Regular meaning: high temperature; opposite of cold
- Don’t touch the pan; it’s very hot!
- You need hot water to make tea.
Slang meaning: describes a person who is very attractive/sexy
- Wow, that guy is really hot!
- There are a couple of hot girls over there by the bar.
Regular meaning: the mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients used to bake bread
Slang meaning: money
- They lost a lot of dough in that bad business deal.
- I’m getting a weekend job to make some dough on the side.
Regular meaning: the opposite of low
- Airplanes fly very high in the air.
- There’s a high risk of death with this experimental surgery.
Slang meaning: describes a person who is experiencing the effect of drugs making them mentally excited
- He always gets into fights when he’s high.
- The driver who caused the accident was both drunk and high.
(drunk = intoxicated with alcohol)
Regular meaning: to drop something or let it fall heavily or suddenly, and without being careful
- Please don’t dump all your clothes on the bathroom floor; you should put them in the basket.
- At the beach, my son dumped a bucket of sand into my drink.
Slang meaning: to break off a romantic relationship without caring much about the other person’s feelings
- He dumped his girlfriend because she wasn’t very ambitious.
- If your boyfriend cheats on you, then you should dump him.
Regular meaning: to make a hole in the ground by using a shovel or your hands
Slang meaning: to like, enjoy, or appreciate
- You saw Taylor Swift in concert? I really dig her music!
- I’m just not digging my new job. The work isn’t very interesting.
Regular meaning: good, excellent, large
- The minister of education has a grand plan to reform all the country’s schools.
- The grand prize in this contest is an all-expenses-paid vacation to Hawaii!
Slang meaning: a thousand dollars
- They sold their house for two hundred grand.
- She makes about sixty grand a year at her job.
Regular meaning: to win in a competition, to hit repeatedly
- Italy beat France in the final game of the World Cup.
(beat = win)
- He beat his fists against the door.
(beat = hit repeatedly)
(fists = hands closed tightly)
Slang meaning: tired
- I don’t feel like going out tonight; I’m beat.
- After a 30-hour journey, we were totally beat.
Regular meaning: the place where two bones come together and your body can bend or move. Your knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, and neck are all joints.
- It can take a while to recover from injuries to your joints.
Slang meaning: a marijuana cigarette
- The teenagers were behind the school, smoking a joint.
Regular meaning: describes when a person is not healthy
- My daughter stayed home from school because she was sick.
- I think I’m getting sick. I’m coughing a lot and I have a fever.
Slang meaning: describes something that is very cool, great, awesome
- He did a triple backflip into the water – it was a sick move!
Regular meaning: the objects used by the actors in theater or film productions
- This isn’t a real gun, it’s a prop for a cowboy movie.
- Have you seen the box with all the props for the children’s play?
Slang meaning: respect, recognition, and credit (often used in expressions of gratitude and admiration)
- Props to Katie for throwing this awesome party!
- It was a complicated situation, but I have to give him props for the way he handled it.