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23 Phrases That'll Confuse Anyone Who Didn't Grow Up In The South

The South basically has its own language.

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1. "From can see to can't."

Meaning: From dawn to dusk.
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Meaning: From dawn to dusk.

2. "That makes about as much sense as tits on a bull."

Meaning: Something that's confusing.
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Meaning: Something that's confusing.

3. "That dog won't hunt."

Meaning: A plan that will ultimately fail.
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Meaning: A plan that will ultimately fail.

4. "Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs.”

Meaning: Someone who is nervous about something.
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Meaning: Someone who is nervous about something.

5. "Knee-high to a grasshopper."

Meaning: Small in stature or young.
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Meaning: Small in stature or young.

6. "Cute as a bug's ear."

Meaning: Something that's adorable.
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Meaning: Something that's adorable.

7. "I’ll jerk a knot in your tail."

Meaning: A threat to someone who crosses you.
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Meaning: A threat to someone who crosses you.

8. "Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit."

Meaning: Often used as a way to describe being astonished.
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Meaning: Often used as a way to describe being astonished.

9. "Rode hard and put up wet."

Meaning: A person who looks sick and/or tired.
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Meaning: A person who looks sick and/or tired.

10. "Tan your hide."

Meaning: To give a spanking.
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Meaning: To give a spanking.

11. "Looks like he/she fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down."

Meaning: A way of insulting someone who isn't aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
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Meaning: A way of insulting someone who isn't aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

12. "Hold your horses."

Meaning: Be patient.
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Meaning: Be patient.

13. "Run 'round like a chicken with its head cut off."

Meaning: Running around aimlessly.
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Meaning: Running around aimlessly.

14. "If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas."

Meaning: If you hang around people who are terrible, you'll probably face some not-so-great consequences.
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Meaning: If you hang around people who are terrible, you'll probably face some not-so-great consequences.

15. "Fine as a frog's hair split four ways."

Meaning: Someone who is extremely attractive.
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Meaning: Someone who is extremely attractive.

16. “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

Meaning: You can't turn something bad into something good.
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Meaning: You can't turn something bad into something good.

17. "Preaching to the choir."

Meaning: Delivering a message to people who have already heard it.
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Meaning: Delivering a message to people who have already heard it.

18. "He doesn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of."

Meaning: Someone who is not financially well off.
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Meaning: Someone who is not financially well off.

19. "He/she gettin' too big for his britches."

Meaning: Usually said when a child says something out of line.
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Meaning: Usually said when a child says something out of line.

20. "Snatch the taste right out of his/her mouth."

Meaning: Usually means to slap someone really hard.
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Meaning: Usually means to slap someone really hard.

21. "He/She can bite an apple through a picket fence." / “He/She could eat corn through a picket fence.”

Meaning: Someone with buckteeth.
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Meaning: Someone with buckteeth.

22. "All get out"

Meaning: Used to express a high degree of something. For example, "he/she is loud as all get out."
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Meaning: Used to express a high degree of something. For example, "he/she is loud as all get out."

23. "Bless your heart."

Meaning: A very polite way of saying "fuck you."
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Meaning: A very polite way of saying "fuck you."

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