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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing
The US has majored on getting food to the refugees.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/08/2014 11:02:00

step it up

(also step things up)
to start to do something more intensely, more seriously etc
I decided to step it up a bit and over the course of a month create a whole new outfit from my wardrobe without buying anything new.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/08/2014 12:36:00

tech crèche

a safe (=a strong metal box with a special lock, used for storing valuable things) designed to encourage people to leave behind mobile phones and other electronic devices when doing outdoor leisure activities
The trilling of mobile phones in the forest may be a thing of the past with the introduction of what is being termed a tech crèche in a national park to encourage visitors to leave their gadgets behind and interact with nature instead.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/08/2014 11:36:00


the feeling of being tense and angry when you are hungry (hungry + angry)
Damn! Where is that steak I ordered? We've been waiting for an hour and a half here. The service here is terrible! I'm starving! I don't know about you, but I'm starting to feel really hangry!
Submitted by: Mahdiyeh from Iran, Islamic Republic of on 11/08/2014 13:04:00


a sport popular in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, played by two teams of 7 each occupying one side of the field. One member of the team (a raider) breathes in and then attempts to tag (=touch) one or more members of the opposing team before inhaling again. The opponents attempt to wrestle the raider to the ground to prevent him escaping before he has to inhale.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/08/2014 10:50:00


the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to the earth
At perigee, the moon is around 31,000 miles closer than when it is furthest away from the Earth.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/08/2014 10:44:00

chick noir

a style of literature written for women which has a crime or other serious and compelling theme
The book is the latest example of a new genre that publishers are calling chick noir – no pink jackets, no happily-ever-after endings, just chilling narratives charting the breakdown of domestic intimacy and trust.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/08/2014 10:43:00

duckface selfie

a selfie in which the subject pouts their lips in an exaggerated way
Though the duckface selfie looks ridiculous, it actually comes from a very sensible place.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/08/2014 16:59:00


behaviour typical of a yob (=someone who is rude, noisy and violent)
They are noted for their arrogance and yobbery, not their brains.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 07/08/2014 10:14:00

rug up

to wear layers of warm clothes in the anticipation of cold weather
I like to rug up in winter. I don't mind cold weather.
Submitted by: Özgür Mutlu Özlevi from Australia on 06/08/2014 22:03:00


someone who is obsessed with making a lot of money
They give us breadheads, to run our institutions of oversight.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/08/2014 13:01:00


I don't get his/her point: used on the Internet
My husband says I spend too much time on the Internet, but IDGHP.
Submitted by: Cinster from United States on 02/08/2014 22:56:00


(also autonomous)
describes a vehicle that takes charge of steering, accelerating, indicating and braking during most if not all of a journey between two points
In California alone, Google's driverless car has done more than 300,000 miles on the open road.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 01/08/2014 08:54:00

get a room

said mockingly to two people who are indulging in a public display of affection, that they should either stop or continue in private
Excuse me you two, get a room!
Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/07/2014 14:17:00

beach read

a book you can take on holiday, which is good enough to keep you engaged but not so serious it will spoil your holiday
Check out our list of the 15 best new paperback beach reads.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/07/2014 14:13:00


not gonna lie: used especially on the Internet for saying that you are going to admit something that makes you feel a bit uncomfortable or awkward
NGL, I kind of miss her.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/07/2014 14:07:00

only 2 (3, 4, etc) sleeps until

a childish way of saying how long it is until something exciting happens
Only 2 more sleeps till my birthday!
Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/07/2014 13:59:00


to take drugs
He is a cool guy except that he drinks and drugs too much.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 29/07/2014 13:40:00

revenge porn

sexually explicit photos or videos of a former partner posted on the Internet after the relationship has ended
Revenge porn can be tackled without the need for a new law.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/07/2014 10:00:00

slash fiction

(also slash)
fiction, usually published online, based around a same-sex sexual relationship between two existing characters who are not sexually linked in the original works, for example Captain Kirk and Mr Spock from Star Trek
It's not always easy to find read-worthy slash fiction on the net.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 28/07/2014 16:44:00