H

had the dick
ruined, busted, worn out, wrecked, no good
This car has had the dick.
hairy goat
a poor racehorse
If a horse runs like a hairy goat  it won't be winning any races.
hairy leg
a railway fettler
nsw slang
hack it
deal with, cope
What's wrong mate, can't you hack it?
had it
to run out of patience
That's enough! I've had it!
half your luck!
good on you!
Short for I wish I had half your luck!
aussie slang since the 1930s
hammer
1 to drive at speed
We were hammering up the freeway.
2 a persons' back
If someone is on your hammer they are following closely.
3 heroin
Colloquially known as smack.
rhyming slang: hammer and tack for back or smack
hammie
the hamstring
Usually referred to in a sporting context, especially footy.
What's happened to that player?
He's done a hammie!
handbag
an attractive male
Used by a woman as a showpiece at social functions.
aussie slang since the 1960s
handbrake
a wife or girlfriend
Referred to as an obstacle to enjoyment.
Davo's not coming, he's got his handbrake on tonight.
handle
a beer glass with a handle
About the same size as a middy or pot (10 fluid ounces or 285 ml).
See beer for more information.

aussie slang since the 1940s
handpass
a skill in aussie rules
In which a player attempts to deliver the ball to a teammate by holding the ball in one hand, and hitting it away with the other, clenched as a fist.
aussie rules
hanger
a mark in aussie rules football
Where the player seems to hang in the air.
aussie rules
hang on a tick
wait for a minute
happy as a bastard on father's day
unhappy, miserable
Possibly the only precise use of the word bastard in aussie english.
aussie slang since the 1950s
happy as a pig in shit
very happy
happy as larry
very happy
A Sydney street fighter named Laurence Foley, later a very successful prize fighter, who became wealthy enough to retire as happy as Larry at the age of 32.
happy chappie
a male who is very pleased
Frequently used in the negative.
His wife left him and he's not a happy chappie.
happy little vegemite
an australian
 From an advertising campaign for Vegemite, it refers especially to a young aussie in a good mood
aussie slang since 1954
hard case
1 a highly individual person
One who will not conform to what others think.
2 a hard drinker
aussie slang since the 1870s
hard stuff
alcoholic spirits
aussie slang since the 1830s
hard graft
hard work
aussie slang since the 1870s
hard word
ask forcefully for something
In the expectation that you will not be refused.
Often used specifically to refer to sexual favours.
The boss put the hard word on the new secretary.

aussie slang since the first world war
hard yakka
hard work
Especially manual labour.
From the aboriginal language Yagara, from the Brisbane region.

aussie slang since the 1880s
Harold Holt ∼ to do a Harold Holt
to bolt, to flee
Referring to the former prime minister who disappeared while swimming in the ocean.
rhyming slang: harold holt for bolt
have a go
to make a gutsy effort
The great Aussie barracking cry.
Have a go ya mug!
have a good head for radio
to have an unattractive head
Similarly: I've seen better heads on a glass of beer.
have a shot
to attack verbally
The boss had a shot at me for swearing.
aussie slang since the 1820s
have it off
to have sex
aussie slang since at least the 1960s
have tickets on yourself
to have an inflated view of yourself
Often displayed in the behaviour of tall poppys who seem to get above themselves.
hay burner
a horse, especially a racehorse
aussie slang since the 1920s
Hay, Hell and Booligal
hot uncomfortable places to be avoided
From the Banjo Paterson poem by this name.
Hay and Booligal are towns on the hot, arid inland plains of NSW.

aussie slang since the 1920s
hay ∼ hit the hay
go to bed

H

head 'em
From the aussie gambling game of two-up.
A person who consistently bets on heads is called a headie, as opposed to a tailie

1 to make the coins land with heads upwards
Come in spinner! Head 'em up!
2 to play the game
I always spend Sunday arvo heading 'em at the pub.
headless chook
to act without rhyme or reason
She was running around like a headless chook!
A chook is a chicken or fowl. aussie slang since the 1950s
heaps
a lot , many
I saw heaps of people today.
heart starter
early morning alcoholic drink
hen's night
1 a party for the bride-to-be
Exclusively for women, it is the female counterpart of the buck's night
2 a girls' or womens' night out together
herbs
1 engine horsepower
This car has got plenty of herbs
2 fuel
Alluding to hay (fed to horses to give them energy) with a pun on horsepower.
I gave it the herbs and it took of like a rocket.

aussie slang since the 1950s
Hexham grey
a large and voracious species of mosquito
Found in the locality of Hexham NSW.
hey-diddle-diddle
1 the middle
He's dobbed it straight through the hey- diddle- diddle
2 urination
I'm gunna have hey- diddle- diddle before we go.
rhyming slang: diddle for middle or piddle

H

hide
effrontery or impudence
An aussie original, from Jessie, a well-loved elephant at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
He's got more hide than Jessie.
Struth, you've got a hide to ask me that!
A similar phrase is more front than Myers
aussie slang since the 1900s
High Court
the federal supreme court in australia
high flyer
an adept at taking high marks
aussie rules
Hills Hoist
a rotary clothesline
 A proprietory name, it is the standard backyard fixture throughout the country.
invented by lance hill in 1945

H

hoe into
to perform a task with vigour
Specifically, to eat with enthusiasm.
I was caught hoeing into a packet of chips.

aussie slang since the 1930s
holding
carrying an amount of ready cash
Commonly in the question:
How are you holding?
Meaning: How are you off for cash?

aussie slang since the 1920s
home and hosed
finished successfully and done with
Originally said of a racehorse, having won by a great length.
Now applied to various situations.
Once we get this fixed we'll be home and hosed.
honky nut
a large gum nut from the marri gum
wa slang from at least the 1950s
hoofa
the game of aussie rules footy
wa slang
hoof it
to walk
The car won't start, we'll have to hoof it.
hooley dooley
exclamation of amazement
hoon
a lout or a hooligan
Especially a young male who drives dangerously, showing off his hotted‑up car.
hoop
a jockey
So called from the circular bands of their silks.
hooroo
goodbye, farewell
“Hooray” was recorded in The Bulletin in 1898 and is also used in NZ.
Unique to Aussie is the unaspirated version ooroo

aussie slang since 1916
hop in for your chop
to step up and take your fair share
hop into it
to tackle with gusto
Don't just stand there, hop into it!
aussie slang from the 1930s
hoppo bumpo
a schoolkids' game
A player with folded srms hops on one leg and trys to knock over other players similarly disadvantaged.
The aim is to bump opponents so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

schoolkid slang since the 1950s
hops
beer
Hence to be on the hops means to be on a drinking spree.
horn bag
a female who is sexually attractive
horrie ∼ hozzo
a large and dangerous wave

Aussie diminutive, from horrendous.

surfie slang
hostie
a female member of an aircraft's cabin crew
A diminutive of airline hostess.
Hosties, along with male flight stewards, were renamed flight attendants in 1983, but the term is still in common use.
aussie slang since the 1960s
hotel
 often just a pub
hottie
1 a hot water bottle
2 someone who is sexually attractive, a total hornbag
how're you going?
a greeting
The aussie equivalent of How are you?
How's it going?
How're you travelling?
It does not require a a precise answer.

aussie slang since the 1930s
howzat?
in cricket, an appeal by the fielding side

Made to the umpire to declare the batter out.
cricket slang
Huey
a name for the powers above
Used when encouraging heavy rainfall, good surf, or snow.
Send her down, Huey!
Whip 'em up, Huey!

H

hump
to carry, usually something heavy or bulky
He was humping a sack of potatoes.
To hump the bluey  is to carry a swag and seek work.
humpy
rough bush shelter
Originally a native dwelling, made of branches and bark (particularly paperbark), with a standing tree usually used as the main support.
They are often built prior to the construction of more permanent buildings.

The word comes from the Yagara language in the Brisbane region.
The term came to mean any temporary building made from available materials, including canvas, flattened metal drums, and sheets of corrugated iron.
 aboriginal australian english
hurl
to vomit
it's the

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