There are a handful of British sayings that are so common, you’ve likely heard them even if you’re not in the UK. Sod is one example of a British slang term that’s been heard around the world.
Another ultra-popular phrase is “taking the piss.” If you’re from another country, you might assume that it means urinating. After all, in the US, “taking a piss” is a common way of saying you went to the bathroom!
In British slang, taking the piss means something entirely different. We’ve written this short post so you understand the meaning of taking the piss in British slang, as well as how to use it yourself.
What Does Taking the Piss Mean in British Slang?
If you’ve ever made fun of someone or joked around, you’ve taken the piss before. This graphic-sounding British phrase simply means you’re mocking someone or you’re not being serious about something.
We touched on this phrase a little in our list of British slang insults. Be sure to check out the list if you’d like to see some more creative British phrases that range from offensive to wildly hilarious.
Examples of How to Use Taking the Piss
Taking the piss is an expression that’s the equivalent of a verb. You use it in a sentence to describe the act of mocking someone or something. Of course, you can also use it to describe when you’re just fooling around.
Here is one example of how you might say it: “Are you taking the piss right now? You’re making me nervous.”
You may also say something like this: “Sorry, mate, I’m just taking the piss. Are we good?”
We personally love how funny and descriptive British slang can be. That’s why we’ve written so many guides about it.
Want to learn more? Try taking a gander at our list of 101+ British slang words and phrases. We’d be willing to bet there’s at least one phrase on the list that you haven’t encountered before!