The language of darts

It is almost impossible to start to play darts without knowing some of the language which goes with the game.

  • 3 in a bed – throwing 3 darts at the same number/area on the board
  • Baby ton – score of 95
  • Bag o’ nuts – score of 45
  • Bail out dart – the third dart to be thrown that hits the board after the first 2 missed in/fell out.
  • Basement – double 3s
  • Bed and breakfast – score of 26
  • Black dog – the double bull
  • Black eye – centre of the bullseye
  • Bull calf – score of 23
  • Cats on the counter – the game has been won, and the winners are expecting the loser to buy them a drink
  • Century – score of 100 or more in one round
  • Choke – to miss the game shot
  • Circle-it – score of less than 10 in a single round
  • Clock – refers to the dartboard
  • Connaught rangers – score of 88
  • Dead-eye – 3 double-bullseyes in one turn
  • Downstairs – bottom of the board
  • Fall out – refers to when the players hits a scoring dart whilst aiming for elsewhere on the board
  • Feathers – score of 33
  • Game on – request for silence at the start of a turn/throw/game
  • Happy meal – score of 69
  • Heinz – score of 57
  • Island – the player area of the board, e.g. the part inside the outer double wires
  • Left field – term used when your darts are no way near where you were aiming for
  • Leg – one game in a match
  • Lock and load – used when trying to give encouragement to your team player
  • Level pegs – when the players have a level score
  • Lord Nelson – score of 111
  • Lord Sherborne – also used for a score of 33 (mainly used in the Cotswolds)
  • Married man’s side – refers to the left-hand area of the board where the numbers are of a high average
  • Mug’s away – when the loser of the last leg automatically starts the new one
  • Oxo – zero
  • Pie – any part of the scoring area on the dartboard
  • Poor man’s triple – when the player hits 3 of the same single
  • Robin Hood – sticking one dart into the back of another
  • Shanghai – hitting a single, double or triple of the same number in a row
  • Sheriff – the player who is in the lead
  • Steady – score of 60
  • Sunset strip – a score of 77 which is obtained in one throw
  • Trombones – scoring 76 in one throw
  • Umbrellas – score of 77 (can be obtained with any number of throws)
  • Up in Annie’s room – means that the player now needs a double 1
  • Weaver’s donkey – score of 42
  • Wet feet – feet that have crossed the throwing line
  • Wood – missing the dartboard completely
  • Woody – hitting the dartboard but outside the scoring area