This page is about the slang term XYZ

American English


"code" said to alert someone that their zipper, or fly, is open

For example

  • "Hey, Bob. XYZ, dude."

  • I noticed that Tony had forgotten to do up his fly, so I said "XYZ, Tony" and winked as I looked down at his fly. Tony looked a bit confused, and then said he wasn't gay. Apparently he didn't know what "XYZ" means.

This is a type of "code word" used to avoid the socially awkward situation of having to tell someone directly that their zipper, or fly, is open.

Origin: derived from "(e)Xamine Your Zipper"


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

I said "Hey, Bob. XYZ dude," because

a. I wanted to confuse Bob

b. Bob's zipper was open

c. I couldn't think of anything else to say

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Contributor: Matt Errey