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A specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group: thieves' argot.
[French, from earlier argot, underworld of beggars and thieves, of unknown origin.]
Usage Note: The pronunciation of argot as (är′gət) was long considered acceptable and has historically been included in most dictionaries. However, it is falling out of favor; in our 2005 survey, 75 percent of the Usage Panel found that pronunciation unacceptable.
(Linguistics) slang or jargon peculiar to a particular group, esp (formerly) a group of thieves
[C19: from French, of unknown origin]
ar•got(ˈɑr goʊ, -gət)
1. a specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group of people, devised for private communication and identification: thieves' argot.
2. the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group.
[1855–60; < French, n. derivative of argoter to quarrel, derivative of Latin ergō]
ar•got′ic (-ˈgɒt ɪk) adj.
A special language used only among members of a particular group.
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|Noun||1.||argot - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
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swiz - British slang for a swindle
shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
hand job - slang for masturbation
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
caff - informal British term for a cafe
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
bunghole - vulgar slang for anus
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corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
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codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
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dibs - a claim of rights; "I have dibs on that last slice of pizza"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
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nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
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'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
white trash - (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished
whitey - (slang) offensive names for a White man
slant-eye - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
sheeny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew
airhead - a flighty scatterbrained simpleton; "she's a total airhead"; "every airhead on a big salary rushed out to buy one"
bad egg - (old-fashioned slang) a bad person
boffin - (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research
good egg - (old-fashioned slang) a good person
guvnor - (British slang) boss
old man - (slang) boss
out-and-outer - someone who is excellent at something
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