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Updated: May 18, 2021

There are so many expressions and phrases that British people use on a daily basis that could be confusing to understand their meaning through context. Check out some of the most popular ones below and let me know if you have any questions!

  • Don’t bite my head off (Unwarranted anger or impatience)

  • Did she bottle it? (Did she lose her nerve and backed down on doing something?)

  • Budge up. (Move over and make some room so I can sit down next to you)

  • Bugger off. (Go away.)

  • These are nothing more than Chinese whispers. (These are nothing more than rumours.)

  • You made a pig’s ear of that. (You made a mess out of that.)

  • Don’t faff around. (Don’t procrastinate, don't work around what you need to do. Just do it)

  • Looks like we have the full Monty. (Looks like we have everything we need.)

  • What are you going on about? (What are you talking about?)

  • Leg it! (Run for it.)

  • That’s not my cup of tea. (That’s not to my liking.)

  • Are you off your trolley? (Are you crazy?)

  • He finally popped his clogs. (He finally died.)

  • You really know how to pull a blinder. (You achieved something difficult.)

  • She’s a few sandwiches short of a picnic. (She’s not very smart.)

  • Sod off! (Get lost.)

  • I have to spend a penny. (I have to go to the bathroom.)

  • That really takes the biscuit. (That really surprised me.)

In the next few days, I'll be posting many more like these phrases so keep checking!

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