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Irish Slang and Phrases Americans Just Don't Understand

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> Meaning: Very

Quare can mean a range of things, from very, as in, “The kids were quare noisy today,” to terrific, to odd.

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Up to 90
> Meaning: Very busy

Up to 90 can mean flat out busy, as well as incredibly agitated, or having reached your limit.

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> Meaning: Very cool, fantastic

Deadly can mean fantastic, brilliant, or just plain awesome, as in, “That cake was deadly!”

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Stall the ball!
> Meaning: Wait a second!

Someone might say, “Stall the ball,” when they mean, “Hold on a minute.”

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Fair play
> Meaning: Well done

Fair play is used as a congratulatory statement, as in, “I heard you passed the bar. Fair play!”

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