100 British Sayings

Here are some sayings spoken specifically by the British. I bet you have never heard any of these else where. You can go  through the list and start using it, at least you can now sound different and unique when you are interacting with your friends. If you are British, then you need to learn the ones you are not yet familiar with. But if you are not British and you plan going to Britain soon, then take good advantage of these sayings in order not to sound odd.

100 British sayings with meanings

1. put some welly into it – put some muscle into it

2. zonked – tired, exhausted

3. throw a wobbly – have a tantrum

4. yonks – a long time

5. whinge – complain

6. Ace – brilliant, which means very good

7. All right? – Hello, how are you?

8. Barmy – mad or crazy

9. Bite your arm off – overly excited to get something

10. Tickety-boo – if someting is going well

11. twee – dainty

12. two finger salute – swear

13. waffle – talk about something irrelevant

14. Blimey – an exclamation of surprise

15. Blinding – fantastic

16. Blinkered – narrow- minded

17. suss – figure out

18. taking the mickey – taking the piss

19. throw a spanner in the works – wreck something

20. Bloody – used to emphasize almost anything, also bleeding or blooming

21. Blow me – means something like I am so surprised you could knock me over just by blowing, “knock me down with a feather”

22. Bob’s your uncle – that’s it!

23. spend a penny – go to the toilet

24. splash out – spend a lot of money

25. stone the crows – blimey

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26. Bollocks – it literally means testicles but describes something that is no good

27. Bomb – really expensive, really well, or really fast

28. Bottle – courage

29. Brill – short for “brilliant”; cool

30. shirty – bad tempered

31. shambles – chaotic mess

32. skew-whiff – crooked

33. Smarmy – smooth

34. Budge up – move over and make some room

35. Bum – your bottom

36. Bung – throw it, bribe

37. Camp – gay or effeminate behavior, camp it up – dress in drag

38. piece of cake – easy

39. put a sock in it – shut up

40. Rat arsed – drunk

41. Cheeky – flippant

42. Cheerio – friendly way of saying goodbye

43. Chivvy along – hurry up!

44. Off your trolley – mad

45. Parky – cold

46. Pear shaped – something gone wrong

47. Cobblers – rubbish

48. Cock up – a mistake

49. Cor – expression of surprise

50. alright mush – hi

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More British saying and what they mean

51. Nitwit – twit

52. Not my cup of tea – not for me

53. On your bike – polit way of saying f*** off

54. Cracking – the best

55. Crikey – expression of surprise

56. Do – a party

57. Doddle – cinch, easy

58. Fiddle sticks – polite swear word

59. Full of beans – someone has a lot of energy

60. knockers – breasts

61. Dodgy – not to be trusted

62. Dog’s bollocks – really fantastic

63. Duff – useless, junk, trash

64. Chivvy along – hurry up

65. Codswallop – baloney

66. Donkeys years – a long time

67. Duffer – old person

68. Dull – boring

69. Engaged – busy

70. Fagged – bothered

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71. Fancy – desire

72. Beastly – big

73. Belt up – shut up

74. Blast – dammit

75. Cheesed off – annoyed

76. Fanny around – procrastinate

77. Fit – good looking or tasty

78. Flog – sell

79. Flutter – a bet

80. Arse about tit – back to front

81. Keep your hair on – calm down

82. Absolute tosh – complete rubbish

83. Full monty – the whole thing

84. Full of beans – lots of energy

85. Gander – look around

86. Getting off – making out, kissing, etc.

87. Cow juice – milk

88. Bob’s your Uncle – there you have it

89. Cackhander – Left Handed person

90. Give us a bell – call me

91. Gobsmacked – amazed

92. Gormless – clueless

93. Grub – food

94. Bee’s Knee’s – the best

95. Elbow grease – Hard work

96. Chuffed as nuts – extremely pleased

97. Hiya – hi there, hello

98. Horses for courses – to each to his own

99. Useless Knob – Lazy person

100. Pop over/in – go to, stop by

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