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n. pl. lin·goes
The specialized vocabulary of a particular field or social group, especially when viewed as unfamiliar: computer lingo; the lingo of the local residents of the island; "the lingo that rough union guys used among themselves" (Philip Roth).
n, pl -goes
(Linguistics) informal any foreign or unfamiliar language, jargon, etc
[C17: perhaps from lingua franca; compare Portuguese lingoa tongue]
n., pl. -goes.
1. the language or vocabulary, esp. the jargon or slang, of a particular field, group, or individual.
2. language or speech, esp. if strange or foreign.
[1650–60; appar. alter. of lingua (franca)]
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|Noun||1.||lingo - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
bite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
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
fuck, fucking, nookie, nooky, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, shtup, ass, shag, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
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"
street name - slang for something (especially for an illegal drug); "`smack' is a street name for heroin"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
skin flick - a pornographic movie
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
rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
slant-eye, gook - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form: