The Language of Darts [Terms, Sayings, Slang, and How to Feel Smarter]


Depending on how long you’ve been into darts you will definitely have heard some the slang darts players use.

I always considered these sayings to be some of the best ones that you can find in any sport and will definitely make for some fun story telling.

Here I will go through all the most common dart terminology, saying and dart slang so the next time you are playing darts with your buddies you will not be the one to feel unprepared and awkward.

Darts words, terms, sayings, and slang

The Dart Terms, Slang, and sayings you should know

All the terms will be in alphabetical order so you will have easier time finding out what you are looking for.

Even though I have been playing darts for a while now and I have heard occasional stories about why certain things are called a certain way, for a lot of these I never really questioned their existence.

I decided to go on a wild research and will give provide you with the outcome of my research adding not only what the specific dart terms mean but also how they came up to be.

Okay, let’s go.

A

Aces – Hitting a Double one in a ’01 game of darts.

Arrows – Another word for Darts, they are commonly called Arrows in the UK.

B

Baby Ton – A Baby Ton means scoring 95 points in a single round. usually this happens with hitting five 19’s.

Bag of Nails or a Bucket of Nails – This means hitting the 1’s with all three darts in a single round.

Bag O’ Nuts – Bag O’ Nuts means scoring a 45 points in a single round.

Bail Out – This refers to the third dart that scores a high triple when the previous two darts both scored low.

Barn Dart – A Barn Dart is the third dart that hits the target you have been aiming at while the first two managed to miss it.

Barrel – Barrel is called the metal portion of the dart. This is the grip of the dart is and is usually the heaviest part.

Basement – Basement refers to hitting a double 3.

Bed – A Bed is called each section of a specific number on the dartboard.

Bed & Breakfast or Breakfast – Bed and Breakfast or just Breakfast in Darts means a score of 26 points by hitting a single 20, a single 5, and a single 1 in a single round.

Black Eye or a Back Hat – A Black Eye or a Black Hat happens when somebody hits a double bullseye with all three darts in a single round.

Black Dog – The Double Bull is sometimes referred to as the Black Dog.

Bombs or Bombers – Very heavy or large darts are sometimes called Bombs or Bombers due to their size and feel.

Break – A Break is a game where the winner is the person that threw second.

Buckshot – A Buckshot is a round in darts where the darts hit the dartboard all over the place.

Bull or Bullseye – The center of the dartboard is called Bull or Bullseye. It is usually divided in two circles: an outer one (usually green) that is called single bull, and the inner circle (usually red) which is called double bull.

Bulls Out – A game of darts that is won by hitting a Double Bull is called a Bulls Out

Business Trip – A Business Trip in a game of Cricket is called scoring three single marks in a single round.

Busted – Busted is called a darts player that scored way too many points when trying to finish their ’01 game.

C

Chalking – Chalking means keeping score in darts. Before it was a common practice to keep the score on a blackboard using chalks. Nowadays there are a lot of alternatives. Even the dartboard cabinets that come with blackboard usually use chalk marker which is keeping things a lot less messy.

Champagne Breakfast – A Champagne Breakfast is called a situation where you hit the triple 20, triple 5, and the triple 1.

Check-Out – Check-out is when you hit the exact amount of points that you need to win the game.

Chips – Scoring a 26 points by hitting a single 20, a single 5, and a single 1 in a round.

Chucker – A Chucker is called a player that throws their darts without trying to aim or hit anything in particular on the board.

Circle It – This is the situation where a player scores less than 10 points in a single round.

Classic – Is scoring a 26 points by hitting a single 20, a single 5, and a single 1 in a round.

Cork – Sometimes the Bull or Bullseye is called Cork.

Cracked – Cracked is when you hit a single while aiming at a double.

D

Dead eye – A Dead eye on a soft-tip dart board is what is called the center hole in the bullseye.

Devil – Hitting a triple 6 (666).

Diaper Dart – A Diaper Dart is a fluke throw. The dart missed what it was aimed to hit, however, it accidentally scores better on another target.

Dirty Darts – A frequently used term regarding the use of questionable tactics when playing darts.

Double bull – Double bull in darts is called the most inner part of the bullseye (the one in red).

Double In (DI) – A Double In is starting a game of ’01 by hitting the double area of a number.

Double Out (DO) – A Double Out is winning a game of ’01 by hitting the double area of a number.

Double Top – Double Top is referred to the double 20.

Downstairs – The lower portion of the Dartboard is called frequently Downstairs.

Dust Off – A Dust Off is called a situation where the dart lands outside the scoring area of the dartboard.

E

Easy In – An Easy In is when you start a game of ’01 by not having to hit the double area of the number first.

Easy Out – An Easy Out is ending a game of ’01 without having to hit the double area of a number.

Eights – A quicker way to say 18.

F

Fallout – A Fallout in darts is when you hit a scoring dart but in reality you were aiming at different number and just missed (like hitting a 16 when you were aiming at the 19 in Cricket).

Fat – The Fat is the largest area of a number that is found between the double and the triple.

Fives – A quicker way to say 15.

Flatline – A Flatline in Cricket is called when you miss on all three darts.

Flight – The feathers of the darts are also called Flights. They can be of different nature and material but are generally making the dart more aerodynamic.

G

Game On – Is the call for silence at the beginning of a game of darts.

Game Shot – A Game Shot in darts is called the winning shot.

Good Group – A Good Group in darts is a compliment for a tight and very accurate darts throwing.

Grand Slam – A Grand slam in darts means to hit the triple 20, triple 5, and the triple 1.

H

Hail Mary – Hail Mary means that the third dart that scores a high triple when the previous two darts both scored low.

Happy Meal – A Happy Meal in darts is referred to a score of 69 points.

Hat Trick – A Hat Trick in darts is called hitting the bull with all three darts in a single round.

High Ton – A High Ton in Darts means scoring between 151 and 180 points in a single round a game of a ’01.

Hockey – The throw line where players are allowed to position themselves is sometimes referred to as the Hockey.

Hummer Spot – On soft-tip dart boards the center most inner hole in the bullseye sometimes is called the Hummer Spot.

I

Island – In darts Island is referring to the scoring area of the dartboard.

Island Woody – Island Woody is called a dart that lands outside the scoring area of the dartboard.

L

Leg – In darts Leg means a single game in a match of darts.

Lipstick – In a game of darts lipstick means hitting the triple 20.

Little – On the dartboard the are between the bull and the triple is referred to as the Little.

Low Ton – A Low Ton in Darts is scoring between 100 and 150 points in a round in a game of ’01.

M

Madhouse – A Madhouse is another way to say hitting a Double one in a 01 game of darts.

Matador – In darts a player that throws and hits the bullseye is called as a Matador.

Maximum – Maximum is another name for the triple 20 in darts.

Mugs Away – Mugs Away in darts means that the player who loses the game will begin the next game.

N

Nines – An easier way to say 19.

O

Oche – Pronounced ‘ockey’ is another word for the throwing line that is frequently used in the UK.

Over Achiever – Over achiever is a darts player that scored way too many points when trying to finish their ’01 game.

P

Paddling – Paddling in darts is known as having one or both of your feet across the throwing line.

Patriot – In darts Patriot means to hit with your first dart a needed triple or bull.

Perfect Score – A Perfect score in darts is called the triple 20.

Pie – A Pie in darts is called a numbered area on the dartboard.

Point Whore or Point Monger – Are both derogatory terms that are used for people that shoot excessive points.

Premature Projection – A Premature Projection is when a player gets so excited that they throw before their turn has come.

R

Rail – A rail is called the wiring which forms the beds on the dartboard.

Right There – This phrase is used in darts when the darts just misses the number or area it was aimed at.

Robin Hood – A Robin Hood in darts means to hit and stick the darts right in the back of another darts in the board.

Round – A Round in darts is considered the players turn where they throw the three darts.

Round of 9 – A Round of Nine is when a thrower does three triples in a single turn.

Route 66 – A Route 66 is called a score of 66 in one round.

S

Score whore – This is another word for somebody who is scoring more points than necessary in Cricket.

Scud – A Scud is when you have a scoring dart even though you missed the number you are were aiming at.

Sevens – A quicker way to say 17.

Shaft – Shaft is called the part of the dart which holds the flight.

Shanghai – To do a Shanghai in darts means to hit the single, the double, and the triple of the same number in a single round.

Single Out (SO) or Straight Out – An Easy Out is ending a game of ’01 without having to hit the double area of a number.

Single In (SI) or Straight In – An Easy In is when you start a game of ’01 by not having to hit the double area of the number first.

Sixes – An easy way to say 16.

Slice of the Pie – Slices of Pie are called the numbered segments of the dartboard.

Slop Splash – A Slop Splash is a lucky throw. The dart missed what it was aimed to hit, however, it accidentally scores better on another target.

Small – Small is called the area of the number which is situated between the bull and the triple.

Spider Web – This is another way to call the Rails or the wiring of the dartboard.

Splash – Splash in darts is throwing two darts at the same time. This is done in some games in order to find out who will start first.

Splitting the 11 – Splitting the 11 means to throw a dart and have it land between the digits of the number 11.

Steady – Steady in darts means to score 60 points in a single round.

Straight Nine – In Cricket doing a Straight Nine means to hit the triple 18, the triple 19, and the triple 20.

Sunset Strip – A Sunset Strip means to score 77 points in a single round.

T

Three in a Bed – Three in a bed refers to when all three darts land in the same area of the same number. For example hitting three triplets, three fat singles or three little singles of the same number.

Toe Line – Toe line is another therm used for the throwing line in darts.

Ton – A top is scoring a hundred points in one round.

Ton + number – Scoring more than a hunderd points in a single round. For example a Ton 20 is going to be 120 points, a Ton 40 is 140 points, etc.

Tops – Tops means a double 20.

Tough Darts – A tough darts is a nice way to say somebody really did try but missed their target by little or the dart didn’t stick to the board.

Trombones – Trombones means when you score 76 points in a single round.

Trophy Darts – This is a compliment for a very good and accurate throwing.

Tungsten – Tungsten is a very tough and durable metal. Some of the highest quality darts are made with higher amounts of tungsten.

Two Fat Ladies – If you score 88 points in a single round then you have Two Fat Ladies.

U

Upstairs – The upper half of the dartboard is frequently called upstairs.

W

Web – Web is another word for the Spider. This is the wiring on the dartboard which separates the individual beds and areas.

Wet feet – Wet feet in darts is when you are not behind the throwing line.

White House – In Cricket scoring three untouched (or virgin) triples is called a White House.

Wilson – is called a situation where a darts player misses with all three darts on a game of Cricket.

Wiring – Wiring means when a dart bounces off a wire.

Mike Stephenson

Hello, darts enthusiasts! My name is Mike, and I am the person behind dartsguide.net. I enjoy playing darts with my mates and generally having a good time. Here I share everything that I learn about darts.

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