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Aussie Sayings G - I

There is a plethora of websites in internet land that highlights the unique slang language of Australians. We know what a sheila or a nong is, but many times I have witnessed foreigners completely baffled when an Aussie lets fly with uniquely Australian Sayings.

So I am endeavouring to bring to you as many Aussie sayings as I can muster, together with an understandable explanation of exactly what they mean. Have fun!

Saying: Get off your high horse Meaning: Stop acting high and mighty, stop being pretentious.
How to use this saying: Hes so full of himself, he should get off his high horse

Saying: Give her (him) a bell Meaning: I should ring her (him) up on the telephone
How to use this saying: I havent spoken to Bruce for ages, I should give him a bell.

Saying: Give it a whirl Meaning: Have a go, try
How to use this saying: Ive never ridden a kangaroo before, maybe I should give it a whirl.

Saying: Give us a gander Meaning: Seeing something, having a look.
How to use this saying: He said he had two thumbs, so I told him to give us a gander.

Saying: Going at it like rabbits Meaning: Procreating, making babies
How to use this saying: theyve got 9 children already, theyre going at it like rabbits.

Saying: Grasping at Straws Meaning: Depending on something that is useless
How to use this saying: She thinks hes interested, but I think shes grasping at straws.

Saying: Hes all shine, but no shoes Meaning: A fraud, or a fake
How to use this saying: Hes such a con man all shine but no shoes.

Saying: Hedge your bets Meaning: To avoid committing oneself; to leave a means of retreat open
How to use this saying: I never put my eggs all in one basket, I like to hedge my bets

Saying: Hes blotto Meaning: : Drunk, inebriated, had too much to drink
How to use this saying: you wont get any sense from him hes blotto

Saying: Hes got short arms and long pockets Meaning: He doesnt give up his money easily
How to use this saying: Dont expect Bazza to pay hes got short arms and long pockets.

Saying: Hes Tinny Meaning: Hes very lucky, hes blessed, good things happen to him
How to use this saying: Dont give Bill any lottery tickets, hes tinny.

Saying: Hit the Ground running Meaning: To start something very energetically, so get going early
How to use this saying: He was keen to get finished early, so he hit the ground running

Saying: I could eat a horse and chase the jockey Meaning: Im starving, Im very hungry
How to use this saying: I havent eaten for two days I could eat a horse and chase the jockey.

Saying: Id like to be a fly on the wall Meaning: Youd like to be secretly present to see and hear what happens
How to use this saying: She was furious with him, Id like to be fly on the wall when they get home

Saying: Ill have your guts for garters Meaning: a threat of serious reprisal
How to use this saying: If I learn youve told anyone, Ill have your guts for garters

Saying: In two shakes of a lambs tail Meaning: Shortly, very soon.
How to use this saying: Ill be there in two shakes of a lambs tail.

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