Here is the fourth part of the series. I hope you read the other parts in the series, if not find it in the archive link list on the right side.
- Daisy Roots: Boots (Cockney Rhyming Slang).
- Dark horse: Someone who accomplishes something previously unknown.
- Date rape: Rape by an acquaintance in a social meet.
- Davy Jones’ locker: Bottom of the sea.
- Dead cat bounce: An automatic recovery from a financial crisis.
- Dead ringer: An exact duplicate. This came into existence from horserace. The ringer is a horse substituted for one to defraud the bookies.
- Designer dyke: A lesbian of glamorous feminine beauty.
- A diamond in the rough: Someone with good character but lacking social grace.
- Dickey dirt: Shirt (Cockney Rhyming)
- Differently abled: handicapped or disabled. This is a more acceptable and better term than handicapped. And can be used not to offend such people.
- Doesn’t know shit from Shinola: To talk about someone with no knowledge or no judgment of matters. Shinola is a shoe polish.
- Dog and bone: Telephone. (Cockney rhyming).
- Dog days: Very hot days.
- Dog in the manger: Very spiteful or mean spirited.
- Dog’s bollocks: Excellent
- Dog’s breakfast: A mess or muddle.
- Done a runner: Left in a hurry.
- Done to a turn: Cooked just OK.
- Donkey’s years: A very long time.
- Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself: Make your employees do what they are meant to, and don’t do it yourself.
- Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth: Don’t be ungrateful when you are given something.
- Don’t upset the applecart: Don’t change the situation.
- Double Dutch: Nonsense
- Double whammy: A blow or setback.
- Down at heel: Impoverished.
- Down the pan: Wasted and unrecoverable. Same meaning as “Down the tubes.”
- Dressed up to the nines: Dressed flamboyantly.
- Drink like a fish: Drink heavily. Fish is always in water and is supposed to drink too much.
- Dropping like flies: Falling down ill or dead quickly in large numbers.
- Drummed out of the army: Dismissed from army service.
- Dust up: A fight.
More of the usages will be added and I know this is devoid of examples; they will be added soon.
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