a dirty word
- if something is a dirty word, people dislike it or disagree with it, often without good reasons
For many teachers, change is a dirty word.
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dirty word — n. 1. an obscene or coarse word 2. any word or phrase considered unpleasant or offensive in a specific place or context … English World dictionary
dirty word — ► NOUN 1) an offensive or indecent word. 2) a reference to something regarded with dislike or disapproval … English terms dictionary
dirty word — noun 1. an offensive or indecent word or phrase • Syn: ↑obscenity, ↑smut, ↑vulgarism, ↑filth • Derivationally related forms: ↑filthy (for: ↑filth), ↑ … Useful english dictionary
dirty word — noun /ˈdɜːtiˌwɜːd,ˈdɚɾijˌwɝd/ a) A word that is considered vulgar, not necessarily sexual in nature. The child was made to sit in the corner as punishment for saying a dirty word. b) The name of a topic that a person does not like to hear or… … Wiktionary
dirty word — n. a curse word; an informal word concerned with sex or excrement. □ No dirty words are allowed on this computer or news group. □ Some kid got the microphone and yelled a dirty word into it … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
dirty word — dirt′y word′ n. 1) cvb a vulgar or taboo word; obscenity 2) cvb any word, name, or concept considered loathsome or unmentionable: “Lose” is a dirty word to this team[/ex] • Etymology: 1835–45 … From formal English to slang
dirty word — 1. a vulgar or taboo word; obscenity. 2. any word, name, or concept considered reprehensible or unmentionable; anathema: Lose is a dirty word to this team. [1835 45] * * * … Universalium
dirty word — /dɜti ˈwɜd/ (say dertee werd) noun 1. a vulgar word. 2. something one doesn t mention because it is as objectionable as if it were a vulgar word: work is a dirty word around here … Australian English dictionary
dirty word — noun something regarded with dislike: VAT is a dirty word among small businesses … English new terms dictionary
dirty word — noun Date: circa 1774 a word, expression, or idea that is disagreeable or unpopular in a particular frame of reference … New Collegiate Dictionary
(a) dirty word — a dirty word phrase if something is a dirty word, people dislike it or disagree with it, often without good reasons For many teachers, change is a dirty word. Thesaurus: something that you hatesynonym Main entry: dirty … Useful english dictionary