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Heebie-jeebies
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Heebie-jeebies'?
A feeling of anxiety, apprehension or illness.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Heebie-jeebies'?
The sound of this term seems to hark back to earlier rhyming phrases, like hocus-pocus and mumbo-jumbo, with a touch of the jitters thrown in. The meaning is more like the British term - the screaming habdabs.

Heebie and jeebie don't mean anything as independent words and heebie jeebies was coined at a time and place when there was a spate of new nonsense rhyming pairs, called rhyming reduplications, - the bee's knees, etc., that is, 1920s USA.

Billy de BeckThe term is widely attributed to William Morgan "Billy" de Beck. The first citation of it in print is certainly in a 1923 cartoon of his, in the 26th October edition of the New York American:

"You dumb ox - why don't you get that stupid look offa your pan - you gimme the heeby jeebys!"
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Tosser

while the word wanker is a more general and term for expressing disdain for somebody, the word tosser describes a person with a tendency to show off or brag in an excessive and embarrassing way.

or someone whose explanation of a word consists solely of another synonym.
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Galoot

"Galoot" is an old word used, primarily in Scotland, that means a person
with an ungainly, cumbersome, and clumsy personality.

"Come here you big 'ol galoot!"
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sashay
intransitive verb

1: to make a chassé
2a: WALK, GLIDE, GO
b: to strut or move about in an ostentatious or conspicuous manner
Abdul sashayed into the Elizabeth Warren meet and greet with high expectations.
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flounce
intransitive verb

1a: to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions
flounced about the room, jerking her shoulders, gesticulating
— Agatha Christie
also : to move so as to draw attention to oneself
flounced into the lobby
b: to go with sudden determination
flounced out in a huff
These two:
to move so as to draw attention to oneself
to go with sudden determination
Abdul, outraged at having his authentic Cherokee-made moccasins ignored, flounced out of the Elizabeth Warren meet and greet
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savvy
practical know how
came into use around 1785

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sidewise
sideways
First known use 1531
see also crabwise

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Behooves

As in, it behooves me to tell you that this word has nothing to do with hooves

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Giz wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:19 pm
Behooves

As in, it behooves me to tell you that this word has nothing to do with hooves
That is not odd, it is literate English. :x
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rapscallion
noun

rap·​scal·​lion | \ rap-ˈskal-yən \
Definition of rapscallion
: RASCAL, NE'ER-DO-WELL
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solely wrote:
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savvy
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came into use around 1785
From the Spanish --> sabe usted
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"Science and Mother Nature are in a marriage where Science is always surprised to come home and find Mother Nature blowing the neighbor."

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Cut to the Chase
meaning "get to the point"
I had read that this was an old time movie making expression, which makes sense. But another derivation occurred to me.

French for a "Hunting knife" is couteau de chasse which is pronounced "cut to (the) chase". Referring to a knife edge or point makes some sense in the way the expression is used.

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ed wrote:
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Of course you are. Isn't everybody? :wink:
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As long as we're going to be French here, I just want to point out something.

A chaise longue ... IS. NOT. A. LOUNGE! :HoppingMad2:
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pyrrhic victory

As in “ If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined"
- Pyrrhus of Epirus

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ed wrote:
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If you came up with that on your own, you are a goddamn legend to me
♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ "

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From Misery (Missouri)

Slap you naked and hide your clothes
♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ "

"Science and Mother Nature are in a marriage where Science is always surprised to come home and find Mother Nature blowing the neighbor."

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Malarkey, is this why you started this ed?

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She looked like sin dipped in misery
W. va. saying
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Tallywhacker...I thought my dad invented that word.

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define. ... allywacker
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