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Buy a gun

expression

  • This describes a comical mocking expression in the military and police when a trainee seems hopeless at hand to hand fighting.

    The cadet was so poor at hand to hand that the NCOs began to call out "buy a gun!"

    Last edited on Dec 11 2016. Submitted by Dr. P.D. Fisher on Dec 11 2016.

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buy it

verb

  • to die or be seriously injured.
    Person A: Holy shit, that was a bad wipe out!

    Person B: Yep, he really bought it.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to die.

    Last edited on Feb 27 2011. Submitted by Vaughn from Chicago, IL, USA on Nov 03 1999.

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buy the farm

verb - intransitive

  • to die.
                                                                                         

    Citation from Seinfeld (TV) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to die.

    Last edited on Nov 26 2010. Submitted by Adam from Hamburg, NY, USA on Aug 18 2002.

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  • Meaning of the expression, "Bought the farm."

    As a Vietnam era fighter pilot, I have heard and used the expression "bought the farm" many times. To my understanding, it is not meant to be taken literally, as in paying off a mortgage. Instead, it is meant in jest, a little bit of black humor poking fun at the constant risk of being killed in an airplane crash.

    "Bought" is used as follows: After breaking an expensive vase in a china shop, the proprietor says, "I am sorry sir, but I'm afraid you just bought it." Bought or buy means doing something that has quick, negative, and irreversible consequences, in this case being killed.

    I have heard three variations on "the farm." First is a piece of land, a very small piece of land, used for raising daisies. This, of course, means a grave plot. The second is a piece of land where you are planted (buried) rather than a crop, again referring to a grave. The third variation, and my personal preference, is a piece of land where you plant yourself - usually at the bottom of the smoking hole made when your airplane crashed.

    For people in harms way, the Grim Reaper is often a too frequent visitor. If "he" is taken too seriously, it may interfere with one's duty. To reduce this problem, combatants since ancient armies first marched have found ways to make light of and mock "Old Scratch" and "the skinny guy with the scythe."

    Last edited on Nov 21 2012. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 02 2010.

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buzz for

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buzzkill

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buzz kill

  • a person who ruins a positive moment for everyone else.
    I don't mean to be the buzz kill.

    Last edited on May 06 2011. Submitted by Libby from Chicago, IL, USA on Jan 19 2003.

  • the act of killing a buzz. can either be the presence of an person or a topic a person may of brought up

    Last edited on Apr 01 2006. Submitted by blah b. on Apr 01 2006.

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buzz off

verb - intransitive

  • to go away. Origin: from onomatopoeia "buzz", the sound an insect makes, implying that the person addressed is annoying and should leave.
                                                                                                                                                                        

    Citation from "Smoked", Lie To Me (TV, 2010), Season 3 Episode 8 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Nov 30 2010. Submitted by Robbie G. from Stroud, Hampshire, UK on Feb 13 2006.

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