By Norman W. Schur, Eugene H. Ehrlich

British English A to Zed provides readers quick entry to an alphabetical directory of both the millions of "Briticisms" stated within the normal entries or the correlating "Americanisms" that seem through the booklet. This up to date variation good points greater than 5,000 entries, together with new phrases, either formal and slang, and phrases from assets as assorted as London companies and Bridget Jones's Diary.

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One of many expressions taken over from cricket. See also at the end of the day. at half-cock Inf. half-cocked Inf. ' athletics, n. pi. sports Athlete, though used in the broad sense, generally connotes participation in track and field. In a British school one goes in for athletics, rather than out for sports. , If we let this slip by, the whole project will be at risk. in danger au pair 15 at the end of the day when all is said and done Expressing the ultimate effect or result of foregoing activity or discussion: Large housing units may be more efficient, but at the end of the day people want their separate homes.

Inf. keep still! ' berk, n. approx. Slang, dope Slang. A fool who is also unpleasant. This word is heard in mixed company, but mightn't be if its origin were known. It is a shortening of Berkeley (pronounced Barkley), which is short for Berkeley Hunt, which is rhyming slang for cunt. berm, n. shoulder Of a road. Originally, a terrace between a moat and the bottom of a parapet. See also verge. Berwick cockles SEE COMMENT Not cockles at all, but shell-shaped mints made at Berwick-on-Tweed since 1801.

For example: Go about 100 yards, take the first turning on your right, then straight on through a little gate; go 40 yards to a gate on your left marked Main Entrance, but that's not really the main entrance (they just call it that, I haven't a clue why), but 20 yards farther on there's a small gate on your right that really is the bogie 35 main entrance; go through that, you'll see a dismal brown building on your left and— Bob's your uncle! Or:... add a few cloves, stir for five minutes, turn down the flame, let simmer for an hour or so, and—Bob's your uncle!

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