Reverse Dictionary: CH – CHAO


CHAFE, CHAFED, CHAFING – ADJECTIVES
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– chafed, blistered, sore SCALDERED 1796 Eng. dial.
rubbed in such a way was to be chafed GALL-RUBBED 1725 obs.

CHAFE etc. – NOUNS
a mark produced by chafing GALL SPOT 1713

CHAFE, CHAFED, CHAFING – VERBS
to chafe TET 1777 Eng. dial. obs.
to chafe the skin so as to cause a blister, to blister BLUSH Bk1911 Sc.
– to chafe, to destroy by friction; to drive to difficulties JAMPH Bk1902 Sc.
to chafe, to peel, to abrade the skin SCAW 1929 Sc.
to make sore by chafing or rubbing GALL c1440


CHAFFER – see BARGAIN


CHAFFINCH – NOUNS
a chaffinch BACHELOR-BIRD 1888 Eng. dial.
a chaffinch BACHELOR-FINCH 1890 Eng. dial.
the chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs TWINK 1816


CHAGRIN, CHAGRINED – ADJECTIVES
chagrined, vexed, exasperated NARGIT 1923 Sc.

CHAGRIN etc. – VERBS
to be consumed with chagrin or vexation EAT ONESELF 1867 Sc.
to be consumed with chagrin or vexation EAT ONE’S THUMB 1768 Sc.
to look chagrined, baffled, or ashamed LOOK DOWN ONE’S NOSE Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.


CHAIN – NOUNS
– a chain CAROL c1425 obs.
– a chain RACKLE 1726 Sc.
– a chain RAKENTEIE c950 obs.
– a chain STRING OF SAUSAGES M19 sl.
– a chain, a fetter RACKAN c888 obs.
– a chain, a shackle, a fetter; anything with which one’s body or limbs are bound, in restraint of personal liberty BAND c1200 arch.
– a chain for the neck; a necklace BALDRIC 1530 obs.
– a gold chain RED-TACKLE 1879 sl.
– a sham gold chain MARTIN CHAIN a1560 obs.
– a watch-chain or other decorative chain SLAG 1857 criminals’ sl.
– chains, bonds GABLES 1602
– the link of a chain MERLE Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– the rattling, jingling noise made by a chain RACKLE 1866 Sc.
 
CHAIN – VERBS
– to clank or rattle like a chain RACKLE 1866 Sc.
– to fasten up with a chain RACKLE 1866 Sc.
– to rattle a chain SHAKE UP c1430 obs.


CHAIR – NOUNS
– a chair CHOKEY Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– a chair COORSY Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– a chair I DECLARE 1930s US rhyming sl.
– a chair I DON’T CARE 1930s US rhyming sl.
– a chair I’LL BE THERE 1961 UK rhyming sl.
– a chair LIONEL BLAIR 1979 UK rhyming sl.
– a chair LION’S LAIR 1992 UK rhyming sl.
– a chair LION’S SHARE 1992 UK rhyming sl.
– a chair TRAFALGAR (SQUARE) 1998 UK rhyming sl.
– a chair VANITY FAIR 1961 UK rhyming sl.
– a comfortable chair suitable for resting or relaxing; an easy chair LAZY CHAIR 1948 Amer. dial.
– a comfortable chair suitable for resting or relaxing; an easy chair LAZY MAN’S CHAIR 1986 Amer. dial.
– a covering, generally of tapestry, for a chair or bench BANKER 1311 obs.
– a large armchair MUCKLE-CHAIR 1824 Sc.
– an armchair ARMING-CHAIR 1881 Eng. dial.
– an armchair ELBOW-CHAIR 1804 Sc.
– an armchair FAUTEUIL 1744
– an armchair GARDY-CHAIR 1742 Sc. obs.
– an arm of a chair, made to support the elbow ELBOW 1611 obs.
– an ornamental covering, esp. of fancywork, used to protect the back, arm, or headrest of a chair or other piece of furniture from soiling; an antimacassar TIDY 1848 Amer. dial.
– an uncomfortable, stiff, or straight-back chair BIBLE-BACK 1938 Amer. dial.
– a plain, straight chair, as contrasted with a rocking chair SETTING CHAIR 1768 Amer. dial.
– a plain, straight chair, as contrasted with a rocking chair SITTING CHAIR 1937 Amer. dial.


CHAIRMAN – NOUNS, PERSON
the chairman or master of ceremonies AIR-MAN-CHAIR L19 sl.


CHALK – NOUNS
in snooker and pool: chalk LAMBETH WALK 1992 UK rhyming sl.


CHALLENGE, CHALLENGING – ADJECTIVES
– aggressively challenging; confrontational; defiant; disrespectful; disdainful; provocative; unashamed IN-YOUR-FACE 1978 Amer. sl.
– bearing a challenge or defiance; defiant DEFIATORY 1635 obs. rare
– challenging, rough; involving a difficult struggle, esp. to gain a livelihood HARDSCRABBLE 1851 Amer. dial.
– intellectually challenging; puzzling, thought-provoking BRAIN-TEASING 1828
 
CHALLENGE etc. – INTERJECTIONS/PHRASES
– a challenge OUTSIDE! 20C sl.
– I accept your challenge, offer, or bet YOU’RE ON! 1899 US sl.
– used for anything considered excessively challenging, unpleasant, etc. IT’S A BASTARD; IT’S A PROPER BASTARD 20C sl., orig. Aust.
– used for anything considered excessively challenging, unpleasant, etc. IT’S A FAIR OLD BUGGER;  IT’S A PROPER BUGGER;  IT’S A RIGHT (OLD) BUGGER M19 sl.
 
CHALLENGE etc. – NOUNS
– a challenge CALLENGE 1873 Eng. dial.
– a challenge DEFI L19 sl., orig. Aust.
– a challenge; a bluff, an empty threat WOLF TICKET;  WOOF TICKET 1971 Amer. dial.
– a challenge, dare BANTER 1840 Amer. dial.
– a challenge to a feat BLECK Bk1911 Sc.
– a challenge to a feat of daring SCOOGER 1921 Sc.
– a challenging or competitive situation BALLGAME 1930 US sl.
– a challenging task or event MAMA;  MAMMA 1970 Amer. sl.
– a difficult challenge HARD NUT 1884 US sl.
– a particularly challenging situation, problem, etc. ASS-KICKER 1973 US sl.
– a written challenge, a letter of defiance CARTEL 1560
– something particularly challenging or arduous BEAR 1911 Amer. sl.
– the performance of a challenging action of strength, skill, or risk by boys DAZZITY Bk1900 Eng. dial.
 
CHALLENGE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who accepts an offer or challenge TAKER 1856 US
– a person who challenges CARTELIST a1679 obs.
– a person who challenges CARTELLER 1611 obs.
– a person who is willing to take a challenge GAMER 1990s US college sl.
 
CHALLENGE etc. – VERBS
– to challenge APPELL 1768 Sc. obs.
– to challenge BID BASE 1548 obs.
– to challenge CALLENGE 1873 Eng. dial.
– to challenge another speaker to justify his remarks, whether hostile, gossiping or whatever CALL ON THE CARPET 1990s US prison sl.
– to challenge anyone to fight OFFER OUT Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to challenge, as to a fight CALL SOMEONE’S GAME 1983 Amer. sl.
– to challenge in a determined manner TAKE BY THE BEARD 1809 rare
– to challenge one to a fight SCRAPE ONE’S BUTTONS 1896 Eng. dial.
– to challenge one, to dare BACK ONE OUT 1840 Amer. dial.
– to challenge openly; to call someone’s bluff CALL SOMEONE’S HAND 1857 Amer. colloq., gambling usage
– to challenge someone openly CALL IN SOMEONE’S CHIPS 1881 Amer. sl.
– to challenge someone’s boast or taunt BUY ONE’S WOOF TICKET Bk2006 US sl.
– to challenge someone to a fight CLAIM 1989 Irish sl.
– to challenge someone to a fight TAKE OFF ONE’S COAT L19 sl.
– to challenge someone to one-on-one combat HIGH NOON 1980s US sl.
– to challenge to a fight CALL OUT L19 sl.
– to challenge to a fight SCART ONE’S BUTTONS Bk1904 Sc.
– to challenge; to call upon, to call forth BECALL c1325 obs.
– to challenge; to confront or defeat someone formidable or intimidating on his or her own ground BEARD THE LION IN HIS DEN 1749
– to challenge, to dare; to goad BANNER 1948 Amer. dial.
– to challenge, to dare; to goad BANTER 1810 Amer. dial.
– to challenge; to dare, to provoke DACKER Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to challenge; to dare, to provoke to some hazardous deed DAUNT Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to challenge, to defy, to puzzle, or confound STUMP 1837 sl.
– to challenge; to engage in a fight TAKE ON L19 sl.
– to challenge, to face down BACK SOMEONE OUT M19 US sl.
– to challenge; to overcome; to surpass; to kill TAKE DOWN M18 sl.
– to challenge; to question, to call to account; to find fault with, to rebuke; to object to QUARREL 1709 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to challenge verbally; to talk aggressively TALK SHIT 1960s African-American sl.
– to perform a challenging task; to be up to the mark SPELL BAKER M19 sl.
– to serve with a challenge CARTEL 1598 obs.


CHAMBERMAID – see SERVANT


CHAMBER POT – INTERJECTIONS
– a maid’s cry warning persons in the street that the contents of chamber pots were being dumped out of a window GARDY LOO! 18C Brit.
 
CHAMBER POT – NOUNS
– a chamber-pot ARKANSAS FIRE EXTINGUISHER 1962 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot ARTICLE 1922 euphemism rare
– a chamber pot BADGER 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot BED POT 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot BED VESSEL 1930 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot BETTY 1912 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot BISHOP Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber pot CHAMBER 1829 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot CHAMBER BUCKET 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot CHAMBER MUG 1948 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot CHAMBER PAIL 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot CHANTIE Bk1896 Sc.
– a chamber pot CHARLEY;  CHARLIE 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot CHARLIE WHITEHOUSE 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot CROCK 20C Brit. colloq.
– a chamber-pot CUCKING-STOOL 14C
– a chamber pot DAISY L19 sl., esp. nursery usage
– a chamber pot GAUGE 18C Brit. sl.
– a chamber pot GROWLER 1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber pot GUTBUCKET 1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber pot GUZUNDER E20 Aust. sl.
– a chamber-pot IT Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber pot JAR 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot JEMIMA Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot JERKER Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot JEROBOAM Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot JERRY Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber pot JEWEL CASE E20 Brit. sl.
– a chamber-pot JOCKUM-GAGE 17C sl.
– a chamber-pot JORDAN Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber pot JUG Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber pot KER-THUNDER MUG 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot KING HENRY 1969 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot LAGGER 20C Brit. sl.
– a chamber-pot LAGGING-GAGE 19C sl.
– a chamber pot LEFT-HANDED SUGAR BOWL 1950s US sl.
– a chamber pot LEFT-HANDED THUNDER MUG 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot LEFT-HAND SUGAR BOWL 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot LOOKING-GLASS Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot MEMBER-MUG Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot MINGO 1775 Amer. college sl.
– a chamber pot MUG Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-BOWL 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-BUCKET 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-CHAMBER 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot NIGHT COMPASS 1985 Cayman Islands
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-GLASS 1899 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHTHAWK 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-JAR 1950 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-MUG 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-OWL 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-PAIL 1950 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-PAN 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-POT 1954 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot NIGHT-URN 1965 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot OLIVER’S SKULL c1690 sl.
– a chamber-pot PEGGY 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot PIDDLE POTTY Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber pot PIG 1810 obs. rare
– a chamber-pot PISS-CAN 20C US colloq.
– a chamber-pot PISS-POT Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot PO 1880 sl.
– a chamber pot POLLY 1970 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot PO-PO 1966 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot POT CHAMBER 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot POTTY 1942 sl.
– a chamber pot POTTY CHAMBER 1967 Amer. dial.
– a chamber-pot RALPH 1923 Sc., jocular usage
– a chamber-pot REMEDY-CRITCH Bk1903 sl.
– a chamber pot SHIT-POT 1648 sl.
– a chamber-pot SIR WALTER SCOTT 19C Brit. rhyming sl.
– a chamber-pot SLOP JAR 20C US colloq.
– a chamber-pot SMOKER Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot SMOKESHELL Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber-pot TEA-VOIDER Bk1896 sl.
– a chamber pot TEE-TEE POT 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot THUNDER BOWL 1966 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot THUNDER BUCKET 1968 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot THUNDER JAR 1966 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot THUNDER JUG 1862 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot THUNDER MUG 1851 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot THUNDER POT a1954 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot TIN THRONE Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber pot TOPSY 1965 Barbados sl.
– a chamber-pot TWISS L18 Irish
– a chamber pot UTENSIL 1909 Trinidad and Tobago
– a chamber pot VESSEL 1930 Amer. dial.
– a chamber pot WHITE OWL Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– a chamber-pot; a covered chamber-pot SIR HARRY 19C Brit. sl.
– a chamber pot concealed in a chest or other furniture; a covered chamber pot CLOSE STOOL E15 Brit.
– a chamber pot contained in a case SEAT OF EASEMENT E18 Brit. euphemism
– a chamber pot concealed in a chest or other furniture; a covered chamber pot CLOSE STOOL E15 Brit.
– a chamber pot contained in a case SEAT OF EASEMENT E18 Brit. euphemism
– a chamber pot or other pot for holding urine PISS BOWL c1527 obs.
– a chamber pot, it ‘goes under’ the bed GAZUNDER Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– a chamber pot; later, a water-flush toilet bowl POT 1568 colloq.
– a chamber pot or other pot for holding urine PISS BOWL c1527 obs.
– a pad or cover for the lid of a chamber pot SILENCER 1928 Amer. dial.
– a wooden chamber-pot QUEED Bk1905 Sc.
– a wooden chamber pot QUERD 1808 Sc.
– a wooden chamber-pot QUIDDIE Bk1905 Sc.
– breakfast in bed and using the pot for defecation, rather than leaving the warm house for a trip to the outdoor privy COCKNEY’S LUXURY L19 sl.
– the sound of a chamber-pot being used CHAMBER MUSIC L19 sl.


CHAMELEON – NOUNS
a chameleon GAMALIAN c1440 obs.


CHAMPAGNE – NOUNS
– a champagne cocktail, champagne mixed with brandy KING’S PEG L19 sl.
– a drinking champagne (to excess) CHAMMING M19 sl.
– a half-bottle of champagne SPLIT L19 sl.
– a hangover caused by drinking champagne PAGNE 1999 UK sl.
– a quadruple magnum of champagne REHOBOAM Bk1903 sl.
– a second-rate champagne VARNISH L19 UK society usage
– ‘Bollinger’ champagne BOLLY 1982 Brit. sl.
– champagne BERPWATER Bk2006 US sl.
– champagne BITCHES’ WINE c1850 sl.
– champagne BUBBLY 1920 sl.
– champagne BUBBLY WATER 1910 sl. obs.
– champagne CHAM Bk2006 US sl.
– champagne CHAMMY Bk2006 US sl.
– champagne CHAMPERS 1955 Brit. sl.
– champagne CHAMPY L19 US sl.
– champagne FIZZ 1864 sl.
– champagne GIGGLE-JUICE 1929 jocular usage, orig. US
– champagne GIGGLE-WATER 1926 jocular usage, orig. US
– champagne KALI-WATER 1970s sl.
– champagne SHAM M19 sl.
– champagne SHAMMY Bk2006 US sl.
– champagne SHAMPOO 1957 sl.
– champagne SIMKIN 1853 Anglo-Indian
– champagne SIMPKIN 1853 Anglo-Indian
– champagne (THE) BOY 1882 sl.
 champagne THE WIDOW 1781
– champagne; also, any liquor LAUGHING SOUP 1908 Amer. jocular usage
– champagne; also, any liquor LAUGHING WATER 1933 Amer. jocular usage
– champagne or other liquor WHOOPEE-WATER 20C US sl.
– Dom Perignon champagne DOM 1980s sl.
– said of one who drinks champagne and fancy mixed drinks EDUCATED THIRST 1968 Amer. cowboy usage
 
CHAMPAGNE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a devotee of champagne CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE M19 sl.
– a heavy drinker of champagne BUBBLEHEAD Bk2006 US sl.


CHAMPION – NOUNS, PERSON
a champion CAMPEADOR 1950
a champion MAN OF MATCH 1640 obs.
a champion; a big, strong, and brave warrior or athlete KEMP a700
a champion; a brave or valiant man TALL MAN Bk1894 Welsh
a champion; a defender HYPERASPIST 1638 obs.
a champion; an expert’ one hard to beat or surpass in skill; an adept TARTAR 1785 sl.
a champion; a person who fights on behalf of another, or on behalf of any cause CAMPION c1270 obs.
a champion; a winner; a very effective person WORLD-BEATER 1893 Amer. sl.
a champion, esp. in shearing GUN 20C Aust. sl.

CHAMPION – VERBS
to champion; to defend; to side with, to support PART-TAKE 1861 Sc.


CHANCE – ADJECTIVES
– chancy; fortuitous HAPPIOUS 1387-8 obs. rare
– occurring by chance; depending on chance LUCKY 1648 obs.
– occurring or coming by chance; casual, fortuitous, accidental ADVENTUROUS c1374 obs.
– with absolutely no chance, esp. in a sporting contest ON A HIDING TO NOTHING L19 sl.
 
CHANCE – ADVERBS
– at a chance, at all hazards, by chance HAPPY BY LUCKY 1854 Eng. dial.
– by chance BECHANCE 1548 obs.
– by chance HAPPENLY SO 1918 Amer. dial.
– by chance, accidentally, casually ADVENTUROUSLY c1460 obs.
– by chance; as luck would have it; haphazard HAPPY-GO-LUCKY 1672
 by chance; on the chance that one will be successful or fortunate UPON LUCK’S HEAD 1637 Sc. rare
– by chance or accident; perhaps; maybe HAPLY 1362 now arch.
– by chance; perhaps; maybe HAPPILY 1377 arch.
 
CHANCE – INTERJECTIONS/PHRASES
– by a fortunate chance ON THE TINNY LUCK 1910s Aust. & NZ sl.
– give me a chance! be fair! FAIR BUCK! 1940s NZ sl.
– give one a chance! be fair! FAIR CRACK OF THE WHIP! 1924 Aust. & NZ sl.
– hit or miss BY GUESS AND BY GOLLY Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– no chance at all AS MUCH CHANCE AS PUSHING SHIT UPHILL WITH A RUBBER FORK Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– no chance at all FAT CHANCE! M19 sl.
– no chance at all FAT SHOW! 1948 NZ sl.
– no chance at all HASN’T GOT A CHINAMAN’S CHANCE 1840s Amer. sl.
– no chance at all NOT A CAT IN HELL’S CHANCE 1796
– no chance at all NOT A CAT’S CHANCE 1796
– no chance at all NOT A CHINAMAN’S CHANCE 1911 Amer. sl., now usually offensive
– not a fair chance NOT A FAIR POP  L19 sl.
– no chance at all NOT A FART’S CHANCE IN A WHIRLWIND 2000s sl.
– no chance at all NOT A GHOST OF A CHANCE M19 sl.
– no chance at all NOT A HOPE IN HELL 1910s sl.
– no chance at all NOT A SHIT SHOW 1980s NZ sl.
– no chance at all NOT A SNOWBALL’S CHANCE 1931
– no chance at all NOT A SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN HELL 1931
– no chance at all NOT THE GHOST OF A CHANCE 1857
– no chance at all; absolutely impossible NOT AN EARTHLY M18 sl.
– one’s chances are at an end ONE’S GOOSE IS COOKED Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– said when there is no chance at all DID A ONE LEGGED MAN EVER WIN AN ASS-KICKING CONTEST? 1972 Amer. sl.
– the smallest possible chance BEE’S DICK OF A CHANCE Bk1999 Aust. sl.
 
CHANCE – NOUNS
– a chance GRAB Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– a chance SLANT Bk1892 Aust. sl.
– a chance, accident, casualty; that which befalls or falls to anyone TO-FALL 1562 obs.
– a chance, accident, happening; an event or occurrence which befalls one HAPS c1205
– a chance; a casual event CASUAL 1566 obs.
– a chance, a gamble FLYER Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– a chance; an opportunity VANTAGE 1592 obs.
– a chance; an opportunity, a prospect SIGHT 1849 Amer. dial.
– a chance, a possibility; a likelihood DANGER 1920s sl.
– a chance; a prospect, promise; an opportunity, opening SHOW 1856 Amer. dial.
– a chance; a prospect, promise; an opportunity, opening SHOWING 1884  Amer. dial.
– a chance, a turn or attempt WHACK 1884
– a chance; a windfall; a fortuitous circumstance or acquisition ACCIDENCY 1864 obs.
– a chance, hazard HAND-HAP Bk1905 Sc.
– a chance, likelihood, prospect ELECTION 1790 Eng. dial.
– a chance occurrence; an event, an accident ADVENTURE a1300 obs.
– a chance or accidental occurrence; a coincidence HAPPEN-CHANCE Bk1905 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– a chance or accidental occurrence; a coincidence HAPPEN-SO 1908 Amer. dial.
– a fair chance FAIR BREAK 1926 US
– a fair chance FAIR BUCK 1940s NZ sl.
– a fair chance, a good opportunity FAIR POP L19 sl.
– a fair chance, although one that cannot be predicted SPORTING CHANCE L19 sl.
– a fair chance, an equitable bargain, just treatment, an honest arrangement FAIR SHAKE 1830 Amer. dial.
– a fair chance, a ‘square deal’ a fair contest; equitable or reasonable treatment A FAIR GO 1888 colloq.
– a fair chance, fair treatment FAIR DINKUM 1890 Aust. sl.
– a fair chance, fair treatment; an equal chance EVEN SHAKE 1830 US
– a fair or equal chance FAIR SUCK 1960s Aust. & NZ sl.
– a fair or equal chance FAIR SUCK OF THE PINEAPPLE 1960s Aust. & NZ sl.
– a fair or equal chance FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUCE BOTTLE 1960s Aust. & NZ sl.
– a fair or equal chance FAIR SUCK OF THE SAUSAGE 1960s Aust. & NZ sl.
– a fair or equal chance FAIR SUCK OF THE SAV 1960s Aust. & NZ sl.
– a fair or equal chance FAIR SUCK OF THE STICK 1960s Aust. & NZ sl.
– a fair or equal chance, fair treatment A GOOD SHAKE 1830 US
– a first chance or opportunity MAIDEN-CHANCE 1861 Sc.
– a matter of chance; a gamble CRAPSHOOT Bk2006 US sl.
– an equal chance EVEN BREAK 1911 US
– an even chance EQUAL WAGER 1742
– an even chance EVEN WAGER 1638
– an even chance; an undecided state of affairs; uncertainty; chance JEOPARDY c1374 obs.
– an extremely slim chance or no chance at all CHINAMAN’S CHANCE 1911 Amer. sl., now usually offensive
– a poor chance, the least chance; usually used in the negative DOG’S CHANCE 1890
– a poor chance, the least chance; usually used in the negative DOG’S SHOW 1898 Aust. & NZ
– a reasonable chance, fair treatment FAIR SPIN 1910s sl.
– a reasonable chance; fair treatment; equal opportunity FAIR CRACK OF THE WHIP 1929 Aust. sl.
– chance HAP-LUCK Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– chance, accident HAPPY-GO-LUCKY 1887 Eng. dial.
– chance, accident CASUALTY 1423 obs.
– chance; a chance or casual occurrence, contingency; esp. an unfortunate occurrence, accident, casualty CASUALITY 1540 obs.
– chance, fortune, befalling, event BETIDE 1590 obs. rare
– chance; fortune, luck VENTURE a1450 obs.
– chance, fortune, luck; that which comes to us, or happens without design ADVENTURE c1230 obs.
– chance, fortune, opportunity; a throw or stroke of fortune; lot, fate CAST a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– chance, hazard, hap CASE 1340-70 obs.
– chance, lot; condition, circumstances FARE Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– chance, mishap; fortuitous circumstance ACCIDENCE 1393 obs.
– chance, opportunity ETTLE 1768 Sc.
– chance or fortune (good or bad) that falls to anyone; luck, lot HAP Bk1905 Sc.
– chances; opportunities; openings MAKINGS 1866 Eng. dial.
– no chance at all FAT CHANCE M19 sl.
– no chance at all FAT SHOW 1930s NZ sl.
– no chance; no possibility ONE-EIGHT-SEVEN 1996 US sl.
 
CHANCE – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who takes foolish chances FEATHERHEAD 1965 Amer. dial.
 
CHANCE – PHRASES
 no chance or possibility whatever SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN HELL 1934 Amer. sl.
 
CHANCE – VERBS
– to chance, to venture ANTER;  AUNTER 1742 Sc.
– to come about by chance HAPPEN-SO 1954 Amer. dial.
– to come by chance or accident HAPPEN-CHANCE 1962 Amer. dial.
– to happen by chance BECHANCE Bk1911 Sc.
– to have the first chance of or with HAVE A CALL UPON c1895 colloq.
– to take a chance TAKE A PUNT Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– to take a chance TAKE ONE’S DERRY B1900 Eng. dial.
– to take a chance at something TAKE A FLYER AT SOMETHING Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– to take a chance, to gamble, esp. financially TAKE A FLIER;  TAKE A FLYER L19 US sl.
– to take a chance, to risk ODDS 1958 sl.
– to waste or throw away a good chance MAKE A BALK OF GOOD GROUND 1605


CHANDELIER – NOUNS
a chandelier CANDLE-BRANCH 1599 obs.
a chandelier CANDLER Bk1898 Eng. dial. obs.
a chandelier LUSTRE 1716
each of the pendant pieces of crystal used to ornament the branches of a chandelier, candelabrum, etc. ALMOND 1764 obs.


CHANGE, CHANGEABLE, CHANGED, CHANGING – ADJECTIVES
– changeable; capricious GERFUL c1374 obs.
– changeable, fickle, flighty, whimsical; acting as if under the moon’s influence MOONISH c1407 obs. or arch.
– changeable, fickle, inconstant WEATHERCOCKY 1886
– changeable, fickle, inconstant; tricky, difficult to deal with or manage SKITTISH 1601
– changeable in character; inconstant, unstable; fickle VARIOUS 1636 obs.
– changeable, irresolute; feeble, weak; worthless WAFFLE 1867 Sc.
– changeable, moody; generally applied to a person of jolly disposition EEMERSOME 1949 Sc.
– changeable; said of a material substance WANTON 1681 obs.
– changeable, snappish, captious; irritating; treacherous, not to be depended upon TEPTIOUS 1876 Eng. dial.
– changeable, uncertain; fickle, not trustworthy BRICKLE 1872 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– changeable, unreliable; not to be depended on; uncertain; inconstant; capricious; fickle TICKLE a1300 now Eng. dial.
– changeable, unreliable; turning from side to side TIFLING Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– changeable, unsettled, precarious; unsteady, insecure; inconstant, wavering; also, weak in health, delicate, sickly WANKLE c888 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– changeable, vacillating WIDDERY-MINDED B1900 Eng. dial.
– changeable, variable; fickle; also, of a ship: unsteady MUABLE a1393 obs.
– changeable, whimsical, capricious; peevish, discontented; proud, conceited MAWKY 1854 Eng. dial.
– changed, altered ALTERATE c1450 obs.
– changeful in disposition or purpose; inconstant, fickle VARIANT c1386 rare
– changeful, light-headed, frivolous TOTTER-HEADED 1662
– changeful, variable; undergoing or subject to change or variation; said of things VARIOUS 1552 obs.
– changing CANGEANT a1618 obs. rare
– changing CHANGEANT c1620 obs. rare
– changing every week; fickle, changeable HEBDOMADAL 1796
– changing, uncertain, fleeting SLIDDERY a1400 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– changing, variable, inconstant VAGARIOUS 1798 obs.
– desiring changes or alterations NOVATURIENT 1679 obs. rare
– liable to change; liable to err or fall LAPSABLE;  LAPSIBLE 1678
– opposing change STANDPAT Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
CHANGE etc. – NOUNS
– a change CHANGE-UP 1905 Amer. dial.
– a change, novelty, diversion; a constant variation, a variety, medley VARIORUM 1761 Sc.
– a constantly changing thing VANE 1588
– change, alteration PARALLAX 1677 obs. rare
– change, alteration, transformation IMMUTATION c1540 obs.
– changeability; variance VARIANCY 1888 rare
– changeableness VERSABILITY 1721 obs.
– changeableness; inconstancy UNCONSTANTY 1563 obs.
– changeableness; inconstancy; variability VARIOUSNESS 1607 obs.
– changeableness; want of stability; inconstancy UNCONSTABILITY 1611
– opposition to or refusal to change STANDPATTISM Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– tendency to change; fickleness; change of purpose or plans VARIETY a1548 obs.
– the phenomenon whereby a small change in some complex systems can have a large effect at a later time BUTTERFLY EFFECT 1976
 
CHANGE etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a changeable or fickle person CHANGING-PIECE 1594 obs., contemptuous usage
– a changeable person; a person given to moving from place to place, an itinerant MOVABLE 1621-2 obs.
– a constantly changing or unstable person VANE 1588
 
CHANGE etc. – VERBS
– to cause to change, to alter VARIATE 1566 obs.
– to change COMMUTATE a1652 obs. rare
– to change MUTABILATE c1685 obs. rare
– to change SCALE 1851 Eng. dial. obs.
 to change a person’s fundamental nature MAKE AN ETHIOPIAN WHITE 1662 rare, now offensive
 to change a person’s fundamental nature WASH A BLACKAMOOR WHITE 1581 rare, now offensive
– to change a person’s fundamental nature WASH A NEGRO WHITE 1754 rare, now offensive
– to change course; to stop doing something SWALLOW THE ANCHOR L19 UK criminals’ sl.
– to change direction or intensity FLIP-FLOP Bk2006 US sl.
– to change one’s course of action HAUL ONE’S WIND 1867
– to change one’s mind WAIVE ONE’S WIT c1400 obs.
– to change one’s mind; to go back from a promise or bargain SCAFFLE Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to change one’s opinion, attitude, or conduct TACK 1637
– to change one’s place, etc. to undergo shifting, change, or removal SKIFT a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to change one’s position, to change sides, from motives of interest, etc. TURN THE CAT IN THE PAN 1622
– to change one’s ways CASH IN ONE’S CHIPS 1895 Amer. sl.
– to change one’s ways LEARN ONE’S RECKONINGS AGAIN 1899 Eng. dial.
– to change, to alter ALTERATE c1475 obs.
– to change, to alter BACK 1890 Eng. dial.
– to change, to alter one’s position or policy SHIFT ONE’S MATTY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to change, to alter; to confound WRIXLE c1400 obs.
– to change, to alter; to make something different in some particular AWEND a1000 obs.
– to change, to manipulate RING Bk1903 sl.
– to change, to shift or alter in position PALTER 1577 obs.
– to change, to shift or move something SKIFT a1300 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– to change, to turn into something worse FALL 1393 obs.
– to change, to vary VARIATE 1591 obs.
– to change, to waver DAFFLE Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to make a complete change of direction; to make an about-face PULL A ONE-EIGHTY 20C Amer. sl.
– to make an unexpected or dramatic change FLIP THE SCRIPT 1991 US colloq.
– to produce a change in; to change, to alter, to transform IMMUTE 1613 obs.
– to undergo an unlikely change of character CHANGE ONE’S SKIN Bk1999
– to undergo an unlikely change of character CHANGE ONE’S SPOTS Bk1999


CHANNEL – NOUNS
a channel, a creek, a stream, a natural waterway KILL 1639 Amer. dial.
a channel, a race or run of water SCOUR 1897 Sc.
a channel, a strait; an opening between sandbanks GAT;  GATE 1723
a channel, a waterway connecting two larger bodies of water THOROUGHFARE 1699 Amer. dial.
a channel in which water may flow; a stream, a rivulet RUNNING c1350 obs.
a channel or lane of water VEIN 1606
a narrow channel between two islands, or an island and the mainland; a sound, a strait KYLE 1549 Sc.
a narrow channel or passage between rocks, through which water runs THRUM 1809 Sc. & Eng. dial.
a natural inland channel NAVIGATION 1720 obs.
a navigable channel in a river or between rocks, sandbanks, etc.; the usual course or passage of a vessel on the sea or in entering and leaving a harbour FAIRWAY 1584
a navigable channel in a river or between rocks, sandbanks, etc.; the usual course or passage of a vessel on the sea or in entering and leaving a harbour FARE-WAY 1883
channel, passage CANNEL 1561 obs.


CHANT, CHANTING – NOUNS
– a chant, a song CANTATA a1754 obs., nonce usage
– a chanting, intoning, musical recitation CANTILLATION 1864

CHANT etc. – VERBS
to chant; to recite with musical tones CANTILLATE 1864
to chant, to sing loudly YELL 1387 obs.
to chant, to sing; to repeat in a sing-song manner; to intone CANT 1652 obs.


CHAOS, CHAOTIC, CHAOTICALLY – ADJECTIVES
​- chaotic, disorderly SHAMBOLIC L20 colloq.
– chaotic, hectic, extremely eventful, action-packed, exciting HELL’S-A-POPPIN’;  HELLZAPOPPIN’ 1945 colloq., orig. US
– chaotic, in a mess ANTIPODEAN M17 sl.
– chaotic, muddled, disorderly TAP-AND-TEERIE 1827 Sc.
– chaotic, muddled, disorderly TAPSALTEERIE 1827 Sc.
– chaotic, out of control; crazy; in wild disorder HAYWIRE 1920  US sl.
– chaotic, unorganized ALL TO HELL 19C sl.
– in chaos GONE TO HELL 19C sl.
– in chaos ALL TO HELL 19C sl.
– in chaos, in a mess, ruined BALLSED-UP 1940s sl.
– in chaos, in utter disarray ALL OVER THE PLACE LIKE A MADWOMAN’S CUSTARD 1953 Aust.
– in chaos, in utter disarray ALL OVER THE PLACE LIKE A MADWOMAN’S KNITTING 1953 Aust.
– in chaos, in utter disarray ALL OVER THE PLACE LIKE A MADWOMAN’S LUNCH-BOX 1953 Aust.
– in chaos, in utter disarray ALL OVER THE PLACE LIKE A MADWOMAN’S SHIT 1953 Aust.
– in chaos, out of order ALL OVER THE ROAD LIKE BROWN’S COWS 1980s NZ sl.
 
CHAOS etc. – ADVERBS
– chaotically, confusedly OMNIUM GATHERUM 1648 obs.
 
CHAOS etc. – NOUNS
– a chaotic mess; often applied to a near-gridlock in a traffic system SNARL-UP 1960 UK sl.
– a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation; an embarrassing spectacle; a debacle, a shambles, a mess DUMPSTER FIRE 2008
– a chaotic situation; a scene of great confusion CHINESE FIRE DRILL 1961 Amer. dial.
– a chaotic situation; a scene of great confusion POLISH FIRE DRILL 1978 Amer. dial.
– a chaotic state of affairs; a real mix-up; a mess, muddle; a fiasco, a disaster BALLS-UP 1929 sl.
– a chaotic, unpleasant, confused state CHASSIS M19 sl.
– a place or state of wild chaos and warring elements; a roaring furnace; a raging whirlpool, a maelstrom TOPHET 1837
– a state of chaos; a confused mess DOG’S BREAKFAST 1892 sl.
– a state of chaos or muddle; a mess LAGGERY 1914 Sc.
– a term used in a chaotic, confused, or fouled-up situation; Situation Normal, All Fucked-Up”, or “Situation Normal, All Fouled-Up” SNAFU 20C World War II military usage
– chaos, a mess CIRCLE JERK 1970s US sl.
– chaos, a mess RING JERK 1970s US sl.
– chaos; an example of uncontrollable confusion CHINAMAN’S NIGHTMARE 1982 Amer. sl.
– chaos, an uproar, pandemonium, ‘hell let loose’ PANDOMIE 1911 Sc.
– chaos, confusion CAFFUFFLE 1975 Barbados sl.
– chaos, confusion, a shambles OLE-MAS 20C W. Indies sl.
– chaos, disarray, uproar, merriment, noise, disorder; a noisy party DERAY 1727 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– chaos, disorder; a confused thing or state of affairs; anything confusing BAG OF NAILS 1859 sl.
– chaos, disorder, utter confusion; that which is empty and formless TOHU AND BOHU 1619
– chaos, disorder, utter confusion; that which is empty and formless TOHU-BOHU 1619
– chaos, havoc, esp. resulting from conflict THE DOGS OF WAR a1616
– chaotic disorder; a mess RAG ORDER 1983 UK military sl.
 
CHAOS etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who acts chaotically or randomly HAPHAZARDER 1904 rare
 
CHAOS etc. – PHRASES
– said of a chaotic situation ASSHOLES AND ELBOWS 1987 US sl.
– chaotic, in a mess; back-to-front ARSE BACKWARDS L19 sl.
– in a state of chaos ALL OVER THE PLACE LIKE A MAD WOMAN’S BREAKFAST Bk1999 Aust. sl.
– chaotic, totally confused, very unsatisfactory BACKBONE TO BREAKFAST TIME 1900s US sl.
– in a chaotic, difficult, or dangerous situation UP TO ONE’S ARMPITS IN ALLIGATORS 1982
– in a chaotic, difficult, or dangerous situation UP TO ONE’S ASS IN ALLIGATORS 2004
– in a chaotic, difficult, or dangerous situation UP TO ONE’S EARS IN ALLIGATORS 1964
– in a chaotic, difficult, or dangerous situation UP TO ONE’S EYEBALLS IN ALLIGATORS 1984
– in a chaotic, difficult, or dangerous situation UP TO ONE’S NECK IN ALLIGATORS 1970
 
CHAOS etc. – VERBS
– to reduce something to chaos; to bungle something SNAFU 2001 US sl.