, from Proto-Germanic *blōþisōną, from *blōþą, from Proto-Indo-European *bhlo-to-, from *bhol-, *bhlē-dh-, *bhlō(w)-. Cognate with Old Norse bletza (whence Icelandic blessa), Old English blēdan. More at bleed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make something blessed; to confer blessing upon.
  2. To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (oneself). {{rfquotek}}
  3. To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.
    • Bible, Ps. ciii. 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
  4. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.
    • Bible, Jer. iv. 3 The nations shall bless themselves in him.
  5. (obsolete) To wave; to brandish.
    • Spenser And burning blades about their heads do bless.
    • Fairfax Round his armed head his trenchant blade he blest.
  6. (Perl programming, transitive) (past tense only blessed) To turn (a reference) into an object.
  7. (archaic) To secure, defend, or preserve from.
    • Shakespeare Bless me from marrying a usurer.
    • Milton to bless the doors from nightly harm
  • curse
  • condemn
  • (programming) unbless
related terms:
  • blessed
  • blessing
etymology 2 An ellipsis for an expression such as bless one's heart.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, informal) Used as an expression of endearment, or (ironically) belittlement.
    • 1998, "Peter Coffey", New Alternative View Of Atomic Structure (on Internet newsgroup sci.chem) Ah bless! You must be the welcoming committee for anyone who dares express ignorance.
    • 2000, "Hellraiser" (on Internet newsgroup uk.people.teens) oh bless. *hug* that is not true. nobody here bears a grudge against 13 year old dear or against you.
    • 2001, "Will", Am I still here? (on Internet newsgroup uk.religion.pagan) Aw bless... have white chocolate fudge muffin....a new batch.... made them last night after Nigella....
  • slebs
blessed Alternative forms: blessèd (poetic), blest (archaic) pronunciation Adjective
  • {{enPR}}, /blɛst/, /ˈblɛs.ɨd/
Verb form
  • {{enPR}}, /blɛst/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
  2. In Catholicism, a title indicating the beatification of a person, thus allowing public veneration of those who have lived in sanctity or died as martyr.
  3. Held in veneration; revered.
  4. Worthy of worship; holy.
  5. (informal) An intensifier; damned. Not one blessed person offered to help me out.
Synonyms: (revered) revered, venerate, worship(p)ed, (holy) hallowed, holy, sacred
  • (having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing) condemned, cursed, damned
  • (revered) contemn, despise, scorn
  • (holy) profane, unhallowed, unholy
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of bless
  • bedless
bless you {{wikipedia}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Short for (may) God bless you: said as a short prayer for the recipient.
  2. (idiomatic) Said to someone who has just sneeze, as a polite remark.
Saying bless you after a sneeze is not considered particularly religious. Those who say or receive the remark may or may not belong to a religion themselves, and no offense is usually intended by the speaker or taken by the recipient if the recipient is not religious by nature. English speakers not comfortable saying bless you might instead use the German loanword gesundheit.
bletcherous etymology See blech.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Having an unaesthetic design or functionality; ugly.
    • 2009, James Mitchell, Good Gay Poems, 1967-2007 (page 26) … my immaculate person, once a wanton playground for every manner of sexual ecstasy, is now a sickening melange of bletcherous flab, fugitive follicles, degenerative cellulite …
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A BLEVE
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To explode as the result of a BLEVE “Mississauga had one blevey,” said JoAnn Kropf-Hedley, who represented Emergency Management Ontario in Melrose and sits on all of Northumberland County’s emergency committees. “This (at Melrose) was three bleveys. There’s never been a derailment in Canada that’s had three cars blevey. It was really unbelievable.”
blidget etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, Internet) In the context of blogging, a widget featuring a blog feed, which can be installed on another blog or website.
    • 2007, Robert Strohmeyer, "The 15 Best Web Apps You've Never Heard Of", Maximum PC, October 2007: Widgetbox also gives you the tools to create your own widgets— either by turning your blog into a "blidget" that others can subscribe to or by coding something unique and adding it to the Widgetbox collection.
    • 2008, Diana Ransom, "Starting Up: Small Biz Tech Speak", The Wall Street Journal, 30 April 2008: In particular, a "blidget" allows users to display a section of their blog on other web sites.
    • 2009, Deltina Hay, A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization: Strategies, Tactics, and Tools for Succeeding in the Social Web, Dalton Publishing (2009), ISBN 9780981744384, page 236: Figure 9.22 on Page 235 shows the finished blidget for Social Media Power. Widgetbox blidgets like the one we just created are free, but they also offer a pro version for around $30 a year that allows you to design custom themes for you blidget, among other features.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK) A chunk of cannabis resin.
    • 2005, James Fergusson, Kandahar Cockney (page 322) Getting stoned in Afghanistan was an extreme sport, a very long way indeed from the polite blims of hash that middle-class Londoners sometimes consume at parties.
    • 2008, Dhivan Thomas Jones, Green Eros (page 114) Have those chaps nothing better to do than to bust me for a blim?
    • 2011, Niall Griffiths, Grits (page 274) — Can anyone spair us a blim? Mags sez.
blimming etymology Modification of blooming. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Blooming (as an intensifier). I don't want to buy any blimming brushes, so kindly go away!
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Very; blooming.

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