If you want to say e.g. "He does jack sh*t (nothing) at work", what British English idioms would you use (apart from just 'nothing')?


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The most obvious equivalent would be "f**k all" or, more politely, "sweet FA".

Another, less strong, alternative would be "bugger all".

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    Also "Sod all", "Naff all" and "Badger all" (although the last two are euphamisms or minced oaths for "f**k all" and "bugger all" respectively. Also don't forget that Dylan Thomas called the town in "Under Milk Wood" Llaregub because spelling Buggerall backwards looks Welsh!
    – BoldBen
    Apr 8, 2019 at 0:07

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