General English


  • noun formerly, the group of currencies within the European Exchange Rate Mechanism whose exchange rates were allowed to fluctuate against each other within certain bands or limits

Cars & Driving

  • verb to swing from side to side when being towed too fast


  • A long, resilient wire used by electricians in running wires through conduit. The snake is pushed through and then used to pull the wires.
  • A flexible metal wire used to clear clogged plumbing fixtures.


  • An arrangement in which currencies were pegged to each other but left free to float as a group against the U.S. dollar. Named for the graph that the limits of variation of a currency would follow over time.


  • An object or device which assists in running wires or cables through tight or otherwise difficult places, such as narrow conduits.
  • To run wires or cables using a snake (1).


  • noun a creature with a very long, thin body and no legs, which often has a poisonous bite


  • noun an unfaithful female. Recorded as an item of Sowetan slang in the Cape Sunday Times, 29 January 1995.
  • verb to seduce and/or have sex with. The term’s recent usage may have originated in black slang, but the same word was employed with the sense of ‘steal surreptitiously’ in British slang of the 19th century.

Origin & History of “snake”

The snake, like the serpent (and indeed the snail) is etymologically the ‘crawling’ animal. Along with Swedish snok and Danish snog, it comes from a prehistoric Germanic base denoting ‘crawl’, which also produced English snail and German dialect schnaacken ‘crawl’.