Darts Terms & Phrases
your own favorite Darts sayings!
Some of these darting terms are "local", while others are in common usage nationally or internationally. Like all colloquiallisms, slang changes with time, and usage of some of these dart terms comes & goes among different regions and darts leagues.
All the Varieties: A score of 57, as in the
advertising slogan of Heinz 57
Thanks to Robbie "Hood" for providing information
to help start this list.
Bag o' Nuts: A score of 45
Basement: Double 3's
Bed: Any scoring segment of the board, like the 20's segment,
Bed & Breakfast: A total turn score of 26 points
Bottom of the House: Double 3's
Brush: Failing to get in a game before your opponent goes
Bucket of Nails: All darts landing in the ones
Bull: A bullseye
Bust: Hitting a number higher than you need to go out
C or Classic: a score of 26
Can't Drive: when you hit 55
Chucker: Indifferent thrower
Clock: Another term for a dartboard
Cork: Bullseye, usually the doublebull
Diddle: Two darters throw 1 dart each at the bull, closest
dart has option to start the game first
Double In: Starting a game with a double
Double Out: Winning a game on a double
Double Trouble: experiencing difficulty with hitting the
Downstairs: The lower half of the board
Game Shot: The winning dart
Feathers: Another name for flights (not generally used by experienced darters)
Fletchings: Another name for flights
FM or Friggin Murph: a score of 26, referring to Murphy's
Half a Crown: A score fo 26, taken from the former British
coinage, two shillings and sixpence equals half a crown.
Hat Trick: Three bullseyes
Hockey, or Oche: The throwing or foul line
House: Describes the double or triple zone
JT or Just There: Describes any close shot, can be used
sarcastically for a
real bad shot
Kadhafi/Terrorist Darts: Cricket played going for as many
possible, even if not needed to win.
Leg: One game of a match
Madhouse: Double 1's (a player can go mad shooting at these
Diddle for the Middle: Throwing closest
to the bull to establish who starts a game.
Mugs Away: A phrase meaning "loser of the last game goes
"Nice Group": Often said when someone throws three darts close together, but not necessarily where they needed to be.
Nails: Darts, or 1's
Nine Mark: Hitting 3 triples with 3 darts
Perfect Game: For 501, nine dart game, for Cricket, an eight
Prophalactic: See rubber
Robin Hood: Impaling a dart into the flight or shaft of a dart
already in the board.
Rod Sterling: Referring to someone hitting really awesome, in
the twilight "zone"
Right House, Wrong Bed: Hitting the double or triple zone, but
in the wrong number (ie- hitting a T5 instead of T20)
Rubber: The tie breaking game of a set
Scud: A dart way off the target
Shanghai: A turn of 3 darts that scores a single, double, and
triple in the same number wedge, in any order. ( example: S20, D20,
Short Ton: T5 and two singles (25 points)
Shotgun Darts: When your round of darts is like buckshot (all
over the board)
Skunked: Pee-U, getting brushed in a game
Slop: Hitting a number other than the intended
Just off the Wire: Hitting just outside the required double,
journalistic play on the phrase
Three in a Bed: Three darts in the same number
Ton: A score of 100, can be written T
Ton o' Ones: A score of 5 by hitting 5 ones
Tops, Top of the House, Upstairs, Double Tops: all describe
Trombones: A total turn score of 76 points
Wet Feet: Standing with your feet over the line.