50 useful slang expressions for a big night out!
Slang is an important part of English. It’s used a lot in native-speaker conversations, and appears in films, songs and TV shows.
Planning the night
Not be bothered
If you “can’t be bothered” to do something, you don’t want to do it, often because you don’t have the energy or you’re feeling lazy.
“I can’t be bothered to go into town – let’s just go to the pub round the corner.”
Nap / kip
A short sleep, often in the afternoon.
“I think I’ll have a nap before we head out.”
To get dolled up
To put on nice clothes for a special occasion (usually for women).
“I’m going to get dolled up for the party.”
To put your face on
To put make-up on (usually for women).
“Wait! I’ve got to put my face on!”
To have pre-drinks
To have some drinks at home before going to a club or pub (often as a way of saving money!). Also, “to pre-drink”.
“Let’s have a few pre-drinks before going out!”
If you can’t “make it” somewhere, you aren’t able to go there.
“Thanks for the invite, but I don’t think I can make it as I’ve got a conference to go to the next day.”
A sight for sore eyes
People often use this expression when they meet up with someone they haven’t seen for a long time.
“You’re a sight for sore eyes! Last time I saw you was at Brad’s wedding.”
You must be mad / you must be mental
People often use these expressions to say that they’d never do the thing they’re talking about. It’s a way of emphasising what you want to say.
“You must be mad if you think I’m going to drink that”, which means, “I’d never drink that!”
To hang out
If you “hang out” with people, you spend time with them, chatting, drinking, socialising, etc.
“We’re going to hang out with Jamie and Harriet before going to the party if you fancy coming along.”
To take a chill pill /to chill out
If you tell someone to “chill out “, you’re telling them to relax and be calm.
A: If we don’t leave soon, we’ll be late.
B: Chill out! We’ll be fine.
To be gutted
If you’re “gutted” about something, you’re unhappy and disappointed about it.
“I’m gutted they cancelled the concert. I was really looking forward to it.”
At the restaurant
To be starving
To be really hungry.
“I hope the food comes soon. I’m starving.”
To eat a horse
If say you could “eat a horse”, you’re saying that you’re really hungry.
“Let’s order now. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.”
If someone “scoffs” food, they eat all of it very quickly.
A: I didn’t get any of the starters.
B: That’s ‘cos Bryan scoffed them all.
To wolf down
To eat food very quickly.
“You must have been hungry. You wolfed that pizza down in seconds!”
To be stuffed
If you’re “stuffed”, you feel full because you’ve eaten too much.
“I never should have had that dessert. I’m stuffed.”
To go Dutch
To divide a bill equally between the people who are there. For example, if there are two people, each pays 50% of the bill.
“Let’s go Dutch!”
To do a runner
To leave a bar or restaurant without paying the bill.
“Quick, the waiter isn’t looking! Let’s do a runner!”
At the bar
An amount of money that everyone contributes to and that is used to pay for drinks, etc.
“Everybody has to put ten euros into the kitty.”
To splash out
To spend a lot of money, often in order to celebrate something.
“Let’s get a bottle of champagne. I feel like splashing out.”
To down in one
To drink all the contents of a glass without stopping or pausing.
“Look, everyone! I’m going to down this pint of beer in one.”
Hit the spot
If something “hits the spot”, it’s perfect for you.
“Mmm… That cold beer really hit the spot.”
To be wasted / plastered / hammered / slaughtered / pissed (UK)
To be very drunk
“He can’t even stand up. He’s wasted!”
Note: In Britain “to be pissed” means to be drunk, but in the USA it means “to be angry”.
To have had one too many
If you say that someone has had “one too many”, you’re saying that they’ve had too much alcohol. The “one” refers to a glass of beer / wine / whisky, etc.
“You should go home. I think you’ve had one too many.”
To get the drinks in
To buy drinks for everyone in the group you’re with.
“I think it’s my turn to get the drinks in. What are you having?”
A “round” of drinks is a selection of drinks for everyone in the group you’re with.
“I’ll get this round! / It’s my round!”
Tight / stingy
If you say that someone is “tight”, you’re saying that they never spend money.
“He never gets anyone else a drink. He’s just so tight.”
To split the cost
If you “split the cost” of something, you share the cost, often dividing it in half.
“Let’s split the cost!”
At the party
House-warming party / house-warming
A party someone has soon after moving into a new house/flat.
“We moved in last Thursday, and we’re having the housewarming party on Saturday night if you want to come along.”
To go to a party you weren’t invited to.
“They gatecrashed a party in the town centre.”
If something “rocks”, it’s great / fantastic.
“This party rocks!”
To be awesome
To be great / fantastic.
“The party was awesome!”
To be lame / to suck (US English)
If something is “lame” or if it “sucks”, it’s terrible.
“This party is totally lame!”
To check out
If you tell A to “check something (or someone) out”, you’re telling A to look at that thing or person.
“Check out that guy on the dance floor – he’s really cute.”
This word is used to refer to attractive people in general.
A: Shall we go?
B: No way! There’s loads of talent here.
Looking for love
To be on the pull
If someone is “on the pull”, they’re looking for “romance”.
“Mark split up with his girlfriend last week so I think he’s on the pull.”
Fit / hot
“Wow! That guy over there is really fit!”
To chat someone up
To talk to someone in a playful, fun way because you think they’re attractive.
“I think that girl was trying to chat me up!”
To be in luck
If you’re “in luck”, someone seems to be interested in you.
“I think I’m in luck – he asked for my phone number.”
To kiss someone intimately and for a long time.
“They were snogging.”
To fancy someone
To find someone attractive.
“I really fancy him. I think he’s gorgeous!”
To hit the road / to get going / to get moving / to make tracks
To leave a place / to go home
“I think I’m going to hit the road. I’ve got to get up early tomorrow.”
To have a blast
If you “have a blast”, you have a great time.
“I had a blast last night! Let’s do it again sometime!”
Knackered / shattered
If you’re “knackered”, you’re very tired.
“I’m going home. I’m knackered!”
To hit the sack / hay
To go to bed
“I can’t wait to get home and hit the sack.”
To share a cab
If you “share a cab” with someone who is going in the same direction as you, you both take the same taxi and divide the cost.
“I don’t fancy walking home. Why don’t we share a cab?”
The next day
Not remember a thing
If you “can’t remember a thing”, you can’t remember anything.
“Did I make a fool of myself last night? I can’t remember a thing.”
If you’ve got a “thumping headache”, your head is hurting a lot.
“I’ve got a thumping headache. Have you got an aspirin?”
To face the music
To deal with the consequences of something bad that you’ve done.
“I got drunk and swore at my boss last night. On Monday I’ll have to face the music.”
To take it easy
“I’ve got a terrible hangover. I think I’m gonna go and lie down and take it easy.”
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