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1. An initialism of "did not qualify," referring to someone who failed to qualify to participate in some activity, especially a sporting event. Often used informally as a verb. Their top athlete DNQ due to an injury. The NASCAR driver DNQ'd at Talladega after the front wheel came off his car.
2. An initialism of "do not quote," used in science fiction/fantasy fandoms to refer to content not intended to be distributed. Used especially in the context of fanzines and fan ezines. Although the document had been marked DNQ, it became widely distributed among local sci-fi clubs in the greater Bay Area. There are several notes for the ezine editor that are DNQ—make sure no one sees them but her!
An initialism of "do not use," used in reference to workers in a certain field who have been blacklisted by an employer or group of employers. Often used informally as a verb. After getting lots of complaints from patients about inappropriate behavior, the nurse was marked as DNU across the local healthcare sector. I got DNU'd after I refused to sign the newspaper's nondisclosure agreement and went public with the story.
euphemism Fucking. Based on a spelling of the letter "F," which is used to abbreviate "fuck." I don't want to scream at you in front of the kids, so you better get out of this effing house right now. Quit effing around, you two!
rude slang Engaging in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; fooling around. "Eff" is a euphemism for "fuck." I can't believe we spent the whole day just effing around online.
To draw an ex (X) or series of exes over some written word or name so as to designate its removal or need to be disregarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ex" and "out." A: "Why is Amy's name exed out?" B: "Because she's not coming on the field trip anymore." Just ex out all of the words that you feel need to be deleted in the next draft.
1. slang A phonetic spelling of "KO," an initialism for "knockout," a victory in boxing in which one's opponent is knocked to the mat and unable to rise within a specific amount of time. He's strong, but he lacks stamina. He'll try to win with a kayo in the early rounds, but if you can avoid his punches, you'll be able to tire him out. She's got more kayos than any other boxer in history.
2. verb, slang To achieve a victory by knockout. He kayoed his opponent in just 45 seconds. Don't worry about kayoing him—focus on your jabs, blocks, and footwork.
3. verb, slang To render someone unconscious. Be careful drinking that stuff. It'll kayo you! Sorry for not calling you back. I sat down after getting home from that hike and was instantly kayoed. He kayoed Jeff with a single punch to the head.
1. noun, slang An initialism for "knockout," a victory in boxing in which one's opponent is knocked to the mat and unable to rise within a specific amount of time. He's strong, but he lacks stamina. He'll try to win with a KO in the early rounds, but if you can avoid his punches, you'll be able to tire him out. She's got more KOs than any other boxer in history.
2. verb, slang To achieve a victory by knockout. He KOed his opponent in just 45 seconds. Don't worry about KOing him—focus on your jabs, blocks, and footwork.
3. verb, slang To render someone unconscious. Be careful drinking that stuff. It'll KO you! Sorry for not calling you back. I sat down after getting home from that hike and was instantly KOed. He KOed Jeff with a single punch to the head.
slang An initialism of "laughing quietly to myself," used in text messages and online communication to indicate one's mild amusement with someone or something. Often spelled with lowercase letters. I'm still LQTM over that funny picture you texted me yesterday. The show is pretty funny. It didn't make literally LOL or anything, I mostly just lqtm throughout.
informal To fit a portable microphone to a person or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mic" and "up." I still need to mic up the guests before we begin the interview. I don't like it when musicals mic the actors up. It's just really distracting to see. It turns out the police had mic'd up the company's office to record evidence of their illegal dealings.
slang An initialism of "not for British school kids," used as a humorous placeholder for an expletive. Sometimes conjugated with -'d or -'ing when used in place of conjugated verbs; sometimes spelled in lowercase letters. Now, why in the NFBSK would I agree to that? Someone in the art department really nfbsk'd up this illustration.
1. noun An initialism of "overdose," meaning to take on drugs. She died from an OD of fentanyl. The number of ODs in the country has skyrocketed in recent months.
2. verb To take an overdose, especially of a drug. I think she OD'ed—call an ambulance! I've taken so much cough syrup in the past few days that I feel like I'm gonna OD on it.
3. verb By extension, to consume or do something to an excessive degree. Candy, cupcakes, and ice cream? The kids are going to OD on sugar! I think I OD'ed on video games this weekend. I need a break.
1. rude slang To greatly anger or irritate someone. "P" is a euphemistic abbreviation of "piss." A noun or pronoun can be used between "P" and "off." I think I might start cycling to work in the morning—this traffic really P's me off! I think I P'd off Janet with my comment earlier.
2. rude slang To depart from somewhere quickly or abruptly. Often used as an imperative. Why don't you just P off if you're not going to help us?
See also: off
toing and froing
1. Traveling between places or locations. Formed from the phrase "to and fro," meaning "back and forth" or "here and there." All this toing and froing between our different stores throughout the state has left me exhausted.
2. Jumping between plans or ideas in an unproductive way. To solve this problem, you need to commit to one plan of attack and stop all this toing and froing.
1. noun An initialism of "toilet paper." If you're going to the store later, we're running low on TP. He walked out of the bathroom with TP stuck to his heel.
2. verb To cover something with toilet paper, especially by throwing rolls over the top of it. Every Halloween some punk kids go around TP'ing people's houses. Someone TP'd the statue in the middle of town.
To draw an ex (X) or series of exes over some written word or name so as to designate its removal or need to be disregarded. A noun or pronoun can be used between "X" and "out." A: "Why is Amy's name Xed out?" B: "Because she's not coming on the field trip anymore." Just X out all of the words that you feel need to be deleted in the next draft.
you could hear the grass grow(ing)
It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. I reckon you could hear the grass growing in the awkward silence that followed that dreadful performance.
1. verb, informal To vacillate, fluctuate, or reverse in opinion, position, or decision very frequently and abruptly. A reference to the action of the toy, a flattened spool wound with string that spins outward from the hand and then retracts again very quickly. The politicians keep yo-yoing on this issue, so it's hard to know where we stand at the moment. The boss yo-yoed for days before he finally made a decision on the proposal.
2. noun, slang A stupid, incompetent, or unpleasant person. Primarily heard in US. Make sure that yo-yo fills in the paperwork on time, or the whole project will come grinding to a halt. Some yo-yo at the department lost my application, so I couldn't get my license renewed before the trip.
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*sure as God made little green applesand *sure as eggs is eggs; *sure as fate; *sure as I'm stand-ing here; *sure as you live
Rur. absolutely certain. (*Also: as ~.) I'm as sure as God made little green apples that he's the one. I'm right, as sure as you live!
toing and froing (on something)
moving back and forth on an issue, first deciding one way and then changing to another. The boss spent most of the afternoon toing and froing on the question of who was to handle the Wilson account. I wish you would stop toing and froing and make up your mind.
X someone or something out
to mark out something printed or in writing, with Xs. Sally X'd the incorrect information out. Sally X'd out the incorrect information. You should X Tom out. He's not coming. Please X out this line of print.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
ˌtoing and ˈfroing
1 movement or travel backwards and forwards between two or more places: All this toing and froing between London and Paris is making him tired.
2 a lot of unnecessary or repeated activity or discussion: There’s been a lot of toing and froing next door today. I wonder what’s happening. ♢ After a great deal of toing and froing, I decided not to change jobs after all.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To make X-shaped marks on something to indicate that it should be deleted, canceled, or ignored: The editor will x out any offensive lines in your letter before publishing it. I wrote my number on the sheet and then, thinking again, I x'ed it out.
2. To remove someone or something from a list or record: Many details of the Spanish civil war have been x'ed out of the history books to make room for more recent events. My name should be on the admissions list unless they have decided to x me out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mod. fucking. (Usually objectionable.) What an effing stupid idea! Who is that F-ing idiot.
effing aroundand F-ing around
in. fucking around; messing around. (see also fuck around. Usually objectionable.) They were F-ing around with the switch and turned it on accidentally.
See effing around
See also: around
KOand kayo (ˈkeˈo)
1. n. a knockout. (The abbreviation is an initialism. Boxing.) It was a quick KO, and Wilbur was the new champ.
2. tv. to knock someone out. (see also KOed. Boxing.) Wilbur planned to KO Wallace in the third round.
1. n. an overdose of a drug. (Initialism. Drugs.) If you take an OD and no one is around, you may end up dead.
2. in. to purposely or accidentally give oneself a fatal dose of drugs. (Drugs.) I knew he would OD someday.
3. in. to die from an overdose of drugs. (Drugs.) Two kids at my school ODed last weekend.
4. n. a person who has taken an overdose of drugs. (Hospitals.) How many ODs did you get in here last weekend?
1. n. toilet paper. (The abbreviation is an initialism.) Don’t forget to get teepee at the store.
2. tv. to festoon the trees and shrubbery of a residential yard with toilet paper. (A teenage prank.) All the swimmers’ houses get teepeed the night before a meet.
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go(ing) to the dogs
To be ruined. This expression, which has meant to come to a bad end since the seventeenth century, assumes that dogs are inferior creatures, as so many other sayings do (a dog’s life, die like a dog, sick as a dog, and so on). It was already a cliché by the time Shaw wrote, “The country is going to the dogs” (Augustus Does His Bit, 1917).
See also: dog
go(ing) to town
To do something successfully and/or with great enthusiasm. A nineteenth-century Americanism, this expression probably originally alluded to the special treat of a trip to town for rural folks. “Chocolate creams are one of the things I am fondest of. I was feeling low and I went to town,” said a character in Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Silent Partner, indicating he had eaten a great many of them.
See also: town
hold(ing) the bag, to/be left
Abandoned by others, left in the lurch to carry the responsibility or blame. The implication in this expression, used since the eighteenth century, is that one is left holding an empty bag while others have made off with the presumably valuable contents. The phrase has often been used in international relations—for example, by Thomas Jefferson (“She will leave Spain the bag to hold,” Writings, 1793), and on the eve of America’s entrance into World War II, by Clare Boothe (Luce) in Europe in the Spring (1940): “When bigger and better bags are made, America will hold them.”
See also: left
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