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Slang of the Day

zero

Meaning:

a worthless person, someone who's done nothing worthwhile in life

For example:

Clive is such a zero. He's spent his whole life stacking shelves in his father's shop during the day, and watching television in his room at night.

Those neighbourhood gangsters think they're heroes, but as far as we're concerned they're nothing but zeroes.

Phrasal Verb of the Day

jump on
INFORMAL

Meaning:

If someone jumps on you, they strongly criticise you.

For example:

jump on If one of his staff makes a mistake, Donald jumps on them and tells them they'll be fired if they do it again.

jump on Human rights organisations jumped on the government for causing the deaths of so many innocent people.

Phrasal Verb of the Day

go away (2)

Meaning:

to stop existing, or to stop being noticeable

For example:

go away If you start putting cream on your pimples today, they should go away in three or four days.

go away The problem isn't going to go away by itself. You're going to have to do something about it.

Idiom of the Day

feel the pinch

Meaning:

If you are feeling the pinch, you're finding it harder to survive on your income.

For example:

Since the price of oil went up, lots of businesses have been feeling the pinch.

Inflation has been pretty bad recently, so we've all been feeling the pinch.

Slang of the Day

yakuza

Meaning:
a Japanese criminal organisation, or a member of such an organisation

For example:
Many members of the yakuza have amazing tattoos that cover nearly every part of their body.

Everyone knew Hideki was a yakuza because the tip of his left little finger had been cut off.

Idiom of the Day

recharge your batteries

Meaning:
You recharge your batteries if you do something to regain your energy after a period of hard work.

For example:

Vicky was really tired after organizing last month's seminar, so she's gone to one of those spa-resorts for a few days to recharge her batteries.

What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?

Origin: Metaphorical, and related to the fact that batteries used to power devices like mobile phones can be recharged when necessary.