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British slang: “pants” means “bad”

“Trousers” in the UK; “pants” in the US

Related to slang for “rubbish”, (see previous lesson) “pants” has some various meanings.

“Pants” (UK)

In the US, “pants” means what “trousers” means in the UK.

In the UK, “pants” means a type of male underwear.

In the UK, “pants” also has a slang usage as an adjective which is a synonym for “bad” or “rubbish”.

EXAMPLES

“I don’t like that song, it’s pants.”

“Your trousers are pants.” (This means “your trousers are bad” – sorry for the confusing joke!)

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