Have a word with

Speak with, discuss with, as in Jerry asked to have a word with you , or I must have a word with Bill about the repairs . This expression, from the late 1400s, was at one time used interchangeably with have words with , but it no longer is.


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    Crave or desire, as in I have a yen for a thick juicy steak. The yen in this expression comes from the Chinese yan, meaning “a craving” (probably for opium). The term was first recorded in English in 1906.

  • Have brass balls

    verb phrase To have audacity; be foolhardy: Which one of you worthless nits had the brass balls enough to cough when I was talking (1970s+)

  • Have-bun-on

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