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AmericanAmerican term or expression BritishBritish equivalent, or explanation
underground economy black economy
underpass subway (pedestrian walkway under a road, etc.)
undershirt vest
undershorts short underpants
unemployment benefits The JSA, or jobseeker's allowance, has replaced the old-fashioned term 'unemployment benefit' to avoid giving the impression that unemployment could in any way be beneficial.  
uneven bars (in women's gymnastics) asymmetric bars
university graduate postgraduate
unlisted (phone) number ex-directory
upscale upmarket
uptown (see also downtown) predominantly residential area toward north of city
utility knife (box cutter) craft knife, Stanley knife