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(A) lady-killer:
A handsome man; a man who charms women. ex. "He thinks of himself as quite the ladykiller. Unfortunately for him, women don't see him that way."

Last but not least:
Last in order but not last in importance. ex. "Last but not least, I'd like to thank my parents."

Last ditch (adj.):
Final (*has a slight connotation of "desperate"*). ex. "They made a last-ditch effort to win the game, but came up short."

(To) lay a finger on someone:
To touch someone even very slightly. ex. "If you so much as lay a finger on him, you will be in trouble."

(To) lay low:
SEE "KEEP A LOW PROFILE"

(To) leave a bad taste in someone's mouth:
To leave a negative impression on someone. ex. "The experience left a bad taste in my mouth."

(To) leave someone high and dry:
*somewhat antiquated* To leave someone helpless.

Laid back (adj.) : Relaxed, easy-going. ex: "I like Tom. He's really laid-back."

Lame (adj.) : Inadequate; Bad. ex: "That's the lamest excuse I've ever heard."

Last-ditch (adj.) : Final, desperate. (Often used with the words "effort", "attempt", etc.) ex: "He made a last-ditch effort to catch up to the front-runner."

Later: Short for "See you later."

Laugh (one's) head off: To laugh very hard. ex: "I laughed my head off throughout the whole movie."

Leave a bad taste in (someone's) mouth: Leave (someone) with bad feelings. ex: "That whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth."

(To) leave someone alone:
To stop bothering someone. ex. "Leave me alone! I don't want to talk to anyone."

Leave someone hanging: To not help someone when they ask for help, when they're in trouble. ex: "Don't leave me hanging... I'm counting on you!"

Legit (adj.): Short for "legitimate".

Lemme: Short for "let me".

Let-down (n.): Disappointment. ex: "I was sure that my team would win, but they lost. What a let down!"

(To) let off steam:
To release energy or anger. ex. "P1: Victor went drinking, and got into a fight. P2: That's OK, he's just letting off a little steam."

Let (someone) have it : To attack someone (physically or verbally) with force. "Let them have it" is often shortened as "To let 'em have it" ex: "After the boys broke Mr. Smith's window, he came out and really let 'em have it."

(To) let someone off the hook:
To release someone from responsibility. ex. "Natalie said she didn't want to wash the dishes, but her mom didn't let her off the hook."

(To) let something slide:
To neglect something. To ignore something. ex. "I'm going to let it slide this time, but next time be more careful!"

(A) lift:
A ride. ex. "She gave me a lift to the airport."

Lighten up (v.): To relax; to not take things too seriously. ex: "You gotta learn to lighten up a bit!"

Little by little:
Slowly, gradually. ex. "Little by little she started to like living in New York City."

(A) little off:
Not quite even, normal. ex. "There was something a little off about the way she was behaving."

(To) lock horns:
To argue; to have a dispute; to disagree. ex. "Peter and his counterpart in France locked horns about how to implement the new regulations."

(To) look the other way:
To ignore something on purpose. ex. "In some countries, customs officials can be paid to look the other way."

(A) long shot:
Something that has a slim (small) chance of happening. ex. "They might win, but it's a long-shot."

(To) lose (someone):
This is often used when someone is chasing someone OR being chased by someone. If you're being chased by someone and you manage to get away you can say - "I lost him!" - The person chasing you can say the same thing - "I lost him".

(To) lose one's temper:
To become angry. ex. "He has a short fuse, and loses his temper quite often."

(To) lose one's train of thought:
To forget what one was thinking/ talking about. ex. "What was I saying? I lost my train of thought."

Loser (n.): A person who fails at everything s/he tries/does in life.

Lost in thought:
Busy thinking.

Lousy (adj.): Terrible. ex: "She's a lousy singer!"

Lowball, low-ball (v.): To (deliberately) underestimate or make an offer for something that is significantly below it's fair value.

(To) lower one's voice:
To talk more softly. ex. "Lower your voice, my parents are asleep."

(A) lucky break:
Good luck, good fortune. ex. "I was supposed to speak at the meeting today, but I found out it was cancelled. What a lucky break!"




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