Slang can be quite fun to learn. Today’s post is dedicated to all those British expressions containing the word ‘piss‘.
Beware, in American English some of these words and phrases might have a different meaning!
Also, avoid using them on a formal occasion!
TO BE PISSED
In BrE to be pissed means to be drunk while in AmE it means to be angry.
I’ve had far too much to drink. I’m pissed!
And so TO GET PISSED means to get drunk (in the UK!!).
TO BE PISSED OFF (BrE)
If you’re pissed off, you’re angry. I know it gets confusing with this AmE versus BrE thing!
and TO PISS SOMEONE OFF means to make someone angry.
He really pissed me off the other night with all that bullshit!
TO PISS DOWN (weather)
This phrasal verb could be an alternative to the famous idiom ‘it’s raining cats and dogs‘.
I won’t go out, it’s pissing down!
TO PISS AROUND
If you’re pissing around, you aren’t doing anything really. You’re just wasting your time.
I’ve done nothing today, I’ve just been pissing around on the internet.
TO PISS AWAY (something)
If you piss away something (usually money, energy, time or opportunities), you waste it.
I can’t believe you’ve pissed away all that money on this car!
TO TAKE THE PISS OUT OF someone
If you take the piss out of someone, you make fun of them.
Stop taking the piss out of him!
TO TAKE THE PISS
If you’re taking the piss, you’re being annoying and unreasonable.
Come on! we’re late, get dressed! Stop taking the piss!
I’d say that ‘to take the piss’ is a cooler alternative to the idiom ‘to pull someone’s leg‘ 🙂
The noun form is a PISS-TAKE: What? £10 for a cappuccino?That’s a piss-take!
(the price is unreasonable, ‘piss-take’ is a synonym for ‘rip-off’ in this context)
So I think I’ve pissed away enough time for today, I’d better go to work 🙂