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aboriginality
awareness of being an aboriginal australian
The descendants of the original custodians of Australia who maintain links to their country and customs.
aboriginal australia
abos
australian aborigines
Generally derogatory but may be used in Aboriginal English without being offensive.
aboriginal australia
ac/dc
bisexual
Acca Dacca
ac  / dc
The nickname for the undisputed Kings of Aussie Rock.
AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top
act
to pretend to be someone or something which you are not
He's bungin' on an act. It is wiser to be natural, and speak the truth about yourself.
act the goat
to behave foolishly
Advance Australia Fair
the national anthem of australia

Replaced God Save the Queen in 1984.

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
 Advance Australia Fair


Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
 Advance Australia Fair


composed about 1878
See also Waltzin' Matilda, the national song of Australia.
aerial ping-pong
australian rules football
national rugby league slang

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AFL
1 australian football league
 The organisation which replaced the Victorian Football League in 1990 and which regulates the national Australian Rules Football competition.
2 a game of australian rules football
The acronym AFL is used colloquially as a name for the sport when distinguishing it from other football codes, particularly in Qld and NSW.
aussie rules
afferbeck lauder
alphabetical order
See strine for more information.
strine
aggro
aggressive
airy-fairy
fancy, vague
Don't give me that airy-fairy bullshit.
akubra
a shallow-crowned wide-brimmed hat
 Made from felted rabbit fur, the origin of the word is possibly from an Aboriginal language, and is now a proprietary name.
first recorded in 1930

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Al Capone
a telephone
Interestingly, aussie slang – not American.
rhyming slang: al capone for phone
ALP
australian labor party
 A left-wing political party, historically representing the interests of trade unions and workers.
The spelling Labor was adopted to make an association with the labour movement in the USA, where this is the standard spelling.
Counterpart to the NLP, a right-wing political party.

used since 1912
alley
1 a marble
2 a two-up school
alluvium
sand, soil, etc deposited by a river or flood
In Australia the implication is that it contains gold.
all over bar the shouting
finished with for all intents and purposes
all yack and no yakka
all talk but no action
Describing someone who talks about – yacks – what they're going to do instead of doing it.
See yakka for more information.

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amber fluid
beer
A beer lover's term.
ambit claim
a claim made by employees
Made to a conciliation and arbitration court.
A claim which anticipates bargaining and compromise with the employer and is therefore extreme in its demands.
ambo
an ambulance driver
aussie diminutive
anchors
the brakes on a motor vehicle
I threw on the anchors to avoid the ankle biters!
ankle biter
a small child
ant's pants
the best
Something really good.
ANZAC
an aussie or kiwi soldier
From the initial letters of the
Australian & New Zealand Army Corps.
It was the telegraphers who first started to use the shorthand ANZAC which was quickly picked up by the troops who started using it to refer to themselves.
Originally referred only to the Gallipoli Campaigners, then to all WWI soldiers, and later extended to any aussie or kiwi soldier.
The term Anzac is protected under Australian law and cannot be used without permission from the Minister for Veterans' Affairs; misuse can be legally enforced, particularly for commercial purposes.
anzac biscuit
a sweet biscuit
Made using rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda, and boiling water.

 Notably, anzac biscuit recipes omit eggs because of the scarcity of eggs during the war and so that the biscuits would not spoil when shipped long distances.
There is a general exemption under the law granted for anzac biscuits, as long as these biscuits remain basically true to the original recipe and are both referred to and sold as anzac biscuits and never as cookies.
popular in australia and new zealand
Anzac Bridge
a bridge in sydney harbour
Opened in 1996 to replace the former Glebe Island Bridge, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Australia.
anzac spirit
the personal qualities of courage, tenacity, and sacrifice
A displayed by the original ANZACs on the battlefields of Gallipoli.
Anzac day
the one day of the year
A national public holiday, considered by many Australians to be one of the most solemn days of the year, and begins with the Dawn Service.
It is a day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders:
Who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
The Anzac Day March from each state capital is televised live. Marches by veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Reserves are held in cities and towns nationwide.
These events are generally followed by social gatherings of veterans, hosted either in a pub or in an RSL club, often including a game called two‑up, which was a popular pastime with ANZAC soldiers.

annually on 25 april
Anzac Pact
an agreement between australia and new zealand
Made in 1944, seeking a regional zone of defence in the south-west Pacific and asserting their joint interests and responsibilities in the region.
apples
perfect, as it should be, nice
I'm fitting a new propellor; then she'll be apples.
rhyming slang: apples and spice for nice

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arc up
to become livid with anger
To flare up like a welders torch.
arf a mo
wait a short time
Literally, wait half a moment.
Arf a mo, I'm puttin' on me boots.
argue the toss
to dispute a decision or command
aussie slang since the 1950s
aristotle
1 a bottle
rhyming slang: arist otle for bottle
2 the arse
convoluted rhyming slang: arist otle for bottle
bottle and glass for arse
arse
the human posterior
A statement that such and such a thing happened may be denied with:
Pig's arse it did!
arse into gear
to get moving
When will you get your arse into gear?
arse about
1 back to front
You've got your tee shirt on arse about!
2 playing the fool
Usually instead of working.
Stop arsing about and get on with the job?
arse over tit
to fall heavily
Look at that, he's fallen arse over tit!
arsey
lucky
You're so arsey, you've just backed another winner!
Also known as a tin arse.

aussie slang since the 1950s
Arthur or Martha
to be in a state of confusion
The Leader of the Opposition does not know whether he is Arthur or Martha, Hekyll or Jekyll, coming or going.

In recent years it has also been used with reference to gender confusion, and in this sense it has been exported to other countries.
artist
a person known for a specified aspect of their behaviour
Such as a booze artist, a bullshit artist, and the like.
arvo
the afternoon
Classic aussie contraction using the o suffix.
You can also use the ie suffix and say arvie or aftie.

aussie slang since the 1920s
assignee
a convict assigned as a servant
colonial slang
as the crow flies
a direct route
aussie slang since the 19th century
Athens of the south
the city of melbourne
Because Melbourne, the capital of Victoria has the largest Greek population of any city in the world, except for Athens, the capital of Greece.

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Aunty
the australian broadcasting corporation
Compare the acronym ABC with BBC, the British equivalent.
aussie
Pronounced oz-E
1 australian
As in aussie beer, aussie tucker etcetera.
2 an australian person
There's a couple of Aussies at the bar.
In its widest sense this refers to any citizen of Australia, contextually it refers to a typical white Australian, as opposed to an Aboriginal Australian or a Torres Strait Islander, or other ethnic Australian.
3 australia
The land down under.
I can't wait to get back to Aussie.

4 the australian dollar
In financial parlance:
The aussie fell against the greenback today.

5 a type of pizza or hamburger with bacon and eggs
An aussie culinary favourite.
I'll have a meat-lovers pizza – no, make that an aussie.
aussie battler
a person with few advantages
One who works doggedly for little reward and displays courage in so doing.
Roughly speaking, there are three kinds of people in this country: the rich, the middle class, and the battlers.
Also known as the little aussie battler, or the battler
aussie cheer
the traditional sporting cheer for international events
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie—Oy, Oy, Oy
Popularised and brought to the rest of the world during the Sydney Olympic Games.
aussie crawl
a swimming stroke
Australian-invented, now used world-wide.
aussie rules
the national football code
 The leading footy game in the country, with the AFL Grand Final the highest attended club championship in the world. The game originated in Australia, inspired by English public school games and an Aboriginal football game called Marngrook. It was first codified in 1859 by Tom Wills, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes.
aussie rules
Australia Act
an act of parliament
Making the legislation of Australian parliaments independent of British parliaments and courts; passed first in Australia and then in Westminster.
enacted in 1986
Australian Aboriginal Flag
a flag that represents aboriginal australians
 First flown at land rights demonstrations in the 1970s; it was designed in 1971 by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, who is descended from the Luritja people of Central Australia. It is one of the official flags of Australia holding special legal and political status.
 Often flown together with the national flag and with the Torres Strait Islander Flag, also an official flag of Australia.
 aboriginal australia
Australian Honours
an honours system
The Order of Australia, with a general and a military division, is the principal component.
established in 1975
australian salute
a movement of the arm and hand to bush away flies from your face.
Also called a Barcoo salute or bush salute.
Australia Day
the australian national day
Commemorating the landing, on 26 January 1788, of Governor Phillip at Sydney Cove.
Also called Invasion Day.

annual public holiday on 26 january
Australian national flag
five white stars of the southern cross and the white commonwealth star
 On a blue background with a Union Jack in canton.
avago
have a go
 A barrackers cry of encouragement. aussie rules
avo
an avocado
awake
fully aware
He's awake up to what's going on.
away with the fairies
no longer in tune with reality
ay
a tag used at the end of a sentence inviting assent
Wasn't that lucky, ay? In Qld and NZ it is used repetitously at the end of virtually every statement, without any sense of it being a question.
I was going down the shops, ay.
And I ran into Johnno, ay.
Hadn't seen him for weeks, ay.
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