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Slang of the Day

klutz
American and Australian English Offensive

Meaning:

a clumsy or foolish person

For example:

Why did you tell Barney to pick up the glassware? He's a klutz so he'd be bound to break something.

All he had to do was catch a simple pop-up and we would've won the Baseball World Series. But he dropped it! What a klutz!

Variety: This slang term is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

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

put forward (2)

Meaning:

to change the date or time of an event, an appointment, a meeting, etc. so that it happens earlier than originally planned

For example:

put forward sth Do you mind if we put forward the starting time an hour, and make it 9 o'clock instead of 10?

put sth forward Uncle Roger has to go to Japan in April, so we've put our wedding forward a couple of weeks so he can come.

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.

Idiom of the Day

break your heart

Meaning:

If someone breaks your heart, they cause you a lot of emotional pain by ending a romantic relationship, or by deeply hurting you in some other way.

For example:

I loved Monty, and he broke my heart when he left me and went off with someone else.

Sue says her heart has been broken too many times, and she won't let herself fall in love again.

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.