[ shit ]
/ ʃɪt /
an act of defecating; evacuation.
the shits. diarrhea.
Slang. pretense, lies, exaggeration, or nonsense.
Slang. something inferior or worthless.
Slang. a selfish, mean, or otherwise contemptible person.
Slang. narcotic drugs, especially heroin or marijuana.
Slang. possessions, equipment, mementos, etc.; stuff.
verb (used without object), shit or shat, shit·ting.
verb (used with object), shit or shat, shit·ting.
Slang. to exaggerate or lie to.
Slang. to defecate in (one's clothes), as from terror or illness; soil (oneself): She was so shocked, she shit her pants!
Slang. (used to express disgust, disappointment, frustration, contempt, or the like.)
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Idioms for shit
- (used to express amazement or incredulity): He got into MIT? No shit!
- (used to express one's annoyance with an obvious statement.)
give a shit, Slang. (often used in the negative) to care; be concerned: My ex will be at the party with his new girlfriend, but I don't give a shit. Who gives a shit if you're going or not going!
no shit, Slang.
in deep shit, Slang. in trouble: If I don't study for that math test, I'll be in deep shit.
up shit/shit's creek, Slang. in a desperate or hopeless situation; in serious trouble: You'd be up shit's creek if I wasn't here to bail you out, Billy—I'm telling you, this is the last time!Also up shit/shit's creek without a paddle.
Origin of shit
(v.) variant (with short i from past participle or noun) of earlier shite, Middle English shiten, Old English scītan; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schiten (Dutch schijten), Old High German skīzan (German scheissen); (noun) re-formation from the v., or continuation of Old English scite (in place names)
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British Dictionary definitions for give a shit
/ (ʃɪt) taboo /
verb shits, shitting, shitted, shit or shat
(usually foll by on) slang to give the worst possible treatment (to)
an act of defecation
an obnoxious or worthless person
cannabis resin or heroin
in the shit in trouble
the shit hits the fan the real trouble begins
an exclamation expressing anger, disgust, etc
Also (esp dialect): shite (ʃaɪt)
Derived forms of shitshitty, adjectiveshittily, adverbshittiness, noun
Word Origin for shit
Old English scite (unattested) dung, scītan to defecate, of Germanic origin; related to Old English scēadan to separate, Old Norse skīta to defecate, Middle Dutch schitte excrement
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Idioms and Phrases with give a shit
give a shit
see under not give a damn.
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