1) I was cold, but the natural authority of his age, and the added fact that he was a neighbor and had talked to my father about fertilizer, (rooted me to the spot.)<= what does this mean?
2) What is difference between “assure” and “ensure” (if there isn’t any difference which one is more common in AmE?
3) What does Spunk in AmE mean? Of course informal meaning
4) What is antonym for “constipation”?
5) Are these common
Up the duff
Turn a blind eye
As Good As Gold
6) Is “to disenfranchise” a formal word and just used in newspaper?, if so give me a more common word
thanks a lot
1- I was so surprised I couldn't move
2- assure- give my word- ensure- make sure
5- they are all idioms in use
6- formal, but tends to be used in formal contexts only
As a through and through Yankee, I have to ask... Up the duff? What have you wacky people on the other side of the pond come up with now? Someone is up to snuff? Up the draft? What's up the duff mean?
Think of the saying, "Get off your duff!" then let your imagination run with it.
Originally Posted by Robert B. Mercer
"up the duff"=>Euphemism for pregnant. Used most commonly, although not exclusively, to describe unplanned pregnancy.
Up the duff- I wouldn't say this is a euphemism; it's actually more slang. As a euphemism, we might say 'in the family way', but 'up the duff' is not so polite, though you're right to say it's more used for unplanned preganancy.