All sizzle no sausage: Pretty disappointing climax.
Rough as hessian undies: Someone who is uncouth.
He ain't the sharpest tool in the shed: Not very bright.
Daggy: Scruffy (not what hangs off a sheep’s backside), or not cool.
I'm so hungry I could eat the back end out of a low flying duck / I’m so hungry I could eat a horse and chase the rider: Really hungry.
She can talk underwater with a mouth full of marbles: Someone who doesn’t shut up and talks a lot.
As flash as a rat with a gold tooth: Dressing ostentatiously (very smart).
Going off like a frog in a sock: Super, super excited.
You can’t put in what God left out: Clearly you are not born with a natural talent.
A few tinnies short of a slab: Not very bright.
I’m full as a fat lady’s sock: You couldn’t have one more bite and you are full.
Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick: It’s better than nothing.
May an emu come to your house and kick your dunny door down: I want you to have some bad luck.
Two shakes of a lamb’s tail: When you do something quick.
Tickle me pink: Something someone has said or done has delighted a person.
That's a chip off the old block: A person who resembles their parent.
A dingo's breakfast: Means no breakfast at all.
Flat out like a lizard drinking: You have been working hard.
A face like a dropped pie/face like a busted crab: Ugly.
Like a shag on a rock: Abandoned or lonely.
Up and down like a dunny seat: Changing your opinion.
Couldn’t hit a bull in the backside with a handful of wheat: It usually describes a useless sports person.
So windy it will blow a drover’s dog off the chain: It’s windy.
Lower than a snake’s belly in a wheel rut: Someone who has no moral standing.
Catch you round like a rissole: See you later.
He is carrying on like a pork chop: Behaving silly.
All feathers, no meat: No substance.
Having a Barry Crocker: A person is having a shocker.
Fit as a mallee bull: In good physical health.
Spit the dummy: Acting like a child.
Couldn’t run a chook raffle: Unorganised/useless.
A roo loose in the top paddock: A bit daft.
Fair shake of the sauce bottle/fair crack of the whip: Give someone a chance.
Looks like a drowned rat: Wet/drenched.
Happy as a pig in mud: Extremely happy.
He can drink like a camel: He can hold his beer.
Dust up: A fight.
Hit the frog and toad: Let’s get going.
Ankle biter: Small child.
Cost big bikkies: When something is expensive.
Sparrows fart: Early time of the day.
Crook as a dog: Unwell.
Emu parade: Clean up
Knee high to a grasshopper: Very small or young.
Keen as mustard: Very keen or eager.
Knuckle sandwich: A punch in the face.
Not playing for sheep stations: When someone plays competitively.
That’s not a knife, this is a knife: As actor, Paul Hogan, in the iconic Australian movie Crocodile Dundee pointed out – he had a big knife.
As the crow flies: The distance as a crow would fly.
He kicked the bucket: He died.
Get some shut-eye: Having a sleep.
Happy little Vegemite: A happy person.
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Accadacca – How Aussies refer to Australian rock band ACDC
Ankle Biters – Children
Arvo – Afternoon (S’Arvo – this afternoon!)
Aussie Salute – Wave to scare the flies
Avo – Avocado
Barbie – Barbecue
Beauty! – Great! Most often exclaimed as “You Beauty”
Billy – Teapot (on an Outback fire)
Bloody oath – its true. “You right mate? “Bloody Oath”
Bludger – Someone who’s lazy.
Bogan – This word is used for people who act like rednecks.
Booze Bus – Police vehicle used to catch drunk drivers
Bottle-O – Bottle Shop, a place to purchase alcohol
Brekky – Breakfast
Brolly – Umbrella
Buckleys Chance – little chance of happening
Budgie Smugglers – Speedos a very brief swimming costume
Buggered – Exhausted
Bush – “Out in the bush”
Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon
Cactus – she's cactus mate - Dead, Broken
Choc A Bloc – Full
Choccy Biccy – Chocolate Biscuit
Chook – Chicken
Chrissie – Christmas
Ciggy – Cigarette
Clucky – feeling maternal
Cobber – Very good friend.
Coldie – Beer. Come over for a few coldie’s mate.
Coppers – Police
Crack the shits – Getting angry at someone or something
Crikey – an expression of surprise
Crook – Being ill or angry.
C*nt, the “C” word – Used when exchanging pleasantries between close friends or family member.
Daks – Trousers. ‘Tracky daks’ = sweatpants (tracksuit pants)
Deadset – True
Defo – Definitely
Devo – Devastated
Drongo – a Fool, Don’t be a drongo mate.
Dunny – Toilet
Durry – Cigarette
Esky – An insulated container that keeps things cold (mostly beers)
Fair Dinkum – Honest
Flannie / Flanno – flannelette shirt
Flat out – Really busy – “Flat out like a lizard drinking
Frothy – Beer
F*ck Me Dead – surprised, that’s unfortunate
G’day – Hello
Galah – a bird with a reputation for not being bright, hence a galah is also a stupid person
Going off – busy, lots of people / angry person “he’s going off”
Good On Ya – Good work mate
Goon – the best invention ever produced by mankind. It is a cheap, boxed wine that will inevitably become an integral part of your Australian backpacking experience.
Hard yakka – Hard work
Heaps – loads, lots, many
Hoon – Hooligan (normally driving badly!)
Iffy – bit risky or unreasonable
Knickers – female underwear
Larrikin – Someone who’s always up for a laugh, bit of a harmless prankster
Legless – Someone who is really drunk
Lollies – Sweets
Maccas – McDonalds.
Mongrel – Someone who’s a bit unpleasant.
Mozzie – Mosquito
No Drama – No problem / it’s ok
No Worries – No problem / it’s ok
No Wucka’s – A truly Aussie way to say ‘no worries’
Nuddy – Naked run
Outback – The interior of Australia, “The Outback” is more remote than those areas named “the bush”
Pash – to kiss
Piece of Piss – easy as
Piss Off – go away, get lost
Piss Up – a party, a get together and in Australia – most social occasions
Piss – (To Piss) to urinate
Pissed – Intoxicated, Drunk
Pissed Off – Annoyed angry
Rapt – Very happy
Reckon – for sure. ‘You Reckon?’… ‘I reckon!’
Rellie / Rello – Relatives
Ripper – ‘You little ripper’ = That’s fantastic mate!
Root Rat – someone who enjoys sex (maybe a little too much)
Rooted – Tired or Broken
Sanger – Sandwich
Servo – Service Station / Garage
Sheila – A woman
She’ll be apples – Everything will be alright
Shoot Through – To leave
Sick – awesome; ‘that’s really sick mate’
Sickie – a sick day off work, or ‘to pull a sickie’ would be to take a day off when you aren’t actually sick
Skull – To drink a beer in one go
Slab – A carton of beer (piss)
Smoko – Cigarette break
Snag – Sausage
Stiffy – Erection
Stoked – Happy, Pleased
Straya – Australia
Strewth – An exclamation of surprise
Stubby – a bottle of beer
Stuffed – Tired
Sunnies – Sunglasses
Swag – Single bed you can roll up, a bit like a sleeping bag
Tinny – Can of beer or small boat
Thongs – Flip Flops, footwear (not undies)
True Blue – Genuinely Australian
Tucker – Food. ‘Bush Tucker’ tends to be food found in the Outback such as witchetty grubs.
Two Up – A gambling game played on Anzac day.
Uee – to take a U-Turn when driving
Up Yourself – Stuck up
Woop Woop – middle of nowhere
Yous – (youse) plural of you!
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