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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


give a shit
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  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To (not) care what someone else thinks or does, particularly in relation to what they think or say about the speaker. I just don't give a shit!
  • Used in negative or interrogative contexts, as "Do you think I give a shit?".
  • Used to express indifference or disregard for the attitudes or acts of others in relation to self.
give a toss
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, Irish, Australia, slang) Care; mind; give two hoots.
give face
etymology 1 First used in the late 19th century (most likely in the colonial Hong Kong) as a direct English translation of the Cantonese expression 畀面 bei2 min2 (literally "give face", with colloquial cantonese 畀 and 面 instead of the standard written form 給 and 臉 for "give" and "face" respectively. Note: It is now quite common for Mandarin-speakers to say 給面子 as a variation of 畀面, keeping the cantonese 面 instead of converting it to 臉 when they first borrowed it.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) To honor; to pay respect.
    • 2000, Ko-lin Chin, Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity, page 200: We gave face to one another.
    • 2001, Wenshan Jia, The remaking of the Chinese character and identity in the 21st Century, page 135: While she gave face to the director, his subordinates, and her colleagues, she had no face left to herself.
    • 2003, Martin Krott, Kent Williamsson, China business ABC: the China market survival kit, page 51: As one example among many of good intent gone wrong, we can mention the western top manager who felt that he gave face to the Chinese side by suddenly showing up himself to negotiate instead of sending a lower ranked employee.
etymology 2 Compare give head.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To perform oral sex (on a female).
    • {{rfdate}}, J. Darroll Hall, The Lollipop Book, page 107: Boys gave face, girls gave head.
    • 2001, Letters to Penthouse XIV, page 107: Frank had pushed her pants down to reveal her pink pussy and was giving her face. She was in ecstasy.
    • 2004, Henry Joseph Rychlicki, Fragments of My Life: A Sex Fiction, page 121: I'd hold her ass while I was giving her face, licking and sucking while she tried to escape, anticipating her orgasm when all of the sudden she would burst sweet honey and come all over my face while the earth shook.
etymology 3
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  1. (with to) To confront.
    • 1997, The Laws of Our Fathers, Scott Turow, “He has been shot twice before, once when he was sixteen, that was some serious shit, sort of giving face to some dude, and the mother pulled out a.38 and boom, just like it was but a little more downtalk.”
give head
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic, slang) To perform oral sex on another person.
  • fellate
  • See also
give it to someone
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To beat up or punish someone.
  2. (slang) To put up a good fight against someone.
  3. (slang) To have sexual relations with someone.
give me
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: give, me
  2. An expression of strong preference or approbation
    • 1873, Give me the good old times!
    • 1633, , Temple, Church, Content Give me the pliant minde, whose gentle measure Complies and suits with all estates.
  3. form of words used as a request by a telephone-user to be connected with a specified person, number, etc. Give me the president.
Synonyms: gimme
give or take
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  1. (idiomatic) Approximately; plus or minus some unknown amount. He was six feet tall, give or take.
  2. (idiomatic) Approximately; within a certain margin of error. six months, give or take a few days
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) someone or something which gives up
give someone a bell
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, slang) To telephone someone.
give someone Hail Columbia
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, informal) to scold someone severely. The teacher gave her students Hail Columbia over their poor test scores. If mother finds out I broke the window, she'll give me Hail Columbia for sure!
give someone one
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  1. (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with someone. I gave her one last night.
give someone the boot
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  1. (transitive, idiomatic, British, informal) To fire, to sack, to dismiss. exampleI am sorry for your husband and children, but I have to give you the boot. exampleThey said I couldn't do the job so they gave me the boot. So, now I'm looking for work again.
Synonyms: See also
give someone the shits
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  1. (Australia, colloquial, vulgar) To annoy or frustrate someone to a great degree. Can you stop sending me text messages at two in the morning? You're giving me the shits!
    • 1977, , , 2011, ReadHowYouWant, page 222, ‘You give me the shits,’ I stammered, sick with anger. ‘You give me the shits.’
    • 2008, Arunesh Choubey, The Migrant, India, ISBN 9788188811588, page 17, “You know the Aussies are shit and they give me the shits. My taxi, when they come, I say, fuck you. I never let them in. You Indians are good people. Are you here for business or for pleasure?″
    • 2008, R. Smart, Sinners Have a Soul Too, page 488, Women who are too damn sensitive give me the shits. Every single damn thing that comes out of your mouth is wrong. You can't say a damn thing without getting into an argument.
    • 2011, Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, page 194, When I questioned if she was OK, she said, “Yeah I'm fine now Miss. This chick has been giving me the shits for ages so I put her head inside a clothes dryer. It's fine now.”
  2. (vulgar) To creep someone out; to scare someone.
    • 1996, Peter Rimmer, Cry of the Fish Eagle (page 16) This feeling of being the last man on earth is giving me the shits.
    • 2008, Philip Packham, Thompson (with a 'p') (page 216) He saw the driver shut off the power, and stare upwards in horror, and that really gave him the shits
    • 2011, Denise A. Agnew, Before the Dawn (page 47) Yet Amos knew Varney stirred strange sensations inside most people, something that would grab an ordinary man by the gut and gave him the shits.
Synonyms: (to annoy someone intensely) piss off, (frighten someone) creep someone out, give someone the heebie-jeebies
give someone what for
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  1. (idiomatic, slang) To punish; to rebuke.
    • 2007, Wilbur Smith, The Sound of Thunder, p. 135: She gave him what for all right. But you could see she was ever so pleased and she went around telling everybody about it.
    • 2002, , "The Ballad of Jayne Cobb" in "", . He robbed from the rich, and he gave to the poor / Stood up to The Man and he gave him what for.
    • 1912, Edward Burke, Bachelor's Buttons: The Candid Confessions of a Shy Bachelor, p. 133: ... 'e gived 'em up, an' repented somethin' horrid — there still bein' the buns to come — but Miss Soapy she gave 'im what- for-proper, she did!
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Synonyms: give someone a piece of one's mind, let someone have it
give the mitten to
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  1. (colloquial, dated) To dismiss as a lover; to reject the suit of.
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give two hoots etymology See give a hoot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, US slang) Care about; place value in; give a toss.
give up the ghost etymology (1611), , .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To cease clinging to life; to die.
    • 1611, , Mark 15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic, figuratively) To quit; to cease functioning. My old computer finally gave up the ghost the other day.
  3. (intransitive, with of) To cede a commitment to or identification with.
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    • 1995,
    • Burnett holds the door while Lowrey holds Francine. She's broken, crying, and giving up the ghost of her past.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: See also , yield up the ghost, yield the ghost
glade {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ɡleɪd/
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etymology From Middle English, glade, also glode, glede, from Old English glæd, (compare Old Norse glaðr). {{R:Online Etymology Dictionary|glade}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An open passage through a wood; a grassy open or cleared space in a forest.
    • 2003, Newsweek, Travel: In The Trees, Nov 23, 2003 ... are creating more "glades," or cleared trails through the woods, for less experienced (blue) skiers. They're a throwback to the first days of skiing, before resorts cut wide swaths of trees, and machines rolled and packed the snow.
    • 1851, , , [...] and meads and glades so eternally vernal, that the grass shot up by the spring, untrodden, unwilted, remains at midsummer.
  2. (colloquial) An everglade.
  3. an open space in the ice on a river or lake
  4. a bright surface of snow/ice ... a glade of ice In the latter days of a ferocious winter, the sun dropped earthwards, having on this day pulled clear of its sluggish trajectory casting a few meek rays on the redoubtable snow and frost of the mountain glade. — Vignette: A Writing Exercise
  5. (obsolete) a gleam of light; see moonglade
  6. (obsolete) a bright patch of sky; the bright space between clouds
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glad rags
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Formal attire, dress clothes.
    • 1896, Henry M. Blossom, Jr., Checkers: A Hard-luck Story, Grosset & Dunlap, page 39, “But say, you wouldn’t have known me if you’d seen me here with my wife that time—my glad rags on, a stove-pipe lid, patent leather kicks and a stone on my front. […]
    • 1897 April, W. H. Carruth and Paul Wilkinson, "Dialect Word-List.—No. 4", in Kansas University Quarterly, Series B:—Philology and History, Volume VI, Number 2, University of Kansas, page 88, glad rags: “Sunday-go-to-meeting” clothes.—General.
    • 1920, Helen Reimensnyder Martin, The Schoolmaster of Hessville, Doubleday, page 285, “[…] Or she’ll say, ‘Well, I must go now and put on my glad rags.’ Glad rags yet, John! Yes, that’s what she calls her best frock! Ain’t it funny? […]”
    • 1935, , England Made Me, Penguin Classics (1992), ISBN 0140185518, page 83 ‘I bet you are busy,’ he said. He paused at the door: ‘I shall need some money for glad rags.’ ¶ ‘Glad rags?’ ¶ ‘White tie and the rest of it.’
    • 2007, Brett Atkinson, Central Europe, Lonely Planet Publications, ISBN 1741043018, page 143, Brno has an excellent theater and classical music, and you’re expected to put your glad rags on.
  2. (slang) Stylish clothing.
    • 1969, , Mama Black Widow: A Story of the South’s Black Underworld, Holloway House Publishing (2004), ISBN 0-87067-931-7, page 183, Lock Jaw said, “Bessie, how would you like to get dressed up in a grand worth of glad rags and go to a fancy blowout with me?”
    • 2002, Judith Clarke, Wolf on the Fold, Front Street, ISBN 1886910790, pages 41–42, ‘She might forget,’ said Clightie. ‘You know how she does. While she's in there putting her glad rags on; she might come out, all dressed up, and not remember what she’s dressed up for.’
    • 2007, Anthony Ham and Alison Bing, Morocco, Lonely Planet Publications, ISBN 1740599748, page 85, Put on your glad rags and git down with the in-crowd at Casablanca’s hip Boulevard de la Corniche (p101)
  • 1959, Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey, Grove Press, ISBN 0802131859, page 30, Helen: Help yourself to a drink, Peter, and I'll go and put my glad rags on. [Exit.]
  • laggards
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) A fool or odd mannered person.
related terms:
  • glaiky
glamazon etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡlaməzən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A glamorous woman.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2010, Marina Hyde, The Guardian, 4 Nov 2010: The warmest of welcomes back to undead glamazon Katie Price, who has emerged from a 37-second self-imposed exile to promote her new book.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A glam rock band
Glambert etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of American singer Adam Lambert.
    • 2010, Amy Atkins, "Adam Lambert at the Morrison Center", Boise Weekly, 14 July 2010: So I surmise that the popular popster will bring the Glamberts out en masse when he performs here on his Glam Nation tour, {{…}}
    • 2012, Chris Azzopardi, "The Trouble with Adam Lambert", GayCalgary Magazine, Issue 104, June 2012, page 47: [Adam Lambert:] That's part of the fun for the Glamberts; they've given themselves permission within that community to be kind of insane.
    • 2013, Jason Parsley, "Adam Lambert Talks Love & Life", The Mirror, Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2013, page 40: “Clearly, Adam Lambert was the highlight of the week. It was truly an honor to have such an A-lister want to be a part of our Pride. We had 'Glamberts' staking out their front-row positions at 8 a.m. that morning. {{…}}
glamfest etymology glam + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A highly glamorous event.
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glamourpuss etymology glamour + puss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A glamorous, alluring woman.
    • 1968, New York Magazine‎ (volume 1, number 5, May 1968) Perhaps that is what is lacking in the work of the younger glamourpusses around today. Zubin Mehta, for example, strikes me as being in something of a mess.
    • 1991, Sally Moore, The Definitive Diana: An Intimate Look at the Princess of Wales from A to Z Even Joan Collins, that perennial glamourpuss, goes to Barbara for the Daly magic for special occasions.
    • 1995, Nicholas Ray, Susan Ray, I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies‎ The person who asked that question was holding some image of the actor as just a glamourpuss affair; she had no idea of what acting is about.
glampire etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, sometimes used attributively) a glamorous or beautiful vampire; a person who pretends to be a vampire
    • 2009, Aaron Mesh, "Women Who Run With the Werewolves: New Moon Reviewed", Willamette Week, 19 November 2009: Well, it's basically a supernatural Dawson's Creek—a humiliatingly addictive soap opera in the meadows, with glampire Edward (Pattinson) as Dawson and Native American beefcake Jacob (Taylor Lautner) as Pacey.
    • 2011, Hannah Jayne, Under Wraps, Kensington Books (2011), ISBN 9780758258922, page 171: “Because they couldn't even tell a real vampire from a glampire. Lucy didn't know anything.”
    • 2011, Drew Magary, The Postmortal, Penguin Books (2011), ISBN 9781101543740, unnumbered page: {{…}} Anyway, you have to go to Annandale today. It's your cure day surprise. You get to kill a glampire." "Christ. One of those vampire poseurs?" "Oh yes. With the white face paint and dopey satanic rituals and everything. {{…}}
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glandes etymology Borrowed directly from Latin.
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  1. (rare) plural of glans
    • 1960, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, page 1, With few exceptions, other genera of New World cricetids possess more elaborate glandes that are embellished with an assortment of soft and spinous adornments
    • 1962, Barbara S. Hart and Emmet Thurman Hooper, A Synopsis of Recent North American Microtine Rodents, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, As a result of their efforts there is a sizable body of information regarding Old World microtine glandes and their usefulness in classification.
    • 2003, Rowena Spencer, Conjoined Twins: Developmental Malformations and Clinical Implications, Johns Hopkins University Press, pages 193–194, The males may have penoscrotal transposition, two scrotums surrounding a single penis with one or two glandes and/or urethras and/or multiple corpora cavernosa.
  • dangles
  • slanged
glans penis {{wikipedia}} etymology Directly from Latin. pronunciation
  • /ˌɡlænz ˈpiːnɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) A conical vascularized body forming the extremity of the penis. The clitoral glans is homologous to the glans penis, so they look alike.
Synonyms: glans, (slang) head, (slang) knob
related terms:
  • glans clitoridis
glark etymology slight variation of glork in the constructed sentence "This gubblick contains many nonsklarkish English flutzpahs, but the overall pluggandisp can be glorked from context", by David Moser
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To guess (the meaning of an unfamiliar word) based on hearing its use in context.
Glasgow kiss etymology Refers to the supposed belligerence of Glaswegian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, euphemistic, humorous) A headbutt.
glass {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English glas, from Old English glæs, from Proto-Germanic *glasą, possibly related root *glōaną (compare glow), and ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European root *ǵʰel-; cognate with West Frisian glês, Low German Glas, Dutch glas, German Glas, Icelandic gler, Swedish glas . pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡlɑːs/
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  • (US) /ɡlæs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) An amorphous solid, often transparent substance made by melt sand with a mixture of soda, potash and lime. exampleThe tabletop is made of glass. exampleA popular myth is that window glass is actually an extremely viscous liquid.
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  2. A vessel from which one drink, especially one made of glass, plastic, or similar translucent or semi- material. exampleFill my glass with milk please.
  3. The quantity of liquid contained in such a vessel. exampleWould you like a glass of milk?
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Here was my chance. I took the old man aside, and two or three glasses of Old Crow launched him into reminiscence.”
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.…In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  4. (uncountable) Glassware. exampleWe collected art glass.
  5. A mirror. exampleShe adjusted her lipstick in the glass.
  6. A magnifying glass or telescope.
    • 1912, The Encyclopædia of Sport & Games Haviers, or stags which have been gelded when young, have no horns, as is well known, and in the early part of the stalking season, when seen through a glass, might be mistaken for hummels …
  7. (sport) A barrier made of solid, transparent material.
    1. (basketball, colloquial) The backboard. exampleHe caught the rebound off of the glass.
    2. (ice hockey) The clear, protective screen surrounding a hockey rink. exampleHe fired the outlet pass off the glass.
  8. A barometer.
    • Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) The glass is falling hour by hour.
  9. (attributive, in names of species) Transparent or translucent. exampleglass frog;  glass shrimp;  glass worm
  10. (obsolete) An hourglass.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) She would not live / The running of one glass.
  • Indonesian: gelas
  • Malay: gelas, ݢلس 〈ݢls〉
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To furnish with glass; to glaze. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (transitive) To enclose with glass. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (transitive, UK, colloquial) To strike (someone), particularly in the face, with a drinking glass with the intent of causing injury.
    • 1987, John Godber, Bouncers p. 19: JUDD. Any trouble last night? LES. Usual. Couple of punks got glassed.
    • 2002, Geoff Doherty, A Promoter's Tale p. 72: I often mused on what the politicians or authorities would say if they could see for themselves the horrendous consequences of someone who’d been glassed, or viciously assaulted.
    • 2003, Mark Sturdy, Pulp p. 139: One night he was in this nightclub in Sheffield and he got glassed by this bloke who’d been just let out of prison that day.
  4. (video games) To bombard an area with such intensity (nuclear bomb, fusion bomb, etc) as to melt the landscape into glass.
    • 2012, Halo: First Strike, p. 190: “The Covenant don’t ‘miss’ anything when they glass a planet,” the Master Chief replied.
  5. To view through an optical instrument such as binoculars.
    • 2000, Ben D. Mahaffey, 50 Years of Hunting and Fishing, page 95: Andy took his binoculars and glassed the area below.
  6. To smooth or polish (leather, etc.), by rubbing it with a glass burnisher.
  7. (archaic, reflexive) To reflect; to mirror.
    • Motley Happy to glass themselves in such a mirror.
    • Byron Where the Almighty's form glasses itself in tempests.
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  • slags
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  1. (colloquial) of a person on whom a glass is smashed.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of glass
glasshouse {{wikipedia}} etymology glass + house pronunciation
  • (UK): /ˈɡlɑːshaʊs/
  • (US): /ˈɡlæshaʊs/, {{enPR}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A building made of glass in which plant are grow more rapidly than outside such a building by the action of heat from the sun, this heat being trapped inside by the glass (chiefly commercial).
  2. A building where glass or glassware is manufactured.
  3. (British military slang)  A military prison.
Synonyms: greenhouse (chiefly domestic)
Glasto {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) The Glastonbury festival of performing arts. I can't wait for Glasto 2007! It was cancelled in 2006.
  • gloats
glazer Not to be confused with glazier. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who applies glazing, as in pottery, etc.; one who gives a glasslike or glossy surface to anything; a calenderer or smoother of cloth, paper, etc.
  2. (slang) Slang reference to a person who is prone to endless monologuing; derived from the common practice of talking at you until your eyes "glaze" over.
Gleek etymology Blend of and geek pronunciation
  • /ɡliːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the television show .
    • 2010 September 27, "Don Del Grande" (username), "Re: 09/26/2010 New Episode", in, Usenet: And you call yourself a Gleek...
gleek pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ɡliːk/
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etymology 1 From Middle French, from Old French glic, of gem origin, from or related to Middle High German glücke, gelücke; or from or related to Middle Dutch gelic. More at luck, like.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A once popular game of cards played by three people.
  2. Three of the same cards held in one hand; three of a kind.
etymology 2 Related to Etymology 1. Of gmq origin, from Old Norse *gleikr, leikr, from Proto-Germanic *galaikaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lAig'-. Cognate with Old English ġelācan, Scots glaik, Scots glaik. More at lake.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A jest or scoff; trick or deception.
    • 1592, , , act iii, scene 2 Where's the Baſtards braues, and Charles his glikes: What all amort?
  2. An enticing glance or look.
    • {{rfdate}}, Francis Beaumont and A pretty gleek coming from Pallas' eye.
  3. Good fortune; luck.
  4. (informal) A stream of saliva from a person's mouth.
Synonyms: (jest or scoff) deception, jest, scoff
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (archaic) To jest, ridicule, or mock; to make sport of.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, , act iii, scene 1 (First Folio ed.)
    • … that ſome honeſt neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleeke vpon occaſion.
  2. (informal) To discharge a long, thin stream of liquid, (including saliva) through the teeth or from under the tongue, sometimes by pressing the tongue against the salivary glands. The man said he “gleeked” on the woman, but did not intentionally spit on her.
Synonyms: (to ridicule) gibe, jest, mock, scoff, sneer
related terms:
  • glicke
etymology 3 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A geek who is involved in a glee club, choir, or singing.
  • Kegel
gleet etymology Old French glette. pronunciation
  • /ɡliːt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, except Scots) Stomach mucus, especially of a hawk.
  2. (obsolete, except Scots) Any slimy, viscous substance.
  3. (vulgar, slang) A urethral discharge, especially as a symptom of gonorrhoea.
    • 1980, “There was this Estella, a real drab, being given syph and gon and gleet by Augustus John, and Tommy has her living with him in that place of his in Earl’s Court and going to a doctor, nothing wrong with her actually but there might well have been, and he never touches her, you know.”, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To flow in a thin, limpid humour; to ooze, as gleet. {{rfquotek}}
  2. To flow slowly, as water. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
glim etymology Middle English glimme; of uncertain origin; likely ON; cp. Nor. dial. glim, OSwed. glim & glimma; apparently ultimately from Proto-Germanic *glim-. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ɡlɪm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A light, candle, lantern.
    • 1837, Charles Dickens, , Ch. 16: 'Let's have a glim,' said Sikes, 'or we shall go breaking our necks, or treading on the dog. Look after your legs if you do!'
    • 1851, Herman Melville, , Ch. 3: "Come along here, I'll give ye a glim in a jiffy;" and so saying he lighted a candle and held it towards me, offering to lead the way.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, , Ch. 5: 'Sure enough, they left their glim here,' said the fellow from the window.
  2. (slang) An eye.
  3. (obsolete) brightness; splendour
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) eye
    • 1849: John Edward Walsh, Sketches of Ireland Sixty Years Ago, page 87 I tought de life ud leave Mosey Creathorn’s glimms, when he saw his bitch in de air; […]
glint in the milkman's eye etymology Created by analogy with similar expressions such "a glint in your father's eye", but implying the child was conceived adulterously; milkmen, visiting housewives while their husbands would have been at work, are often associated with adultery.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, humorous) Someone or something that has not been born or conceived yet.
    • 2010, Lisa Wright, Album review: Twin Shadow - Forget (4AD), NME It’s no wonder then that, musically, from Summer Camp to Best Coast, we’ve stepped into a sepia time machine recently, transported back to a golden age where romance abounded and Justin Bieber was a mere glint in the milkman’s eye.
    • 1987, Blackadder the Third, "Dish and Dishonesty" "And which would this be? Pitt the Toddler? Pitt the Embryo? Pitt the Glint in the Milkman's Eye?"
glitch etymology Probably from Yiddish גליטש 〈glytş〉, from dialectal German glitschig, from glitsch + -ig. Related to gleiten. Popularized 1960s, by US space program. Attested 1962 by American astronaut John Glenn, in reference to spikes in electrical current.Moradi, Iman. (2004) [ Glitch Aesthetic] pronunciation
  • /ɡlɪtʃ/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A problem affecting function; a bug; an imperfect; a quirk They are still trying to work out all the glitches.
  2. (video games) A bug or an exploit. Performing this glitch gives you extra lives.
  3. (music) A genre of experimental electronic music of the 1990s, characterized by a deliberate use of sonic artifact that would normally be viewed as unwanted noise.
  • 1962, John Glenn Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical current.
  • 1965, Time magazine Glitches—a spaceman’s word for irritating disturbances.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To experience an intermittent, unexpected, malfunction My computer keeps glitching; every couple of hours it just reboots without warning.
  2. (video games) To perform an exploit or recreate a bug while playing a video game. His character will glitch into the wall and out of the level.
glitzkrieg etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An assault of luxuriousness, extravagance, or ostentation.
    • 1984, Vanity Fair, Volume 47, page 62: Because he parlayed the Brooklyn apartments built by his father into a metropolitan real-estate kingdom exemplified by the extraordinary Trump Tower, a glitzkrieg of marble, glass, and brass where millions shop and millionaires live, {{…}}
    • 1996, Rhonda Lieberman, "I, Fabulous", Spin, March 1996, page 76: "Supermodels" were launched during the glitzkrieg of the '80s, when brand-name girls like Linda, Christy, Naomi, and Cindy were promoted as special commodities with individual identities.
    • 2004, India Today International, Volume 3, Issues 39-52, unnumbered page: The Bollywood Saga, by Dinesh Raheja and Jitendra Kothari, documents the journey of Hindi films, analysing changes that marked each passing era — from the early silent years to the post-millennial "glitzkrieg" of mega-budget films.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) to steal, to grab
  2. (intransitive) to stare
  3. (intransitive, informal) to attach
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glomp etymology unknown.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) to embrace enthusiastically; to pounce on and hug, often from a running start.
    • 1994, John Walter Biles, Kunou's Excellent Adventure [FanFic], rec.arts.anime.stories, You glomp onto her, and she punts you through the wall....but you don't care!
    • 2000, KATHYNEW, Re: Ranma Fanfiction Cliches (draft), rec.arts.anime.fandom, Nope. Every instance he's near her he tries to glomp her. If she shows affection to Ranma, he attacks Ranma.
    • 2002, cb, Re: Dead end jobs,, Girls would ask for people to glomp them and dish them out, even to complete strangers. The most recent one I was at, there were several girls wearing huge signs that read "GLOMP ME!", one of them being a former date I had that turned out really badly.
    • 2002, Soffia Parry, Re: ATTN: STRYDER167,, I like your name, for some reason it makes me want to glomp you
    • 2006, starcade, With spoilers abounding, Kaleido Star Grand Finale discussion..., rec.arts.anime.misc, Can I glomp Sora's and Rosetta's voice actresses?? Please??
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An embrace of this kind.
    • 1996 Mar 23, RpM-acct2/5, Surreal World pt 3 [fanfic][Ranma/UY/Nuku/Tenchi/SM/A!MG/KOR], rec.arts.anime.stories, Ryoko zoomed in for the glomp when suddenly she got glomped herself.
Synonyms: pouncehug
  • The term is mostly used by the anime fandom.
gloomy Gus Alternative forms: Gloomy Gus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person with a sullen, unhappy appearance or demeanor; a person with a pessimistic outlook.
    • 1951 Mar. 5, "Gloomy Gus to the Contrary," Time: Even the pace-setting auto industry will not be as hard hit as many a Gloomy Gus had predicted.
gloopy etymology gloop + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having a glutinous, sloppy consistency; gloppy
glorious etymology xno and Old French glorius et al., from Latin glōriōsus. Replaced native Middle English wuldrig, from Old English. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡlɔː.ɹi.əs/
  • (US) /ˈɡlɔɹ.i.əs/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Exhibiting attribute, qualities, or act that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deed.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act III, Scene III, line 351: Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump, / The spirit-stirring drum, th' ear-piercing fife, / The royal banner, and all quality, / Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!
    • {{rfdate}} John Milton: These are thy glorious works, Parent of good.
    • {{quote-news}} Borini missed another glorious opportunity to give his side the lead after brilliant set-up play by Sterling, but with only the exposed keeper to beat, he struck the post.
  2. Splendid; resplendent; bright; shining, as the sun, gold, or other shiny object.
    • 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act III, Scene I, line 351: And this fell tempest shall not cease to rage / Until the golden circuit on my head, / Like to the glorious sun's transparent beams, / Do calm the fury of this mad-bred flaw.
  3. (obsolete) Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act I, Scene VI, line 6: … but most miserable / Is the desire that’s glorious: blest be those, / How mean soe’er, that have their honest wills, / Which seasons comfort. …
  4. (colloquial) Ecstatic; hilarious; elate with drink.
    • {{rfdate}} : … kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O’er all the ills of life victorious.
    • {{rfdate}} : During his office treason was no crime, The sons of Belial had a glorious time.
related terms:
  • glorify
  • glory
glory hole {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mining) originally, a hole in a mineshaft where an orebody is mined upwards until it breaks through the surface into the open air.
  2. (slang, sexual) a hole in a screen or wall big enough to allow an erect penis to be stuck through, made to facilitate anonymous sex with another person. Glory holes are often found in public toilets and are likely to be used for gay male activities.
  3. (slang) a military trench.
  4. (glassblowing) A hole in the side of a furnace used to heat glass held on a metal rod
  5. (slang, Scottish, and northern England) a deep built-in cupboard under the eaves or stairs of a house used for general storage, particularly of unrelated or unwanted items stored in some disorder
  6. (slang, naval) in merchant and Royal Navy:
    1. In the Navy this refers to a place for general untidinesses.
    2. On passenger liners the Stewards' mess is referred to as the the 'glory hole'
    3. On coal-burning tramp steamers, the stokehold was referred to as the 'glory hole'
  7. An excavation into the sea floor designed to protect the wellhead equipment installed at the surface of a petroleum well from icebergs or pack ice.
gloryholer etymology glory hole + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) someone who has sex using a glory hole I dunno if I could ever trust a gloryholer, their need for anonymity is just so sketchy to me.
glossy {{wikipedia}} etymology gloss + y pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a smooth, silk, reflective surface.
  • matte
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, informal) a glossy magazine The supermarket glossies are full of celebrity gossip and fad diets.
glove {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English glove, glofe, from Old English glōf, *glōfe, *glōfa, "glove"; weak forms attested only in plural form glōfan, from Proto-Germanic *galōfô, from Proto-Germanic *ga- + Proto-Germanic *lōfô, from Proto-Indo-European *lāp-, *lēp-, *lep-. Cognate with Scots gluve, gluive, Icelandic glófi. Related to Middle English lofe, lufe. More at loof. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɡlʌv/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An item of clothing other than a mitten, covering all or part of the hand and fingers, but allowing independent movement of the fingers. exampleI wore gloves to keep my hands warm. exampleThe boxing champ laced on his gloves before the big bout.
  2. A baseball mitt.
  3. (baseball, figuratively) The ability to catch a hit ball. exampleFrederico had a great glove, but he couldn't hit a curveball, so he never broke into the pros.
  4. (slang) A condom.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (baseball, transitive) To catch the ball in a baseball mitt. He gloved the line drive for the third out.
  2. (transitive) To put on a glove. Maxwell gloved his hand so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints, then pulled the trigger.
  3. (cricket) To touch a delivery with one's glove while the gloved hand is on the bat. Under the rules of cricket, the batsman is deemed to have hit the ball.
  • Vogel
glowboy etymology glow + boy or possibly {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A (male) nuclear power plant worker who repairs equipment in areas with extremely high levels of radiation.
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glump etymology See glum.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To be sullen; to sulk.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) glum; sullen; sulky He was glumpy enough. — T. Hook.
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glurge etymology Imitative of the retching that might be induced by stories of this kind. (Coined by Patricia Chapin, a member of the urban legends discussion mailing list of the Snopes website.) pronunciation
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  1. (slang) Sickeningly sweet stories with a moral, often hiding slightly sinister undertones.
  • gurgle
  • lugger
glutard etymology gluten + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person with a form of gluten intolerance, such as celiac disease.
    • 2012, Alexis Sachdev, "Main Campus boasts select options for alternative diets", The Temple News (Temple University), Volume 91, Issue 5, 25 September 2012, page 15: Self-proclaimed “glutards” will skip the burrito and opt for a lettuce bowl with chicken or steak, black beans, fresh salsa and guacamole.
    • 2014, "Moussaka", Critic (University of Otago), Issue 10, 5 May 2014, page 38: For those of you with glutards in the flat, substitute the wheat flour for a GF [gluten-free] flour and all of you can enjoy.
    • 2015, Ivy Davis, "'Glutards' rejoice at Liberated Bakery", The Advocate (Mt. Hood Community College), Volume 50, Issue 18, 20 February 2015, page 4: A glutard's mouth would water just looking at pictures of sweets they could actually eat.
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glute pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (exercise, colloquial) A gluteal muscle.
    • 2010, Adam Garett, "Fried Hams", Reps! 17:23 The hamstrings also get worked in a number of quad and glute moves.
gluteus {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: glutæus etymology From Ancient Greek γλουτός 〈gloutós〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) One of the several muscles of nates, which arises from a pelvis and inserted into a femur.
  2. (slang, informal) Short for gluteus maximus, the large muscles in the human buttocks. I'm going to kick your gluteus.
gluteus maximus {{slim-wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The largest of the muscle of each buttock.
  2. (colloquial, humorous) The buttocks. Look at the gluteus maximus on that woman!
glype Alternative forms: glipe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) An annoying idiot.
    • 1896, William Handling, Grandmother's Death and Other Poems , New Haven: George D. Bone, page 8, Ye wee bit rakin' cheeky glypes, / Ye'll gang nae farther noo, / A jumpin' burns and six-fit dykes, / And rashes wadin' through.
    • 2000 October 12, "panopticon1299", "Re: Justice" , in alt.religion.bahai, Usenet, Mr Lyttle is yet another glype who ignores everything of substance. Is it any wonder the AO is in such a mess when it relies on the likes of ye to be its apologists?
    • 2002 July 13, Geoff Burns, "Re: the 11th night" , in alt.2eggs.sausage.beans.tomatoes.2toast.largetea.cheerslove, Usenet, "Soozle" wan't acting the glype...
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (Internet, humorous) Great mind think alike
gnar Alternative forms: gnarr, gnarl
etymology 1 {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To snarl or growl.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, extreme sports) Snow.
  • ARNG, garn, gran, rang
gnarly etymology gnarl + y. In slang senses, particularly popularized by US surf culture in the 1970s.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɑːli/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈnɑrli/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having or characterized by gnarl; gnarled On the right of the station were two gnarly cottonwood trees... — Mark Goodwin, Last Words
  2. (US slang) dangerous When the swell struck, the North Shore got gnarly, and the wise ones hit the outer islands where the energy was just as juicy but a bit more organized.Surfer Magazine, March 1977
  3. (US slang) unpleasant, awful, ugly We're not talking about a lame chick and a gnarly guy. We're talking about a couple of far-out dudes. — D. Jenkins, Baja Oklahoma
  4. (slang) excellent, attractive "There ain't nothing gnarlier (apparently) than slapping on some brightly coloured sunblock to ward off the blinding spectre of dangerous, snow-reflected sunlight. — Glasgow Sunday Herald, 16 January 2000
  5. (US slang) Of music or a sound, harsh "[She] displays the same love of gnarly fuzztones and shout-it-out-loud choruses that began back in her daze [sic] with local all-girl rockers the Runaways.Los Angeles Times, 12 October 1986
Note the contradictory senses of “good” and “bad”. Meaning varies by community and context, and may be indicated by extra-verbal cues, such as tone of voice. Sense of “good” particularly associated with surf culture, to the point of being somewhat clichéd, as in “gnarly wave, dude!”. Synonyms: (gnarled): gnarled, knobbly, knobby, (slang: dangerous):, (slang: unpleasant, awful): awful, dreadful, nasty, (slang: excellent, attractive): cool, (harsh (of music or sound)): discordant
gnashy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. gnashing the teeth
  2. (of a sound) grating and harsh
  3. (informal) {{rfdef}} explain and word all that gnashy science into flowery bower chat
gnat etymology From Old English gnætt, earlier gneat, used of various small, flying insects, from Proto-Germanic *gnattaz (cf. Low German gnatte, German Gnitze); perhaps literally "biting insect" and related to gnaw. {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /næt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any small insect of the order Diptera, specifically within the suborder Nematocera.
  • Tang, tang
adjective: {{head}}
  1. alternative case form of Gnostic
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  2. (archaic, slang) knowing; wise; shrewd
    • Sir Walter Scott I said you were a d—d gnostic fellow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative case form of Gnostic
  • contigs
  • costing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A one-thousand dollar banknote.
    • 1957, William Frank Buckley, in the National Review, volume 3, page 282: It seems that the President [...] hit the till for a few G-notes for the love of a blue-eyed brunette with a record of seven convictions as a prostitute.
    • 2000, Mark Ribowsky, Don't look back: Satchel Paige in the shadows of baseball, page 168: Satch took receipt of his two G-notes at a propitious moment.
    • 2002, Julie Kenner, Nobody But You: My tight-skirted kitten pressed two G-notes into my hand. "Please, Mr. Monroe. I don't know where else to turn."
related terms:
  • C-note
  • get on
go {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English gon, goon, from Old English gān, from Proto-Germanic *gāną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeh₁- 〈*ǵʰeh₁-〉. Cognate with Scots ga, Western Frisian gean, Low German gahn, Dutch gaan, German gehen, Swedish , Danish . Compare also Albanian ngah, Ancient Greek κιχάνω 〈kichánō〉, Avestan 𐬰𐬀𐬰𐬁𐬨𐬌 〈𐬰𐬀𐬰𐬁𐬨𐬌〉, Sanskrit जहाति 〈jahāti〉,Bengali যাও 〈yā'ō〉) The inherited past tense form (compare Old English ēode) was replaced in 15th century by went, from Old English wendan; this process is called suppletion. Go (etymology) pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ɡəʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ɡoʊ/
  • (BD) {{bnPR}}, /ɡoʊ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To move:
    1. (obsolete, intransitive) To walk; to fare on one's feet. {{defdate}}
      • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book XII: ‘As for that,’ seyde Sir Trystram, ‘I may chose othir to ryde othir to go.’
      • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, page 129: Master Piercie our new President, was so sicke hee could neither goe nor stand.
      • Battle with Giant Slay-good, Part II Section 3, “Other brunts I also look for; but this I have resolved on, to wit, to run when I can, to go when I cannot run, and to creep when I cannot go.”
    2. (intransitive) To move through space (especially to or through a place). (May be used of tangible things like people or cars, or intangible things like moods or information.) {{jump}}
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 6, [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], “She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.”
      • 2005, David Neilson, Standstill (ISBN 1412055954), page 159: … there was a general sense of panic going through the house; …
      • 2013, Mike Vouri, The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay (ISBN 0914019627), page 177 Telegrams to London went by wire to Halifax, Nova Scotia, thence by steam mail packet to Liverpool, …
      exampleWhy don’t you go with us?   This train goes through Cincinnati on its way to Chicago.   Chris, where are you going?   There's no public transit where I'm going.   Wow, look at him go!
    3. (intransitive) To move or travel through time (either literally—in a fictional or hypothetical situation in which time travel is possible—or in one's mind or knowledge of the historical record). (See also go back.)
      • 2002 September 18, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 107th Congress, second session; Senate, page 17033: You have to go all the way back to Herbert Hoover to see a performance in the Standard & Poors 500 equal to what we are experiencing right now.
      • 2010, Charlotte Sadler, Time for One More Dance (ISBN 1452015325), page 162: "I don't know how to tell you this, Aubrey, but you can't go back to 1938 … the program won't accept any date that I input before 1941." … "Well, I'll go to 1941, then."
      Yesterday was the second-wettest day on record; you have to go all the way back to 1896 to find a day when more rain fell. Fans want to see the Twelfth Doctor go to the 51st century to visit River in the library.
    4. (intransitive) To navigate (to a file or folder on a computer, a site on the internet, a memory, etc).
      • 2009, David J. Clark, The Unofficial Guide to Microsoft Office Word 2007 (ISBN 0470377437), page 536: To access Office-related TechNet resources, go to
      • 2009, Lisa W. Coyne, ‎Amy R. Murrell, The Joy of Parenting (ISBN 157224593X): Go to your earliest memory and to your favorite one, then to one that's difficult to consider.
      • 2012, Glen E. Clarke, ‎Edward Tetz, CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies (ISBN 1118223691), page 280 Go to drive C: through My Computer (or Computer in Windows 7 and Vista) and double-click the c:\data folder.
    5. (transitive) To move (a particular distance, or in a particular fashion).
      • 2003, Harrison E. Salisbury, The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad (ISBN 0306812983), page 307: The car went a short distance, then halted. There was something wrong with the carburetor.
      exampleWe've only gone twenty miles today.   This car can go circles around that one.
    6. (intransitive) To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving. exampleWe went swimming.   Let's go shopping.
    7. (intransitive) To leave; to move away. {{jump}} examplePlease don't go!   I really must be going.   Workmen were coming and going at all hours of the night.
  2. (intransitive, chiefly, of a, machine) To work or function (properly); to move or perform (as required). {{jump}} exampleThe engine just won't go anymore.
    • 1997, New Scientist, volume 154, page 105: 'Although the lemon is now black and shrivelled the motor is still going strong. If I can make my small motor run for month after month on a single lemon, just imagine how much "juice" there must be in a whole sackful', Mr Ashill said.
    • 2008, Michael Buckley, Shangri-La: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream (ISBN 1841622044), page 146 … though his publisher swears black and blue that Kelder is still going strong and still remains an intensely private person.
  3. (intransitive) To start; to begin (an action or process). exampleGet ready, get set, go!   [[on your marks, get set, go|On your marks, get set, go]]!   On your marks, set, go! exampleHere goes nothing.   Let's go and hunt.
    • 2001 June 18, a prophecy, quoted in Mary and the Unity of the Church (ISBN 192658211X), page 49: Be listening for my voice. Go when you hear my voice say go.
  4. (intransitive) To take a turn, especially in a game. {{jump}} exampleIt’s your turn; go.
  5. (intransitive) To attend. exampleI go to school at the schoolhouse.   She went to Yale.   They only go to church on Christmas.
  6. To proceed:
    1. (intransitive) To proceed (often in a specified manner, indicating the perceived quality of an event or state). exampleThat went well.   "How are things going?" "Not bad, thanks."
      • Shakespeare: How goes the night, boy?
      • Arbuthnot: I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of man enough.
      • I. Watts: Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you must pay me the reward.
      • 1986, The Opera Quarterly, volume 4, issues 3-4, page 24: I certainly won't mention it to Ben, and will go carefully if he mentions it to me.
    2. (intransitive, colloquial, usually with "and" or "to" and then another verb) To proceed (especially to do something foolish). exampleWhy'd you have to go and do that?
      • 2011, Debra Glass, Scarlet Widow (ISBN 1419937901), page 96: And even if she had believed the story about a John Smith, she might go telling everyone in town about what she'd seen.
  7. To follow or travel along (a path):
    1. (transitive) To follow or proceed according to (a course or path).
      • Hermann Hesse, “I'm repeating it: I wish that you would go this path up to its end, that you shall find salvation!”
      exampleLet's go this way for a while. She was going that way anyway, so she offered to show him where it was.
    2. To travel or pass along.
      • 2010, Luke Dixon, Khartoum (ISBN 1848762364), page 60: A shady promenade went the length of the street and the entrance to the hotel was a few steps back in the darkness, away from the glaring sunshine.
  8. (intransitive) To extend (from one point in time or space to another). exampleThis property goes all the way to the state line.
    • 1946, Hearings Before the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Congress of the United States, Seventy-ninth Congress, First Session, page 2459: I think those figures start from 1932 and go to 1941, inclusive, …
    • 2007, Math for All: Differentiating instruction, grades K-2 (ISBN 0941355772), page 38: Even though they can give a basic fact such as 4 4, I don't know that this knowledge goes very deep for them.
  9. (intransitive) To lead (to a place); to give access to. exampleDoes this road go to Fort Smith?
    • 2013, Without Delusion(ISBN 148369822X), page 191: “Where does this door go?” Bev asked as she pointed to a door painted a darker green than the powder green color of the carpet. Janet answered. “That door goes to the back yard.”
  10. (copula) To become. (The adjective that follows usually describes a negative state.) {{jump}} exampleYou'll go blind.   I went crazy / went mad.   After failing as a criminal, he decided to go straight.
    • 2001, Saverio Giovacchini, Hollywood Modernism: Film and Politics (ISBN 1566398630), page 18 Referring to the American radicals who went Hollywood in the 1930s, Abraham Polonsky argues that "you can't possibly explain the Hollywood communists away …"
  11. To assume the obligation or function of; to be, to serve as.
    • 1912, The Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer, volume 36, page 17: There is scarcely a business man who is not occasionally asked to go bail for somebody.
    • 2010, Jane Sanders, Youth Justice: Your Guide to Cops and Courts (ISBN 1862878129): Most welfare workers are not allowed to go surety for clients.
  12. (intransitive) To continuous or habitual be in a state. exampleI don't want my children to go hungry.   We went barefoot in the summer.
  13. To come to (a certain condition or state). they went into debt, she goes to sleep around 10 o'clock, the local shop wants to go digital, and eventually go global
  14. (intransitive) To change (from one value to another). example   The traffic light went straight from green to red.
  15. To turn out, to result; to come to (a certain result). How did your meeting with Smith go?
    • 2014, Tim Harris, Politics Under the Later Stuarts (ISBN 1317900383), page 195 When Wharton had to relinquish his seat in Buckinghamshire on his elevation to the peerage in 1696, he was unable to replace himself with a suitable man, and the by-election went in favour of a local Tory, Lord Cheyne.
  16. (intransitive) To tend (toward a result). exampleWell, that goes to show you.   These experiences go to make us stronger.
  17. To contribute to a (specified) end product or result. qualities that go to make a lady / lip-reader / sharpshooter
    • 1839, A Challenge to Phrenologists; Or, Phrenology Tested, page 155: What can we know of any substance or existence, but as made up of all the qualities that go to its composition: extension, solidity, form, colour ; take these away, and you know nothing.
    • 1907, Patrick Doyle, Indian Engineering, volume 41, page 181: The avoirdupois pound is one of 7,000 grains, and 16 ounces go to the pound.
  18. To pass, to be used up:
    1. (intransitive, of time) To elapse, to pass; to slip away. (Compare go by.) exampleThe time went slowly.
      • 1850, Sketches of New England Character, in Holden's Dollar Magazine, volumes 5-6, page 731: But the days went and went, and she never came; and then I thought I would come here where you were.
      • 2008, Sue Raymond, Hidden Secrets (ISBN 1435747070), page 357: The rest of the morning went quickly and before Su knew it Jean was knocking on the door …
    2. (intransitive) To end or disappear. (Compare go away.) {{jump}} exampleAfter three days, my headache finally went.
    3. (intransitive) To be spent or used up. exampleHis money went on drink.
      • 2011, Ross Macdonald, Black Money (ISBN 0307759563), page 29: All I have is a sleeping bag right now. All my money goes to keep up the cars.
  19. (intransitive) To die.
  20. (intransitive) To be discard. exampleThis chair has got to go.
  21. (intransitive, cricket) To be lost or out:
    1. (intransitive, cricket, of a wicket) To be lost.
    2. (intransitive, cricket, of a batsman) To be out.
  22. To break down or apart:
    1. (intransitive) To collapse or give way, to break apart. {{jump}}
      • page 157,, 0060953020, “I wonder if I hopped up and down, would the bridge go?”
      • 2011, Shaunti Feldhahn, The Lights of Tenth Street (ISBN 0307564444): Sober-eyed commentators safe in their television studios interviewed engineers about the chances that the rest of the dam could go.
      • 2012, Carolyn Keene, Mardi Gras Masquerade (ISBN 1442465476), page 38: Jackson shook his head. "The contractor said those panes could go at any moment." "Right. Just like the wiring could go at any moment, and the roof could go at any moment."
    2. (intransitive) To break down or decay. exampleThis meat is starting to go off.   My mind is going.   She's 83; her eyesight is starting to go.
  23. (intransitive) To be sold. exampleEverything must go.   The car went for five thousand dollars.
  24. (intransitive) To be give, especially to be assigned or allot. exampleThe property shall go to my wife.   The award went to Steven Spielberg.
    • 2007, David Bouchier, The Song of Suburbia: Scenes from Suburban Life (ISBN 0595437575), page 19: If my money goes to education, I want a report card.
  25. (transitive, intransitive) To survive or get by; to last or persist for a stated length of time.
    • 1983, Princeton Alumni Weekly, volume 84, page 48: Against the Big Green, Princeton went the entire first and third quarters without gaining a first down, …
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    • 2011, H. R. F. Keating, Zen there was Murder (ISBN 1448202426): 'Surely one cannot go for long in this world to-day without at least a thought for St Simon Stylites?'
    exampleHow long can you go without water?   We've gone without your help for a while now.   I've gone ten days now without a cigarette.   Can you two go twenty minutes without arguing?!
  26. (transitive, sports) To have a certain record. exampleThey've gone one for three in this series.   The team is going five in a row.
  27. To be authoritative, accepted, or valid:
    1. (intransitive) To have (final) authority; to be authoritative. exampleWhatever the boss says goes, do you understand?
    2. (intransitive) To be accept.
      • 1836, 19 Henry VII. c. 5: Coin, page 158,, “… every of them, being gold, whole and weight, shall go and be current in payment throughout this his realm for the sum that they were coined for.”
      exampleAnything goes around here.
      • Bible, 1 Sa. xvii. 12: The man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
      • John Locke: [The money] should go according to its true value.
    3. (intransitive) To be valid.
      • 2014, Shayna Lance King, If You'd Read This Book: You'd Be Employed By Now (ISBN 0692206221), page 22 [To job interviews, wear] muted colors. No pink or paisley (that goes for you too, guys!) …
  28. To say (something), to make a sound:
    1. (transitive, slang) To say (something, aloud or to oneself). (Often used in present tense.) {{jump}} exampleI go, "As if!" And she was all like, "Whatever!" exampleAs soon as I did it, I went "that was stupid."
    2. (transitive) To make (a specified sound). {{jump}} exampleCats go "meow". Motorcycles go "vroom".
    3. (intransitive) To sound; to make a noise. exampleI woke up just before the clock went.
  29. To be express or compose (a certain way). exampleThe tune goes like this.   As the story goes, he got the idea for the song while sitting in traffic.
  30. (intransitive) To resort (to). exampleI'll go to court if I have to.
  31. To apply or subject oneself to:
    1. To apply oneself; to undertake; to have as one's goal or intention. (Compare be going to.) I'm going to join a sports team.   I wish you'd go and get a job.   He went to pick it up, but it rolled out of reach. He's going to leave town tomorrow.
      • Philip Sidney: Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to justify his cruel falsehood.
      • 1990, Celestine Sibley, Tokens of myself (ISBN 0929264401), page 73: Now I didn't go to make that mistake about the record-breaking drought of more than fifty years ago, but, boy, am I glad I made it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have heard from Joe Almand.
    2. (intransitive) To make an effort, to subject oneself (to something). exampleYou didn't have to go to such trouble.   I never thought he'd go so far as to call you.   She went to great expense to help them win.
    3. (intransitive) To work (through or over), especially mental. exampleI've gone over this a hundred times.   Let's not go into that right now.
  32. To fit (in a place, or together with something):
    1. (intransitive, often followed by a preposition) To fit. {{jump}} exampleDo you think the sofa will go through the door?   The belt just barely went around his waist.
    2. (intransitive) To be compatible, especially of colors or food and drink. exampleThis shade of red doesn't go with the drapes.   White wine goes better with fish than red wine.
    3. (intransitive) To belong (somewhere). {{jump}} exampleMy shirts go on this side of the wardrobe.   This piece of the jigsaw goes on the other side.
  33. (intransitive) To date. {{jump}} exampleHow long having they been going together?   He's been going with her for two weeks.
  34. To attack:
    1. (intransitive) To fight or attack.
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      exampleI went at him with a knife.
    2. (transitive, Australian slang) To attack.
      •, page 131, “As big as me. Strong, too. I was itching to go him, And he had clouted Ernie.”
      • 2002, James Freud, I am the Voice Left from Drinking, [http//|going|went+him%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=U_VdT_r5D4PYmAWZ4cS4Dw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|going|went%20him%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page]: Then I′m sure I heard him mutter ‘Why don′t you get fucked,’ under his breath. It was at that moment that I became a true professional. Instead of going him, I announced the next song.
      • 2005, Joy Dettman, One Sunday, [http//|going|went+him%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EPRdT9f_B6_kmAWlx9mjDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|going|went%20him%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 297], Tom stepped back, considered the hill, and taking off down it. She was going to go him for blowing that flamin′ whistle in her ear all day.
  35. To be in general; to be usually. As sentences go, this one is pretty boring.
    • 1982, Fernand Braudel, On History (ISBN 0226071510), page 40: They are fairly rough and ready as models go, not often driven to the rigor of an authentic scientific law, and never worried about coming out with some revolutionary mathematical language — but models nonetheless, …
  36. (transitive) To take (a particular part or share); to participate in to the extent of.
    • L'Estrange: They were to go equal shares in the booty.
    exampleLet's go halves on this.
  37. (transitive) To yield or weigh. exampleThose babies go five tons apiece.
  38. (transitive, intransitive) To offer, bid or bet an amount; to pay. exampleThat's as high as I can go.   We could go two fifty. exampleI'll go a ten-spot.   I'll go you a shilling.
  39. (transitive, colloquial) To enjoy. (Compare go for.) exampleI could go a beer right about now.
  40. (intransitive, colloquial) To urinate or defecate. {{jump}} exampleI really need to go.   Have you managed to go today, Mrs. Miggins?
    • 2006, Kevin Blue, Practical Justice: Living Off-Center in a Self-Centered World (ISBN 0830833684), page 54: Clarence was just as surprised to see Richard, and he went—right there in the doorway. I had slept through all this mayhem on the other side of the apartment. By the time I got up, these were all semi-comical memories and the urine had been cleaned up.
  • Along with do, make, and to a lesser extent other English verbs, go is often used as a substitute for a verb that was used previously or that is implied, in the same way a pronoun substitutes for a noun. For example: Chris: Then he goes like this: (Chris then waves arms around, implying that the phrase means then he waves his arms).
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Synonyms: {{jump}} move, fare, tread, draw, drift, wend, cross, {{jump}} depart, leave, exit, go away, go out, {{jump}} function, work, operate, {{jump}} move, make one's move, take one’s turn, {{jump}} become, turn, change into, {{jump}} disappear, vanish, go away; end, dissipate, {{jump}} crumble, collapse, disintegrate, give way, {{jump}} fit, pass, stretch, come, make it, {{jump}} belong, have a place, {{jump}} go out (with), date, see, {{jump}} pee
  • {{jump}} freeze, halt, remain, stand still, stay, stop
  • {{jump}} come, arrive, approach
  • {{jump}} remain, stay, hold
related terms:
  • wend
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  1. (uncommon) The act of going.
    • 1993, Francis J. Sheed, Theology and Sanity (ISBN 0898704707): The Apostles were to be the first of a line. They would multiply successors, and the successors would die and their successors after them, but the line would never fail; and the come and go of men would not matter, since it is the one Christ operating through all of them.
    • 2009, Mark Raney, David Midgett (ISBN 0578028565), page 68: They talk easily together and they hear the come and go of the breeze in the soon to be turning burnt leaves of the high trees.
  2. A turn at something, or in something (e.g. a game). You’ve been on that pinball machine long enough—now let your brother have a go. It’s your go.
  3. An attempt, a try. I’ll give it a go.
    • 2012, Alex Montgomery, Martin O'Neill: The Biography (ISBN 1448132983), page 196: You have to stay and we will have a go at winning the championship next season."
  4. An approval or permission to do something, or that which has been approved. We will begin as soon as the boss says it's a go.
    • Bret Harte "Well," said Fleming, "is it a go?"
    • 2009, Craig Nelson, Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon (ISBN 1101057734) And as soon as we gave them the go to continue, we lost communication.
  5. An act; the working or operation.
    • 1598, , Pigmalion, The Metamorphosis of Pigmalions Image and Certaine Satyres, 1856, J. O. Halliwell (editor), The Works of John Marston: Reprinted from the Original Editions, Volume 3, page 211, Let this suffice, that that same happy night, / So gracious were the goes of marriage ...
  6. (slang, dated) A circumstance or occurrence; an incident.
    • 1839, , , 1868, The Works of Charles Dickens, Volume 2: Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit, American Notes, page 306, “Well, this is a pretty go, is this here! An uncommon pretty go!….
  7. (dated) The fashion or mode. quite the go
  8. (dated) Noisy merriment. a high go
  9. (slang, archaic) A glass of spirits; a quantity of spirits.
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz: When the cloth was removed, Mr. Thomas Potter ordered the waiter to bring in two goes of his best Scotch whiskey, with warm water and sugar, and a couple of his "very mildest" Havannas,
    • 1868 March, In a City Bus, in the Eclectic Magazine, new series volume VII, number 3: “Then, if you value it so highly,” I said, “you can hardly object to stand half a go of brandy for its recovery.”
  10. Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance. There is no go in him.
  11. (cribbage) The situation where a player cannot play a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.
  12. A period of activity. ate it all in one go
    • 1995, William Noel, The Harley Psalter (ISBN 0521464951), page 65 This could mean that the artist traced the illustration in two goes, as it were, or that the Utrecht Psalter slipped while he was tracing, but I do not think that the relative proportions are consistent enough to demonstrate this.
Synonyms: (turn at something) stint, turn; (turn in a game) move, turn, (attempt) attempt, bash, shot, stab, try
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} From the Japanese character 〈qí〉, though it is usually called 囲碁 〈tōng qí〉 in Japanese.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (board game) A strategic board game, originally from China, in which two players (black and white) attempt to control the largest area of the board with their counters.
Synonyms: weiqi
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go a bundle on
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  1. (slang) to be extremely fond of
go ahead
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  1. (idiomatic) To proceed; to begin. Go ahead and eat without me. I expect to be very late.
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  1. (informal, football) A player who stays near the opposing team's goal in the hope of easily scoring
goalie pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡəʊl.i/
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etymology goal + -ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports, colloquial) goalkeeper or goaltender.
go all the way
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  1. (intransitive, literally) To travel the entire distance to one's intended destination.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) To continue to the conclusion of a task or project.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To have sexual intercourse.
goalpost etymology goal + post
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) In American football, the tall Y-shaped upright, now usually of fiberglass, at either end of the playing field, through which a football must go in order to score a field goal. Originally, they were H-shaped, with two wooden posts on either side.
  2. (sports) One of the two side poles of the goal.
related terms:
  • move the goalposts
  • go postal
goal suck etymology From goal + suck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory ice hockey slang) A player who loiters near the opposing net, hoping to score goals without doing the work of moving the puck down the ice. One who goal-suck.
    • 1983, Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences Proceedings, p 14: A chicken is often called a “goal suck”, a “one way player” or a “cherry picker” during the course of his deviant career. These three types all involve an emphasis on scoring goals and avoiding situations and places on the ice where physical confrontations are likely to occur.
    • 2009, Don Weekes, The Biggest Book of Hockey Trivia, Vancouver, Greystone Books, p 76: Included with each CD was a ballot, which the Hansons asked people to sign and return, boosting Williams for the Hall ahead of “some of those fancy-schmancy, no-hitting prima-donna whining millionaire goal sucks.”
goal-suck etymology From the noun goal suck.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (derogatory ice hockey slang) To loiter near the opposing net, hoping to score an easy goal.
    • 1981 [2004], Peter Gzowski, The Game of Our Lives, Surrey, B.C.: Heritage House Publishing: [p 77] But the essential rules were the same everywhere: no goal-sucking, no raising, unless whoever’s younger brother was stuck in goal was also foolish enough to wear shin-pads, no long shots, no throwing your stick to stop a breakaway. [p 88] Forwards lurked near their opponents’ line and called for the puck by banging their sticks on the ice until someone hollered goal-sucking. [p 238] Old rules came back. Anderson threw his stick along the ice at a breaking-away Semenko—how graceful he looked from this perspective!—and Semenko was awarded an automatic goal. Driscoll was called for goal-sucking.
    • 2010, Jason Blake, Canadian Hockey Literature, Toronto: University of Toronto Press: [p 63] goal-sucking [i.e., waiting near the opponent’s goal for a long pass and ensuing scoring opportunity] [p 64] In shinny, everyone wins. Though rules are scaled back, the game is not loosened beyond all form, and the driving competitive element remains. [. . .] ‘Goal-sucking’ is banned because there are neither offsides nor referees to judge them.
related terms:
  • goal suck (n)
GOAT etymology Initialism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, politics, informal) A member of the "government of all the talent" proposed by British prime minister Gordon Brown.
    • 2009, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, Good government: eighth report of session 2008-09, volume 2 The best talents; of course he was a GOAT.
    • 2010, Philip Johnston, Bad Laws Lord Jones of Birmingham, aka Digby Jones, the former director general of the CBI, said that in his year in the government as a so-called GOAT (a member of the Government Of All The Talents) he found the civil service to be 'honest, stuffed full of decent people who work hard'.
    • 2011, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, ‎Bernard Jenkin, Smaller Government: Report, Together with Formal Minutes One of the problems with the GOATs was that the parliamentary and political role was undersold to them.
  2. (US, informal) Greatest of all time.
goat etymology From Middle English gote, goot, got, gat, from Old English gāt, from Proto-Germanic *gaits, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰaidos, *gʰaidos. {{rel-top}}Germanic: Scots gait, gayt, Northern Frisian giet, Dutch geit, German Geiß, German ged, Swedish get, Icelandic geit, Faroese geit; Indo-European: Latin haedus. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ɡəʊt, ɡɔʊt/
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  • (GA) /ɡoʊt, -oʊʔ/
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  1. A mammal, Capra aegagrus hircus, and similar species of the genus Capra.
  2. (slang) A lecherous man.
    • etymology: from the slang term "horny as a goat"
  3. (informal) A scapegoat.
    • 2008, "Tigers already miss Jones", in Royal Oak Daily Tribune (Michigan), Aug 6, 2008 Fernando Rodney, the goat in Sunday's 10th inning loss to Tampa Bay, threw three nearly perfect innings in relief on Tuesday after being demoted from the closer role.
    • 1997, "1997 World Series", Game 7, bottom 11th inning, TV broadcast on NBC Sports, early morning October 27, 1997; words by Bob Costas Tony Fernández, who has worn hero's laurels throughout the postseason including earlier in this seventh game of the World Series, now cruel as it may seem, perhaps being fitted for goat horns.
  4. Nickname for the Pontiac GTO
Synonyms: See also
  • (group of goats) tribe, herd
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To allow goats to feed on.
    • 1918, Agricultural Experiment Station, Director's Biennial Report - Page 51 Rape and clover has yielded 283 sheep days of pasture, practically dry weather … For the coming year it is planned to goat this area continuously
  2. (transitive) To scapegoat.
    • 2001, "A worthy Rusch to judgment", in USA Today, July 15, 2001 John Rocker, meanwhile, was spared from getting goated because he didn't blow a save
  • toga
goat boat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (surfing, mildly, derogatory) wave ski I even surfed 6ft Bluff up north on a goat boat — Complete Surfer forum
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (surfing, mildly, derogatory) to ride a wave ski. Do us surfers a favour please and goat boat at Nobblers or Sumpters - please. — BBC Cable Bay message forum
goatfuck Alternative forms: goat fuck, goat-fuck etymology
  • goat + fuck. Possibly a blend of goat rope + clusterfuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, chiefly, military, vulgar) A chaotic situation where some effort has gone thoroughly wrong; a fiasco or clusterfuck.
    • The Weary Falcon, Tom Mayer, 1971, “"What a goatfuck," I said.”
    • Rogue warrior, Richard Marcinko, 1992, “"Well, sir—frankly, Admiral, everything up to now has been a real goatfuck, so far as SpecWar's been concerned. [...]"”
    • William S. Burroughs, Esquire, 1992, 117, page 88, “[...] visiting Young Republicans, who learned their manners in frat houses and who would surely be shitfaced and creating a scene—what Bush Advance was pleased to call "a real goat fuck"—but Advance knew, if Lindsay got to the rope line and asked the President elect to stop by, Bush would never say no to a friend, so then they'd have the Free World's Leaders-to-be in a Young Republicans goat fuck, [...]”
    • No Country for Old Men, 2005, Cormac McCarthy, “He killed two other men a couple of days before and those two did happen to be ours. Along with the three at that colossal goatfuck a few days before that. All right?”
    • Letters to Aaron-the Hal Luebbert Story: America and Its Freedom Myths, page 258, Hal von Luebbert, 2006, “"[...] Do you guys rehearse these goatfucks, or are you just that clumsy by nature?"”
    • Shibli: An Odyssey of Terror, page 95, Paul Brooks, 2009, “"With all due respect, sir," Shibli said, "your operation at Site Tango had all the finesse of a goat-fuck. [...] "”
    • 2011, Mary Margret Daughtridge, SEALed Bundle: SEALed Bundle: SEALed with a Kiss, SEALed with a Promise, and SEALed with a Ring, “"[...] I'm square in the middle of a goatfuck here."”
    • Phoenix, A. J. Scudiere, 2012, “Lacking that ability to just walk into this goatfuck, because that's exactly what this was. Mondy and Wanstall looked like they were at a little girl's birthday party, and wouldn't look otherwise until it truly became a goatfuck, never mind that anyone with eyes could see it coming.”
    • Detachment Bravo, Richard Marcinko, 2012, “In the midst of this goatfuck, the FedEx truck pulled up on the far side of the road and parked about three hundred yards from the main gate.”
    • No Rules, Jenna McCormick, 2013, “She didn't trust tender feelings as they always seemed to lead people to make unwise decisions. Exhibit A, her parents and their goatfuck of a marriage.”
  2. (slang) A tightly-packed crowd of people, especially photographer, journalist and cameramen, covering a news story.
    • 2001, Simon Hoggart, "Thatcher stars in Return of The Mummy", The Guardian: What Americans call a goat-fuck, an unstable, tottering, towering pile of photographers and TV crews, had appeared.
    • 2010, Rachel Johnson, A Diary of The Lady: My First Year As Editor: As I got out of the cab I could see that a weapons-grade goatfuck was underway outside. There was a heaving melee of buyers, photographers, bloggers, models, slebs, men in high heels and yellow suits, editors, liggers, all pushing to get past the velvet rope.
Synonyms: (chaotic situation): clusterfuck, debacle, fiasco, FUBAR, goat rope, quagmire, SNAFU, trainwreck, (crowd of journalists): scrum
goatfucker etymology From goat + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
goatly etymology goat + -ly
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  1. (slang) Having the characteristics of goat.
goat rodeo
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  1. (North America, slang) A chaotic, unmanageable situation.
    • 1996, Barbara Isabel Hummel, Managing the world: an analysis of expressive folklore among paramedics For example, a shooting incident had turned into a 20 police car "goat rodeo." The entire area was blocked by the multitude of police cars...
    • 2004, David Clarke, Technology and terrorism Old FAA hands, who are trying to keep this goat rodeo moving in a straight line, are still hopeful that this will all shake out in time...
    • 2004, Todd A, Being Good I should have known after a Monday like that, that Tuesday would be a veritable goat rodeo.
goat rope Alternative forms: goat-rope, Goat Rope
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A confusing, disorganized situation often attributed to or marked by human error.
  2. (slang) A convoluted issue that is contest by many parties.
  3. A rodeo event in which competitors attempt to lasso a goat, usually for younger participants.
Synonyms: (confusing situation) clusterfuck, debacle, fiasco, goatfuck, (convoluted issue) hairball
goatskin pronunciation
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etymology goat + skin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The skin of a goat.
  2. A liquid container (especially of wine or water) made from goat leather.
  3. (Ireland, colloquial) a bodhran drum.
gob {{wikipedia}} etymology Via late Middle English from Old French gober, from Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic gob, from Gaulish *gobbo. See also gobbet. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ɡɒb/
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  1. (countable) A lump of soft or sticky material.
    • 1952, The Glass Industry, Volume 33, Ashlee Publishing Company, [http//|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sz5fT8zgE4vRrQe18O2vBg&redir_esc=y page 309], These inventors have discovered that gobs may be fed at widely spaced times without allowing the glass to flow during the interval but instead flushes{{sic}} out the chilled glass which accumulates during the dwell.
  2. (countable, British, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, slang) The mouth. He′s always stuffing his gob with fast food. Oi, you, shut your gob! She's got such a gob on her – she′s always gossiping about someone or other.
  3. (uncountable, slang) Saliva or phlegm. He spat a big ball of gob on to the pavement.
  4. (US, military, slang) A sailor.
    • 1944 November, Fitting the Gob to the Job, , [http//|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vjlfT9KyIMWwiQfqndHOBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22%20-intitle%3A%22gob|gobs%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 18], For the first time in history, new warship crews are virtually “prefabricated” by modern methods of fitting the gob to the job.
    • 1948 June, Fred B. Barton, Mending Broken Gobs, The Rotarian, [http//|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vjlfT9KyIMWwiQfqndHOBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22%20-intitle%3A%22gob|gobs%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22], Taking a safe average of 2,000 rehabilitated young gobs a year, that′s a total of 100,000 years of salvaged manhood, a target worth shooting at.
  5. (uncountable, mining) Waste material in old mine workings, goaf.
    • 1930, Engineering and Mining Journal, Volume 130, [http//|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sz5fT8zgE4vRrQe18O2vBg&redir_esc=y page 330], This consisted in wheeling gob back to the most distant part of the stope and filling up the sets right up to the roof.
Synonyms: (the mouth)
  • (standard) mouth
  • (colloquial/slang) cakehole, face, mush, trap
, (standard) mouth, (colloquial/slang) cakehole, face, mush, trap, (saliva)
  • (standard) saliva, spit, sputum
  • (colloquial/slang)
, (standard) saliva, spit, sputum, (colloquial/slang)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To gather into a lump.
    • 1997 March, William G. Tapply, How to Catch a Trout on a Sandwich, , [http//|%22gobs%22+-intitle:%22gob|gobs%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JVFfT_2VO86ciQee89TsBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gob%22|%22gobs%22%20-intitle%3A%22gob|gobs%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60], I liked to gob up two or three worms on a snelled hook, pinch three or four split shot onto the leader, and plunk it into the dark water.
  2. To spit, especially to spit phlegm.
  • bog
go batshit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To become completely irrational; to react in an irrationally extreme manner. When I told him about the latest numbers, he went batshit.
related terms:
  • go apeshit
  • go ballistic
  • go off
  • go postal
gobble etymology Onomatopoetic of the sound from a turkey. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make the sound of a turkey.
    • Goldsmith He … gobbles out a note of self-approbation.
  2. To eat hastily or greedily; to scoff. Often used with up He gobbled four hot dogs in three minutes.
    • Jonathan Swift supper gobbled up in haste
Synonyms: (eat quickly or greedily) hork, scarf, scoff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound of a turkey.
  2. (Scotland, slang, vulgar) fellatio; blowjob
    • 2009, Mandasue Heller, The Charmer Nowadays, he was lucky if his mam's auld drinking cronies gave him a gobble.
gobbledygook {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: gobbledegook; gobblygook, gobbly-gook etymology First attested in a memo by US Representative (Texas) Maury Maverick dated March 30, 1944, banning "gobbledygook language" pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Nonsense; meaningless or encrypted language.
  2. (informal) Something written in an overly complex, incoherent, or incomprehensible manner.
Synonyms: See also
gobbler etymology gobble + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A turkey.
    1. A male turkey; a tom; a stag; a jake.
  2. One who eat food very quickly, without decorum. My dog is such a gobbler: she can empty her food dish in less than a minute.
gobby pronunciation
  • /ɡɒbi/
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etymology 1 gob + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Marked by the presence of gob lumps.
    • 1898, Gleanings in bee culture, Volume 26‎ But if, however, the bees make from it a "gobby" article of comb honey, no one will be quicker to drop it than the Root Co.
    • 1942, Frank Roy Fraprie, American photography have a gobby mess of unrelated and meaningless color hung in a metropolitan show...
    • 1952, David Harry Walker, The pillar He poured the Argentine stew in a gobby mess on top of the Spam.
etymology 2 gob + y. The meaning "inclined to talk" is probably related to gabby.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang, said of a person) Inclined to talk in a loud and offensive manner.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) An act of fellatio.
    • 2004, John Charalambous, Furies, , ISBN 0702234559, page 164 : In year eight, crouched in a playground cubby, she gave Ryan Glover a gobby. Brief, busy, urgent. Then afterwards, slipping it back into his pants, he said thank you.
    • 2007, Joe Lewis, The Insurmountable Malaise of Man, (self-published), ISBN 9781847992444, page 278 : He bustles me into a cubicle and locks the door. "I'm not really in the mood for a gobby," I slur, and laugh girlishly at my joke as I unzip my fly, "but if you insist..."
    • 2007 July 17, Gordon Lightfoot III <>, "A Question for Darkfalz (colgate total)", message-ID <>,, Usenet : Have you seen the Colgate Total ad with the female Indian dentist? Would you let her give you a gobby? I would. She has a perdy mouth.
Synonyms: (fellatio) blowjob
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) A foolish or pretentious person.
    • 1968, Brian O'Nolan, The Best of Myles: A Selection from ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, MacGibbon and Kee, page 81: The ignorant self-opinionated sod-minded suet-brained ham-faced mealy-mouthed streptococcus-ridden gang of natural gobdaws!
gobful etymology From gob + ful.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, Ireland, slang) A mouthful.
    • 1926, Robert H. Davis, , Over My Left Shoulder, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F1JgT8XfIM_nmAX7ocn9Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gobfuls%22|%22gobsful%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 20], The Professor, in order fittingly to celebrate this golden moment, leaned back in his chair, lit the worst cigar ever sold west of the Mississippi River, and blew five large gobfuls of smoke into the face of Mr. Gilhoolie, directly above him.
    • 1989, , Ripley Bogle, 1998, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2zxgT7eXAYb_mAWZ4bGmCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gobfuls%22|%22gobsful%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 121], One after another, gobfuls of mash are gobbled up.
    • 1992, , Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bj1gT4fXOKn2mAWYp_CVCA&redir_esc=y page 42], The reps sat in the only beam of midwinter afternoon sunlight, and they guzzled paté, crackers, gobsful of spring onions, lettuce done in varnish, they farted and burped and read business contracts to one another,….
    • 2002, John Scott, Warra Warra, Peter Craven (editor), The Best Australian Stories 2002, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2zxgT7eXAYb_mAWZ4bGmCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gobfuls%22|%22gobsful%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 311], They stood, mouths open and teeth bared, till the yolk-like film that seeped from their gums had slid to form small gobfuls, at which time, one after the other like a Gatling gun, they spat the slime at Pemmell′s face.
  2. (UK, by extension) A large portion or amount.
    • 1921, Charles David Isaacson, Face to Face with Great Musicians, Volume 2, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bj1gT4fXOKn2mAWYp_CVCA&redir_esc=y page 197], “…But when you speak of love, I am no longer old. I am absolutely full of it. I have crammed great gobsful of it into my music.”
    • 2005, L.J. Adlington, The Diary of Pelly-D, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8FhgT7KLLYX_mAXFndChCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gobfuls%22|%22gobsful%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Three of them were full already – the diggers had scooped up great gobfuls of concrete and soil.
    • 2009, , East Midlands Development Agency and the Regional Economic Strategy: First Report of Session 2008-09, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F1JgT8XfIM_nmAX7ocn9Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gobfuls%22|%22gobsful%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 29], Mr Laxton:…I once had a conversation with someone who was a permanent secretary — a top-notch civil servant in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs — who was in the business of handing out big gobfuls of money — billions here, there and everywhere.
  3. (UK, Australia, slang) A blast of verbal abuse, usually considered justifiable. exampleThe neighbours were having a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful.
    • 2007, , article in , reprinted 2008, The Warne-Muralitharan Trophy: Marrige of Inconvenience, Inside Out: Writings on Cricket Culture, page 54, But his erstwhile colleague Jason Gillespie believes that the Sri Lankan probably expects it: ‘With Murali coming out he always cops a gobful in Australia and he′ll be expecting to cop that again. He might have to grin and bear it.…’
    • 2011, , Michael Cowley, Pulling No Punches, [http//|%22gobsful%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=8U9gT9WGBezEmQWR1fmKCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22gobfuls%22|%22gobsful%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], I usually cop gobfuls from opposition fans, which is fair enough. They pay their money to come along and give it to the players they don′t like.
    • 2011, , Grits, page 275, —-Cheeky southern blert, a sey an am about ter give im a real gobful but then a don′t bother. It woulden be werth it like.
gob iron
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Term for a simple harmonica
    • 2007, Here Comes the Sun, by Joshua M. Greene, P.9 One kid drummed on a washboard, another plunked a broom-handle bass, a third faked chords on guitar, another blew into a gob iron (which was what they called a harmonica), and they dubbed themselves a band.
  • bog iron
go bitchcakes
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To go crazy; to get extremely angry; to flip out.
    • 2004, Tom Wolfe, I Am Charlotte Simmons, Picador (2005), ISBN 9780312424442, page 134: I'm sure you're going bitchcakes on me, be-atch. That's what I'm sure of. If you don't cool it, I'm not going to explain Sarc Three to you.
    • 2011, Joseph Heywood, Force of Blood, Lyons Press (2011), ISBN 9780762785193, unnumbered pages: Ladania is a blowhard. She loves to go bitchcakes in public and watch people cringe.
    • 2011, Jesse Petersen, Eat, Slay, Love, Simon & Schuster UK (2011), ISBN 9781849835299, unnumbered page: He got me, he got my autopilot reaction of going bitchcakes when I got scared because it was the only way I could function without falling apart.
Synonyms: go apeshit
GOBLin pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈɡɒb.lɪn/
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initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (British, rail transport, informal) to Line, a railway line in north London.
  • Boglin
  • globin
go bonkers
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To lose one's sanity. We all knew he'd gone bonkers after he started speaking only gibberish.
  2. (informal) To have a good time. Everyone should just go bonkers at my next birthday party.
Synonyms: (go insane) go nuts, lose one's marbles, (have fun) cut loose, go bananas, have a blast, have fun, let loose
go both ways
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To be bisexual.
gobshite etymology From gob ‘mouth’ + shite ‘excrement’. pronunciation
  • (Ireland) /ˈɡɒbˌʃaɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, UK, slang, moderately offensive) One who engages in nonsensical chatter or unwanted conversation. What's that gobshite talking about now?
  2. (Ireland, UK, slang, moderately offensive) A person of very poor judgment and unpleasant character.
  • The collective expression shower of gobshites ("group of idiots") is quite common in Ireland.

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