I cannot translate it to my native language, the meaning of "to give a whizz". Could someone please explain, what does it mean, with some examples? And, is this US or world expression?

Here are some sentences from Internet that I couldn't understand:

  1. Always give a whizz in the mixie before using it.
  2. I don't give a whizz about the so-called “no better than a placebo.”
  3. The graphic is pretty good, just want to give a whizz.
  4. So I decided to give Performance Analyser a whizz.
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    It means to try something out. (But your first example uses the word more literally and your second uses it as a euphemism.)
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 15:51
  • I would not want to drink something somebody had whizzed in.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 15:51
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    Actually number 2 is different. See noun3 in Oxford
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 15:52
  • @AndrewLeach - Number 2 Is way different. whizz typically refers only to number 1. ;-)
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 21:00
  • surprising lack of references for the multiple meanings intended in the question samples.
    – lbf
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 18:39

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"Whizz" or "whiz" is American slang for urine. "I don't give a whizz" means the matter is of no importance to me. It is a coarse expression, not fit for business letters or courtrooms.

Your first example is not a coarse expression. There, whizz is a verb meaning to mix rapidly, typically while cooking. "Mixie" is mixer. The rhythm of this example suggests a British speaker, especially one who is talking to a child.

Examples #3 and #4, the expression means to try it or to use it. More often, you would hear "give it a whirl".

Contrast this with "whiz kid", which means like a genius.

English can be very strange.

  • Yeah, I'd regard "give a whiz" as a slightly less "discolored" version of "give a piss" or "give a shit". Whiz/whizz has several other meanings, though, depending on context.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 21:30
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    I'm British, I've never heard a food mixer referred to as a "mixie". Perhaps it's an Australian or New Zealander term, they seem to have a bit of a prediliction for diminuatives.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 22:08
  • My mother-in-law from Lancashire had the habit of adding "ie" to nouns. Examples: "Tina, time for wakies" instead of time to wake, and "Duchess, walkies" to her dog. I heard this construction in the town of St. Anne's on the Sea.
    – Theresa
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 22:13

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