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Caught between two stools 6. See eye to eye 7. Hear it on the grapevine 8. Miss the boat 9. Kill two birds with one stone 10. On the ball 11. Cut corners 12. To hear something straight from the horse's mouth 13. Costs an arm and a leg 14. The last straw 15. Take what someone says with a pinch of salt 16. Sit on the fence 17. The best of both worlds 18. Put wool over other people's eyes 19. Feeling a bit under the weather 20. Speak of the devil! Meanings 1. This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about. 2. When people add insult to injury, they make a bad situation even worse. 3. This idiom is used to speak of an issue (especially in current affairs) which many people are talking about. 4. This is used when something happens very rarely. 5. When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives. 6. This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something. 7. This means ‘to hear a rumour' about something or someone. 8. This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance at something. 9. This means ‘to do two things at the same time'. 10. When someone understands the situation well. 11. When something is done badly to save money. For example, when someone buys products that are cheap but not of good quality. 12. To hear something from the authoritative source. 13. When something is very expensive. 14. The final problem in a series of problems. 15. This means not to take what someone says too seriously. There is a big possibility that what he/she says is only partly true. 16. This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
17. All the advantages. 18. This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them. 19. Feeling slightly ill. 20. This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
abbreviated piece of nothing to the best of one's ability.
This slang expression refers to someone who is considered to be insignificant or worthless. Bob doesn't think much of his new colleague. He calls him an 'abbreviated piece of nothing'. When someone does something to the best of their ability, they do it as well as they possibly can. I felt nervous all through the interview, but I replied to the best of my ability. A person of no fixed abode has nowhere permanent to live. A 30-year-old man of no fixed abode was charged with the burglary. This term refers to a complete change of opinion or policy. The embassador's recent declarations indicate an about turn in foreign policy. If a person does something which is above and beyond the call of duty, they show a greater degree of courage or effort than is usually required or expected in their job. The fire-fighter received a medal for his action which went above and beyond the call of duty. If a situation or business is described as above board, it is open, honest and legal. There are not secret negotiations. Our dealings have always been above board. Something that happens more by accident than (by) design is done without deliberate intention. I became an interpreter more by accident than design; nobody else could speak the language of the refugees. If you do something intentionally, but pretend it was an accident, you do it accidentally on purpose. I accidentially-on-purpose erased his email address so I couldn't contact him again.
(of) no fixed abode
about turn/about face
above and beyond the call of duty
more by accidentthan by design accidentally on purpose
A person who holds all the aces is in a very strong position because they have more advantages than anyone else. This expression is used to indicate surprise at another person's likes or dislikes. in an otherwise strong situation. for which no accounting for taste ace a test have an ace up your sleeve hold all the aces Achilles heel acid test acquired taste act of God . The boy went to see the owner of his own accord and admitted breaking the window. but his inability to speak in public is his Achilles heel. If you do something of your own accord. Something that you dislike when you first taste it. there's no accounting for taste! If you obtain a very high score or an excellent result. Maria's parents said she could go to the party if she aced her English test. This term refers to an natural event or accident.. Given the high unemployment figures in some countries. To refer to something as' the acid test' means that it will prove how effective or useful something is. that could cause one's downfall or failure. but for me it was an acquired taste. He's extremely intelligent. is an acquired taste. employers hold all the aces This expression refers to a vulnerable area or a weak spot. I'm well prepared for the negotiations.an accomplished fact (also 'fait accompli') of your own accord Something that has been done or completed. If you have an ace up your sleeve. I've got an ace up my sleeve. bald and poor .. Tony has always loved olives. The training course was very interesting but the acid test will come when I start my new job. is called an accomplished fact. you have something in reserve with which you can gain an advantage. you do it spontaneously or willingly. before those affected by it can intervene or change it. fat. you ace a test or exam. without being influenced or forced by anyone. but begin to like after trying it several times. She fell in love with a guy who is short.
you do it against your better judgement. He forgot their wedding anniversary. Bob persuaded her to go by car. If you do something against the clock. If something sets the alarm bells ringing. You'd better get your act together if you want to find a job! If you add fuel to the flames. even though you feel it is not a sensible thing to do. When people make much ado about nothing. If a person or organization is ahead of the pack. The insurance company refused to pay for the damage because it was caused by an act of God. especially a crime or an accident. lightning and similar acts of nature). after something has actually happened. They are working against the clock to have the presentation ready for Monday. I've never seen anyone so easiily scared. it makes you add fuel to the flames much ado about nothing afraid of one's own shadow after the fact against one's better judgement against the clock ahead of the pack set the alarm . and his apologies only added fuel to the flames. but that was of no help after the fact. it done too late. If you do something.no person is responsible (such as an earthquake. you do or say something that makes a difficult situation even worse. She's afraid of her own shadow! If something is done after the fact. you are rushed and have very little time to do it. and she regretted it as soon as she saw the heavy traffic. they are better or more successful than their rivals. There was a meeting to discuss the name for the new playground. Our products will have to be more innovative if we want to stay ahead of the pack. get your act together If you tell someone to get their act together. He said he realized he had put people in danger. you mean that they need to organize their affairs more effectively in order to be more successful. "Much ado about nothing" said my Dad! A person who is afraid of his/her own shadow is very nervous or easily frightened. they make a lot of fuss about something which is not important. against her better judgement.
I'm all ears! When there is a need for all hands on deck. To say that you are all ears means that ou are listening very attentively. you benefit from it or feel much better as a result of it.bells ringing / alarm bells start to ring all along begin to worry. it was all hands on deck to have everything ready in time. He's an impressive player to watch. If you are allowed to do something after a check-up to make sure that everything is all right. If something has existed or been somewhere all along. I had been looking for my keys for some time before I realized they had been in my pocket all along. You'll be all the better for a good night's rest. it has been there all the time. everyone must help. or 'everything of that kind'. As the opening day approached. because it shows that there may be a problem. Don't be silly. If you are all the better for something. you get the all clear. This expression means 'all that stuff'. Nobody is trying to harm you. Someone who is physically very strong but not very intelligent is said to be all brawn and no brain. 'other siimilar things'. Let's get out the tinsel. All hell broke loose when it was announced that the plant was going to close down. It is in your imagination. Of course I want to know . but he's all brawn and no brain. It's all in your head! If you say that all hell broke loose. If something is all in your head. Dad says he's going to play golf again as soon as he gets the all clear from his doctor. Alarm bells started to ring when my old neighbour didn't open his shutters all day and didn't answer his phone. To use the term 'of all people' emphasizes that the all the better for (something) all brawn and no brain all clear all ears all hands on deck all in your head all hell broke loose all that jazz of all people . from the beginning. it is not real. especially when there is a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time. you mean that there was a sudden angry or noisy reaction to something. the fairy lights and all that jazz to decorate the Christmas tree.
but she can't be all things to all people. When something is all the rage. a reduction in the cost of transport should enable us to lower our prices. you can say that all systems go. should support the new art gallery. a telephone and the internet. If someone is all skin and bone. All (other) things being equal. both among individuals and companies Someone or something that turns out to be disappointing. a good mother and a good teacher. when everything has been counted. We've got an office. he was all skin and bone. you are awkward and clumsy and do things incorrectly. Because of the electoral promises he made. you please or satisfy everyone. all systems go When everything is ready for an activity or event to begin. many people call the new president 'all sizzle and no steak'. As an artist. After trekking in the Himalayas. is called all sizzle and no steak. is the one you would expect to do something. She's exhausted trying to be a good wife. they are very thin or too thin. If you are all things to all people. If you are all fingers and thumbs. This expression refers to a probable situation if. but she can't be all things to all people. so on Monday it's all systems go! If you are all things to all people.person you mention. in all other ways. which so far he has failed to keep. She's exhausted tying to be a good wife. a good mother and a good teacher. you. all things to all people all things being equal all the rage all sizzle and no steak all skin and bone all things to all people all thumbs / all fingers and thumbs all told . the conditions remain unchanged or equal. after a promotional campaign or marketing operation which led us to expect something better. Twittering text messages is all the rage these days. of all people. you please or satisfy everyone. more than anyone else. Would you mind wrapping this for me? I'm all fingers and thumbs! All told means the final number. it has become very popular or trendy.
When a person answers the call of nature. People who have ants in their pants are very restless or excited about something. This term refers to an unsuccessful competitor whose performance is so much poorer than the winner's that it appears insignificant. which in normal circumstances you would find unacceptable. who is the apple of your eye is one for whom you have great affection. He will have to answer for his dishonesty. He entered the contest hoping that he wouldn't end up as an 'also-ran'. up/down your alley If something is (right) up or down your alley. also-ran alter ego ambulance chaser answer for something answer the call of nature / nature's call ants in one's pants anyone's call any port in a storm the apple of your eye . Peterson and Scott are well-known ambulance chasers that's how they make their money! If someone has to answer for something.The number of visitors to the exhibition. "Who do you think will win?" "It's anyone's call. I had to get up in the middle of the night to answer the call of nature. I wish he'd relax. but it was a case of any port in a storm. A lawyer who finds work by persuading people injured in accidents to claim money from the person who caused the accident is called an'ambulance chaser'. was 2543. all told. Alex loves reading. This expression is used when the result of a contest or election is difficult to predict. refers to a very close and trusted friend who is very like hourself. The hotel was substandard. they have to accept responsibility for their actions. so the job in the bookshop is right up his alley. all the others were full. He's got ants in his pants about something today. A person. they go to the toilet. it is exactly the sort of thing that will suit your tastes or abilities. any port in a storm refers to a solution you accept. which in Latin means 'other self'. usually a child. The term alter ego." When you have no choice.
she tends to keep everyone at arm's length. They made sure the house was in apple-pie order before their parents arrived back home. The final choice was made yesterday. If you say "Id give my right arm for that". The population was up in arms over the demolition of the old theatre. It's not easy to become friends with Sophie. you are very angry about something and protest very strongly. If you argue the toss. she could upset the applecart. you do not allow yourself to become friendly with them. That guy is such an armchair critic . it is very expensive. If something is in apple-pie order. All his decisions are influenced by his mother. The house cost us an arm and a leg. If one person is tied to another's apron strings.My grandson is the apple of my eye upset the applecart If you upset (or overturn) the applecart. If you are up in arms . but we have no regrets. they remain dependent at an age when they should be independent. If something costs an arm and a leg.no experience but apple-pie order apron strings argue the toss arm of the law give your right arm cost an arm and a leg be up in arms keep someone at arm's length armchair critic . An armchair critic is someone who gives advice based on theory rather than practice. If you keep someone at arm's length. it is well organized or in perfect order. I hope Julie doesn't attend the meeting. I'd give my right arm to have an apartment on Central Park. He fled to South America hoping to escape the arm of the law. you dispute a decision or choice which has already been made. you spoil a satisfactory plan or situation. so don't argue the toss now! This expression refers to the extent to which the authority or power of the law extends. you mean that you want it a lot and would do almost anything to obtain it. He's still tied to her apron strings.
If you are determined to obtain or achieve something at all costs.he didn't even hear my question! Something which is of no avail is not at all helpful or useful. At this stage of the game I think any further intervention would be unwise. but doesn't actually travel anywhere. you do something without thinking about it or having to pay attention. Fred's on automatic pilot today . The coffee machine wouldn't work. with a lot to be won or lost. The journalist was determined at all costs to get a report from the war zone asking for trouble asleep at the wheel at all costs at this stage of the game This expression refers to the current point reached in a process. Driving fast on these roads is really asking for trouble! If you say that someone is asleep at the wheel. effort or sacrifice involved. The avowed intent of the new government is to reduce unemployment. A surprising number of adventure books are bought by armchair travellers. the night watchman was accused of being asleep at the wheel. Someone who has a lot at stake is in a risky situation. activity or developing situation. When someone makes a public declaration of their objective or goal. When the firemen arrived too late at the scene. this is their avowed intent. is called an armchair traveller. you want it regardless of the expense. armchair traveller Someone who reads books or watches TV programmes about other places and countries. at stake automatic pilot or no avail avowed intent . He was nervous about signing the agreement because there was a lot at stake. If you are on automatic pilot. you mean that they are not sufficiently attentive. because you do it regularly.plenty of advice. especially at a critical moment when vigilance is required. and the instruction leaflet was of no avail. Let's wait and see how things develop. Someone who is asking for trouble is behaving so stupidly that he/she is likely to have problems.
IDIOM HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS MEANING Reconsideration of a decision When Rajiv could not answer any question in the Economics assignment. It's no use trying to explain the problem to her . She thought Charlie would want her back. It was decided that the best candidate would be selected by a recruitment agency who had no axe to grind within the company. he started having second thoughts about his decision to take Economics as his main subject. IDIOM GIFT OF THE GAB MEANING The ability to speak well Pooja was able to keep the audiences amused with her stories. People felt that it was an act of hitting below the belt. She surely has the gift of the gab.she's away with the fairies! If you have an axe to grind. He needs to pull up his socksif he has to score well in his final exams.a rude awakening If you get a rude awakening. IDIOM WILD GOOSE CHASE MEANING Futile search Searching for hidden gold in the village field is nothing but a wild goose chase. you have personal reasons for becoming involved in something or adopting a particular attitude. IDIOM HIT BELOW THE BELT MEANING To act in an unfair matter The candidate of the opposition party spread false rumours about the Minister. IDIOM MEANING . you are forced to accept the unpleasant truth or reality. he decided to turn over a new leaf and become an honest man. Someone who is away with the fairies is in such a dreamy state that they are not totally in touch with reality and give the impression of being slightly mad. IDIOM MEANING Changing your better for the better away with the fairies have an axe to grind TURN OVER A NEW LEAF After Ajit was released from prison.he was already dating another girl. IDIOM PULL UP ONE’S SOCKS MEANING To make an effort to improve Idioms Exercise 1 Rajesh got only forty percentage marks in the English mid-term exams. but she got a rude awakening .
IDIOM BREAK THE ICE MEANING Overcome initial shyness The teacher asked the students to introduce themselves to each other to break the ice. We should let bygones be bygones and become friends again. I think he is making a mountain out of a molehill. He should make hay will the sun shines. Sharma got the big contract to supply machine parts to a big Japanese company. I am ready to throw in the towel. He hit the nail on the head when he said that the car was overheating because of a leaking radiator. I will have to face the music when I reach home. They are always at loggerheads. IDIOM MAKE A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL Manoj stopped talking to Rupa because she did not lend him her notebook. He is leaving no stone unturned to get into engineering college. IDIOM LET BYGONES BE BYGONES MEANING Ignore the bad things of the past We have not spoken to each others since the time we had our fight few months back. IDIOM NO STONE UNTURNED MEANING Make all possible efforts Ramesh has joined two coaching classes. IDIOM THROW IN THE TOWEL MEANING To accept defeat I am unable to solve this question. IDIOM FACE THE MUSIC MEANING To face the consequences of one’s action I lost my father’s pen. IDIOM MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES MEANING Make the best of a good situation while it lasts Mr. IDIOM HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD MEANING Be exactly accurate Ram is a genius.TAKE TO TASK To reprimand someone Payal was taken to task by her mother when she found out that she had failed her Mathematics exam. . IDIOM AT LOGGERHEADS MEANING To differ strongly MEANING To give great importance to minor things The two brothers can never work together.
organisations. ('A hitch in your gittie-up' is also used. Her father gave her an expensive car on her eighteenth birthday. too late. it is a bit much. Raj will make sure he gets the day off from office by hook or by crook. A day late and a dollar short (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link This means that processes. A fool at 40 is a fool forever If someone hasn't matured by the time they reach forty. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom. it is too little. IDIOM BURN ONE’S FINGERS MEANING Suffer for something that one has done A bit much If something is excessive or annoying. I am keeping my fingers crossed. you're not feeling well. are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them. A fool and his money are soon parted This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. IDIOM KEEP ONE’S FINGERS CROSSED MEANING Hope for a positive outcome My results come out day after tomorrow. they never will. etc.IDIOM BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN ONE’S MOUTH MEANING To be born in a very rich family Priya was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. IDIOM BY HOOK OR BY CROOK MEANING Using any means. fair or foul There is a cricket match tomorrow. A hitch in your giddy-up If you have a hitch in your giddy-up.) A lick and a promise .
A penny saved is a penny earned This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money. A OK If things are A OK. A lost ball in the high weeds A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing. intending to return to it later. he fused all the lights! I think a little learning is a dangerous thing A long row to hoe Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time. most often incompletely. they can say that a little bird told them. where they are or how to do something. A little learning is a dangerous thing A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are. A month of Sundays A month of Sundays is a long period of time: I haven't seen her in a month of Sundays.eg. but try to save it. . but is not as good is a poor man's version. a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde. A poor man's something Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else. he said he'd done a course on home electrics. A picture is worth a thousand words A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description. they are absolutely fine. but when he tried to mend my table lamp. you do it hurriedly. A little bird told me If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from. A penny for your thoughts This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.If you give something a lick and a promise.
) A steal If something is a steal. once the end has been removed. A still tongue keeps a wise head Wise people don't talk much. A rising tide lifts all boats This idiom.A pretty penny If something costs a pretty penny. exactly how many slices have been taken. A problem shared is a problem halved If you talk about your problems. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread. coined by John F Kennedy. A rolling stone gathers no moss People say this to mean that that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Abject lesson . it is very expensive. it will make you feel better. it costs much less than it is really worth. all people will benefit from it. A1 If something is A1. describes the idea that when an economy is performing well. it is the very best or finest. you accept it and comply with it. even though you might disagree with it. so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer. A watched pot never boils Some things work out in their own time. it is not readily apparent.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used. especially when they are in a relationship. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead. Abide by a decision If you abide by a decision. A slice off a cut loaf is never missed Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin.
About face If someone changes their mind completely. their love grows stronger. this is an about face. Accident waiting to happen If something is an accident waiting to happen. there's definitely going to be an accident or it's bound to go wrong.) About as useful as a chocolate teapot Someone or something that is of no practical use is about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Above board If things are done above board. change their position on an issue. governments. they are carried out in a legal and proper manner.(India) An abject lesson serves as a warning to others. Acid test An acid test is something that proves whether something is good.. It can be used when companies. Ace up your sleeve If you have an ace up your sleeve. effective. etc.) Ace in the hole An ace in the hole is something other people are not aware of that can be used to your advantage when the time is right. Achilles' heel A person's weak spot is their Achilles' heel. you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't know about. . (In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used. or not. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used. Above par Better than average or normal Absence makes the heart grow fonder This idiom means that when people are apart. etc.
people can promise things but then fail to deliver. Act of war An act of war is a action that is either intended to start a war or that is interpreted as being sufficient cause for a war.Across the board If something applies to everybody. you are rushed and have very little time to do it. Act of God An act of God is something like an earthquake or floods that human beings cannot prevent or control. they make a bad situation worse. Add fuel to the fire If people add fuel to the fire. . they make a bad situation even worse. it applies across the board. After your own heart A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you. used to refer to the US or the UK depending on the speaker's location. Across the ditch (NZ) This idiom means on the other side of the Tasman Sea. Against the clock If you do something against the clock. Add insult to injury When people add insult to injury. Actions speak louder than words This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say. Across the pond (UK) This idiom means on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Adam's apple The Adam's apple is a bulge in the throat. mostly seen in men. used to refer to Australia or New Zealand depending on the speaker's location.
All dressed up and nowhere to go You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen. (It can be used for people too. it is alive and kicking.) All along If you have known or suspected something all along. you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private. you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in. it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first. you have made more progress than your rivals. it happens early or before the set time. or round. Albatross around your neck An albatross around. though often in a slightly sarcastic way. Alike as two peas If people or things are as alike as two peas. All bark and no bite When someone talks tough but really isn't. etc. Alive and kicking If something is active and doing well. your neck is a problem resulting from something you did that stops you from being successful. especially personal ones. Ahead of the pack If you are ahead of the pack. Age before beauty When this idiom is used. All bets are off (USA) If all bets are off. they are all bark and no bite. they are identical. by telling a secret. like saying 'each and every one'. but you have no real choice. arguing in public. . All and sundry This idiom is a way of emphasising 'all'. then agreements that have been made no longer apply.Against the grain If doing something goes against the grain. Ahead of time If something happens ahead of time. Air your dirty laundry in public If you air your dirty laundry in public. then you have felt this from the beginning. Agony aunt An agony aunt is a newspaper columnist who gives advice to people having problems.
you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. All my eye and Peggy Martin (UK) An idiom that appears to have gone out of use but was prevalent in the English north Midlands of Staffordshire. confusion and trouble. All in a day's work If something is all in a day's work. it has all the best and most desirable features. no cattle (USA) When someone talks big. but cannot back it up. All over bar the shouting When something is all over bar the shouting. rumor. it doesn't stick to the . especially all the choices or possibilities. there is chaos. All hat. 'All thumbs' is an alternative form of the idiom. the outcome is absolutely certain.All ears If someone says they're all ears. though this is a corruption of the original. over embellished. they are very interested in hearing about something. All mouth and trousers (UK) Someone who's all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn't deliver. it is nothing special. All fingers and thumbs If you're all fingers and thumbs. Cheshire and Derbyshire from at least the turn of the 20th century until the early 1950s or so. All eyes on me If all eyes are on someone. All hell broke loose When all hell breaks loose. you have imagined it and it is not real. All in your head If something is all in your head. then everyone is paying attention to them. the result of malicious village gossip etc. It is an abbreviation of 'modern convenience' that was used in house adverts. All mod cons If something has all mod cons. no cattle' is also used. 'All mouth and no trousers' is also used.) All heart Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous.('Big hat.) All over the map (USA) If something like a discussion is all over the map. The idiom's meaning is literally something said or written that is unbelievable. no cattle.('All over but the shouting' is also used. All of the above This idiom can be used to mean everything that has been said or written. they are all hat.
All the tea in China If someone won't do something for all the tea in China. it is the latest version with the most up- . All sixes If something is all sixes. important things. it is all over the shop. talks about doing big. but doesn't take any action.An alternative to 'All over the shop'. All's well that ends well If the end result is good. people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way. All skin and bone If a person is very underweight.'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. then everything is good. you risk everything at once. instead of trying to spread the risk. All talk and no trousers (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers. All-singing. All set If you're all set. All over the shop If something is completely disorganised or confused. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used. or bones. it is all over the place. it's in a complete mess. nobody has an advantage or is ahead of the others. All roads lead to Rome This means that there can be many different ways of doing something. All that glitters is not gold This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless.) All's fair in love and war This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict. ('All that glistens is not gold' is an alternative. All square If something is all square. they won't do it no matter how much money they are offered. it doesn't matter how it's done. it is very popular or fashionable at the moment. All your eggs in one basket If you put all your eggs in one basket. All over the show If something is all over the show. they are all skin and bone.main topic and goes off on tangents. all-dancing If something's all-singing. All over the place If something is completely disorganised or confused.) All the rage If something's all the rage. (This is often used as a negative imperative. it's the same as 'six of one and half a dozen of the other'. you are ready for something. all-dancing.
Alter ego An alter ego is a very close and intimate friend. relationship with. etc. Amen Some use 'Amen' or 'Amen to that' as a way of agreeing with something that has just been said. Any Tom. Answers on a postcard This idiom can be used to suggest that the answer to something is very obvious or that the person would really like to hear what people think. even one that would normally be unacceptable. . Angry as a bear If someone is as angry as a bear. An old flame An old flame is a person that somebody has had an emotional. Any port in a storm This means that in an emergency any solution will do. rather than trying to fix them once they arise. Ants in your pants If someone has ants in their pants. Dick or Harry If something could be done by any Tom. never a bride If someone is always a bridesmaid. never a bride. it could be done by absolutely anyone. Ambulance chaser A lawyer who encourages people who have been in accidents or become ill to sue for compensation is an ambulance chaser. It is a Latin phrase that literally means 'other self'. Dick or Harry.('Angry as a bear with a sore foot' is also used.) Angry as a bull If someone is as angry as a bull. they never manage to fulfill their ambition. Always a bridesmaid.they get close.to-date features. An apple a day keeps the doctor away Eating healthy food keeps you healthy. usually passionate. they are very angry. And all that jazz This idiom means that everything related or similar is included. they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure This expression means that is is better to try to avoid problems in the first place. they are very angry. but never manage the recognition. they crave. who is still looked on fondly and with affection.
you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it. they are unemotional. As good as new If something has been used but is still in extremely good condition. As cool as a cucumber If someone is as cool as a cucumber. they have lots of weapons. As cold as ice This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion. If a person is as cold as stone. more often. they don't get worried by anything. Around the clock If something is open around the clock. Arrow in the quiver An arrow in the quiver is a strategy or option that could be used to achieve your objective.) Apron strings A man who is tied to a woman's apron strings is excessively dependent on her. Argue the toss (UK) If you argue the toss. then you usually do it. someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye. it is as good as new. Arm and a leg If something costs an arm and a leg. . an airport is open around the clock. it is open 24 hours a day. it is very expensive. especially when it is his mother's apron strings. ('Apples to oranges' is also used. Apples and oranges Tis used when people compare or describe two totally different things. As cold as stone If something is as cold as stone. it is very cold. Armed to the teeth If people are armed to the teeth. ('Apples to apples' is also used. As a rule If you do something as a rule. Apple pie order Everything is in perfect order and tidy if it is in apple pie order.) Apples for apples An apples for apples comparison is a comparison between related or simialr things. Armchair critic An armchair critic is someone who offers advice but never shows that they could actually do any better.Apple of your eye Something or. For example.
At a drop of a dime (USA) If someone will do something at the drop of a dime. Asleep at the switch If someone is asleep at the switch. As much use as a chocolate teapot Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all. they will do it instantly. . As neat as a new pin This idiom means tidy and clean. Angry as a bear or Angry as a bull). As the actress said to the bishop (UK) This idiom is used to highlight a sexual reference. As the crow flies This idiom is used to describe the shortest possible distance between two places. bad things will happen to you. As you sow. Asleep at the wheel If someone is asleep at the wheel. (Same as. so shall you reap This means that if you do bad things to people. 'Asleep at the switch' is an alternative. As much use as a chocolate fire-guard A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. deliberate or accidental. As mad as a wrongly shot hog (USA) If someone is as mad as a wrongly shot hog. without hesitation. At a loose end (UK) If you are at a loose end. they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. they are very angry. then they do it at exactly the same time or in complete agreement. you have spare time but don't know what to do with it. 'Asleep at the wheel' is an alternative. As much use as a handbrake on a canoe This idiom is used to describe someone or something as worthless or pointless. As one man If people do something as one man. or good things if you do good things. In the past many people who made hats went insane because they had a lot of contact with mercury.As mad as a hatter This simile means that someone is crazy or behaves very strangely. they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. you are unable to understand or comply. At a loss If you are at a loss.
At the end of your rope (USA) If you are at the end of your rope. it moves very slowly. At sea If things are at sea. At loose ends (USA) If you are at a loose end. you'd do it immediately. it is going or happening as fast or as hard as possible. they are disorganized and chaotic. At odds If you are at odds with someone. At loggerheads If people are at loggerheads. it is a safe distance waway from you. you have spare time but don't know what to do with it. rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way. At each other's throats If people are at each other's throats. At the drop of a hat If you would do something at the drop of a hat. At large If a criminal is at large. At daggers drawn If people are at daggers drawn. At death's door If someone looks as if they are at death's door. or all at sea. you deal with the real problems and issues. At the bottom of the totem pole (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole. they have not been found or caught. they are arguing and can't agree on anything. At the coalface If you work at the coalface. they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.At a snail's pace If something moves at a snail's pace. At arm's length If something is at arm's length. At full tilt If something is at full tilt. At cross purposes When people are at cross purposes. . they are unimportant. they are very angry and close to violence. you are at the limit of your patience or endurance. arguing or competing ruthlessly. At the end of the day This is used to mean 'in conclusion' or 'when all is said and done'. they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying. you cannot agree with them and argue. they are fighting.
Avowed intent If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal. AWOL AWOL stands for "Absent Without Leave". Awe inspiring Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way. Away with the fairies If someone is away with the fairies. At your wit's end If you're at your wit's end. In American English. most urgent. they don't face reality and have unrealistic expectations of life.At the end of your tether (UK) If you are at the end of your tether. At the top of your lungs If you shout at the top of your lungs. you do it as loudly as you can. no matter how hard you think about it. it is used when someone has gone missing without telling anyone or asking for permission. it is 'ax'. At your wits' end If you are at your wits' end. a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. it is of highest priority. you are at the limit of your patience or endurance. this is their avowed intent. Orignially a military term. Average Joe An average Joe is an ordinary person without anything exceptional about them. you really don't know what you should do about something. At the fore In a leading position At the top of my lungs If you shout at the top of your lungs. you have no idea what to do next and are very frustrated. shout or sing at the top of your voice. . Axe to grind If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something. you shout as loudly as you possibly can. At the top of the list If something is at the top of the list. or the next in one's line of attention. At the top of your voice If you talk. you shout as loudly as you possibly can. or "Absent Without Official Leave". most important. you have a grievance.
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