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sanger. Sandwich.

say. Opinion, comment, as in Have your say.

schooner. A large-sized (425ml) glass of beer (in New South Wales), unless you're talking of sailing ships.

seppo. Rhyming slang for American.

sheila. Girl, woman.

she'll be apples, also she's apples. All's well.

shivoo. Party, celebration, spree.

shout. v. Buy or pay for, as in Shout me a beer, mate. n. Turn to pay, as in It's your shout, mate.

Simmo. Nickname for Simpson. Taken from the surname Simpson. Also Thommo for Thompson.

skite. Boast, brag.

slab. A carton of 24 beer cans.

smoko. A break from work to indulge in chit-chat and a cigarette. Here a final -o comes into play.

snog. To kiss and cuddle. When used as a noun, the act of kissing and cuddling.

sook. Shy, timid person. Also a bit of a cry-baby. The adjective is sooky.

spine bashing. Resting, loafing.

spit the dummy. Baulk at, get angry about, or simply, obstinately refuse to do, something. A dummy is what some Americans call a pacifier, and when a baby spits the dummy it just can't be pacified.

sport. A bit like mate, but with an undertone of belligerence, as in Whaddaya mean, sport?

squib. Back down, act in a cowardly manner.

squiz. A quick look.

station. Farm or ranch, as in sheep station or cattle station.

stickybeak. To pry or meddle; one who pries or meddles.

stoked. Drugged or drunk. Also thrilled, delighted.

Strine. Spoken Australian lingo or dialect (and its written equivalent). If you pronounce Australian in a certain way, what you get is Strine. Sometimes used for uneducated, unrefined language.

struth. Also streuth, strewth, 'struth. An exclamation expressing surprise or verification. Derived from God's truth.

stubby. Small bottle, as of beer.

sundowner. A swagman who arrives at a homestead at nightfall too late for work but gets shelter for the night.

sunnies. Sunglasses.

suss. Suspicious, of doubtful nature, not quite right. When used as a verb, it means to probe, or prove the veracity (or falsity) of something or the bona fides of someone; or, more simply, to check out.

swag. Bundle or roll carried across the shoulders, usually by itinerant workers.

swagman. One who travels doing odd jobs, etc.

Sydneysider. A Sydney resident.

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