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A euphemistic way to refer to an "ass-chewing," a harsh or angry scolding. (When spelling something out with the NATO phonetic alphabet, the words "alpha" and "Charlie" are commonly used for the letters A and C.) The boss is totally going to give us an Alpha Charlie if he hears that we lost that big client.
1. rude slang A clusterfuck, meaning a chaotic situation rife with problems. (When spelling something out with the NATO phonetic alphabet, the words "Charlie" and "Foxtrot" are commonly used for the letters C and F) Oh, the dinner party was a total Charlie Foxtrot—the roast was dry, the toilet overflowed, and everyone argued about politics.
2. vulgar slang A clusterfuck, meaning a group sexual encounter. No, I've never taken part in a Charlie Foxtrot—have you?
slang A police officer. Charlie Irvine is closing in on us—how are we going to avoid being arrested?
dated Used to covertly tell a woman that her slip, petticoat, or underwear are visible. Primarily heard in UK. I couldn't just let the poor woman walk around with her petticoat on full display, so I whispered, "I'm sorry, but Charlie's dead" as I walked by her. A: "OK, who's going to tell Aunt Marie that Charlie's dead?" B: "Again? I swear I see that woman's underwear more than her outerwear."
See also: dead
A derogatory term for a miserly or parsimonious person. Used largely in countries of Southeast Asia, it likely originated in Vietnam during the Vietnam War to refer to American GIs (who called soldiers of the Viet Cong "Charlie") unwilling to spend extravagantly at bars, restaurants, or for prostitutes. Buy us a round of drinks, don't be a cheap Charlie!
get a charley horse
To get a painful muscle spasm that most commonly occurs in the legs. (The term "charley horse" is thought to have originated from baseball slang.) After spending all day on my feet, I got a charley horse in my leg that was so painful, I had to sit down for a while and rest.
An affable, lively, and entertaining man who is often or always seeking pleasure or a good time. I was something of a good-time Charlie back in college, always ready to party. I had a lot of friends and a great time, but I didn't get very good grades as a result.
have a charley horse
To have a painful muscle spasm that most commonly occurs in the legs. (The term "charley horse" is thought to have originated from baseball slang.) I didn't sleep well last night at all. I had a charley horse that was so bad, it woke me up.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Affable, convivial fellow, as in Joe was a typical good-time Charlie, always ready for a party. [Colloquial; 1920s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. a bawling out; a severe scolding. (Based on AC = ass-chewing. NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) The cop stopped me and gave me a real Alpha Charlie for speeding.
Charlie Foxtrotand CF (The CF is from the so-called NATO Phonetic Alphabet.)
1. Go to cluster fuck (sense 1).
2. Go to cluster fuck (sense 2).
n. a police officer. (see also Irv.) Look smart, dude, here comes Charlie Irvine.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A very sociable, gregarious fellow. The term dates from the first half of the twentieth century and the original Charlie, if ever there was one, has been forgotten. The Atlantic used it ironically in November 1969: “A royal-style good-time Charlie . . . akin to Edward VII.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
An easygoing and sociable guy. Popular in the 1920s, the phrase described a man who was always ready to have fun, although it sometimes meant someone who was your pal only during good times and who would desert you in your hour of need.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price