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catch a buzz
slang To become mildly intoxicated without becoming completely drunk. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. At my age I can't go out drinking all night long anymore, but I still like to catch a buzz on the weekend.
1. A word or phrase that has gained recent popularity, especially among a particular group of people or within a specific context. "Synergy" is a buzz word used to describe the concept of multiple organizations working together towards a common goal.
2. A popular word or phrase that is used so often that it loses its impact or meaning. The boss used so many corporate buzz words in our morning meeting that I'm not even sure I understand what he was trying to say. Harry lost his audience's attention when he started using buzz words during his presentation, which began to seem dull and unoriginal.
1. slang To leave some place. You need to buzz along if you're going to make it to the airport on time.
2. slang To drive at a fast pace. Be careful crossing the street with all those cars buzzing along. A: "If I keep buzzing along at this speed, I think we'll get to the party on time after all!" B: "Yeah, unless a cop stops us first!"
buzz for (one)
To use a device that makes a buzzing sound (such as a doorbell or intercom) to try to get one's attention. When you get to my apartment building, just buzz for me, and I'll let you in. Buzz for the receptionist and ask her what's taking so long.
1. To remotely and electronically unlock a door for someone (an act often accompanied by an audible buzzing sound). In this usage, the person being admitted is usually stated between "buzz" and "in." The phrase can also be written as "buzz into," followed by the location. Once you get to my apartment building, I'll just buzz you in.
2. To enter a place suddenly and quickly. In this usage, the phrase is often "buzz into," followed by the location. It had been a quiet afternoon until a group of women buzzed into the shop, looking for housewarming gifts. A: "I didn't realize Marnie was coming over today." B: "Oh, she just buzzed in to see how I'm feeling—she didn't stay long."
1. slang Go away. Leave me alone. Usually used as an imperative. Buzz off, little brother—I've got things to do. What are you kids doing on my lawn? Buzz off!
2. slang To leave a place hastily. Yeah, we were at the party last night, but we buzzed off when we heard sirens approaching.
buzz with (something)
To be full of something or animated due to something, especially something intangible. When I arrived at the town meeting, it was already buzzing with conversation. The kitchen buzzed with activity as the chef and his staff prepared the three-course meal.
give (one) a buzz
1. To call one on the phone. Let me give her a buzz and see what she thinks about all this.
2. To cause one to feel high or excited. Sorry I'm talking so fast—that cup of coffee really gave me a buzz!
Someone or something that makes people less happy, excited, or enthusiastic about some event or thing. Primarily heard in US. I was so excited to see the concert, but all the technical problems with the lights and sound were such buzzkills. I'm sorry to be a buzzkill, everyone, but we've received a number of complaints from neighbors about the noise, so we'll have to turn down the music.
slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really buzzing!
make like a bee and buzz off
humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. This carnival turned out to be really boring. Come on, let's make like a bee and buzz off! You know, you're starting to get on my nerves—why don't you make like a bee and buzz off!
to move or drive along fast. The cars were buzzing along at a great rate. Traffic is sure buzzing along.
buzz for someone
to sound a signal for someone. Please buzz for the bell captain. I buzzed for my secretary and waited for a reply.
buzz in (to some place)
Fig. to come into a place rapidly or unexpectedly. The child buzzed into the shop and bought a nickel's worth of candy. I just buzzed in to say hello.
Fig. to leave quickly. I've got to buzz off. Bye. It's time for me to buzz off.
buzz someone into a placeand buzz someone in
Fig. to push a button that opens a door latch electrically, allowing someone to use the door and enter. (The process creates a buzz while the latch is open.) My secretary will buzz you in. Please buzz in our guest. Oh, hello. I will buzz you into the lobby. Then take the elevator to apartment 310.
buzz with something
Fig. [for a place] to be busy or filled with something. The room buzzed with excitement. The office had better be buzzing with moneymaking activity when I get there.
get a buzz out of someone or something
Fig. to get some humor from someone or something. I thought you'd get a buzz out of that gag. I hope you get a buzz out of Ted. He's a funny guy.
give someone a ringand give someone a buzz; give someone a call
Fig. to call someone on the telephone. Nice talking to you. Give me a ring sometime. Give me a buzz when you're in town.
have a buzz on
Fig. to be intoxicated. (Fixed order.) Pete has a buzz on and is giggling a lot. Both of them had a buzz on by the end of the celebration.
Go away, leave. For example, The store owner told the teenagers to buzz off and find another place to hang out. This curt imperative dates from World War I. Also see bug off.
give someone a ring
1. Also, give someone a buzz. Call someone on the telephone, as in Give me a ring next week, or Bill said he'd give her a buzz. Both these expressions allude to the sound of a telephone's ring. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
2. Present a lover with an engagement ring, as in I think he's giving her a ring tonight. [First half of 1800s]
a buzz killAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If a person or something that happens is a buzz kill, they spoil an event by making people less happy and excited. Sorry I've been a buzz kill tonight. They discovered his money had been stolen. Talk about a buzz kill.
give somebody a ˈbuzz(informal)
1 telephone somebody: I’ll give you a buzz before I leave.
2 (also get a buzz from something/from doing something) if something gives you a buzz or you get a buzz from it, it provides interest and enjoyment for you: If the work gives you a buzz, then you do the job better.
To leave quickly; go away. Used chiefly as a command: Buzz off and leave me alone! I told them to buzz off because I was trying to study.
1. n. a call on the telephone. (see also jingle.) I’ll give you a buzz tomorrow.
2. tv. to call someone on the telephone. Buzz me about noon.
3. tv. to signal someone with a buzzer. I’ll buzz my secretary.
4. n. a thrill. I got a real buzz out of that.
5. n. a chuckle. Here’s a little joke that’ll give you a buzz.
6. n. the initial effects of drinking alcohol or taking certain drugs. Sam got a little buzz from the wine, but he still needed something stronger.
1. in. to depart. Well, I must buzz along.
2. in. to drive or move along rapidly. “You were buzzing along at eighty-two miles per hour,” said the cop.
mod. drunk. Sally was buzzing after only a few drinks.
n. someone or something that ruins enjoyment or pleasure; someone or something that ruins a buzz sense 4 Oh, Willy! You’re such a buzzkill!
get a buzz out of someone/something
tv. to get some humor from someone or something. (see also give someone a buzz.) I thought you’d get a buzz out of that gag.
give someone a buzz
1. tv. to give someone a telephone call. Give me a buzz sometime.
2. tv. to give someone a chuckle or a bit of enjoyment. It always gives me a buzz to watch Sally do her act.
have a buzz on
tv. to be tipsy or alcohol intoxicated. (Have got can replace have.) Both of them had a buzz on by the end of the celebration.
n. a long-lasting drug high. (Drugs.) That stuff will give you a rolling buzz without putting you to sleep.