piss off


[pis] Vulgar.
verb (used without object), pissed, pissing.
to urinate.
piss away, Slang. to squander; fritter away:
piss off, Slang.
to anger.
to go away; leave (often used imperatively).
take a piss, to urinate.

1250–1300; Middle English pissen < Old French pissier < Vulgar Latin *pisiāre (imitative)

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piss (pɪs)
1.  (intr) to urinate
2.  (tr) to discharge as or in one's urine: to piss blood
3.  an act of urinating
4.  urine
5.  (Austral) beer
6.  on the piss drinking alcohol, esp in large quantities
7.  piece of piss something easily obtained of achieved
8.  take the piss to tease or make fun of someone or something
9.  piss all over to be far superior to: a version that pisses all over the original
[C13: from Old French pisser, probably of imitative origin]

piss off
1.  (tr; often passive) to annoy, irritate, or disappoint
2.  chiefly (Brit) (intr) to go away; depart, often used to dismiss a person

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. pissier "urinate" (12c.), from V.L. *pissiare, of imitative origin. As a pure intensifier (cf. piss-poor, piss-ugly, etc.) it dates from World War II. Pissed off "angry, fed up" is 1946, U.S. slang. To piss off "go away" is attested from 1958, chiefly British. Piss and vinegar first
attested 1942. Piss-prophet "one who diagnosed diseases by inspection of urine" is attested from 1620s. Piss proud "erect upon awakening" is attested from 1796.
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Idioms & Phrases

piss off

  1. Make very angry, as in That letter pissed me off, or She was pissed off because no one had called her. [Vulgar slang; 1940s]

  2. Go away, as in Piss off and stop bothering me. [Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]

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