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Daks : Men’s trousers or pants. See also Strides
Dad and Dove : Fictitious, outback characters, once very popular on early Australian radio
Dash : See Do one’s Dash
Damage : Check (Restaurant) bill or final amount owing. e.g. “She looks great, just like a new car again. But what’s the Damage and I’ll pay you now?”
Damper : A bushman’s delight, hot baked bread that was cooked in the ashes of a fire
Damn : Stupid, ludicrous or a (popular) word to express mild aggression. However, that the word Damn can be used or spoken in a way that denotes it as a curse or swear word, as generally looked upon in the United States of America. But speaking the word Damn is not considered to be in this category”
Dead : The old saying, “Interesting things come in small packages,” certainly rings true as to the small word “dead” as used by the Aussie population. Examples:
Deadbeat “Exceptionally tired”
Deadbeat “A down and out person”
Dead hand “A professional”
Deadhead “Useless individual”
Dead heart “Centre of Australia”
Dead horse: tomato sauce. e.g. “Pass the dead horse will you please mate”
Dead as a doornail “Unquestionably dead”
Dead as Julius Caesar “Absolutely no hope”
Dead set “Truly, for certain”
Dead spitting image “An identical duplicate”
Dear : Expensive, overpriced. e.g. “I’d like to buy it but in my opinion, it’s just too dear”
Deener : One shilling coin (twelve pennies). Old Australian currency
Dekko : Look, glance or examination
Dero : A derelict person, a destitute individual or an impoverished city dweller
Death adder in your pocket : Mean, stingy, tight. (Generally used in reference to money) e.g. “What do you mean you’re not paying, it’s your shout. The way you’re carrying on, I think you’ve got a death adder in your pocket!”
Dice : Disregard, Dispose, Eliminate, Get rid of. e.g. “Forget that one it’s cracked, go ahead and dice it!”
Didgeridoo : A musical instrument indigenous to the Australian Aborigine which is shaped from a hollow tree branch and can be up to 3 metres long
Died with his pants on : Dropped dead. Died on the spot
Digger : An Australian war veteran (soldier) of World War One (WW1)
Dill : A show off. A person who displays all the antics of a clown
Dill brain : A stupid or foolish person. See also Deadhead
Dillybag : A small or medium size leather carrying bag
Dim Sim : Similar to a Chinese egg roll. See also Chico roll
Dingo : A wild Australian dog. Prevalent in the outback
Dinky Di : The genuine article. It’s the real deal. The author is a Dinky Di Aussie
Dinkum : Upright, true or honest. See also Fair dinkum
Dinkum Australian :Someone who is born in Australia
Dinkum Oil : True or reliable information
Dirty Big : Enormous, huge or extremely large. e.g. “That’s a dirty big truck you got, mate!”
Divvy : Divide or share between others
Do one’s block : To become enraged or furious
Do one’s Dash : To throw a tantrum
Do one’s lolly : A violent outburst of temper. An intensified, “Do one’s block”
Dob : To inform or reveal. e.g. “If you keep doing it, I’ll dob you in to the teacher”
Docket : Bill, cash receipt
Doco : Television documentary
Dodgy : Suspect, odd, suspicious. e.g. “I wouldn’t use that old ladder if I were you, it looks a little dodgy to me”
Doer : A peculiar, interesting or respected person. e.g. “Boy, she’s a good doer, she helped when he was crook
Dog : Ill-bred, unrefined, a person with no sense of dress, personal presentation or manners. e.g. “Oh boy, he is a real dog, I’m afraid we can’t hire him” 2. An ugly woman. 3. A person of humorous nature or personality
Doggy : Shabby looking. Usually in reference to clothing
Dole : Government provided unemployment benefit
Dole Bludger : Someone who prefers to get a dole cheque” rather than do an honest day’s work for a living
Dong : Hit or Strike. e.g. “If he doesn’t shut up I will dong him”
Done like a dinner : Taken to the cleaners, taken for all he’s got or worth
Double : Australians almost always use the word “double” in reply to a question, as regards to dual numbers or letters. For example, when you ask for their phone number (e.g. 213-8800) they will say, Two, one, three double eight double “O”
Double Adapter : A electrical jack or connector
Dooverlackie : A gadget, gizmo a thingamajig
Down Under : The bottom of the world, hence, Australia the land down under
Dream Time : The beginning of the world, as believed and told by Aborigines
Drive-in : See Passion Pit
Drop : A fine wine, glass of spirits or an excellent tasting alcoholic drink. e.g. “That’s not a bad drop!” 2. Hit or strike or knock down someone. e.g. “You say that about my missus again mate and I’ll drop you”
Drop your bundle : Spill your guts, reveal all information. 2. To lose heart in someone. 3. A state of bewilderment, confusion or distress
Drop a clinger : To pass gas
Drongo : A moron or stupid individual
Duds : Men’s trousers or pants. See also Daks
Duco : A motor vehicles exterior paintwork
Dumper : A large wave that hits a swimmer without warning, then collapses with such force that it sends him or her to the bottom
Dunny : An outside toilet, an outhouse. Found on the outback properties. See also Loo
Dyke : A slang term for a toilet. See also Dillybag

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