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1British informal A fool.‘what a bunch of charlies’
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘Who gives a damn what these intelligence charlies want, and what business is it of theirs to be telling Parliament what to do?’
- ‘This might be the perfect moment to visit London, as it will be empty of chin-free society charlies.’
- ‘No, it doesn't function like the original, as one curious charlie in our party queried.’
- ‘But what should be of concern is the following: these guys, the tail-end charlies, were picked off or crashed and no one noticed.’
2charliesBritish informal A woman's breasts.
mammary gland, mammaView synonyms
- ‘What better way of getting a quick fix of cash and attention that whipping your charlies out and panting over another woman, also exposing her busters.’
- ‘In the nineteenth century, charlies meant a woman's breasts, but the term has fallen from use in the late twentieth and is rarely met in literature.’
3informal mass noun Cocaine.‘they all took loads of charlie’
- ‘There's no question that a noseful of charlie makes you feel invincible, focussed, elite and beautiful.’
- ‘I'll be knackered by teatime. I'll need a drink and a nice line or two of charlie.’
- ‘Ian is fond of his charlie, a habit which keeps leaving him ‘flat out on the bed and staring at the cracks which trail across the ceiling like rivers seen from orbit’.’
- ‘I woke up in the afternoon from the night before and instead of having anything to eat, I had a can of soft drink and a line of charlie.’
- ‘And then he asked, ‘Do you know where I can get any charlie from?’’
- ‘I did everything to excess - punk, speed, puff, charlie, drink.’
- ‘And for the first six months I was clean, but then we kept saying yes to more gigs, I started drinking too much and taking a bit of charlie, to get through it.’
- ‘Hence you have a band who are clearly a bit un-nerved by the amount of freeloaders gossiping about their next load of charlie, and the whole thing spirals down from there.’
- ‘The point of all the numbers - published by a team from the Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan - is that consumption of charlie in the region is much higher than previously thought.’
- ‘Honestly, I couldn't have been keener to get clear of that airport if I'd had half a kilo of charlie up my jumper, I can tell you.’
4A code word representing the letter C, used in radio communication.
- ‘In addition to not having flown in the west for quite a while, being assigned the plane at night complicated things even more: The charlie model is slightly different than the bravo model I flew as an instructor.’
5NZ US Australian military slang A member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively.
- ‘The Viet Cong aka Charlie will be eating in our "mess hall".’
- ‘When it comes to standing up to Victor Charlie, there is no color difference among U.S. troops.’
Late 19th century: diminutive of the male given name Charles.
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