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DINNER LADY, n (col) - a female cook or canteen worker in a school. g. construction workers employed by a local authority. DIRECTORY INQUIRIES, n - information (on the telephone). DIRTY, n (col) - in the expression DO THE DIRTY ON SOMEONE: to behave meanly or unkindly towards someone. DISCOUNT HOUSE, A? (col) - a financial organization engaged in discounting bills of exchange, etc. on 3 large sca\e, primarily by borrowing call money from commercial banks. DISHY, adj (col) - good-looking, attractive.
BAGMAN, n (col) - a traveling salesmsn. BAGS, n (col) - 1. lots, piles. We've got bags of things to do before we leave. There's bags of room. He has bags of money. 2. trousers. BAIRN, n - a child. Scottish and northern English. BALACLAVA, n - a warm woolen headgear which 3lmost completely covers the head and neck, originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War but now by mountain climbers, skiers, bankrobbers, terrorists, antiterrorists, etc. BALLOCKS or BOLLOCKS, pi n (col) -1. testicles. 2. a muddle, a foul-up.
CHEESED-OFF, adj (col) - bored, fed up, angry. She left a couple of hours ago, I think she got cheesed-off waiting for you. CHEMIST'S or CHEMIST'S SHOP, n - a pharmacy, drugstore. It dispenses prescribed medicines and sells toiletries, cosmetics, etc. but never food or drink. CHEQUERS, n - the official country residence of the Prime Minister. CHEST OF DRAWERS, n - a dresser, bureau. CHESTERFIELD, n - a Iarge tightly stuffed sofa, often upholstered in leather, with upright STANLEY • 33 A TO ZED: A GB / US LEXIS CHESTY arms of the same height as the back.