In New Zealand, we have slang 'Sweet as', which means 'That's ok', 'No problems', 'All good'.


Sorry I'm not going to be able to make it today, my child is sick.

Sweet as - can you do next week?

I'm wondering how common this phrase is in the rest of the world, and whether people understand its meaning.

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    I'm from the US (NYC, specifically), and I've never heard it. Though I imagine it'd be pretty easy to interpret in context. – Dan Bron Jul 27 '15 at 23:32
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    I'm from the UK - I've certainly heard it but I can't remember where or when. It's possible I heard it here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Squad – chasly from UK Jul 27 '15 at 23:44
  • I've never encountered it (UK) – Colin Fine Jul 28 '15 at 0:05
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    It is common in Australia (but might have been brought over by some Kiwis!) – Kim Ryan Jul 28 '15 at 0:28
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    "Sweet!" is certainly an expression that was popular among those coming of age in the 80s. But it basically meant "great", and would have been considered an inappropriate response to "my child is sick". And of course "sweet" has been used for eons to mean "good", as in "I got a sweet deal on this used set of Encyclopedia Britannicas." – Hot Licks Jul 28 '15 at 0:55

Being from the United States (the Midwest), I've never heard the phrase. I doubt that I would've been able to discern its meaning out of context. That said, we use quite a few idioms that begin with those words: "sweet as pie," "...honey," "...sugar," etc. Basically, it would only be used when followed by a sweet object in order to call something else "sweet" by comparison. We sure do love our similes!

For what it's worth, in the context you mention, common responses from these parts of 'Murica would probably be "Oh, you're fine," "Don't worry about it," or if you want to get really slangy, perhaps a "No prob." :)

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