"Parents having a lie-in, I suppose..." (GF7)
U.S.: An elevator. Ironically, the meanings of 'lift' and 'elevator' are reversed between the U.S. and the U.K.; 'elevator' in the U.K. refers to what in the U.S. would be called a 'lift' put into a shoe.
With a great jangling and clattering a lift descended in front of them... (OP7)
"He's off with some of your lot, isn't he?"
"Off with some of our lot?" (DH3)
Usually referred to in the phrase "the dreaded lurgy" but which has come to mean any unspecified minor illness. The term comes from a (non-existent) highly infectious disease frequently referred to in the British 1950s - 1960s radio comedy series the Goon Show (NSOED).
Primary editor: Michele L. Worley.
Original page date 28-October-2005; Last page update 4-August-2007 MLW