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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.
See also: buzz, catch

buzz word

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.
See also: buzz, word

buzz along

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!"
See also: buzz

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.
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buzz in(to)

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."
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buzz off

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.
See also: buzz, off

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.
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give (one) a buzz

1. To call someone on the telephone. 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!
See also: buzz, give

buzz along

to move or drive along fast. The cars were buzzing along at a great rate. Traffic is sure buzzing along.
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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.
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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.
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buzz off

Fig. to leave quickly. I've got to buzz off. Bye. It's time for me to buzz off.
See also: buzz, off

buzz someone into a place

 and 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.
See also: buzz, place

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.
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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.
See also: buzz, get, of, out

give someone a ring

 and 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.
See also: give, ring

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.
See also: buzz, have, on

buzz off

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.
See also: buzz, 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]
See also: give, ring

a buzz kill

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.
See also: buzz, kill

give somebody a ˈbuzz

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.
See also: buzz, give, somebody

buzz off

v. Slang
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.
See also: buzz, off


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.

buzz along

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.
See also: buzz


mod. drunk. Sally was buzzing after only a few drinks.
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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.
See also: buzz, get, of, out, something

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.
See also: buzz, give

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.
See also: buzz, have, on

rolling buzz

n. a long-lasting drug high. (Drugs.) That stuff will give you a rolling buzz without putting you to sleep.
See also: buzz, roll
References in classic literature ?
Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping of the song-birds.
There the conquered athlete lay: outwardly an inert mass of strength, formidable to look at, even in its fall; inwardly, a weaker creature, in all that constitutes vital force, than the fly that buzzed on the window-pane.
He handed them a shilling each, and away they buzzed down the stairs, and I saw them a moment later streaming down the street.
The Echo Lodge people came over the next week, and Green Gables buzzed with the delight of them.
It was hot there too; big flies buzzed fiendishly, and did not sting, but stabbed.
Above them, as they crept stealthily forward, chattered Manu, the monkey, and his thousand fellows; squawked and screamed the brazen-throated birds of plumage; buzzed and hummed the countless insects amid the rustling of the forest leaves, and, as they passed, a little gray-beard, squeaking and scolding upon a swaying branch, looked down and saw them.
A big fly swept past her nose, and buzzed noisily about the room.
Only overhead in the birches under which he stood, the flies, like a swarm of bees, buzzed unceasingly, and from time to time the children's voices were floated across to him.