Elder Dictionary

Elderly Terms, Meanings and Definitions


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bloomers, noun


Intensely unattractive female under garments.
She was sure to wear a fresh pair of bloomers in case she was in an accident.

Added on January 7, 2012 by Anonymous

BM, verb

Short for bowel movement
I haven't had a good BM for days.

Added on January 6, 2012 by Anonymous

a watched pot never boils, phrase

A reminder that things happen in their own time, thus fretting is futile.
Mother reminded Timmy that, "a watched pot never boils," while he anxiously stared at the rotary Friday night.

Added on December 16, 2011 by Susan K.

oleo, noun


Butter. Commonly referred to as margarine, which is made from oils.
Ma, could you get me the oleo from the ice box for my ham sandwich?

Added on December 16, 2011 by danielslaughter

beat a dead horse, phrase

When a topic of conversation is talked about endlessly without any new contribution to the subject at hand.
Now, Jim, I don't want to beat a dead horse, however, let's talk about what to do with the broken ice box.

Added on November 21, 2011 by Nick N.

fancy, verb


To admire or take interest in.
I quite fancy your slacks as they have nice buckles.

Added on November 1, 2011 by danielslaughter

cut your teeth, phrase

To gain initial experience or hands on skills to a new area of expertise.
Crikey Johnny! You sure cut your teeth real good on learning to lay bricks, didn't ya?

Added on October 17, 2011 by danielslaughter

whipper-snappers, noun


An arrogant or ornery young person Usually the partially grow up version of a little bugger.
That dang whipper-snapper threw my newspaper right threw a window and didn't even apologize!

Added on October 7, 2011 by Brent

coin purse, noun

A tiny decorative bag which carries metal coins in a women's purse. Yes, it is like a mini purse you keep inside of your giant purse. Quite often the opening of a coin purse was made of a metal clasp to keep your precious copper secured.
I would love a copy of that news paper young lad. Allow me to get out my coin purse for a couple coppers.

Added on September 29, 2011 by danielslaughter

rubber, noun

Rubber shoe covers, worn in inclement weather to protect your real shoes.
Bob, be sure to put on your rubbers before you leave for the store.

Added on September 19, 2011 by Brent

level with you, phrase

To relate to or compromise logically to someone else; or to gain even grounds with negotiations.
I will level with you lad. There's no way you are going to the drive-in with that floozie. Why not take that handsome woman Penelope instead?

Added on September 8, 2011 by danielslaughter

bet the farm on it, phrase

The unadvised act of putting all your assets into one idea, concept, or goal for something you cannot afford to loose.
I wouldn't bet the farm on it the customer will purchase your products from that dime store.

Added on August 31, 2011 by danielslaughter

mighty fine, adjective

An expression indicating an individual, object, state of being, or scenario is just golden.
These new trousers I bought from Penney's are mighty fine.

Added on August 30, 2011 by danielslaughter

in a pickle, phrase

An expression meaning you're in a situation where there is no positive looking outcome; between a rock and a hard place.
It looks like you're in a pickle. I mean, I realize you'll have to tell Sally about what the doctor said, but she has the right to know about your growth.

Added on August 23, 2011 by danielslaughter

bunk, noun


Something which has no meaning or purpose; nonsense.
I'm going to level with you here for a second. Your mother's peach cobbler, even with the dollop of sugary goo, is bunk.

Added on August 18, 2011 by danielslaughter