List of Australian English Idioms & Phrases
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- Beyond the black stump
- An Australian idiom idicating that even if you go as far as you can, the black stump is still a little further.
- Blood is worth bottling
- If an Australian says to you "Your blood is worth bottling", he/she is complimenting or praising you for doing something or being someone very special.
- Cut down the tall poppies
- If people cut down the tall poppies, they criticise people who stand out from the crowd.
- Dog-whistle politics
- When political parties have policies that will appeal to racists while not being overtly racist, they are indulging in dog-whistle politics.
- Dry as a dead dingo's donga
- If somethng is as dry as a dead dingo's donga, it is very dry indeed.
- Dry as a wooden god
- Very dry area or very thirsty: That desert is as dry as a wooden god.
- Fair suck of the sauce bottle
- If you demand a fair suck of the sauce bottle, the other person is being unreasonable in what they are asking or suggesting you do.
('Fair suck of the sav' is also used.)
- Flash as a rat with a gold tooth
- Someone who's as flash as a rat with a gold tooth tries hard to impress people by their appearance or bahaviour.
- Flat out like a lizard drinking
- An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.
- Grinning like a shot fox
- If someone is grinning like a shot fox, they are smiling uncomprehendingly or smugly, looking stupid while smiling, showing that they don't really understand what's going on, like the bared teeth on the corpse of a fox.
- Like a shag on a rock
- If someone feels like a shag on a rock, they are lonely or isolated. A shag is an Australian bird that often perches alone on a rock.
- Mad as a cut snake
- One who is mad as a cut snake has lost all sense of reason, is crazy, out of control.
- On the knocker
- If you do something on the knocker, you do it immediately or promptly.
- On the wallaby track
- In Australian English, if you're on the wallaby track, you are unemployed.
- See which way the cat jumps
- If you see which way the cat jumps, you postpone making a decision or acting until you have seen how things are developing.
- She'll be apples
- A very popular old Australian saying meaning everything will be all right, often used when there is some doubt.
- Stone the crows
- Stone the crows is used to convey shock or surprise similarly to "Oh my God".
"Stone the flamin' crows" is a more emphatic form of the expression.
- Talk the legs off an iron pot
- Somebody who is excessively talkative or is especially convincing is said to talk the legs off an iron pot.
('Talk the legs off an iron chair' is also used)
- Tough as woodpecker lips
- Something that is as tough as woodpecker lips is very strong, resilient, etc.
- Up a gum tree
- If you're up a gum tree, you're in trouble or a big mess.
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