Concept: Idioms & Phrases
A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush: Meaning: Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.
A Blessing In Disguise: Meaning: Something good that isn't recognized at first.
A Chip On Your Shoulder: Meaning: Being upset for something that happened in the past.
A Dime A Dozen: Meaning: Anything that is common and easy to get.
A Doubting Thomas: Meaning: A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.
A Drop in the Bucket: Meaning: A very small part of something big or whole.
A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted: Meaning: It's easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money.
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand: Meaning: Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.
A Leopard Can't Change His Spots: Meaning: You cannot change who you are.
A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned: Meaning: By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little).
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Meaning: A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
A Piece of Cake: Meaning: A task that can be accomplished very easily.
A Slap on the Wrist: Meaning: A very mild punishment.
A Taste Of Your Own Medicine: Meaning: When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.
A Toss-Up: Meaning: A result that is still unclear and can go either way.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Meaning: It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.
Add Fuel To The Fire: Meaning: Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is.
Against The Clock: Meaning: Rushed and short on time.
All Bark And No Bite: Meaning: When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight.
All Greek to me: Meaning: Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be.
All In The Same Boat: Meaning: When everyone is facing the same challenges.
An Arm And A Leg: Meaning: Very expensive. A large amount of money.
An Axe To Grind: Meaning: To have a dispute with someone.
Apple of My Eye: Meaning: Someone who is cherished above all others.
As High As A Kite: Meaning: Anything that is high up in the sky.
At The Drop Of A Hat: Meaning: Willing to do something immediately.
Back Seat Driver: Meaning: People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.
Back To Square One: Meaning: Having to start all over again.
Back To The Drawing Board: Meaning: When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
Baker's Dozen: Meaning: Thirteen.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree: Meaning: A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.
Beat A Dead Horse: Meaning: To force an issue that has already ended.
Beating Around The Bush: Meaning: Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
Bend Over Backwards: Meaning: Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.
Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Meaning: Stuck between two very bad options.
Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Meaning: To take on a task that is way to big.
Bite Your Tongue: Meaning: To avoid talking.
Blood Is Thicker Than Water: Meaning: The family bond is closer than anything else.
Blue Moon: Meaning: A rare event or occurance.
Break A Leg: Meaning: A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.
Buy A Lemon: Meaning: To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.
Can't Cut The Mustard : Meaning: Someone who isn't adequate enough to compete or participate.
Cast Iron Stomach: Meaning: Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything or drinking anything.
Charley Horse: Meaning: Stiffness in the leg / A leg cramp.
Chew someone out: Meaning: Verbally scold someone.
Chip on his Shoulder: Meaning: Angry today about something that occured in the past.
Chow Down: Meaning: To eat.
Close but no Cigar: Meaning: To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.
Cock and Bull Story: Meaning: An unbelievable tale.
Come Hell Or High Water: Meaning: Any difficult situation or obstacle.
Crack Someone Up: Meaning: To make someone laugh.
Cross Your Fingers: Meaning: To hope that something happens the way you want it to.
Cry Over Spilt Milk: Meaning: When you complain about a loss from the past.
Cry Wolf: Meaning: Intentionally raise a false alarm.
Cup Of Joe: Meaning: A cup of coffee.
Curiosity Killed The Cat: Meaning: Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.
Cut to the Chase: Meaning: Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.
Dark Horse: Meaning: One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.
Dead Ringer: Meaning: 100% identical. A duplicate.
Devil's Advocate: Meaning: Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the arguement. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater.
Dog Days of Summer: Meaning: The hottest days of the summer season.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch: Meaning: Don't rely on it until your sure of it.
Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth: Meaning: When someone gives you a gift, don't be ungrateful.
Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket: Meaning: Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
Doozy: Meaning: Something outstanding.
Down To The Wire: Meaning: Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds.
Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures: Meaning: When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions.
Drink like a fish: Meaning: To drink very heavily.
Drive someone up the wall: Meaning: To irritate and/or annoy very much.
Dropping Like Flies: Meaning: A large number of people either falling ill or dying.
Dry Run: Meaning: Rehearsal.
Eighty Six: Meaning: A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away.
Elvis has left the building: Meaning: The show has come to an end. It's all over.
Ethnic Cleansing: Meaning: Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: Meaning: Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
Everything But The Kitchen Sink: Meaning: Almost everything and anything has been included.
Excuse my French: Meaning: Please forgive me for cussing.
Cock and Bull Story: Meaning: An unbelievable tale.
Cock and Bull Story: Meaning: An unbelievable tale.
Feeding Frenzy: Meaning: An aggressive attack on someone by a group.
Field Day: Meaning: An enjoyable day or circumstance.
Finding Your Feet: Meaning: To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing.
Finger lickin' good: Meaning: A very tasty food or meal.
Fixed In Your Ways: Meaning: Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something.
Flash In The Pan: Meaning: Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end.
Flea Market: Meaning: A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods.
Flesh and Blood: Meaning: This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone's family.
Flip The Bird: Meaning: To raise your middle finger at someone.
Foam at the Mouth: Meaning: To be enraged and show it.
Fools' Gold: Meaning: Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold.
French Kiss: Meaning: An open mouth kiss where tongues touch.
From Rags To Riches: Meaning: To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.
Fuddy-duddy: Meaning: An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.
Full Monty: Meaning: This idiom can mean either, "the whole thing" or "completely nude".
Funny Farm: Meaning: A mental institutional facility.
Get Down to Brass Tacks: Meaning: To become serious about something.
Get Over It: Meaning: To move beyond something that is bothering you.
Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed: Meaning: Someone who is having a horrible day.
Get Your Walking Papers: Meaning: Get fired from a job.
Give Him The Slip: Meaning: To get away from. To escape.
Go Down Like A Lead Balloon: Meaning: To be received badly by an audience.
Go For Broke: Meaning: To gamble everything you have.
Go Out On A Limb: Meaning: Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something.
Go The Extra Mile: Meaning: Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.
Good Samaritan: Meaning: Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.
Graveyard Shift: Meaning: Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping.
Great Minds Think Alike: Meaning: Intelligent people think like each other.
Green Room: Meaning: The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a tv or radio show.
Gut Feeling: Meaning: A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right.
Haste Makes Waste: Meaning: Quickly doing things results in a poor ending.
Hat Trick: Meaning: When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game. This idiom can also mean three scores in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc.
Have an Axe to Grind: Meaning: To have a dispute with someone.
He Lost His Head: Meaning: Angry and overcome by emotions.
Head Over Heels: Meaning: Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love.
Hell in a Handbasket: Meaning: Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.
High Five: Meaning: Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture.
High on the Hog: Meaning: Living in Luxury.
Hit The Books: Meaning: To study, especially for a test or exam.
Hit The Hay: Meaning: Go to bed or go to sleep.
Hit The Nail on the Head: Meaning: Do something exactly right or say something exactly right.
Hit The Sack: Meaning: Go to bed or go to sleep.
Hocus Pocus: Meaning: In general, a term used in magic or trickery.
Hold Your Horses: Meaning: Be patient.
Icing On The Cake: Meaning: When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.
Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools: Meaning: You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do.
If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: Meaning: When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another...
In Like Flynn: Meaning: To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic.
In The Bag: Meaning: To have something secured.
In The Buff: Meaning: Nude.
In The Heat Of The Moment: Meaning: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
In Your Face: Meaning: An aggressive and bold confrontation.
It Takes Two To Tango: Meaning: A two person conflict where both people are at fault.
It's A Small World: Meaning: You frequently see the same people in different places.
Its Anyone's Call: Meaning: A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict.
Ivy League: Meaning: Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard.
Jaywalk: Meaning: Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk.
Joshing Me: Meaning: Tricking me.
Keep An Eye On Him: Meaning: You should carefully watch him.
Keep body and soul together: Meaning: To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .
Keep your chin up: Meaning: To remain joyful in a tough situation.
Kick The Bucket: Meaning: Die.
Kitty-corner: Meaning: Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty-Corner as well.
Knee Jerk Reaction: Meaning: A quick and automatic response.
Knock On Wood: Meaning: Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.
Know the Ropes: Meaning: To understand the details.
Last but not least: Meaning: An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.
Lend Me Your Ear: Meaning: To politely ask for someone's full attention.
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Let Bygones Be Bygones: Meaning: To forget about a disagreement or arguement.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Meaning: To avoid restarting a conflict.
Let The Cat Out Of The Bag: Meaning: To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared.
Level playing field: Meaning: A fair competition where no side has an advantage.
Like a chicken with its head cut off: Meaning: To act in a frenzied manner.
Liquor someone up: Meaning: To get someone drunk.
Long in the Tooth: Meaning: Old people (or horses).
Loose Cannon: Meaning: Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.
Make No Bones About: Meaning: To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.
Method To My Madness: Meaning: Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.
Mumbo Jumbo: Meaning: Nonsense or meaningless speech.
Mum's the word: Meaning: To keep quiet. To say nothing.
Nest Egg: Meaning: Savings set aside for future use.
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You: Meaning: Don't hurt anyone that helps you.
New kid on the block: Meaning: Someone new to the group or area.
New York Minute: Meaning: A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment.
No Dice: Meaning: To not agree. To not accept a proposition.
No Room to Swing a Cat: Meaning: An unsually small or confined space.
Not Playing With a Full Deck: Meaning: Someone who lacks intelligence.
Off On The Wrong Foot: Meaning: Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.
Off The Hook: Meaning: No longer have to deal with a tough situation.
Off the Record: Meaning: Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.
On Pins And Needles: Meaning: Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.
On The Fence: Meaning: Undecided.
On The Same Page: Meaning: When multiple people all agree on the same thing.
Out Of The Blue: Meaning: Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.
Out On A Limb: Meaning: When someone puts themself in a risky situation.
Out On The Town: Meaning: To enjoy yourself by going out.
Over My Dead Body: Meaning: When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.
Over the Top: Meaning: Very excessive.
Pass The Buck: Meaning: Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.
Pedal to the metal: Meaning: To go full speed, especially while driving a vehicle.
Peeping Tom: Meaning: Someone who observes people in the nude or sexually active people, mainly for his own gratification.
Pick up your ears: Meaning: To listen very carefully.
Pig In A Poke: Meaning: A deal that is made without first examining it.
Pig Out : Meaning: To eat alot and eat it quickly.
Pipe Down: Meaning: To shut-up or be quiet.
Practice Makes Perfect: Meaning: By constantly practicing, you will become better.
Pull the plug: Meaning: To stop something. To bring something to an end.
Pulling Your Leg: Meaning: Tricking someone as a joke.
Put a sock in it: Meaning: To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.
Queer the pitch: Meaning: Destroy or ruin a plan.
Raincheck: Meaning: An offer or deal that is declined right now but willing to accept later.
Raining Cats and Dogs: Meaning: A very loud and noisy rain storm.
Ring Fencing: Meaning: Seperated usual judgement to guarantee protection, especially project funds.
Rise and Shine: Meaning: Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.
Rome Was Not Built In One Day: Meaning: If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.
Rule Of Thumb: Meaning: A rough estimate.
Run out of steam: Meaning: To be completely out of energy.
Saved By The Bell: Meaning: Saved at the last possible moment.
Scapegoat: Meaning: Someone else who takes the blame.
Scot-free: Meaning: To escape and not have to pay.
Sick As A Dog: Meaning: To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).
Sitting Shotgun: Meaning: Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.
Sixth Sense: Meaning: A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.
Skid Row: Meaning: The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.
Smell A Rat: Meaning: To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.
Smell Something Fishy: Meaning: Detecting that something isn't right and there might be a reason for it.
Son of a Gun: Meaning: A scamp.
Southpaw: Meaning: Someone who is left-handed.
Spitting Image: Meaning: The exact likeness or kind.
Start From Scratch: Meaning: To do it all over again from the beginning.
The Ball Is In Your Court: Meaning: It is your decision this time.
The Best Of Both Worlds: Meaning: There are two choices and you have them both.
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall: Meaning: While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.
The Last Straw: Meaning: When one small burden after another creates an unbearable situation, the last straw is the last small burden that one can take.
The Whole Nine Yards: Meaning: Everything. All of it.
Third times a charm: Meaning: After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one.
Tie the knot: Meaning: To get married.
Til the cows come home: Meaning: A long time.
To Make A Long Story Short: Meaning: Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.
To Steal Someone's Thunder: Meaning: To take the credit for something someone else did.
Tongue And Cheek: Meaning: humor, not to be taken serious.
Turn A Blind Eye: Meaning: Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.
Twenty three skidoo: Meaning: To be turned away.
Under the weather: Meaning: Feeling ill or sick.
Up a blind alley: Meaning: Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome.
Use Your Loaf: Meaning: Use your head. Think smart.
Van Gogh's ear for music: Meaning: Tone deaf.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life: Meaning: The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.
Wag the Dog: Meaning: A diversion away from something of greater importance.
Water Under The Bridge: Meaning: Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve: Meaning: To openly and freely express your emotions.
When It Rains, It Pours: Meaning: Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.
When Pigs Fly : Meaning: Something that will never ever happen.
Wild and Woolly: Meaning: Uncultured and without laws.
Wine and Dine: Meaning: When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.
Without A Doubt: Meaning: For certain.
X marks the spot: Meaning: A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for.
You Are What You Eat: Meaning: In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover: Meaning: Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.
You Can't Take it With You: Meaning: Enjoy what you have and not what you don't have, since when you die you cannot take things (such as money) with you.
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine: Meaning: I have no idea.
Zero Tolerance: Meaning: No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.