By Norman W. Schur, Eugene H. Ehrlich
British English A to Zed provides readers instant entry to an alphabetical directory of both the hundreds of thousands of ''Briticisms'' stated within the normal entries or the correlating ''Americanisms'' that seem through the publication. This up to date variation positive aspects greater than 5,000 entries, together with new phrases, either formal and slang, and phrases from resources as assorted as London companies and Bridget Jones's Diary.
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Fains I! is the opposite of Bags I! bags o f . . Inf. Usually in the phrase bags of money. bail. A cricket term. Inf. piles o f . . See wicket; up stumps. bailiff, n. 1 . sheriff's assistant 2. estate or farm manager 1. A British bailiff is one employed by a sheriff to serve legal papers and make arrests. 2. An American bailiff is a minor court functionary in the nature of a messenger, usher, etc. bait, n. Food that will entice a wild animal. Slang, grub (food) baked custard. See custard. bakehouse, n.
T. approx. loathe Slang. When you bar something, you exclude it from consideration. bar, prep. but; except Heard especially in "bar none," meaning excepting none. , BAR 20/1. Here, bar is short for bar the favorites and means that each of the remaining horses in the rest of the field is at 20 to 1. , the favorites, and get their odds from those in charge. bar billiards. See billiard-saloon. bargain, n. stock market transaction The ominous phrase unable to comply with their bargains, usually found in newspaper and radio reports of bankruptcies (especially in the matter of stock exchange firms), comes out in America as unable to meet their debts.
G. Wodehouse than in current speech. bean-feast, n. company picnic Inf. Also called a beano (slang). Apparently, pork and beans (in Britain beans and bacon) were considered an indispensable element of the annual company celebration. The term has been extended to mean informally any merry occasion. beano. See bean-feast. beans and bacon pork and beans bearskin, n. SEE COMMENT High fur hat worn by the Brigade of Guards; much higher than a busby. Also any article of clothing made of fur. , adv. 1 .