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American Slang/Idioms starting with S
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School (someone) (v.)
: To teach someone a lesson. To show someone how something is (really) done. ex: "We thought we were the best, but the other team really schooled us."
Screw up (v.)
: To make a mistake, do something badly/wrong ex: "I really screwed up my audition."
: When talking about people = smart, intelligent; when talking about clothes = stylish, high-quality.
Shoot hoops (v.)
: To play basketball in a casual, informal way. ex: "Let's shoot some hoops on Friday."
(To be) short on cash
: To not have too much money. ex: "I'm a little short on cash - Can you help me out a bit?"
Show, Show up (v.)
: To arrive. ex: "We waited for two hours, but they didn't show (up)."
(The) slammer (n.)
: Jail. ex: "He was in the slammer."
Snail mail (n.)
: Regular physical mail (as opposed to email).
: In phrases such as "Wasn't that something!", "something" actually means "something interesting" or "something special" or "something surprising", depending on the context.
: Very strange person who always seems to be in his/her own world. ex: "Peter is a bit of a space cadet. He's always zoning out when I talk to him."
Space out (v.)
: To lose oneself in thought, esp. when you should be paying attention to something else. To zone out. ex: "Sorry, I spaced out for a second. What were you saying?"
: To leave. ex: "I have to split. See you tomorrow!"
: To break up; to stop seeing each other (as boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, etc.) ex: "Tom and Maria split up last month."
: To scare.
: Collection. ex. "They had quite a spread of food at the party."
: A hidden collection of something, often (but not always) used to refer to hidden drugs. ex: "Mark's parents found his stash (of pot) under his bed."
: angry, very upset, pissed off (*rude*). ex: "Bill was steamed about what happened."
Stick to (something)
: To keep (doing something). To not stop (doing something) ex: "Madonna wants to be an actress, but I think she should stick to singing."
: 1) Direct, clear, honest. ex: "He wouldn't give me a straight answer.";
2) Heterosexual. ex: "I'm pretty sure he's straight."
Strike up a conversation
: To start a conversation.
Stuck up (adj.)
: Snobbish, conceited. ex: "I don't like her. She's so stuck up."
: Attractive woman. ex: "Wow! What a stunner!"
: Person easily fooled or impressed by something. ex: "I'm a sucker when it comes to classic cars." (I'm easily impressed by classic cars)
Sugar daddy/sugar mama(n.)
: A wealthy man or woman who either supports you financially (pays for you) or gives you gifts, in return for sex or companionship.
: Very nice. ex: "That is a sweet car."
(To have a) sweet tooth
: To love to eat candy, sweets, etc.
: A drink (out of a bottle). ex: "Gimme a swig!"
Swing (something) (v.)
: To arrange (something)/to get (something) done. ex: "It'll be hard but we'll probably be able to swing a deal."