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ginger

1. slang A person with red hair. I was actually a bit of a ginger when I was young, but my hair turned more auburn as I grew older.
2. slang Homosexual, especially of men. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "ginger beer" rhymes with "queer." Can be used disparagingly. Primarily heard in UK. He's never going to ask you on a date, Sheila—he's a ginger.

ginger beer

slang Homosexual, especially of men. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "ginger beer" rhymes with "queer." Can be used disparagingly. Primarily heard in UK. Do not ask him on a date, Sheila—he's definitely ginger beer.
See also: beer, ginger

ginger group

A small group of people within a political party or organization who attempt to influence the other members of the group. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The party was staunchly conservative until the ginger group slowly started shifting them to a more liberal stance on social issues.
See also: ginger, group

ginger knob

vulgar slang A male with naturally red hair. (A reference to his pubic hair, where "knob" is vulgar slang for the penis). Primarily heard in UK, Ireland.
See also: ginger, knob

ginger minge

1. vulgar slang A woman with naturally red hair (a reference to her pubic hair, where "minge" is vulgar slang for the vulva or vagina). Primarily heard in UK, Ireland.
2. vulgar slang The external genitals of a woman with red pubic hair. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland.
See also: ginger

ginger minger

offensive slang A derogatory term for a person with red hair who is considered unattractive. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland.
See also: ginger

ginger up

1. To spice something with ginger. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ginger" and "up." Primarily heard in US. I think you could stand to ginger up the curry sauce a bit more.
2. To make something more lively, interesting, or exciting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ginger" and "up." Primarily heard in US. My editor wants me to ginger up the story with some steamy romance. I was worried the party might end up falling a little flat, so I hired a professional DJ to ginger it up.
See also: ginger, up
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ginger group

a highly active faction within a party or movement that presses for stronger action on a particular issue.informal
An old horse dealer's trick (recorded from the late 18th century) to make a broken-down animal look lively was to insert ginger into its anus. From this developed the metaphorical phrase ginger up , meaning ‘make someone or something more lively’; in the early 20th century the term ginger group arose, to refer to a highly active faction in a party or movement that presses for stronger action about something.
1970 New Society The appearance of ginger groups to fight specific proposals, is not necessarily a bad thing—particularly if the established bodies aren't prepared to fight.
See also: ginger, group
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Mark, 39, who was a redhead before shaving off his receding hair, said: "I feel that gingers deserve a break.
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We're slowing building up the numbers in preparation for when we take over the weighing room and have all the star gingers on our team.
There is also a Facebook group promoting "Hug a ginger day", and in a number of references to the Harry Potter series, groups include "The Weasleys - making gingers look hot since 2001".
"Gingers are obviously the best people in the world," he said.
Boffins at the Oxford Hair Foundation say that natural gingers will disappear by 2100 as the single gene which causes it - the MC1R - is not being passed down as it used to.
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Mark, 39, who was a redhead before shaving off his receding hair, said: "I feel that gingers deserve a break, as one of my friends said to me, gingers have been getting stick for a long time now so it is time they got something back.
Now the Sunday ECHO has created it's own gallery of star gingers...
The event, which doubled as a handy sheltering spot for fair-haired gingers during the heatwave, was staged as part of Moseley Festival.
The objective of this study was to determine the acute oral toxicity of steamed and dried ginger ( Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Zingiberaceae) extract (SDGE) in female and male Sprague -Dawley (SD) rats at doses of 0 and 5,000 mg/kg body weight.