Learning a new language can be hard! And in English there are so many turns of phrase, words and idioms that have means other than what it sounds like. It can leave a non-native speaker in the dark as to what is being discussed in a number of conversations! Here are a few commonly used slang terms and metaphors to help you out!
A buck - an American dollar
Couch Potato - A lazy person
Crash - to fall asleep suddenly, or to show up without an invitation
Jack up - a sharp, sudden increase in price
Knock - to say something negative about something or someone, to bad mouth
Piece of cake - a metaphor to explain something that is easy or effortless
Tight - n adjective to describe closeness between competitors
Zonked - to be completely exhausted
For the birds - to say that something is substandard in some aspect.
Bought the farm - means to die suddenly
Jonesing - to crave or strongly desire something
Take a raincheck - a common metaphor for having to reschedule or postpone something
John Hancock - means your signature
Ride shotgun - means to ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle.
Wrap - to finish or complete something
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