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bust a nut
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) To ejaculate.
  2. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) to work very hard, put in a lot of effort
bust ass cold
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, idiomatic, slang) Extremely cold. It was bust ass cold out, but I still had to go in to work.
busted pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌstəd/
etymology 1 See bust (Etymology 1)
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  1. (often used in combination with an adjective) Having a certain type of bust breasts; cleavage.
etymology 2 See bust (Etymology 2)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Broke; having no money. I'd like to help you, but I'm busted.
  2. (slang) Caught in the act of doing something one shouldn't do. I saw you take that cookie from the cookie jar! You're busted!
    • 2009, , “New Year” (essay), in The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, ISBN 9781458775856, (2010), page 66: Plus, to be honest, the look on his face when he realized how very busted they were was worth far more than the fifty dollars I paid for their dinner.
  3. (slang) Extremely ugly. She was cute, but all her friends were busted.
    • 2004 July 30, "Ms Pnoopie Pnats" (username), "talking about hot or not...", in, Usenet: ok this gals bod is hot but her face is busted
  4. (slang) Tired.
  5. (slang) Broken.
Synonyms: (tired)
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of bust
related terms:
  • bust
  • busted draw
  • busted flush
  • flat busted
  • bedust
  • debuts, débuts
Buster {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Austrian German Buste, from Latin apostema, + -er.
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  1. {{surname}}
etymology 2 From buster.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
  2. A male nickname.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, variously expressing familiarity, admiration, or hostility) A specific instance of buster: guy, dude, fella, mack, buddy, loser.
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  • brutes, burets, rebuts, tubers
buster {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Buster, -buster etymology Originally a dialectal variant of burster; later influenced by bust + -er.''Oxford English Dictionary'', 3rd ed. "buster, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2013. The combining form of the term has appeared from the early 20th century but been especially prolific during three periods: in the 1930s, owing to the success of the radio series Gang Busters; in the 1940s, owing to its appearance as military slang; and in the 1980s, owing to the success of the movie Ghostbusters.''Oxford English Dictionary'', 3rd ed. "-buster, comb. form" Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2013. pronunciation
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  1. (chiefly, colloquial, with 'of') Someone who or something that burst, break, or destroy a specified thing.
    • 1614, S. Jerome, Moses his Sight of Canaan, 147: Now death, I pray thee what is it, but a buster of bonds; a destruction of toyle?
    • 2005, J. Madhavan, Sita & Forest Bandits, 122: Rothlin was described... by the papers as the buster of the bandit ring.
    1. (chiefly, military slang) Forming compounds denoting a team, weapon, or device specialized in the destruction of the first element.
      • 1940 September 2, Life, 29/1: German ‘balloon busters’ attack the Dover barrage.
      • 1958 February 10, Life, 70: Our main purpose in further experimentation with nuclear bombs is not... to make city-busters more horrible.
  2. (chiefly, colloquial, with 'of') Someone who or something that 'break', tame, or overpower a specified person or thing.
    1. (US, in particular, dated, slang) A bronco-buster.
      • 1891 July, Harper's Magazine, 208/2 The buster must be careful to keep well away from sheds and timber.
    2. (chiefly, law enforcement slang) Forming compounds denoting an agent or agency tasked with reducing or eliminating the first element.
      • 1920, F. A. McKenzie, ‘Pussyfoot’ Johnson, v. 83: Men nicknamed him the ‘Booze Buster’, and cartoonists loved to picture him, revolver in hand,... fighting the demon rum.
      • 1974' July 4, New Scientist, 65/2: The professional fraud-busters [of the art world].
      • 1984 November 18, N.Y. Times, iv. 24/2: New York City traffic agents have become Gridlock Busters and cigarette foes are smokebusters.
  3. (dated, slang) Someone or something remarkable, especially for being loud, large, etc..
    • 1833 April, Parthenon, 293: ‘I had to clean this old roarer,’ continued the ‘editor’... as he wiped the barrel of his pistol. ‘She's a buster, I tell you.’
    • 2004 November 20, South Wales Echo, 9: What a buster of a lunch it turned out to be.
    1. (colloquial, variously expressing familiarity, admiration, or hostility) A form of address, particularly of men: guy, dude, fella, mack, buddy, loser. (Originally as 'old buster'.)
      • 1838 March 24, New Yorker, 4/1: That's generous, old buster.
      • 1919, P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves, 79: An extremely wealthy old buster.
      • 2001, S. MacKay, Fall Guy, ix. 113: ‘Careful, buster,’ she said. ‘I've got a knife in my hand.’
  4. (obsolete, slang) A loaf of bread.
    • 1835 September 16, Morning Post, 4/2: Three penny busters, and a whole kit-full of winegar and mustard.
    • 1904 June 8, Journal of the Department of Labour (New Zealand), 536: An 8oz. loaf of brown bread... goes by the name of ‘buster’, I suppose on account of the way they blow you out.
  5. (obsolete, slang) A drinking spree, a binge.
    • 1848, John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms: They were on a buster, and were taken up by the police.
    • 1922, James Joyce, , 405: All off for a buster, armstrong, hollering down the street.
  6. (dated, slang) A gale, a strong wind; (especially, Australian) a southerly buster.
    • 1848, John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms ‘This is a buster,’ i.e. a powerful or heavy wind.
    • 1886, Frank Cowan, Australia, 14: The Buster and Brickfielder: austral red-dust blizzard and red-hot Simoom.
    • 1991, J. Moore, By Way of Wind, 121: When the barometer drops rapidly... watch out for a strong sou'wester. A buster can be on you in a flash.
  7. (Australian and New Zealand) A heavy fall; (also performing arts) a staged fall, a pratfall.
    • 1874 April, Baily's Monthly Magazine, 114: Dainty... came down ‘a buster’ at the last hurdle, and Scots Grey cantered in by himself.
  8. (US, regional) A molting crab.
    • 1855 October 18, Henry A. Wise, letter in J.P. Hambleton's Biographical Sketch of Henry A. Wise (1856), 448: In that state he is called a ‘Buster’, bursting his shell.
    • 2002 January 6, N.Y. Times, v. 4/6: Restaurant August... serves contemporary French cuisine prepared with Louisiana ingredients like buster crabs, shrimp and oysters.
  • brutes, burets, rebuts, tubers
bust one's ass
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  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To work very hard, to put in a lot of effort.
Synonyms: bust one's arse, bust one's butt, bust one's chops
bust one's balls
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) to work very hard; to put in a lot of effort.
Synonyms: bust one's arse, bust one's butt
related terms:
  • bust someone's balls
bust one's butt
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) To work exceptionally hard. I've been busting my butt getting the tent fixed, while you're just sipping cocoa. Give me a hand.
Synonyms: bust one's ass, sweat blood
bust one's chops
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To exert oneself. I've been busting my chops to get this out by end of day.
related terms:
  • bust someone's chops
  • bust chops
bust someone's balls
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) to seriously irritate or nag someone.
    • 1990, : Henry: All day long I thought the guys in the helicopter were just local cops busting my balls over Lufthansa. But they turned out to be narcs.
Synonyms: break someone's balls
bust up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, informal) To physically damage or ruin
    • 2005, Ken Shamrock, Beyond the Lion's Den: The Life, The Fights, The Techniques The doctor told me nothing that I didn't already know; my hand was busted up pretty good. It was too early to tell how badly it had been busted up, but I was most definitely out of the tournament.
busy etymology From Middle English busi, besy, bisi, from Old English bysiġ, *, bisiġ, from Proto-Germanic *bisigaz. Cognate with Dutch bezig, Low German besig, ofs bisgia, Old English bisgian. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈbɪzi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Crowded with business or activities; having a great deal going on. a busy street
    • Shakespeare To-morrow is a busy day.
  2. Engaged in another activity or by someone else. The director cannot see you now, he's busy. Her telephone has been busy all day. She is too busy to have time for riddles.
  3. Having a lot going on; complicated or intricate. Flowers, stripes, and checks in the same fabric make for a busy pattern.
  4. Officious; meddling.
    • 1603, , , IV. ii. 130: I will be hanged if some eternal villain, / Some busy and insinuating rogue, / Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office, / Have not devised this slander; I'll be hanged else.
related terms:
  • busy as a beaver
  • busy as a bee
  • busybody
  • busyness
  • busy work
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make somebody busy, to keep busy with, to occupy, to make occupied.
    • On my vacation I'll busy myself with gardening.
  2. (transitive) To rush somebody.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK, Liverpool, derogatory) A police officer.
  • buys
butch {{wikipedia}} etymology Originally it was probably used as an abbreviation of butcher. Later, in the 1940s, the sense "aggressive lesbian" was developed. pronunciation
  • (UK) /bʊtʃ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, originally Polari, ) Very masculine, with a masculine appearance or attitude.
Synonyms: macho, manly, mannish, unfeminine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A lesbian who appears masculine or act in a masculine manner.
Synonyms: (masculine lesbian) bulldyke, dyke, See also
  • femme
butcher {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from xno boucher, from Old French bouchier, from bouc, of gem origin. More at buck. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʊtʃ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈbʊt͡ʃ.ɚ/
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  1. A person who prepare and sell meat (and sometimes also slaughter the animal).
    • 1900, , , Chapter I, He looked in vain into the stalls for the butcher who had sold fresh meat twice a week, on market days...
  2. (by extension) A brutal or indiscriminate killer.
    • Shakespeare Butcher of an innocent child.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang, from butcher's hook) A look.
  4. (informal, obsolete) A person who sells candy, drinks, etc. in theatres, trains, circus, etc.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To slaughter (animals) and prepare (meat) for market.
  2. (transitive) To kill brutally.
  3. (transitive) To ruin (something), often to the point of defamation. The band at that bar really butchered "Hotel California".
Synonyms: (slaughter (animals)) kill, slaughter, (kill brutally) massacre, slay, (ruin, often to the point of defamation) murder
butcher's apron
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Ireland, derogatory) the .
etymology 1 From Middle English bocherie, from Old French. See butcher for more.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The cruel, ruthless killings of humans, as at a slaughterhouse.
    • 1593, Shakespeare, Richard III, . The tyrannous and bloody act is done,— The most arch deed of piteous massacre That ever yet this land was guilty of. Dighton and Forrest, who I did suborn To do this piece of ruthless butchery
  2. (rare) An abattoir, a slaughterhouse.
    • 1899 On the third Friday Jimmie was dropped at the door of the school from the doctor's buggy. The other children, notably those who had already passed over the mountain of distress, looked at him with glee, seeing in him another lamb brought to butchery. — Stephen Crane, .
    • 1901 There was good grass on the selection all the year. I’d picked up a small lot—about twenty head—of half-starved steers for next to nothing, and turned them on the run; they came on wonderfully, and my brother-in-law (Mary’s sister’s husband), who was running a butchery at Gulgong, gave me a good price for them. — Henry Lawson, .
  3. The butcher of meat.
    • This butchery begins in the first Japanese month. For this purpose they put the animal's head between two long poles, which are squeezed together by fifty or sixty people, both men and women. When the bear is dead they eat his flesh, keep the liver as a medicine — James Frazer, The Golden Bough, .
  4. A disastrous effort, an atrocious failure. This week’s impossible-to-pronounce word: Catania. Granted, it’s a little trickier than Palermo, but there was no excusing the verbal butchery that ensued. —blog.
  5. A meat market
etymology 2 butch + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The stereotypical behaviors and accoutrements of being a butch lesbian.
bute etymology From its middle syllable.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Phenylbutazone.
  • tube, Tube
butt {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English but, butte, from Old English byt, bytt and *butt (attested in diminutive buttuc > English buttock), from Proto-Germanic *butaz, *buttaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudnó-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰawd-, *bʰed-, *bʰaw-. Cognate with Norwegian butt, Icelandic bútur, Low German butt. Influenced by Old French but, butte, ultimately from the same gem source. Related to beat, boot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The buttock (used as a euphemism in idiomatic expressions; less objectionable than arse/ass). Get up off your butt and get to work.
  2. (slang) The whole buttocks and pelvic region that includes one's private parts. I can see your butt. When the woman in the dress was sitting with her legs up, I could see up her butt.
  3. {{senseid}}(slang, pejorative) Body; self. Get your butt to the car. We can't chat today. I have to get my butt to work before I'm late.
  4. (slang) A used cigarette.
  5. The large or thick end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle. Formerly also spelled but.
  6. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act V, Scene II, line 267. Here is my journey's end, here is my butt / And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
  7. A mark to be shot at; a target.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II, line 186. To which is fixed, as an aim or butt...
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37. The inhabitants of all cities and towns were ordered to make butts, and to keep them in repair, under a penalty of twenty shillings per month, and to exercise themselves in shooting at them on holidays.
    • Dryden The groom his fellow groom at butts defies, / And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes.
  8. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
    • Burrill The hay was growing upon headlands and butts in cornfields.
  9. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed. He's usually the butt of their jokes.
    • Addison I played a sentence or two at my butt, which I thought very smart.
  10. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head; a head butt. Be careful in the pen, that ram can knock you down with a butt. The handcuffed suspect gave the officer a desperate butt in the chest.
  11. A thrust in fencing.
    • Prior To prove who gave the fairer butt, / John shows the chalk on Robert's coat.
  12. (lacrosse) The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to reduce injury.
  13. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  14. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the box is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  15. (mechanical) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarf or chamfer; – also called a butt joint.
  16. (carpentry) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc., so named because it is attached to the inside edge of the door and butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
  17. (shipbuilding) The joint where two plank in a strake meet.
  18. (leather trades) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhide, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  19. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  20. (English units) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallon which is one-half tun; equivalent to the pipe.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205. Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. –
  21. A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene II, line 121. ...I escap'd upon a butt of sack which the sailors heav'd o'erboard...
  22. Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot
  23. (obsolete, West of England) hassock.
related terms:
  • butthead, head butt, sackbutt, butt crack
  • buttless
  • buttload
etymology 2 From Middle English butten, from xno buter, boter, from Old frk *bōtan, from Proto-Germanic *bautaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰÀud-, *bʰÀu-. Cognate with Old English bēatan. More at beat.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.
    • Sir H. Wotton Two harmless lambs are butting one the other.
  2. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut.
    • Drayton And Barnsdale there doth butt on Don's well-watered ground.
related terms:
  • butt heads with
  • butt in
  • butt up
  • buttinsky
  • headbutt
buttbreath Alternative forms: butt-breath, butt breath etymology butt ‘buttocks, backside’ + breath
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) An annoying or contemptuous person.
    • 1994, James W. Hall, Hard Aground, Dell (1994), ISBN 9780440213574, page 130: No, like Reverend King, buttbreath, she said.
    • 1997, Steve Gannon, A Song for the Asking, Bantam Books (1997), ISBN 9780553574708, page 64: "Buttbreath," said Travis, catching on.
    • 2002, Chris Bunch, Star Risk, LTD., Prologue Books (2002), ISBN 9781440553745, unnumbered page: “Did you see that buttbreath I pitched out into the street?”
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Synonyms: arsebreath, assbreath
buttbuddy Alternative forms: butt buddy etymology butt + buddy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A male same-sex partner. Bill and Matthew have been buttbuddies for years now.
Synonyms: See also .
related terms:
  • blowbuddy
butt cheek Alternative forms: buttcheek, butt-cheek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A buttock.
Synonyms: asscheek
butt chin {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: butt-chin etymology From the resemblance to buttocks.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a cleft chin
    • 2011, C. Lazarus, Father on the Loose!" Still looking lost and confused, Clive scratched his butt-chin, looked me in the eye with both pupils constricted, and full of uncertainty, he stammered as he fired yet another question.
    • 2010, Scott Pratt, Injustice for All Katie immediately noticed a deep cleft in his chin. “Butt chin” was what the kids at school called it.
    • 2010, Beth Williamson, Unbridled Alex barked a laugh, surprising both of them. "Butt chin? What does that mean?" "It's got a crack in it, like a butt. Daddy had the butt chin, too."
    • 2008, Sara Shepard, Flawless, page 206 Aria sneaked a peek at Sean. Her eyes kept gravitating toward the little cleft in his chin. Ali used to call them "butt chins," but it was actually pretty cute.
    • 2007, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Sullivan's Evidence, page 334 His most distinctive feature was his cleft chin. Some people jokingly referred to it as a “butt chin.” Sheppard's dimpled chin wasn't at all unsightly.
    • 2006, Carol Weston, Melanie in Manhattan, page 261 He had a cleft chin, or as Matt whispered to me, a butt chin.
    • 2004, Justin Hocking, Jeffrey Knutson, Jared Jacang Maher, Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End page 107 He bent down slowly and got so close to my face, I could see the lines in his glossy, unchapped lips and the stubbled hairs in the crack of his butt-chin. page 123 And I told him everything; his perfect teeth glistened, a dimple flattered his flawless butt-chin.
    • 2004, Hailey Abbot, Summer Boys, page 79 "I guess he does have a butt chin."
    • 1995, John Sandford, Night Prey He had a chin on him, a butt-chin, with a dimple in it.
buttcrack Alternative forms: butt crack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, vulgar, slang) The gluteal cleft.
Synonyms: See also .
butt crack Alternative forms: buttcrack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The gluteal cleft.
Synonyms: See also .
butt crack of dawn
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) An intensifier, used in the same contexts as crack of dawn, but more intense.
butt dial
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A situation when one's cellphone makes a call from one's back pocket where its button are being inadvertently press
Synonyms: (accidental call) pocket dial
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To accidentally make a call via butt dial.
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  1. en-past of butt
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Having a butt or backside (of a specified kind). a big-butted woman
butter {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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      • (RP) /ˈbʌ.tə/
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      • (US) /ˈbʌ.tɚ/, [ˈbʌɾɚ]
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  • (Northern and Midland England, Wales, Scotland) /ˈbʊ.tə/
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English butere, from Proto-Germanic *buterô (compare Western Frisian buter, Dutch boter, German Butter), from Latin būtȳrum, from Ancient Greek βούτυρον 〈boútyron〉, compound of βοῦς 〈boûs〉 and τυρός 〈tyrós〉, from xsc. Compare Avestan 𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬏𐬙 〈𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬏𐬙〉), from Proto-Indo-European *tuHrós (compare Middle Indic , Russian творо́г 〈tvoróg〉, Old English þweran, geþweor).
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  1. (uncountable) A soft, fatty foodstuff made by churn the cream of milk (generally cow's milk).
  2. (countable, obsolete, chemistry) Any specific soft substance. butter of antimony
  3. (uncountable) Any of various foodstuffs made from other foods or oils, similar in consistency to, eaten like or intended as a substitute for butter (preceded by the name of the food used to make it). peanut butter
related terms:
  • butterfly
  • butter-ham
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To spread butter on. Butter the toast.
  2. to move one's weight backwards or forwards onto the tips or tails of one's skis or snowboard so only the tip or tail is in contact with the snow.
  3. (slang, obsolete, transitive) To increase (stakes) at every throw of dice, or every game. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 butt + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who butt; someone who butts in
butter-and-egg man
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  1. (US slang, dated) A prosperous dairy farmer (or other wealthy rural citizen), seen as coming into the big city and ostentatiously living it up.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 69: He puffed on the big cigar that he always had stuck in his face and posed back like a big butter-and-egg man.
butterball etymology butter + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A round lump of a coagulated fat used in cooking such as butter, margarine, or a spread
  2. (derogatory) An overweight person.
    • 1988, Vicki Lansky, Fat-Proofing your Children – so that they Never Become Diet-Addicted Adults, page 62 "What if your baby is a butterball? Does Fat-Proofing mean you should put your infant on diet?."
  3. A small North America duck.
    • 1917, in the Hunter-Trader-Trapper, volume 34, page 37: The skipper had his eye on a bunch of butterballs feeding not far from the boat. In fact there were ducks all around — though he did not tell me so.
Synonyms: See also
butterbody etymology Contraction of "but her body" (as in: "Everything about her is great, but her body.").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A woman who has an attractive face but a less attractive body.
    • 2008, Mark Fuller, "", in On the Beautiful Sea: Eight Stories, A Mutual Respect Books & Music (2008), ISBN 9781448679102, page 42: Her body really wasn’t that great, on second thought. Her arms and neck were tight and thin, but her hips and legs were a little dumpy. She was sort of a butterbody, really.
    • 2009, Nicki Lamont, "Sexist shows should be stopped", The Chronicle (Durham College), Volume 35, Issue 12, 10 February 2009, page 5: The list began as an online poll letting men of all ages cast their votes for the biggest butterbodies of 2008. But what exactly is a butterbody? According to the Spike TV website, butterbodies are girls who are hot everywhere but their bodies.
    • 2012, Evan Lambert, "Adele: I Was A Boozy Shut In", Out, 10 February 2012: We all love Adele. She's pretty, she's soulful, she's talented, and she's strong. Earlier this week Karl Lagerfeld called her a butterbody ⎯ but he's since apologized, proving that her charm is universal.
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  • BOBFOC (UK), butterface (slang)
butter bomb
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A wine in which diacetyl is deliberately promote in order to impart a buttery flavour.
    • 1997, "Jason Brandt Lewis", TN: Hyatt Vineyards, WA (discussion on Internet newsgroup ...this wine has the structure for another 1-3 years of aging. Classic WA Chardonnay, great with food, but not the typical "butter bomb" from California (thankfully!).
    • 2005, Maureen Christian Petrosky, The Wine Club ...between $4 and $5 a bottle, you can't go wrong with those big butter-bomb styles.
    • 2007, "DaleW", TN: Charity tasting: Stony Hill, '68 Taurasi,76Prum, '78 Barolo,'00 CSH, more (discussion on Internet newsgroup 1981 — for a wine that saw no malo, this is a butter bomb. Butter over baked apple pie, despite fullness there is good crispness, my favorite of night.
    • 2007, Christina Melander, Janis Miglavs, Pacific Northwest: the Ultimate Winery Guide ...transforms it into a butter bomb. Northwest wine-makers tend to craft lean, crisp versions with more apple than tropical fruit notes...
    • 2007, Philip Goldsmith, Moon Northern California Wine Country The result is a creamy, fruit-driven wine that is by no means a butter-bomb.
butter-box etymology The idiom may have derived from the , which at the time had an orange stripe on top.
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  1. (archaic, slang, British) A derogatory name that British sailor gave the Dutch during the age of the Anglo-Dutch Wars.
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  1. (slang, British) plural of butter-box
etymology 1 Contraction of "but her face" (as in: "Everything about her is great, ... but her face.").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A woman who has an attractive body but less attractive facial feature.
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Synonyms: BOBFOC
  • butterbody (slang)
etymology 2 butter + face, influenced by the above
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person with mushy, unattractive facial features. I love you, but you're such a butterface I can hardly look at you.
  2. The face of an unattractive person. I can't even look at her, she's got such a butterface.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of butterface
butterfly {{commons}} {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English buterflie, from Old English buttorfleoge. Cognate with Dutch botervlieg, German Butterfliege. Perhaps a compound of butor- 'beater', mutation of bēatan 'to beat', and flēoge 'fly'.Donald A. Ringe, ''A Linguistic History of English: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic'' (Oxford: Oxford, 2003), 232. More at beat and fly. Alternate etymology connects the first element to butere, as the name may have originally been applied solely to butterflies of a yellowish color. This may have merged later with the belief that butterflies ate milk and butter (compare: German Molkendieb and Low German Botterlicker), or that they excreted a butter-like substance (compare: Dutch boterschijt). More at butter, fly. pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌtə(ɹ)flaɪ/
    • (US) [ˈbʌɾɚflaɪ]
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    • (UK) [ˈbʌtəflaɪ]
    • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring. {{defdate}}
  2. (now rare) Someone seen as being unserious and (originally) dressed gaudily; someone flighty and unreliable. {{defdate}}
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew: The day came indeed when her breathless auditors learnt from her in bewilderment that what ailed him was that he was, alas, simply not serious. Maisie wept on Mrs. Wix's bosom after hearing that Sir Claude was a butterfly [...].
  3. The butterfly stroke. {{defdate}}
  4. A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed. butterfly tape
Synonyms: lep
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly. butterflied shrimp Butterfly the chicken before you grill it.
  2. To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across a gaping wound to close it.
  • flutterby
butter my butt and call me a biscuit
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (US South, colloquial) An expression of astonishment upon learning something unbelievable (usually positive).
butternut etymology butter + nut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A North American walnut tree, Juglans cinerea.
  2. The wood or bark of this walnut tree.
  3. The nut of this walnut tree.
  4. A dye made from the fruit of this walnut tree.
  5. (informal) Butternut squash. He made a delicious butternut soup.
  • nut butter
butter up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To flatter, especially with the intent of personal gain. He takes every opportunity to butter up the boss.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Danny Welbeck leads England's rout of Moldova but hit by Ukraine ban (in The Guardian, 6 September 2013) Joe Hart finished the night without a single grass stain on his kit and it was just a surprise the team did not butter up their goal difference even more once Welbeck had clipped in Lambert's through-ball five minutes into the second half.
buttface etymology butt face
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  1. (slang, derogatory) An ugly or disagreeable person.
    • 1999, Charles Meyer, Deathangel "You've made your point, buttface," Allen snarled. "Now let me make mine."
    • 2001, Robert J MacKenzie, Setting limits with your strong-willed child "Okay, he's a buttface," says Darryl, pleased with his cleverness. "That's it!" shouts his mom. "You're in your room for the rest of the day."
    • 2007, Lily Archer, The Poison Apples "Who's Jamal?" "My friend. Don't you have any friends yet, buttface?"
butt floss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pair of thong underwear or a bikini bottom with only a thin strip of cloth that goes between the buttocks.
    • 2004, JoAnn Ross, Out of the Blue, Pocket Books (2004), ISBN 9780743464741, page 369: "A woman doesn't put on butt floss and hooker heels to attend a garden party," Briggs said.
    • 2013, Elana K. Arnold, Burning, Delacorte Press (2013), ISBN 9780449810767, unnumbered page: I saw a flash of her white panties—real panties, not butt floss like Cheyenne wore {{…}}
    • 2013, Joanna Wylde, Reaper's Property, Ellora's Cave (2013), ISBN 9781419944673, page 83: “That butt floss,” he snapped. “Why the fuck are you wearing a thong to work at a daycare? Are you seeing him again?”
buttfuck etymology From butt + fuck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) An act of anal intercourse.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To perform an act of anal intercourse.
related terms:
  • buttfucker
buttfucker etymology butt + fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) One who engages in anal sex.
    • 2012, John Butler, Boys Hard at Work, page 143
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) anal sex
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Engaging in anal sex
butthead etymology From butt ‘buttocks, backside’ + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, colloquial, pejorative) An annoying person or someone who is difficult to get along with.
    • 2009, Glenn R. Schiraldi, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook‎‎, page 131: If you think, "He is such a butthead," you might ask yourself what a butthead...
  • head butt, head-butt, headbutt
butthole etymology butt + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The anus.
  2. An objectionable person; a bastard; a jerk.
Synonyms: arsehole, asshole, See also
butthurt pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌtˌhɚt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Overly annoyed or bothered by a perceived insult; needlessly offended. Don't get so butthurt; it was just a joke.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Annoyance because of a perceived insult.
  2. (slang) Upset because of a perceived injustice. He's just full of butthurt because I insulted him.
related terms:
  • pain in the butt
buttinsky Alternative forms: buttinski
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derisive) One who is prone to butt in, interrupt, or get involved where (s)he is not welcome. I wish I had never met that nosy buttinsky!
  2. (telecommunications) (usually buttinski) A robust portable one-piece telephone instrument with clips, used by technicians and lines staff for testing telephone circuits or making a temporary connection to a telephone line.
Synonyms: (one prone to butt in) busybody, backseat driver, kibitzer, meddler
butt juice
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Semen, saliva or other fluid lubricant present inside the rectum.
buttlegger etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who smuggle cigarette.
buttlegging etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The smuggling of cigarette.
buttlicker etymology butt + licker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a contemptible person; an ass-kisser
  2. someone who performs rimming
Synonyms: buttkisser, asslicker
buttload {{rfc}} etymology From butt + load.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, British, Southern US, New England) A large amount, possibly a variant of boatload, or perhaps referring to a large container known as a butt. We spent all day Sunday and picked up a buttload of pecans.
  2. (vulgar, slang) A large amount, originally refering to a large container, butt.
    • 1999, Philip Greenspun, Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing, page 267: You can collect a metric buttload of data about user activity on your site without too much effort.
    • 2004, Theresa Alan, Spur of the Moment, page 264: Anyway, they are paying me a buttload of money to do this series, and I want to share my good fortune with you and that's that.
    • 2005, Napoleon Dynamite: The Complete Quote Book, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 1416915524, page 67: "Yeah, there's, like, a buttload of gangs at this school."
related terms:
Alternative forms: butt-load
butt monkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An annoying and irksome person.
    • 1994, Mike Judge, Beavis and Butt-Head Beavis: Butt-munch / Monkey Spank / Dillweed / Turd wipe / Dumbass / Butt Monkey Butt-Head: Chode / Waste of Bum Wipe / Dillhole / Fartknocker / Dumb Beavis / Butt-Head, no wait
    • 2000 October 13, Edward Hancock II, Splintered Souls, page 90, Xlibris Corporation You have my promise that everything in our power will be done to catch this psycho butt monkey, but...I just don’t think you could distance yourself from this level of personal involvement.
    • 2001 March, "The Butt Monkey", Adopt-A-Pet of Victoria, Texas Uh-oh, Butt Monkey alert
    • 2002 May 9, "i [sic.] know theres no great plan here...", Meagan's Journal eric decided to be a butt monkey and start shit about cory.
    • 2006 January 29, "Achtung! Where are your papers?", Picks Commentary Butt Monkey, you didn't tell congress [sic.] you were going to spy on everyone.
    • 2006 April 19, 'And let the Church say, "AMEN!"', Defiance I was pontificating on the ecstasy of the prospect of not having to listen to the butt monkey fumble and stammer through another round of explanation for the unexplainable.
    • 2006 May 15, Fan-Bloody-Tastic, Insanity Reigns Supreme Some bloody butt-monkey rear-ends me.
  2. (slang) An object of abuse and ridicule.
    • 2000 September 26, Marti Noxon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, Episode 79: “Buffy vs. Dracula” Xander: I'm sick of being the guy who eats insects and gets the funny syphilis.... I'm finished being everybody's butt monkey!
    • 2006 February 6, "I don't think they should execute terrorists", First and Last and Always they can while away their time being Bubba's butt monkey for the next 50 years.
    • 2006 March 25, "Issue #16 Review. Not.", Legion Abstract I'm getting pretty tired of being the comic book industry's butt-monkey.
    • 2006 April 27, "Work worries and a quote", World's Easiest Quiz But being at butt monkey status means that I don't have a voice to express my displeasure.
    • 2006 May 5, "In defence of the Beta Male", DAYS of the INSANE Con's about as far from the standard Alpha as he could get--he's the Unseelie [sic.] butt-monkey
    • 2006 May 14, "Karma gives me a handjob", Pissing and Moaning Don't do wrong to others and it should come back to you tenfold. OK, so there are several years that I was Karma's butt-monkey for not obeying that simple rule.
  • 1993 May 18, Martin J Hannigan, "I LIKE YOUR NEW ORGANIZATION BUNG BOY", talk.bizarre, Usenet I still prefer Butt Monkey User Group myself.
  • 1993 July 8-9, "Insecure faggots.": "Butt monkeys",, Usenet "ad980": the autopsy has concluded that indeed, the monkey did have a banana shoved up his butt Kevin Walsh: All this talk about butt monkeys makes me wonder if you see yourself as the organ grinder. "ad980": Oddly enough, the butt monkey in question is you.
buttmunch etymology butt + munch
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  1. (slang, derogatory) Term of abuse.
    • 1999, Rose Wood, Dysinhibition Syndrome At least she knew they were listening, but she responded to her classmate, "Don't you think I know that, you buttmunch?"
    • 2001, Chris Crutcher, Whale talk … and when some righteous buttmunch like Mike Barbour jacks him up, some ultra-righteous coach, say maybe Simet, has Barbour running stairs.
    • 2007, Peter Morris, Guardians I had a cousin, name was Skeeter, which should tell ya something about what kinda PWT oxycontin-suckin' lowlife hillbilly buttmunch this guy was.
Synonyms: assmunch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Term of abuse
Synonyms: buttmunch
buttock etymology Probably from Old English buttuc, attested since circa 1300, diminutive form of what is presumedly the Old English precursor of butt. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʌtək/
  • (US) /ˈbʌtək/, [ˈbəɾək]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, in the plural) Each of the two large fleshy halves of the posterior part of the body between the base of the back, the perineum and the top of the legs.
  2. The convexity of a ship behind, under the stern. {{rfquotek}}
The plural form is usually used in the singular sense for a single person's posterior, often called butt. It is rarer to refer to only a single buttock, which is then usually specified as left or right. Synonyms: asscheek (crude), butt-cheek, arsecheek (crude), bum-cheek, cheek, ham, mound, (plurale tantum) hurdies {{g}}, See also
button {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Old French boton (French bouton), itself either from ll *bottōnem, probably ultimately from a gem language, or from bouter + -on. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʌtn̩/, /ˈbʌtən/, [ˈbʌʔn̩]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A knob or disc that is passed through a loop or (buttonhole), serving as a fastener. {{defdate}}
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.”
    exampleApril fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
  2. A mechanical device meant to be press with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism. examplePat pushed the button marked "shred" on the blender.
  3. (graphical user interface) An on-screen control that can be select as an activator of an attached function. exampleClick the button that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
  4. (US) A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric. exampleThe politician wore a bright yellow button with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
  5. (botany) A bud. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (slang) The clitoris.
  7. (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
  8. (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
  9. (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's button.
  10. (poker) The player who is last to act after the flop, turn and river, who possesses the button.
  11. A raise pavement marker to further indicate the presence of a pavement marking painted stripe.
  12. (South Africa, slang) A methaqualone tablet (used as a recreational drug).
  13. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, such as a door.
  14. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion.
  15. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
  16. A small white blotch on a cat's coat.
  17. (UK, archaic) A unit of length equal to 1/12 of an inch.
For the senses 2 and 3, a button is often marked by a verb rather than a noun, and the button itself is called with the verb and button. For example, a button to start something is generally called start button.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fasten with a button. {{defdate}}
    • Charles Dickens exampleHe was a tall, fat, long-bodied man, buttoned up to the throat in a tight green coat.
  2. (intransitive) To be fastened by a button or buttons. exampleThe coat will not button.
buttonology etymology button + ology pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌtənɒlədʒi/ {{rhymes}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, computing) The basic training required to start using a piece of software: what the components of the interface are, what they do, how to accomplish basic tasks.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of button
  2. (colloquial, dated) A boy servant, or page. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (slang) A policeman.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 78: ‘Go ahead, call the buttons. You'll get a big reaction from it.’
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of button
butt pirate etymology butt + pirate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, pejorative) A homosexual man.
Synonyms: arse bandit (British English)
butt-rape etymology butt + rape
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The act of forcing anal sex upon another person, without their consent and/or against their will.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To force anal sex upon another person, without their consent and/or against their will.
Synonyms: ass-rape
butt sex
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Anal sex.
  • subtext
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) The act of striking a person with the butt of a rifle In HALO video game, buttstrokes do the same damage regardless of the weapon you use.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, pejorative) Extremely ugly.
but who's counting
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question, sarcastic, humorous) Used as a retort or comeback, often to deprecate oneself or another for excessive concern or attention to detail. There are only 258 more shopping days until Christmas, but who's counting? You've made that mistake eight times now. But who's counting? I've been looking for a job for six months now, but who's counting?
buy etymology From Middle English byen, biggen, buggen, from Old English bycġan, from Proto-Germanic *bugjaną, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bhūgh-, or from Proto-Indo-European *bheugh-. Cognate with Scots by, osx buggian, buggean, Old Norse byggja, Gothic 𐌱𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 〈𐌱𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /baɪ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods exampleI'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday.
    • Benjamin Franklin Buy what thou hast no need of, and ere long thou wilt sell thy necessaries.
  2. (transitive) To obtain by some sacrifice. exampleI've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxiii. 23 Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
  3. (transitive) To bribe. exampleHe tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs.
  4. (transitive) To be equivalent to in value. exampleThe dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to.'
  5. (transitive, informal) to accept as true; to believe exampleI'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!
  6. (intransitive) To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal) exampleShe buys for Federated. exampleLet's go out for dinner. I'm buying.
  7. (poker slang, transitive) To make a bluff, usually a large one. exampleSmith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff
Synonyms: (obtain (something) in exchange for money) purchase, (accept as true) accept, believe, swallow (informal), take on, ((intransitive) make a purchase) make a buy
  • (obtain (something) in exchange for money) sell, vend
  • (accept as true) disbelieve, reject, pitch
related terms:
  • aby
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which is bought; a purchase. exampleAt only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy.
  • sale
buybull Alternative forms: Buybull etymology From buy and a shortening of bullshit
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory, pejorative, offensive, vulgar, slang) eye dialect of Bible
buy it
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To die. He bought it in a shootout.
  • Usually used in the preterite and in the perfect aspect.
Synonyms: buy the farm, kick the bucket, See also
buy the farm etymology US slang, from the era (first printed record in the US Air Force in the 1950's). Similar expressions like buy the plot and buy the lot also existed, although buy the farm is the only one to have survived. Probably related to older British slang buy it, buy one or buy the packet, both seemingly ironic references to something that one does not want to buy. May come from the common reflection that once someone had finished his service he would go home and buy a farm to settle on. Also, it may be in reference to the book by . Main characters George and Lennie always talk about owning their own farm where they will have to answer to no one and "live off the fatt'a the land." Later, when George must kill Lennie they talk about how they will buy the farm when George pulls the trigger and shoots Lennie to kill him painlessly.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, informal, euphemistic) To die; generally, to die in battle or in a plane crash.
  • This idiom is most often found in its past tense and past participle form bought the farm.
Synonyms: buy it, buy the plot, buy the ranch, kick the bucket, punch one's ticket, meet your maker, See also
buzz {{wikipedia}} etymology Onomatopoeic. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}} {{examples-right}}
  1. A continuous, hum noise, as of bee; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones.
  2. A whisper.
  3. The audible friction of voice consonant.
  4. (informal) A rush or feeling of energy or excitement; a feeling of slight intoxication. Still feeling the buzz from the coffee, he pushed through the last of the homework.
  5. (informal) A telephone call.
  6. (informal, preceded by the) Major topic of conversation; widespread rumor; information spread behind the scenes.
    • 2006 Sept. 6, Daren Fonda, "Ford Motor's New Chief: "I Think It's a Tough Situation"," Time: In Detroit, the buzz is that he's too nice a guy, unwilling to impose draconian job cuts at the risk of angering the UAW.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings.
    • Longfellow Like a wasp it buzzed, and stung him.
    • 1922, , Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 2: So that now the universe has escaped from the pin which was pushed through it, like an impaled fly vainly buzzing, … we can hope also to escape.
    1. (by extension) To utter a murmur sound; to speak with a low, humming voice.
      • Shakespeare However these disturbers of our peace / Buzz in the people's ears.
    2. (chiefly, of an insect) To fly while making such a sound.
      • 1897, , , ch. 20: The flies, lethargic with the autumn, were beginning to buzz into the room.
  2. (transitive) To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an undertone; to spread, as a report, by whispers or secretly.
    • Shakespeare I will buzz abroad such prophecies / That Edward shall be fearful of his life.
  3. (transitive) To talk to incessant or confidential in a low humming voice.
  4. (aviation) To fly at high speed and at a very low altitude over a specified area, as to make a surprise pass.
    • 2013, The Economist, Stopping asteroid strikes: Defenders of the Earth … an asteroid a mere 15-20 metres across exploded with the force of a medium-sized atom bomb over Chelyabinsk, in Russia, and another, much larger one buzzed Earth a few hours later.
  5. (transitive) To cut the hair in a close-cropped military style, or buzzcut.
    • 2012, Ellen Hartman, Out of Bounds (page 130) Deacon said, “You used to beg me to let you buzz your hair when you were little.” “And then I grew up and realized how awful you looked when you buzzed yours.”
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buzzard {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno buisart, from Old French buison, buson (French buse), possibly from Latin buteōn. pronunciation
  • /ˈbʌzəɹd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several Old World birds of prey with broad wings and a broad tail.
  2. In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).
  3. (colloquial, derogatory, slang, often preceded by "old", the "old buzzard") A curmudgeonly or cantankerous man; an old person; a mean, greedy person.
  4. (archaic) A blockhead; a dunce.
    • Goldsmith It is common, to a proverb, to call one who can not be taught, or who continues obstinately ignorant, a buzzard.
Synonyms: buteo, broadwing, turkey vulture, vulture
buzzer {{wikipedia}} etymology From buzz + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈbʌzə/
  • (US) /ˈbʌzəɹ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who, or that which, buzz; an insect that buzzes.
    • Shakespeare And wants not buzzers to infect his ear / With pestilent speeches of his father's death.
    • 1895, George Meredith, The Amazing Marriage, “... it left, however, a bee at his ear and an itch to transfer the buzzer's attentions and tease his darling; for she had betrayed herself as right good game.”
  2. A device that makes a buzz sound.
    • If you think you know the answer to the question, hit the buzzer as fast as you can.
  3. (US slang) A police badge.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 28: I flipped my wallet open on her desk and let her look at the buzzer pinned to the flap.
buzz in
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  1. (informal, transitive) To open a remote-controlled door to allow (a person) to enter after he/she has sounded the door buzzer.
buzz off
interjection: buzz off!
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, dismissal) Used to tell someone to go away. I'm trying to read in peace, buzz off will you?
Synonyms: beat it!, get lost!, shove off!, See also
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  1. To leave with a buzzing sound. The bee was flying around my head, but then it buzzed off.
  2. (figuratively) To leave (especially busily), take off, go away.
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buzzword {{wikipedia}} {{examples-right}} Alternative forms: buzz word, buzz-word etymology U.S. 1970s from buzz + word pronunciation
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  1. (pejorative) A word drawn from or imitative of technical jargon, and often rendered meaningless and fashionable through abuse by non-technical persons in a seeming show of familiarity with the subject. Their salespeople know all the right buzzwords, but they can’t really help you solve your problems.
related terms:
  • buzzword bingo
  • buzzword compliance
  • buzz-phrase
buzzworm {{wikipedia}} etymology buzz + worm
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  1. (slang) rattlesnake
Synonyms: rattlesnake, rattler (colloquial, especially US)
buzzy etymology buzz + y
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  1. Having a buzz sound
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  2. (informal) Being the subject of cultural buzz
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BVDs etymology from the initials of an early manufacturer: Bradley, Voorhees & Day
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  1. (informal, initialism) A type of men's long underwear.
    • 1953, Richard Pike Bissell, 7½ Cents, Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1953, p. 53: The dealers apparently got a big inventory and since the war all nobody seems to be buying pajamas. Learned to sleep in their ‘BVDs’ during the war years in the armed services all these young men did.
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 97: We frolicked like dolphins – Graeme and I in shorts and Bob in his B.V.D.'s – and then stretched out on the ancient waveworn shingle to let the sinking sun dry and warm us.
  • To make clear the exact quantity being discussed may require the use of "pair of BVDs" or "(however many) pairs of BVDs".
bwahaha Alternative forms: mwahaha, muahahaha, Frequently hyphenated or written with spaces between the syllables; also frequently enhanced by adding one or more additional instances of "ha" to the end, or by adding additional instances of the letter "a" in any syllable.
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  1. (onomatopoeia, slang) Literary device used to express a fit of overwhelming or uncontrollable laughter; the stereotypical "evil laugh".
    • Dave Whitehead, The Tennis Junkie's Guide (to Serious Humor) (2002) p. 41: Bwahaha, they guffaw as they crush overheads into the corners with the same disdain they display when the clown ahead of them at the airport car-rental counter rents a Hyundai.
    • Ron Fortier, Brother Grim (2005) p. 142: "Bwa-ha-ha-ha," came the unholy mirth from the cold white mask.
bwana etymology From Swahili bwana, from Arabic أب 〈ạ̉b〉. pronunciation
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  1. (slang) Big boss, important person. Not always used as a favorable term.
  • ba-wan, bawan, nawab
by a long chalk etymology {{rfe}}
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  1. (UK, informal) By far.
    • 1891, George Gissing, New Grub Street, Bowring was a man of few words; he said, "Blaze away, my boy." And I tried to. But it was no use; I had got out of the style; my writing was too literary by a long chalk.
    • 1906, L. Frank Baum, Aunt Jane's Nieces, The world's a stage, they say; but the show ain't always amusing, by a long chalk, and sometimes I wish I didn't have a reserved seat.
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, , "My boy, remember you're taking your life in your hands," said Mrs. Morel. "NOTHING is as bad as a marriage that's a hopeless failure. Mine was bad enough, God knows, and ought to teach you something; but it might have been worse by a long chalk."
by committee
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  1. Through the collaborative efforts of multiple contributors, as a team or committee assigned to accomplish a goal; especially as known for protract proceedings, a lack of responsiveness, or undesired results.
  2. (figuratively, sometimes, humorous) With any of the results cynically attributed to committee projects, e.g. unnecessary complexity, inconsistency, logical flaws, lack of a unifying vision, banality, lack of style or character, etc. A camel is a horse designed by committee. Writing workshops result in poetry by committee.
bydlo etymology Borrowed from Polish bydło in online culture as a derogatory term to designate someone who is considered backwards; compare the connotative uses of redneck and sheeple.
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  1. (pejorative) Someone who is backwards, lacking refinement and culture.
bye pronunciation
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etymology 1 Variant form of by, from Old English (being near).
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  1. (sports) The position of a person or team in a tournament or competition who draw no opponent in a particular round so advance to the next round unopposed, or is awarded points for a win in a league table; also the phantom opponent of such a person or team. Craig's Crew plays the bye next week.
  2. (cricket) An extra scored when the batsmen take run after the ball has passed the striker without hitting either the bat or the batsman.
  3. (obsolete) A dwelling. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (obsolete) A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.
    • Fuller The Synod of Dort condemneth upon the bye even the discipline of the Church of England.
etymology 2 Shortened form of goodbye.
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  1. (colloquial) Goodbye.
etymology 3 Alternative forms.
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  1. obsolete spelling of by
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  1. obsolete spelling of bee
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bye, Felicia etymology A line from the comedy film Friday (1995 film) (1995), used to dismiss the character Felicia, who irritates people in the neighbourhood by begging and borrowing.
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  1. (slang, neologism) Used as an abrupt sarcastic dismissal of somebody who is present.
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bye-bye etymology From bye, goodbye.
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  1. (informal, often, childish) Goodbye.
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  1. (colloquial, often, childish) A goodbye.
  2. (colloquial, often, childish) bedtime for a toddler, going to sleep, going to bed.
Synonyms: beddy-bye
by hell
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  1. (vulgar) {{non-gloss}}. By hell, she's thick!
bytesexual etymology {{blend}}
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  1. (computing, slang) Capable of operating in either big-endian or little-endian mode.
by the skin of one's teeth etymology
  • From the Bible Job 19.20. "My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth."
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  1. (idiomatic) barely; closely; by a narrow margin; with nothing to spare. I passed the test by the skin of my teeth.
C {{rfc}}
etymology 1 pronunciation
  • (letter name) /siː/
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  • (phoneme) /s/, /k/, /tʃ/, /ks/, /ʃ/, ...
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    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} Boxer could not get beyond the letter D. He would trace out A, B, C, D, in the dust with his great hoof …
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etymology 2
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  1. A standard size of dry cell battery between A and D.
  2. (music) Guitar chord – C – Played 0 1 0 2 3 0.
  3. (entomology) 1-letter abbreviation for costa
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  1. (slang) $100; a c-note.
  2. (music) The first note in the C chromatic and major scale.
  3. An academic grade better than a D and worse than a B.
  4. (Unicode) canonical decomposition, followed by Canonical composition
  5. (slang) Cocaine.
    • 1945, William Burroughs, letter, 24 Jul 1945: Where did you secure the C? My own supply is utterly depleted.
  6. (stock symbol) Symbol for the company Citigroup Inc on the NYSE
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  1. A particular high-level programming language from which many others are derived.
    • 1995, Gary Wolf, "The Curse of Xanadu", Wired Magazine The PDP-11, from the Digital Equipment Corporation, was a coveted machine. It was the original computer to run a new programming language called C, which was on its way to becoming the hackers' standard. Gregory, as it happened, didn't have any spare PDP-11s at his disposal. But the repairman took the opportunity to question some of Nelson's blithe predictions in Computer Lib, and Nelson, in response, unleashed his glib and bitter tirade against the conservative ignoramuses in the computer business.
  2. (British) Head of the Secret Intelligence Service.
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  1. circa. exampleThe document was written in the Middle Ages, c.1250.
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  1. City.
  2. (informal) Cancer.
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contraction: c’mere
  1. (informal) come here.
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  1. (informal) Come on.
C$ {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (slang, finance) Canadian dollar
Synonyms: CAD
cab pronunciation
  • /kæb/
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  1. A taxi; a taxicab.
  2. Compartment at the front of a truck or train for the driver
  3. Shelter at the top of an air traffic control tower or fire lookout tower
  4. Any of several four-wheeled carriage; a cabriolet
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Captain went out in the cab all the morning. Harry came in after school to feed me and give me water. In the afternoon I was put into the cab. Jerry took as much pains to see if the collar and bridle fitted comfortably as if he had been John Manly over again. When the crupper was let out a hole or two it all fitted well. There was no check-rein, no curb, nothing but a plain ring snaffle. What a blessing that was!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To travel by taxicab.
etymology 2 From Hebrew קב 〈qb〉. Alternative forms: kab
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  1. An ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure, held by some to have been about 1.4 liters, by others about 2.4 liters.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, III.3: … in the famine of Samaria … the fourth part of a cab of pigeon's dung was sold for five pieces of silver …
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  1. (video games, informal) An arcade cabinet; the unit in which a video game is housed in a gaming arcade.
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  • bac, BAC
  • BCA, B. C. A.
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cabbage {{wikipedia}} etymology From xno caboche, "head", from the Picard or Norman/onf dialect of Old French. This in turn is a variant of the Old French caboce, most likely a diminutive from Latin caput, but also possibly related to boce pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkabɪdʒ/
  • (US) /ˈkæbɪdʒ/
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  • Homophone: CABG (one pronunciation)
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  1. An edible plant (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) having a head of green leaves.
  2. (uncountable) The leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable. Cabbage is good for you.
  3. (countable, offensive) A person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage. After the car crash, he became a cabbage.
  4. Used as a term of endearment.
    • The Cherry Orchard‎, page 31, Anton Chekhov, Tom Stoppard, Helen Rappaport, 2009, 1904, Вишнëвый сад ("Vishniovy sad"), “If you deceive me, Yasha, I don't know if my nerves could stand it. YASHA (kissing her) My little cabbage! Of course, a girl must know her place.”
  5. (uncountable, slang) Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.
  6. (uncountable, slang) Money.
  7. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana leaf, the part that is not smoked but from which cannabutter can be extracted.
  8. The terminal bud of certain palm tree, used for food.
  9. The cabbage palmetto.
Synonyms: (plant) cabbage plant, cole, (leaves of this plant eaten as a vegetable) cole, greens, (person with severely reduced mental capacities due to brain damage) vegetable
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  1. (intransitive) To form a head like that of the cabbage. exampleto make lettuce cabbage
  2. (transitive) To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer.
    • Arbuthnot Your tailor…cabbages whole yards of cloth.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.”
Synonyms: (purloin) embezzle, pilfer, purloin, steal
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  1. (British, slang) Very drunk.
    • 1998, Irvine Welsh, Filth: A Novel, ISBN 0393318680, p. 286 were trying to tell me the other night, but I was cabbaged.
    • 2001, Hugh Collins, No Smoke, ISBN 1841951161, p. 48 'Bastards, Jake, eh,' he nudges, knowing that his pal would do the same for him if he was cabbaged up.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of cabbage
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK) Being lazy or in a state of boredom.

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