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Bizarre Hollywood Terms & Phrases We Should All Start Using

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Hollywood is one of the hardest places to make a living, and not just because of the dense thicket of agents and managers one has to get through to have a drink with someone - the lexicon of the city is also purposefully confusing. But prior to the modern era of slang, Hollywood terms were absolutely bananas. Some of the film set terms on this list, like "chew the scenery," are pretty well-known, but phrases like “bank’s closed” and “dingle dangler” have sadly dropped out of use and need to be brought back immediately. So don’t be a Joe Brooks, check out these bizarre Hollywood phrases and start using them today!

Listen up you dewdroppers, if you want to make it in this town you’ve got to be on the up and up. And that means learning so many movie industry terms that every gal on a pair of stilts thinks you’re the cat’s pajamas. Don’t worry, nothing on this list is above your pay grade, and if you start dropping these bon mots on Hollywood Boulevard you’ll be a real Gene Kelly in no time. If you still don’t know your onion, then you better take a look at this list of great old Hollwood terms before people start taking you for a real palooka.

Vote up your favorite slang terms from the halcyon days of Hollywood, and if you’re hip to the jive then leave a comment with some other phrases that we should all start using. If not, then go take a trip for biscuits.
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    Chew the Scenery

    When someone overacts. 
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    Save the Cat

    When a person does something nice to endear themselves to you. 
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    That's Above My Pay Grade

    Don't ask me to do that. 
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    To Iron One's Shoelaces

    A slick way to excuse yourself to go to the bathroom. 
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    Joe Brooks

    A well dressed, square looking person. Usually a student. 
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    Go Chase Yourself!

    Get out of here!
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    Smoke Eater

    Anyone who smokes cigarettes.
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    Buff and Puff

    To get your hair done. 
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    Trip for Biscuits

    To go one a wild goose chase. 
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    Khaki Wacky

    Someone who's boy crazy. 
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    Manmaker

    Anything used to make a guy look taller. 
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    Know Your Onion

    To know what's up.
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    Oliver Twist

    Someone who's a great dancer.
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    In the Canyon

    When you can't hear someone because you've lost cellphone service from being ~in the canyon~.
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    Lemon Squeezer

    An elevator.
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    Edisoned

    Being asked a bunch of questions. 
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    Dropping the Pilot

    Use this when you're breaking up with someone or getting a divorce.
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    Dingle Dangler

    Someone who just has to talk on the phone. 
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    Cat's Pajamas

    Literally anything that's good. 
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    Stilts

    A nice pair of gams. 
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    Get the Hook

    To pull a bad performer offstage. 
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    Snap Your Cap

    To get angry. 
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    Bank's Closed!

    What you say when you want people to stop making out.
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    Dewdropper

    A guy who sleeps all day and doesn't have a job. 
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    Hip to the Jive

    Someone who is cool (i.e. people who use old Hollywood slang).