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piss Line breaks: piss
vulgar slang

Definition of piss in English:


[no object]
Example sentences
  • I don't swim in the UK though because I don't like the hot over-chlorinated water which children piss in.
  • Ever the street-philosopher, he would caution the excitable hordes thus: ‘Don't piss in the water supply.’
  • Another thin man urinates against the wall outside, pissing up against the rich.
pee, wee, piddle, widdle
British informal wee-wee, Jimmy (Riddle), slash, wazz
1.1 [with object] Discharge (something, especially blood) when urinating.
Example sentences
  • I like you just fine kiddo so you better make sure I stay that way otherwise you'll be pissing blood for days.
  • Sometimes the code for avocados is out of date, and if means John Ashcroft will appear in a cloud of red smoke, drag you off to the backroom and beat your kidneys with phone books until you piss blood, then so be it.
  • And I'm not pissing blood so my kidneys are good for today.
1.2 (piss oneself/one's pants) Urinate involuntarily (often used hyperbolically to indicate hilarity or intense fear).
Example sentences
  • They must be pissing themselves in fear, and that is so wrong.
  • She locks lips with a man who has more than once tied her to railroad tracks just to make Popeye piss his pants in fear.
  • I bet the Medici were pissing themselves over that one, but all these years later we just can't see the joke any more.
1.3 (piss down) Rain heavily.
Example sentences
  • Well, this last week has seen temperatures plummet, snow fall, rain piss down and winds howling along the streets.
  • It's pissing down with rain, and despite the hotel's complimentary umbrella, we're both soaked to the skin.
  • It's pissing down with rain and my bathroom ceiling is still leaking.


[mass noun] Back to top  
Example sentences
  • As the cameras panned through the rooms, you could almost smell the cocktail of piss and sea water.
  • Most have escaped to the Pakistani camps only to find themselves living knee deep in piss and shit.
  • I've never seen your shit around, not even a tag written on the concrete with your piss.
1.1 [count noun] An act of urinating.
Example sentences
  • But then again, it's always more fun to watch Apocalypse Now at home where you can go for a piss whenever you want.
  • Must dash as I'm dying for a piss.
  • I decide I need a piss and leave K & H on the platform.


be (or go) on the piss
British vulgar slang Be engaged in (or go on) a heavy drinking session.
Example sentences
  • I mean if he's been on the piss since seven o’ clock in the morning on the day of a gig then of course it does.
  • Then Stephen, his uncle and I went out on the piss.
  • She'd been out on the piss, got home and crashed out.
not have a pot to piss in
vulgar slang Be very poor.
Example sentences
  • I don't have a pot to piss in, so I'm not scared of a lawsuit, but I was pissed.
  • ‘Rangers have an extensive European scouting network, much better than Celtic, but it is no real good to them because they don't have a pot to piss in,’ says one agent, who asked not to be named.
  • Now I don't have a pot to piss in and I had to sell my business to a rich guy who is just interested in turning a profit.
a piece of piss
British vulgar slang A very easy thing to do.
Example sentences
  • We'd seen Hawaii Five-O, ‘Surfing's a piece of piss.’
  • You'd think it would be a piece of piss for ones of their… antiquity.
  • Of course, you compensate by saying the effort's more intense, but to be honest, it's all a piece of piss.
piss in someone's pocket
Australian /NZ vulgar slang Ingratiate oneself with someone: he only saved the company by pissing in his investors' pockets
More example sentences
  • I said to the shop assistant, "You are just pissing in my pocket."
  • Pop stars and PMs pissing in each other's pockets is rarely a good combination.
  • He spends his time pissing in the pocket of the communications industry's answer to Caligula.
piss in the wind
vulgar slang Do something that is ineffective or a waste of time.
Example sentences
  • Putting it bluntly, it's all pissing in the wind.
  • I left the blurb in her office, appending her post it note with the words ‘Stella, I think you're pissing in the wind.’
  • But without your generous support of this site and many others, it would be no more than pissing in the wind.
take the piss (out of someone/thing)
British vulgar slang Mock someone or something.
Example sentences
  • ‘We took the piss out of them,’ says Black, ‘but I'm not pretending we weren't just a little bit jealous.
  • I don't feel to guilty about taking the piss out of them either, because they milked it for all they were worth.
  • What's the point of taking the piss out of someone who doesn't give a damn?

Phrasal verbs

piss about/around
British vulgar slang Spend time doing stupid or unimportant things.
Example sentences
  • Oh, and now I'm really going to the gym, otherwise I'll spend all morning pissing around.
  • It might make up for the 45 minutes I spent pissing around at bus stops which weren't being used.
  • Although Id’ probably get a lot of pissing around on the internet done.
piss off
vulgar slang [usually in imperative] Go away.
Example sentences
  • All my stuff had been scanned by the time she picked up her bloody stuff and pissed off.
  • Weld the floaty bits until I don't walk funny, then piss off and take your Marathon Man bag of pain with you.
  • We suspect the main reason for the cool take-up of her offer is that she's made it plain she's not really that bothered about Australia, and that as soon as she's done her last gig on this tour, she's pissing off to New York.
piss someone off
vulgar slang Annoy someone.
Example sentences
  • She was just really annoying and pissing me off.
  • The magazine was created because ‘we just wanted to vent our anger, we were pissed off.’
  • Once the sun had set I got back to reading how Harry was pissed off with the world in general.
annoy, aggravate, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, put out, nettle, provoke, incense, rile, infuriate, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, make someone's blood boil, ruffle someone's feathers, ruffle, try someone's patience, make someone's hackles rise;
offend, pique
informal peeve, needle, make someone see red, get someone's back up, get someone's goat, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, bug, get someone, miff, hack off
British informal wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tick off, bum out
piss on/over
vulgar slang Show complete contempt for.
Example sentences
  • Hey, they'll always find some way to dismiss me - I'm pissing on their god.
  • Now, my thoughts are, first of all, that it's pissing on the creative works of others for a cheap laugh.
  • And in terms of media attention, Amis has, predictably, been pissing on Fischer, who's in the limelight only by virtue of pissing on Amis.
piss something up
vulgar slang Spoil or ruin something.
Example sentences
  • Oh, right - so the fact the show was pissed up against a wall shouldn't matter - hey, we did a shit show.
  • After all, as he says, it's not about coming in here and pissing his money up against the bloody wall.
  • Very well, Fallaci is who she is - a bitter, tired, whipped old shit-stirrer who has long since pissed her talent up against the wall.


Middle English: from Old French pisser, probably of imitative origin.

Words that rhyme with piss

abyss, amiss, bis, bliss, Chris, Diss, hiss, kiss, Majlis, miss, reminisce, sis, Swiss, this, vis
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