O'Byrne Files - Dublin Slang Dictionary and Phrase-book ©

T

Word / Phrase

use

Meaning

Take

vb.

Bring (eg take the clothes in from the line)

Take a feather out of

vb. phr.

Surprise, faze

Take your hour

vb. phr.

Wait

Tallaght
(pronounced "Tal-la")
n. A 'suburb' of Dublin that is the size of Limerick. There aren't as many stabbings in Tallaght as there are in Limerick, though the Tallaght does give it a run for its money.
Tan n. English person (derogatory)

Tap

vb. & n.

Wheedle money out of

Tart with the cart n. Statue of Molly Malone historical street vender

Taste

n

Small quantity

Taste

n

Small quantity

Taytos n Packet of potato chips/crisps

Tear

vb.

Move quickly

Teeming

vb.

[1] Crowded, [2] Raining heavily

Tell a picture

vb.

Recount the plot of a film

Telly n. Television
That's Right phr To agree with someone

Thick / tick

adj.

Stupid, obtuse

Three prices, the

n. phr.

Excessive amount

Thrill

n.

Derogatory term for a woman

Thrilled skinny

adj. phr.

Very excited

Throat, have a

vb. phr.

Be thirsty

Throllop / trollop

n.

Untidy woman

Throng

adj.

Occupied

Throw shapes

adj. phr.

Make aggressive gesture, act aggressively; What a shaper does...see above.

Thundering

adj.

Used for emphasis e.g. 'thundering disgrace'

Tidy adj. Small, tight, in a complimentary way e.g.she has a tidy little arse on her.

Tighten

vb.

Fortify with drink

Tinker n Traveller, Gypsy, Derogatory term for a female

Tinker's fart

n. phr.

[1] Negligible amount, [2]

Tip vb. Dump rubbish (vb.) - Dirty place (n.)
Titanic n A lady who goes down first time out.
Togs n Swimming trunks
Tool n Penis

Top of the morning

phr.

Paddyistic greeting

Tosser

n.

Feckless individual

Touched n. A strange or mentally handicapped individual
Toucher n Someone looking for a handout.
Town n. The main shopping streets in dublin city centre

Traipse

vb.

Walk until weary under adverse conditions

Trap

n.

Mouth

Trick-acting

vb.

Messing about, showing off

Trolleyed

adj.

Drunk, intoxicated

Trotting after

phr

Pale imitation of

Trousered

adj.

Drunk, intoxicated

True for you!

phr.

You are right

Tugger

n.

(Female) Old clothed dealer

Turnip-snagger

n.

Derogatory term for a rural dweller

Turf accountant n. Bookmaker; stems from betting on horse races, although turf accountants will give odds and take bets on just about anything.

Twang

vb. & n.

[1] Copulate with a woman [2] Woman seen as a sex object

Twangman

n.

Pimp

Twist

n.

Turn to buy a drink

Twisted

adj.

Drunk, intoxicated

Two bulb n Garda squad car

Two ends of, the

adj. phr.

Complete and utter

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