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vulgar slang

Definition of shit in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1.1 [count noun] An act of defecating.
1.2 (the shits) Diarrhoea.
2 [count noun] A contemptible or worthless person.
3Something worthless; rubbish; nonsense: this book is shit
3.1Unpleasant experiences or treatment: I went through a lot of shit last year
4Things or stuff, especially personal belongings: he left his shit at my flat
4.1Events or circumstances: some crazy shit happened last night
5An intoxicating drug, especially cannabis.

verb (shits, shitting; past and past participle shitted or shit or shat /ʃat/)

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1 [no object] Expel faeces from the body.
1.1 [with object] (shit oneself) Soil one’s clothes as a result of expelling faeces accidentally.
1.2 [with object] (shit oneself) Be very frightened.
2 [with object] Tease or try to deceive (someone).

exclamation

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An exclamation of disgust, anger, or annoyance.

Phrases

be the shit

1
US vulgar slang Be outstandingly good or impressive.

beat (or kick) the shit out of

2
vulgar slang Beat (someone) very severely.

be shitting bricks

3
vulgar slang Be extremely nervous or frightened.

do bears shit in the woods?

4
vulgar slang Used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious.

get one's shit together

5
vulgar slang Organize oneself so as to be able to deal with or achieve something.

give someone the shits

6
chiefly Australian /NZ vulgar slang Make someone annoyed or angry.

in the shit

7
vulgar slang In trouble.

lose one's shit

8
US vulgar slang Lose one’s composure.

no shit

9
vulgar slang Used as a way of confirming or seeking confirmation of the truth of a statement.

not give a shit

10
vulgar slang Not care at all.

not know shit

11
vulgar slang Not know anything.

shit for brains

12
vulgar slang , chiefly North American A stupid person.

be up shit creek (also be up shit creek without a paddle)

13
vulgar slang Be in an awkward predicament.

when the shit hits the fan

14
vulgar slang When the disastrous consequences of something become public.

Origin

Old English scitte 'diarrhoea', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schijten, German scheissen (verb). The term was originally neutral and used without vulgar connotation.

Words that rhyme with shit

acquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit

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