Frenemy – English Slang

Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? It happened to me in the past and I must say, it’s pretty awful! Unfortunately, it’s something common and there are several ways to refer to this kind of people:

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Example sentences from the web:

  • “What do you think about frenemies?”
    “I say, keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer.”
  • Zack is John’s frenemy. They get a long in the office but both of them work on internal competing teams.
  • Gwyneth had a frenemy once and was troubled at the joy she felt when thisperson suffered a terrible public humiliation.

“Frenemy” on the Web: How to Deal With Frenemies

P.S.: I’m sure you got it, but if you didn’t … This term is a combination of the words “friend” and “enemy” ;-).

 

 

“Miffed” – British Slang

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Example sentences from the web:

  • He hadn’t called for four days and Lucy was getting miffed.
  • Philip was pretty miffed at being cut out of his father’s will.
  • Are you seriously miffed that I didn’t check with you first?

 

“Cock up” – British slang

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Example sentences from the web:

  • The whole affair was a monumental cock-up from start to finish.
  • Nothing goes right, it’s just one cock-up after another!
  • I cocked up the orders for table number four.

*Notice that this expression isn’t commonly used in the USA, where it is generally assumed to have a vulgar meaning.

“Blinding” – British slang

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Example sentences from the web:

  • I was waiting for a blinding revelation that never came.
  • He showed a blinding display of skills.

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“Knackered” – British slang

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Example sentences from the web:

  • The rider forgot to eat before the last climb of the day and he was completely knackered half way up
  • I helped my parents with house chores today. I’m too knackered to join you for dinner, I’m sorry.
  • She has finished the book. Then she fell asleep immediately, she was so knackered!

“Butty; buttie” – British slang

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Example sentences from the web:

  • Get yourself a piece of bread, I’ll make you a chip butty.
  • Give us an egg butty and don’t break the yolk.
  • “What’ve you got for your dinner?”
    “Cheese butties.”

Notice that you could also hear the term ‘sarnie’ (British slang) referring to a sandwich.

Bacon-Sarnie

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Example sentence from the web:

  • Do us a favour, pop to the shops and get us a sarnie.