Dictionary: AO – APP

 AO
n. 1977 US military usage – immediate vicinity, place of activity (Area of Operations) 
 
 A-OK
adj. 1959 sl., chiefly US, orig. astronauts’ usage – satisfactory; completely acceptable 
 
 A-ONE
adj. 1846 US – excellent, first-class; orig. used of ships, then of persons and things 
 
 AOS
phr. 2001 US sl. – used for suggesting there are no good options in a particular situation; ‘All Options Suck’. ‘All Options Stink’ 
 
 A OVER K
adv. 1998 NZ sl. – knocked upside down; ‘Arse over Kite’ 
 
 A OVER T
adv. 1984 sl. – head over heels, ‘ass over tit’ 
 
 ​APACE
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – by degrees, steadily
 
• APACHE
n. 1. 1918 – a man of ruffianly character
n. 2. 1930s sl. – a lesbian
n. 3. 1950 Amer. dial. – a type of men’s haircut; a Mohawk
n. 4. 1980s US homosexual sl. – a man who uses cosmetics 
n. 5. 1990s sl. – an act of sexual intercourse without the use of a condom
n. 6. 2000s Irish sl. – a joyrider
n. 7. 2004 UK sl. – Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic analgesic that is used as a recreational drug
 
• APACHE LAND
n. 1988 Sc. sl. – a rough or dangerous urban area
 
• APACHE STATE
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – Arizona
 
• A-PAIN-DICITIS
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – appendicitis

• APANTOMANCY
n. Bk2003 – divination by whatever happens to come to hand, by any objects that happen to present themselves
 
• APARTMENT
n. 1949 US sl. – a prison cell
 
• APARTMENT GIRL
n. 1992 US sl. – a prostitute who works out of her own apartment or comes to a customer’s apartment
 
• APARTMENT HOUSE
n. 1977 US sl. – in bar dice games: a roll from the cup in which some dice are stacked on top of others, invalidating the roll
 
• APARTMENT TO LET
adj. M19 sl. – unhinged, insane, crazy
n. 1. M17 sl. – the vagina
n. 2. 18C sl. – a widow
n. 3. 18C sl. – a widow’s weeds
 
• APARTMENTS-TO-LET
adj. B1874 Eng. sl. – weak-minded; idiotic
 
• APAST
adj. 1941 Amer. dial. – completed, finished
adv. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – of place: past
prep. 1. 1825 Eng. dial. – of place: beyond, past  Eng. dial.
prep. 2. 1892 Eng. dial. – of time: after, past
 
• A.P.B.
n. 1960s US police sl. – a general alert, a search for a missing person; ‘All Points Bulletin’ 
 
• APC
n. 1980s Aust. sl. – a quick wash of ‘important’ areas of the body; “ArmPits and Crotch’
 
• AP-CRAY
n. 1937 US Pig Latin for ‘crap’ – nonsense, rubbish
 
• APE
adj. 1. c1370 obs. – foolish, silly
adj. 2. 1910s US college sl. – drunk 
adj. 3. 1920s sl. – aggressive, dangerous
adj. 4. 1955 Amer. sl. – frenzied, berserk
n. 1. c1225 – a foolish person who imitates; an imitator; a mimic
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a mischievous, troublesome child
n. 3. 1930 Amer. dial. – among loggers: applied generally to men, but more particularly to a wage-earner
n. 4. 1931 sl. – a hoodlum or strong-arm man, esp. if big and strong; a thug 
n. 5. 1941 Amer. dial., derogatory –  a Black person
n. 6. 1970 US sl. – in the film industry: a motion-picture crewman
n. 7. 20C US sl. – any ugly man, esp. if large
vb. 1. 1940s US sl. – to lose control; to act in a wild manner
vb. 2. 1968 Amer. dial. – to pretend
 
• APE BARS
n. 1966 US sl. – high handlebars on a customized motorcycle
 
• APE-BEARER
n. 1600 obs. – one who carries a monkey about for exhibition; a strolling buffoon
 
• APED
adj. 1915 US sl. – intoxicated with alcohol
 
• APE DRAPE
n. 1995 US sl. – a hair style in which the hair is worn short at the front and long at the back; a ‘mullet’
 
• APE-FACE
n. 1980s US sl. – an ugly, thuggish person
 
• APE-FACED
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – pug-nosed
 
• APE HANGERS
n. 1965 Amer. sl. – long steering handles on a bicycle or motorcycle
 
• APEHEAD
n. 1928 US sl. – a fool, an idiot

• APEIROPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of infinity
 
• APE-KEEPER
n. 1600 obs. – one who carries a monkey about for exhibition; a strolling buffoon
 
• APE-LEADER
n. 1652 obs. – an old maid; an old lady
 
• APEMAN
n. M19 US sl., derogatory – a Black person
 
• APE OIL
n. 1940 US sl. – liquor; whisky
 
• APE OUT
vb. 1968 US sl. – to lose control; to act in a wild manner
 
• A PER SE
adj. c1470 colloq. – the best; first-class
 
• APER
vb. 1. 1877 Sc. – to hinder
vb. 2. 1908 Sc. – to change one’s mind
 
• APESHIT
adj. 1. 1955 Amer. sl. – crazed, infuriated, excited, freaked out, mad, insane
adj. 2. Bk2006 Amer. sl. – drunk
n. 1960 US sl. – a vulgar or crazy person
 
• APE WAGON
n. 1946 Amer. dial. – among railroad workers: a caboose  
 
• APE WITH A FROZEN PAN
n. 20C US sl., World War II usage – a gloomy, dull man 
 
• APE WITH A SOUR PUSS
n. 20C US sl., World War II usage – a gloomy, dull man 
 
• APEY
adj. 1951 US sl. – crazy, unstable

• APHEPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal fear of touching or being touched

• APHION
n. 1542 rare – opium, esp. in a raw liquid form
 
• APHRODISIACAL TENNIS COURT
n. 17C sl. – the female genitals

• APHRODISIOMANIA
n. Bk1991 – a mania for sexual pleasure
 
• APHRODITE
n. 1875 NZ rhyming sl. for ‘nightie’ – a  nightgown
 
• APICULTURIST
n. 1883 – a bee keeper
 
• A-PIE
n. 1967 US sl. – apple pie
 
• A-PIECES
adv. 1796 Eng. dial. – in pieces, to pieces  
 
• APIFACTURE
n. 1622 obs. rare – the work of bees; the production of honey by bees

• APIMANIA
n. Bk1991 – an abnormal love of bees

• APIOPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an intense fear of bees

• APIPHOBIA
n. Bk1991 – an intense fear of bees
 
• APISH
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – impertinent
 
• A-PISTY-POLL
adv. 1851 Eng. dial. – of a child: carried on the back, or with his legs on one’s shoulders, and arms round the neck and forehead
 
• A-PLUG
n. 1979 US sl. – a plug inserted in the rectum as part of a sadomasochistic encounter; (ass-plug)  
 
• APOCRYPHATE
adj. 1486 obs. – of spurious creation or character; of doubtful authenticity; fictitious, false  
n. 1586 obs. – a spurious or sham gentleman
 
• APOCRYPHICAL
adj. 1719 obs. rare – of doubtful authorship or authenticity; spurious, fictitious, false
 
• APOGEE
n. Bk1998 sl. – the best; the greatest 
 
• APOLAUSTICISM
n. 1883 – devotion to enjoyment
 
• APOLLO PLAY
n. 1. 1940s African-American sl. – the planet Earth
n. 2. 1940s African-American sl. – a putting on an act 
 
• APOLOGAL
adj. 1652 obs. rare – of the nature of an apologue or fable
 
• APOLOGICAL
adj. 1623 obs. – of the nature of an apologue, parable, or fable
 
• APONTED
adj. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – tainted
 
• A-POP
adv. 1966 Amer. dial. – suddenly, abruptly, at once
 
• APOPLECTIC
adj. 1984 UK sl. – behaving in a violently temperamental manner
 
• APORIA
n. 1893 – a perplexing difficulty
 
• APOSTLE
n. 1930s US criminals’ sl. – a pellet of opium prepared for smoking 
 
• THE APOSTLES
n. 1999 US sl. – in craps: a roll of twelve
 
 APOSTLE’S PINCH
n. 20C sl. – a pinch on the buttocks
 
 APOSTROPHE
n. 1910s Aust. sl. – an obscenity
 
 APOTHECARIES’ LATIN
n. M16 sl. – the mangled Latin used by apothecaries
 
 APOTHECARY’S BILL
n. L18 sl. – a substantial bill
 
 APOTHICAR
n. 1707 Sc. obs. – an apothecary
 
 A-POUT
adv. 1886 poetic usage – pouting 
 
 APP
n. 1996 UK sl. – an application
 
 APPALE
vb. 1534 obs. – to become pale
 
 APPALLING
adj. 1937 UK sl. – objectionable, ugly, etc.
 
 APPARATCHIK
n. 1974 US sl. – an office worker in a support role
 
 APPARATUS
n. 1. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – a kitchen stove
n. 2. 20C US sl. – the male genitals

APPEAL UNTO CAESAR
vb. 1855 – to appeal to the highest authority
 
 APPEAR
n. c1610 Eng. dial. – appearance
vb. Bk1898 N. Ireland – of ghosts: to ‘walk’, to haunt places
 
 APPEARANDLY
adv. 1871 Sc. obs. – apparently
 
 APPEARINGLY
adv. 1925 Sc. – apparently
 
 APPEARING-OUT CLOTHES
n. 1967 Amer. dial. – best clothes for going to church, or parties, etc.  
 
 APPEARMENT
n. 1898 Amer. dial. – appearance
 
 APPELL
n. 1. 1745 Sc. obs. – a roll-call
n. 2. 1823 Sc. obs. – a challenge to duel, etc.
vb. 1768 Sc. obs. – to challenge
 
 APPENDIX
n. 1950 Amer. dial., jocular usage – the nose 
 
 APPER
vb. 1. 1877 Sc. – to hinder
vb. 2. 1908 Sc. – to change one’s mind
 
 APPERIL
n. 1848 Ireland – risk, peril
 
 APPETENT
adj. E15 – pert. to sexual desire; lustful, or aroused
 
 APPETITIOUS
adj. 1653 obs. – of the nature of, or suited to, appetite; palatable, desirable, appetizing
 
 APPETIZED
adj. 1798 Sc. & Eng. dial. – having appetite for food
 
 APPETIZER
n. 1970s US homosexual sl. – the first sexual partner of many encounters in the same day 
 
 APPETY
n. Bk1911 Sc. – appetite
 
 APPIE
n. 1985 US sl. – an appendectomy patient
 
 APPIEGEST
n. 1929 Sc. – a fool, a simpleton, an idiot
 
 APPLAUD TO THE ECHO
vb. 1605 – to applaud so vociferously as to produce echoes
 
 APPLAUSE
n. 1990 African-American sl. – gonorrhoea 
 
 APPLE
n. 1. 1800 US sl. – manure
n. 2. 1887 colloq. – a person, a fellow, a guy
n. 3. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the cone of Pinus abies, the Norway spruce
n. 4. 1902 Amer. colloq. – a baseball
n. 5. 1915 US West. usage – a saddle horn, a pommel 
n. 6. 1918 US military sl. – a grenade; a bomb 
n. 7. 1928 sl. – a foolish person, a sucker
n. 8. 1930s African-American sl. – Harlem, New York City 
n. 91930s African-American sl. – the planet Earth 
n. 10. 1940s sl., orig. US jazz usage – New York City
n. 11. 1940s US African-American sl. – a large Northern city
n. 12. 1942 Amer. sl. – a woman’s breast
n. 13. 1942 Amer. sl. – the Adam’s apple
n. 14. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – an unpopular person
n. 15. 1950 Amer. dial., jocular usage – one’s head 
n. 16. 1950s US criminals’ sl. – an important person 
n. 17. 1960s African-American sl. – money 
n. 18. 1966 US sl. – in bowling: a weakly or inaccurately bowled ball
n. 19. 1970 US sl., derogatory – an American Indian who behaves more like a European than an Indian
n. 20. 1974 UK sl. – twenty pounds; in betting; odds of 20-1
n. 21. 1974 US sl. – a football
n. 22. 1976 US sl. – a citizens’ band radio enthusiast of unlimited zeal
n. 23. 1980 US sl. – a basketball
n. 24. 1980 African-American sl. – the vagina 
n. 25. 1980s drugs sl. – anyone who does not use drugs 
n. 26. 1980s drugs sl. – any pill capsule coloured red 
n. 27. 1992 US sl. – the gullible victim of a confidence swindle
n. 28. 1996 UK sl. – a particular type  of MDMA, the recreational drug best known as ecstasy
n. 29. 1998 NZ sl. – a $100 note
vb. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – to gather fir cones or ‘apples’
 
 THE APPLE
n. 1939 US sl. – originally, Harlem; later, New York City
 
 APPLE AND PIP
n. 19C Brit. rhyming sl. for sip,’ back-slang for piss’ – urine; an act of urination
vb. 1. 1960 Brit. rhyming sl. for sip,’ back-slang for piss’ – to urinate
vb. 2. 1972 UK rhyming sl. – to sip 
 
 APPLE-BEE
n. 1808 Eng. dial. – a wasp
 
 APPLE-BLOSSOM TWO-STEP
n. 1969 Amer. dial. – looseness of the bowels; diarrhoea
 
 APPLE-BLOWTH
n. 1891 Eng. dial. – apple blossom
 
 APPLE BOX
n. 1977 US sl. – in the television and film industries, any device used to raise an actor or object to the desired height
 
 APPLE BUTTER
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – nonsense
 
 APPLE CABBAGE
n. 1896 Amer. dial. obs. – rhubarb
 
 APPLE-CART
n. B1790 sl. – the human body
 
 APPLE-CATCHERS
n. 1965 Aust. sl. – large, spacious underpants
 
 APPLE CORE
n. 1. 1950s Brit. rhyming sl. for ‘score’ – £20
n. 2. 1974 UK rhyming sl. for ‘score’ – in betting; odds of 20-1 
n. 3. 1990s UK prison rhyming sl. for ‘score’ – the situation, the facts 
vb. 2000s rhyming sl. for ‘score’ – (as ‘apple-core’) to seduce 
 
 APPLE CUCUMBER
n. 1990s Aust. criminals’ sl. – a ploy to kill or capture one’s target by using a friend to get close to the target’s friend, which will eventually bring the target into view 
 
 APPLE-DRANE
n. 1790 Eng. dial. – a wasp
 
 APPLE-DRONE
n. 1790 Eng. dial. – a wasp
 
 APPLE DUMPLING SHOP
n. L18 Brit. sl. – a woman’s breasts, esp. if fat and partially exposed
 
 APPLE FRITTER
adj. 2000s rhyming sl. – emotionally bitter 
n. 1920s rhyming sl. – bitter beer 
 
 APPLE-GARNADE
n. a1300 obs. – a pomegranate
 
 APPLE-GARTH
n. 1483 obs. – an apple-garden or orchard
 
 APPLE GRAY
adj. 1967 Amer. dial. – of horses: dapple grey
 
 APPLE-GUARD
n. L19 UK criminals’ sl. – a scarf and tie 
 
 APPLEHEAD
n. 1951 US sl. – a fool; a stupid person
 
 APPLE IN THE WHITE FOLK’S YARD
phr. 1900s African-American sl. – an expression used by one Black person to refer to another who is looked upon with unusual favour by White folk 
 
 THE APPLE ISLAND
n. 1906 Aust. colloq. – Tasmania
 
 APPLE ISLANDER
n. 1928 Aust. colloq. – an inhabitant of Tasmania
 
 THE APPLE ISLE
n. 1906 Aust. colloq. – Tasmania
 
 APPLEJACK
n. 1. E19 US sl. – brandy made from apples
n. 2. E19 US sl. – any alcoholic liquor
n. 3. 1950s African-American sl. – a dance, esp. the contemporary vogue step 
n. 4. 1970s African-American sl. – a large-brimmed, oversized hat in a 1930s-40s style 
n. 5. 1994 drugs sl. – crack cocaine 
 
 APPLE-JOHN
n. L16 sl. – a foolish and probably impotent old man
 
 APPLEKNOCK
vb. 1. 1942 Amer. dial. – to act the yokel, be boorish or unpolished
vb. 2. 1969 Amer. dial. – to curry favour
 
 APPLEKNOCKER
n. 1. 1902 US colloq., often derogatory – a rustic or countrified person; a yokel or bumpkin; an ignorant or naive person
n. 2. 1922 Amer. dial., often derogatory – a fruit picker or farmer
n. 3. 1939 Amer. dial. – a stupid person; a fool; a coarse or dull-witted person used as a general term of abuse
n. 4. 1941 Amer. dial., often derogatory – an itinerant farm labourer
n. 5. 1942 US sl. – an inexperienced youthful worker; a naive newcomer, a greenhorn  
n. 6. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – an error; a mistake; a blunder
n. 7. Bk1944 services’ sl. – upstate farm hand now in infantry 
n. 8. 1949 Amer. dial. – any outsider; a person who is not from your community, and doesn’t belong
n. 9. 1950 Amer. dial. – among loggers: a farmer 
n. 10. 1950 Amer. dial. – among loggers: a part-time logger, usually not very skilled at woods jobs
n. 11. 1965 Amer. dial. – a person who curries favour
n. 12. 1975 Amer. dial. – a privy; an outdoor toilet
n. 13. 1994 US sl. rare – a baseball player; a batter
 
 APPLE-MONGER
n. 1. 1540 rare – a dealer in apples; an apple seller
n. 2. 18C sl. – a pimp
 
 THE APPLE NEVER FALLS FAR FROM THE TREE
phr. 1843 –  a person inevitably shares traits with or resembles his or her parents or family
 
 APPLE OF CONTENTION
n. 1574 – a cause or subject of strife or dissension
 
 APPLE OF DISCORD 
n. 1595 – a cause or subject of strife or dissension
 
 APPLE OF DISSENSION 
n. a1649 – a cause or subject of strife or dissension
 
 THE APPLE OF ONE’S EYE
n. c1350 – a greatly cherished person
 
 APPLE OF THE EYE
n. 1. a1300 – the pupil of the eye
n. 2. Bk1892 Amer. sl. – a loved one; a sweetheart
 
 APPLE ORCHARD
n. 1970 US police usage – a location where summonses are frequently incurred by traffic-law violators and other minor offenders 
 
 APPLE-OWLING
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – the custom of knocking off from the trees the useless fruit remaining, after the apple harvest has been gathered in
 
 APPLE PALSY
n. 1894 Amer. dial. – drunkenness from ‘apple-jack’
 
 APPLE-PEELER
n. 1856 sl. – a knife
 
 APPLE-PERU
n. 1895 Amer. dial. – rhubarb
 
 APPLE-PICKER
n. 1913 US sl. – a fool, an unsophisticated person, a country person; a farmer
 
 APPLE-PIE
adj. 1. 1939 US sl. – simple, easily done
adj. 2. 1960 Amer. dial. – excellent; neat, tidy, perfect
n. 1. 1930s US criminals’ rhyming sl. – an eye
n. 2. 1940s rhyming sl. – the sky 
n. 3. 1950s US prison sl. – a pretty, young (prison) homosexual 
 
 APPLE-PIE BED
n. 1883 Eng. dial. – a bed made by way of a practical joke with one sheet so folded as to make entry impossible
 
 APPLE-PIE ORDER
n. L18 – neatness, tidiness, perfect orderliness
 
 APPLE-PIPS
n. 1960 rhyming sl. – the lips 
 
 APPLE POLISH
vb. 1951 sl. – to curry favour, to toady, to flatter
 
 APPLE-POLISHER
n. 1. Bk1892 colloq., orig. & chiefly US – an obsequious person; a toady; a sycophant; a flatterer
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. college sl. – a favoured student 
 
 APPLE-PUSHER
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a person who curries favour; a toady, a sycophant  
 
 APPLES
adj. 1. 1943 Aust. & NZ sl. – satisfactory, good
adj. 2. 1998 NZ sl. – in good shape or condition
n. 1. 19C sl. – the testicles
n. 2. 1942 US sl. – a woman’s breasts
n. 3. 1990s drugs sl. – MDMA 
 
 APPLES (AND PEARS)
n. 1857 Eng. rhyming sl. – stairs 
 
 APPLES AND RICE
adj. 1943 rhyming sl. – nice; usually used in an ironic sense 
 
 APPLES AND SPICE
adj. 1940s Aust. rhyming sl. for ‘nice’ – satisfactory 
 
 APPLE SAUCE
int. 1884 Amer. sl. – nonsense! it is ridiculous
n. 1. 1919 US sl. – insincere or exaggerated talk intended to flatter or deceive; humbug or flattery, suave talk
n. 2. 1921 Amer. dial. – nonsense
n. 3. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – something worthless
n. 4. 1960s sl. – anything easy
n. 5. 2000s Aust. rhyming sl. – a horse 
vb. 1968 Amer. dial. – to take advantage of; to flatter
 
 APPLE-SHAKER
n. 1. 1871 US sl. – a rural, unsophisticated person; a lubber; an ignorant rustic
n. 2. 1905 Amer. dial. – a heavy storm
 
 APPLE-SHAPED
adj. 1779 – characterized by a tendency to store fat around the abdomen, rather than on the hips or thighs
 
 APPLE-SHINE
vb. 1969 Amer. dial. – to curry favour; to toady
 
 APPLE-SHINER
n. 1935 Amer. dial. – a person who curries favour; a toady, a sycophant
 
 APPLE SIMONIZER
n. 1. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – a toady
n. 2. Bk1942 Amer. college sl. – a favoured student 
 
 APPLE-SQUEEZER
n. 1930 US sl. – a rural, unsophisticated person; an ignorant rustic
 
 APPLE-SQUIRE
n. 1. 16C Brit. sl. – a kept man
n. 2. 16C Brit. sl. – a pimp
 
 APPLES TO ASHES
phr. 1899 US sl. – a certainty; unquestionable
 
 APPLE STRUDEL
n. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – nonsense
 
 APPLE TART
n. 1. 20C Aust. & Irish rhyming sl. – a breaking of wind; a fart 
n. 2. 1989 NZ rhyming sl. – the heart 
vb. 20C Aust. & Irish rhyming sl. – (as apple-tart’) to fart 
 
 APPLE-TERRE
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs. – an orchard
 
 APPLETON TALKING
phr. 20C W. Indies sl. – used of one who is drunk and talking nonsensically or aggressively
 
 APPLETREE-ER
n. 1942 Amer. dial. – a coaster; a ship, or its passengers, which only travels near the shore
 
 APPLE UP
vb. 1. 1966 US sl. – to become frightened
vb. 2. 1968 Amer. dial. – to curry favour; to toady
 
 APPLE-WASHER
n. 1965 Amer. dial. – a person who curries favour; a toady, a sycophant 
 
 APPLE WATER
n. 1606 rare – cider
 
 APPLE-WIFE
n. 1599 rare – a woman or girl who sells apples, esp. from a stall
 
 APPLE-WOMAN
n. 1607 rare – a woman or girl who sells apples, esp. from a stall
 
 APPLE Z
vb. 2003 US sl. – to  undo something
 
 APPLICATE
vb. 1929 Amer. dial. – to insist; to pester one with unwelcome requests
 
 APPLY LAWYER FOOT
vb. 1950s W. Indies sl. – to run away
 
 APPLY LIP GLOSS
vb. 1980s sl. – of a woman: to masturbate
 
 APPLY THE ACID
vb. 1. 1900s sl. – to render impoverished
vb. 2. 1910s sl. – to put a stop to
vb. 3. 1910s sl. – to confirm
vb. 4. 1910s sl. – to test out a person or a statement
vb. 5. 1935 Aust. sl. – to exert pressure on a person for a loan, a favour, sexual compliance, etc.
 
 APPO
n. 1990s sl. – an application form for a job
 
 APPODELL-DOCK
n. 1830 Amer. dial. – a soap liniment; hence, any medicine; alcohol
 
 APPORT
n. a1423 obs. – demeanour; bearing
vb. 1. L16 obs. – to bring
vb. 2. M20 – to produce or transport by supposedly occult means
 
 APPOSAL
n. c1470 obs. – a searching question; inquiry, investigation, esp. legal examination of accounts
 
 APPOSE
vb. 1. c1315 obs. – to confront with objections or hard questions; to examine; to interrogate
vb. 2. E17 obs. – to examine accounts; to audit
 
 APPOSITION
n. E16 obs. – an objection; opposition
 
 APPRAY LA GUERRE
phr. 1916 military catchphrase – sometime, or never
 
 APPRECIATE
vb. 1936 Amer. dial. – to enjoy oneself
 
 APPRENTICE
n. 1947 US sl. – in horse racing: a jockey who has ridden for less than a year
 
 APPROACHABLE
adj. 1. 20C sl. – of easy morals, sexually easy
adj. 2. 20C sl. – pert. to a person who will take bribes
 
 APPROACHER
n. 1970 Amer. dial. – one who curries favour
 
 APPROBATION
n. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – an authoritative opinion
 
 APPROFOUND
vb. 1885 – to go deeply into, to search the depths of a subject of study
 
 APPROOF
n. 1. 1884 Eng. dial. – approval, praise
n. 2. Bk1898 Eng. dial. – courage, pluck tried by experience
 
 APPROPERATE
vb. 1623 obs. – to make haste, to hasten
 
 APPROPINQUE
vb. 1663 obs. rare – to draw near to, to approach
 
 APPROPRIATE
vb. 1960 US military sl. – to steal something 
 
 APPURTENANCES
n. 1. 1679 Eng. dial. – the heart, liver, and lungs of an animal
n. 2. 20C US sl. – a woman’s breasts
 
 APPY
n. 1. 1980s S. Afr. sl. – an apprentice
n. 2. 1994 US sl. – an appendectomy
 
• ‘APPY DAY
n. Bk1950 Royal Navy sl. – a miserable, pessimistic, and inveterate grumbler 


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