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    A bit much
    If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much.
    A chain is no stronger than its weakest link
    This means that processes, organisations, etc, are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them.
    A day late and a dollar short
    (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.
    A fool and his money are soon parted
    This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom.
    A fool at 40 is a fool forever
    If someone hasn't matured by the time they reach forty, they never will.
    A hitch in your giddy-up
    If you have a hitch in your giddy-up, you're not feeling well. ('A hitch in your gittie-up' is also used.)
    A lick and a promise
    If you give something a lick and a promise, you do it hurriedly, most often incompletely, intending to return to it later.
    A little bird told me
    If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them.
    A little learning is a dangerous thing
    A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really he said he'd done a course on home electrics, but when he tried to mend my table lamp, 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.
    A lost ball in the high weeds
    A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
    A OK
    If things are A OK, they are absolutely fine.
    A penny for your thoughts
    This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.
    A penny saved is a penny earned
    This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money, but try to save it.
    A picture is worth a thousand words
    A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.
    A poor man's something
    Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, 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 pretty penny
    If something costs a pretty penny, it is very expensive.
    A problem shared is a problem halved
    If you talk about your problems, it will make you feel better.
    A rising tide lifts all boats
    This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.
    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. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead.
    A slice off a cut loaf is never missed
    Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used.)
    A steal
    If something is a steal, it costs much less than it is really worth.
    A still tongue keeps a wise head
    Wise people don't talk much.
    A watched pot never boils
    Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer.
    If something is A1, it is the very best or finest.
    Abide by a decision
    If you abide by a decision, you accept it and comply with it, even though you might disagree with it.
    Abject lesson
    (India) An abject lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used.)
    About as useful as a chocolate teapot
    Someone or something that is of no practical use is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
    About face
    If someone changes their mind completely, this is an about face. It can be used when companies, governments, etc, change their position on an issue.
    Above board
    If things are done above board, they are carried out in a legal and proper manner.
    Above par
    Better than average or normal
    Absence makes the heart grow fonder
    This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger.
    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. ('Disaster waiting to happen' is also used.)
    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.
    Ace up your sleeve
    If you have an ace up your sleeve, you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't know about.
    Achilles' heel
    A person's weak spot is their Achilles' heel.
    Acid test
    An acid test is something that proves whether something is good, effective, etc, or not.
    Across the board
    If something applies to everybody, it applies across the board.
    Across the ditch
    (NZ) This idiom means on the other side of the Tasman Sea, used to refer to Australia or New Zealand depending on the speaker's location.
    Across the pond
    (UK) This idiom means on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, used to refer to the US or the UK depending on the speaker's location.
    Act of God
    An act of God is something like an earthquake or floods that human beings cannot prevent or control.
    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.
    Actions speak louder than words
    This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say- people can promise things but then fail to deliver.
    Adam's apple
    The Adam's apple is a bulge in the throat, mostly seen in men.
    Add fuel to the fire
    If people add fuel to the fire, they make a bad situation worse.
    Add insult to injury
    When people add insult to injury, they make a bad situation even worse.
    After your own heart
    A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you.
    Against the clock
    If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.
    Against the grain
    If doing something goes against the grain, you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in, but you have no real choice.
    Age before beauty
    When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way.
    Agony aunt
    An agony aunt is a newspaper columnist who gives advice to people having problems, especially personal ones.
    Ahead of the pack
    If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals.
    Ahead of time
    If something happens ahead of time, it happens early or before the set time.
    Air your dirty laundry in public
    If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc.
    Albatross around your neck
    An albatross around, or round, your neck is a problem resulting from something you did that stops you from being successful.
    Alike as two peas
    If people or things are as alike as two peas, they are identical.
    Alive and kicking
    If something is active and doing well, it is alive and kicking. (It can be used for people too.)
    All along
    If you have known or suspected something all along, then you have felt this from the beginning.
    All and sundry
    This idiom is a way of emphasising 'all', like saying 'each and every one'.
    All bark and no bite
    When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
    All bark and no bite
    Someone who talks a lot, but does nothing to back up their words-- like a dog that barks at strangers, but won't actually bite.
    All bets are off
    (USA) If all bets are off, then agreements that have been made no longer apply.
    All dressed up and nowhere to go
    You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
    All ears
    If someone says they're all ears, they are very interested in hearing about something.
    All eyes on me
    If all eyes are on someone, then everyone is paying attention to them.
    All fingers and thumbs
    If you're all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. 'All thumbs' is an alternative form of the idiom.
    All hat, no cattle
    (USA) When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.('Big hat, no cattle' is also used.)
    All heart
    Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous.
    All hell broke loose
    When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
    All in a day's work
    If something is all in a day's work, it is nothing special.
    All in your head
    If something is all in your head, you have imagined it and it is not real.
    All mod cons
    If something has all mod cons, it has all the best and most desirable features. It is an abbreviation of 'modern convenience' that was used in house adverts.
    All mouth and trousers
    (UK) Someone who's all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn't deliver. 'All mouth and no trousers' is also used, though this is a corruption of the original.
    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, Cheshire and Derbyshire from at least the turn of the 20th century until the early 1950s or so. The idiom's meaning is literally something said or written that is unbelievable, rumor, over embellished, the result of malicious village gossip etc.
    All of the above
    This idiom can be used to mean everything that has been said or written, especially all the choices or possibilities.
    All over bar the shouting
    When something is all over bar the shouting, the outcome is absolutely certain.('All over but the shouting' is also used.)
    All over the map
    (USA) If something like a discussion is all over the map, it doesn't stick to the main topic and goes off on tangents.
    All over the place
    If something is completely disorganised or confused, it is all over the place.
    All over the shop
    If something is completely disorganised or confused, it is all over the shop.
    All over the show
    If something is all over the show, it's in a complete mess.An alternative to 'All over the shop'.
    All roads lead to Rome
    This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
    All set
    If you're all set, you are ready for something.
    All sixes
    If something is all sixes, it doesn't matter how it's done; it's the same as 'six of one and half a dozen of the other'.
    All skin and bone
    If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.
    All square
    If something is all square, nobody has an advantage or is ahead of the others.
    All talk and no trousers
    (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
    All that glitters is not gold
    This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless. ('All that glistens is not gold' is an alternative.)
    All the rage
    If something's all the rage, it is very popular or fashionable at the moment.
    All the tea in China
    If someone won't do something for all the tea in China, they won't do it no matter how much money they are offered.
    All your eggs in one basket
    If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk. (This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.)
    All's fair in love and war
    This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
    All's well that ends well
    If the end result is good, then everything is good.
    All-singing, all-dancing
    If something's all-singing, all-dancing, it is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.
    Alter ego
    An alter ego is a very close and intimate friend. It is a Latin phrase that literally means 'other self'.
    Always a bridesmaid, never a bride
    If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc, they crave.
    Ambulance chaser
    A lawyer who encourages people who have been in accidents or become ill to sue for compensation is an ambulance chaser.
    Some use 'Amen' or 'Amen to that' as a way of agreeing with something that has just been said.
    An apple a day keeps the doctor away
    Eating healthy food keeps you healthy.
    An old flame
    An old flame is a person that somebody has had an emotional, usually passionate, relationship with, who is still looked on fondly and with affection.
    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, rather than trying to fix them once they arise.
    And all that jazz
    This idiom means that everything related or similar is included.
    Angry as a bear
    If someone is as angry as a bear, they are very angry.('Angry as a bear with a sore foot' is also used.)
    Angry as a bull
    If someone is as angry as a bull, they are very angry.
    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.
    Ants in your pants
    If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
    Any port in a storm
    This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.
    Any Tom, **** or Harry
    If something could be done by any Tom, **** or Harry, it could be done by absolutely anyone.
    Apple of your eye
    Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.
    Apple pie order
    Everything is in perfect order and tidy if it is in apple pie order.
    Apples and oranges
    Tis used when people compare or describe two totally different things. ('Apples to oranges' is also used.)
    Apples for apples
    An apples for apples comparison is a comparison between related or simialr things. ('Apples to apples' is also used.)
    Apron strings
    A man who is tied to a woman's apron strings is excessively dependent on her, especially when it is his mother's apron strings.
    Argue the toss
    (UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
    Arm and a leg
    If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
    Armchair critic
    An armchair critic is someone who offers advice but never shows that they could actually do any better.
    Armed to the teeth
    If people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons.
    Around the clock
    If something is open around the clock, it is open 24 hours a day. For example, an airport 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.
    As a rule
    If you do something as a rule, then you usually do it.
    As cold as ice
    This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion.
    As cold as stone
    If something is as cold as stone, it is very cold. If a person is as cold as stone, they are unemotional.
    As cool as a cucumber
    If someone is as cool as a cucumber, they don't get worried by anything.
    As good as new
    If something has been used but is still in extremely good condition, it is as good as new.
    As mad as a hatter
    This simile means that someone is crazy or behaves very strangely. In the past many people who made hats went insane because they had a lot of contact with mercury.
    As mad as a wrongly shot hog
    (USA) If someone is as mad as a wrongly shot hog, they are very angry. (Same as, Angry as a bear or Angry as a bull).
    As much use as a chocolate fire-guard
    A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'.
    As much use as a chocolate teapot
    Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all.
    As much use as a handbrake on a canoe
    This idiom is used to describe someone or something as worthless or pointless.
    As neat as a new pin
    This idiom means tidy and clean.
    As one man
    If people do something as one man, then they do it at exactly the same time or in complete agreement.
    As the actress said to the bishop
    (UK) This idiom is used to highlight a sexual reference, deliberate or accidental.
    As the crow flies
    This idiom is used to describe the shortest possible distance between two places.
    As you sow, so shall you reap
    This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things.
    Asleep at the switch
    If someone is asleep at the switch, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the wheel' is an alternative.
    Asleep at the wheel
    If someone is asleep at the wheel, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the switch' is an alternative.
    At a drop of a dime
    (USA) If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation.
    At a loose end
    (UK) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don't know what to do with it.
    At a loss
    If you are at a loss, you are unable to understand or comply.
    At a snail's pace
    If something moves at a snail's pace, it moves very slowly.
    At arm's length
    If something is at arm's length, it is a safe distance waway from you.
    At arm's length
    Keep somebody at arm's length means not allowing somebody to be become to friendly with you or close to you.
    At cross purposes
    When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
    At daggers drawn
    If people are at daggers drawn, they are very angry and close to violence.
    At death's door
    If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
    At each other's throats
    If people are at each other's throats, they are fighting, arguing or competing ruthlessly.
    At full tilt
    If something is at full tilt, it is going or happening as fast or as hard as possible.
    At large
    If a criminal is at large, they have not been found or caught.
    At loggerheads
    If people are at loggerheads, they are arguing and can't agree on anything.
    At loose ends
    (USA) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don't know what to do with it.
    At odds
    If you are at odds with someone, you cannot agree with them and argue.
    At sea
    If things are at sea, or all at sea, they are disorganized and chaotic.
    At the bottom of the totem pole
    (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole, they are unimportant. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole.
    At the coalface
    If you work at the coalface, you deal with the real problems and issues, rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way.
    At the drop of a hat
    If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately.
    At the end of the day
    This is used to mean 'in conclusion' or 'when all is said and done'.
    At the end of your rope
    (USA) If you are at the end of your rope, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.
    At the end of your tether
    (UK) If you are at the end of your tether, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.
    At the fore
    In a leading position
    At the top of my lungs
    If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
    At the top of the list
    If something is at the top of the list, it is of highest priority, most important, most urgent, or the next in one's line of attention.
    At the top of your lungs
    If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
    At the top of your voice
    If you talk, shout or sing at the top of your voice, you do it as loudly as you can.
    At your wit's end
    If you're at your wit's end, you really don't know what you should do about something, no matter how hard you think about it.
    At your wits' end
    If you are at your wits' end, you have no idea what to do next and are very frustrated.
    Average Joe
    An average Joe is an ordinary person without anything exceptional about them.
    Avowed intent
    If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.
    Away with the fairies
    If someone is away with the fairies, they don't face reality and have unrealistic expectations of life.
    Awe inspiring
    Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way.
    AWOL stands for "Absent Without Leave", or "Absent Without Official Leave". Orignially a military term, it is used when someone has gone missing without telling anyone or asking for permission.
    Axe to grind
    If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. In American English, it is 'ax'.

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    Babe in arms
    A babe in arms is a very young child, or a person who is very young to be holding a position.
    Babe in the woods
    A babe in the woods is a naive, defenceless, young person.
    Baby boomer
    (USA) A baby boomer is someone born in the years after the end of the Second World War, a period when the population was growing very fast.
    Back burner
    If an issue is on the back burner, it is being given low priority.
    Back foot
    (UK) If you are on your back foot, you are at a disadvantage and forced to be defensive of your position.
    Back number
    Something that's a back number is dated or out of fashion.
    Back the wrong horse
    If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something.
    Back to back
    If things happen back to back, they are directly one after another.
    Back to square one
    If you are back to square one, you have to start from the beginning again.
    Back to the drawing board
    If you have to go back to the drawing board, you have to go back to the beginning and start something again.
    Back to the salt mine
    If someone says they have to go back to the salt mine, they have to return to work.
    Back to the wall
    If you have your back to the wall, you are in a difficult situation with very little room for manoeuvre.
    Backseat driver
    A backseat driver is an annoying person who is fond of giving advice to the person performing a task or doing something, especially when the advice is either wrong or unwelcome.
    Bad Apple
    A person who is bad and makes other bad is a bad apple.
    Bad blood
    If people feel hate because of things that happened in the past, there is bad blood between them.
    Bad egg
    A person who cannot be trusted is a bad egg. Good egg is the opposite.
    Bad hair day
    If you're having a bad hair day, things are not going the way you would like or had planned.
    Bad mouth
    (UK) When you are bad mouthing,you are saying negative things about someone or something.('Bad-mouth' and 'badmouth' are also used.)
    Bad shape
    If something's in bad shape, it's in bad condition. If a person's in bad shape, they are unfit or unhealthy.
    Bad taste in your mouth
    If something leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you feel there is something wrong or bad about it.
    Bad workers always blame their tools
    "A bad worker always blames their tools" - If somebody does a job badly or loses in a game and claims that they were let down by their equipment, you can use this to imply that this was not the case.
    Bag of bones
    If someone is a bag of bones, they are very underweight.
    Bag of nerves
    If someone is a bag of nerves, they are very worried or nervous.
    Baker's dozen
    A Baker's dozen is 13 rather than 12.
    Bald as a coot
    A person who is completely bald is as bald as a coot.
    Ball is in your court
    If the ball is in your court, it is up to you to make the next decision or step.
    Ballpark figure
    A ballpark figure is a rough or approximate number (guesstimate) to give a general idea of something, like a rough estimate for a cost, etc.
    Banana republic
    Banana republic is a term used for small countries that are dependent on a single crop or resource and governed badly by a corrupt elite.
    Banana skin
    (UK) A banana skin is something that is an embarrassment or causes problems.
    Bandit territory
    An area or an industry, profession, etc, where rules and laws are ignored or flouted is bandit territory.
    Baptism of fire
    A baptism of fire was a soldier's first experience of shooting. Any unpleasant experience undergone, usually where it is also a learning experience, is a baptism of fire.
    Bar fly
    A bar fly is a person who spends a lot of time drinking in different bars and pubs.
    Bare your heart
    If you bare your heart to someone, you tell them you personal and private feelings. ('Bare your soul' is an alternative form of the idiom.)
    Barefaced liar
    A barefaced liar is one who displays no shame about lying even if they are exposed.
    Bark is worse than their bite
    Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
    Barking up the wrong tree
    If you are barking up the wrong tree, it means that you have completely misunderstood something or are totally wrong.
    Barkus is willing
    This idiom means that someone is willing to get married.
    Barrack-room lawyer
    (UK) A barrack-room lawyer is a person who gives opinions on things they are not qualified to speak about.
    Barrel of laughs
    If someone's a barrel of laughs, they are always joking and you find them funny.
    Basket case
    If something is a basket case, it is so bad that it cannot be helped.
    Bat an eyelid
    If someone doesn't bat an eyelid, they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked, etc.
    Bated breath
    If someone says they're waiting with bated breath, they're very excited and find it difficult to be patient.('Baited breath' is a common mistake.)
    Batten down the hatches
    If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.
    Battle of nerves
    A battle of nerves is a situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is willing to back down and is waiting for the other side to weaken. ('A war of nerves' is an alternative form.)
    Be all ears
    If you are all ears, you are very eager to hear what someone has to say.
    Be careful what you wish for
    If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences.('Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.' and 'Be careful what you wish for; you may receive it.' are also used.)
    Be on the pig's back
    If you're on the pig's back, you're happy / content / in fine form.
    Be out in force
    If people are out in force, they are present somewhere in large numbers.
    Be out in left field
    (USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
    Be that as it may
    Be that as it may is an expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner.
    Be true blue
    If a person/object/situation is considered to be 'true blue', it is considered genuine.
    Be up the spout
    (UK) If a woman is up the spout, she is pregnant.
    Bean counter
    A bean counter is an accountant.
    Bear fruit
    If something bears fruit, it produces positive results.
    Bear market
    A bear market is a period when investors are pessimistic and expect financial losses so are more likely to sell than to buy shares.
    Bear the brunt
    People who bear the brunt of something endure the worst of something bad.
    Beard the lion in his own den
    If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.
    Beat about the bush
    If someone doesn't say clearly what they mean and try to make it hard to understand, they are beating about (around) the bush.
    Beat someone to the draw
    (USA) If you beat someone to the draw, you do something before they do.
    Beat swords into ploughshares
    If people beat swords into ploughshares, they spend money on humanitarian purposes rather than weapons. (The American English spelling is 'plowshares')
    Beat the daylights out of someone
    If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly. ('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
    Beat the rap
    If you beat the rap, you escape conviction and punishment for a crime or something you have done wrong.
    Beat to the punch
    If you beat someone to the punch, you act before them and gain an advantage.
    Beat your brains out
    If you beat your brains out, you think hard about something but cannot solve, understand or remember it.
    Beating a dead horse
    (USA) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.
    Beauty is only skin deep
    This idiom means that appearances can be deceptive and something that seems or looks good may turn out to be bad.
    Beck and call
    Someone who does everything for you, no matter when you ask, is at your beck and call.
    Bedroom eyes
    Someone with bedroom eyes has a sexy look in their eyes.
    Bee in your bonnet
    If someone is very excited about something, they have a bee in their bonnet.
    Bee's Knees
    If something is the bee's knees, it's outstanding or the best in its class.
    Beeline for
    If you make a beeline for a place, you head there directly.
    Been in the wars
    (UK) If someone has been in the wars, they have been hurt or look as if they have been in a struggle.
    Been there, done that
    People say this when they have already experienced what is being discussed.
    Beer and skittles
    (UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self-indulgence and pleasure.
    Before the ink is dry
    If people make an agreement or contract and then the situation changes very quickly, it changes before the ink is dry.
    Before you can say Jack Robinson
    The term Jack Robinson represents 'a short amount of time'. When you do something before you can say Jack Robinson, you do it very quickly.
    Beg the question
    In philosophy "to beg the question" is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked.
    Beggars can't be choosers
    This idiom means that people who are in great need must accept any help that is offered, even if it is not a complete solution to their problems.
    Behind bars
    When someone is behind bars, they are in prison.
    Behind closed doors
    If something happens away from the public eye, it happens behind closed doors.
    Behind someone's back
    If you do something behind someone's back, you do it without telling them.
    Behind the eight ball
    A difficult position from which it is unlikely one can escape.
    Behind the times
    Someone that is behind the times is old-fashioned and has ideas that are regarded as out-dated.
    Believe in the hereafter
    A belief in the hereafter is a belief in the afterlife, or life after death. It is, therefore, associated with religions and the soul's journey to heaven or to hell, whichever way being just deserts for the person based on how they led their life.
    Bells and whistles
    Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.
    Bells on
    (USA) To be somewhere with bells on means to arrive there happy and delighted to attend.
    Belly up
    If things go belly up, they go badly wrong.
    Below par
    If something isn't up to standard, or someone isn't feeling or doing very well, they are below par.
    Below the belt
    If someone says something that is cruel or unfair, it is below the belt, like the illegal punches in boxing.
    Belt and braces
    (UK) Someone who wears belt and braces is very cautious and takes no risks.
    Belt and suspenders
    (USA) Someone who wears belt and suspenders is very cautious and takes no risks.
    Bend over backwards
    If someone bends over backwards, they do everything they can to help someone.
    Bend someone's ear
    To bend someone's ear is to talk to someone about something for a long-enough period that it becomes tiresome for the listener.
    Benjamin of the family
    The Benjamin of the family is the youngest child.
    Beside the point
    If something is beside the point, it's not relevant to the matter being discussed or considered.
    Beside themselves
    If people are beside themselves, they are very worried or emotional about something.
    Beside yourself
    If you are beside yourself, you are extremely angry.
    Best of a bad bunch
    The best that could be obtained from a list of options that were not exactly what was required.
    Best of both worlds
    If you have the best of both worlds, you benefit from different things that do not normally go together.
    Best thing since sliced bread
    If something is the best thing since sliced bread, it is excellent. ('The greatest thing since sliced bread' is also used.)
    Bet your bottom dollar
    (USA) If you can bet your bottom dollar on something, you can be absolutely sure about it.
    Better half
    Your better half is your husband or wife.
    Better late than never
    This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
    Better safe than sorry
    This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
    Better than a kick in the teeth
    If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
    Better than a stick in the eye
    If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
    Better the devil you know
    This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
    Between a rock and a hard place
    If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone.
    Between the devil and the deep blue sea
    If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice.
    Between you and me and the cat's whiskers
    This idiom is used when telling someone something that you want them to keep secret.
    Beyond a shadow of a doubt
    If something's beyond a shadow of a doubt, then absolutely no doubts remain about it.
    Beyond belief
    If people behave in such a way that you find it almost impossible to accept that they actually did it, then you can say that their behaviour was beyond belief.
    Beyond our ken
    If something's beyond your ken, it is beyond your understanding.
    Beyond the black stump
    (AU) An Australian idiom idicating that even if you go as far as you can, the black stump is still a little further.
    Beyond the pale
    If something's beyond the pale, it is too extreme to be acceptable morally or socially.
    Big Apple
    (USA) The Big Apple is New York.
    Big bucks
    If someone is making big bucks, they are making a lot of money.
    Big cheese
    The big cheese is the boss.
    Big Easy
    (USA) The Big Easy is New Orleans, Louisiana
    Big fish
    An important person in a company or an organisation is a big fish.
    Big fish in a small pond
    A big fish in a small pond is an important person in a small place or organisation.
    Big girl's blouse
    A person who is very weak or fussy is a big girl's blouse.
    Big hitter
    A big hitter is someone who commands a lot of respect and is very important in their field.
    Big nose
    If someone has a big nose, it means they are excessively interested in everyone else's business.
    Big picture
    The big picture of something is the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
    Big time
    This can be used to with the meaning 'very much'- if you like something big time, you like it a lot.
    Bigger fish to fry
    If you aren't interested in something because it isn't important to you and there are more important things for you to do, you have bigger fish to fry.
    Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
    'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
    Bird's eye view
    If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.
    Someone who has a bird-brain, or is bird-brained, is stupid.
    Birds and the bees
    If a child is taught about the birds and the bees, they are taught about sex.
    Birds of a feather flock together
    This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
    Birthday suit
    If you are in your birthday suit, you are naked.
    Bit between your teeth
    If you take or have the bit between your teeth, you take or have control of a situation. (Bit = piece of metal in a horse's mouth)
    Bit part
    If someone has a small or unimportant role in something, they have a bit part.
    Bit player
    A bit player has a small or unimportant role in something.
    Bite off more than you can chew
    If you bite off more than you can chew, you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. 'Don't bite off more than you can chew' is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle.
    Bite someone's head off
    If you bite someone's head off, you criticise them angrily.
    Bite the bullet
    If you have to bite the bullet, you have to accept or face something unpleasant because it cannot be avoided.
    Bite the dust
    This is a way of saying that somebody has died, especially if they are killed violently like a soldier in battle.
    Bite your lip
    If you have to bite your lip, you have to make a conscious effort not to react or to keep quiet about something that displeases you.
    Bite your tongue
    If you bite your tongue, you refrain from speaking because it is socially or otherwise better not to.
    Bits and bobs
    Bits and bobs are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'odds and ends'.
    Bitter end
    If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are.
    Bitter pill to swallow
    A bitter pill to swallow is something that is hard to accept.
    Black and blue
    This means bruised, either physically or metaphorically.
    Black and white
    When it is very clear who or what is right and wrong, then the situation is black and white.
    Black as Newgate's knocker
    (UK) If things are as black as Newgate's knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.
    Black hole
    If there is a black hole in financial accounts, money has disappeared.
    Black sheep
    Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is not good enough.
    If you vote against allowing someone to be a member of an organisation or group, you are blackballing him or her.
    Blank cheque
    If you are given a blank cheque, you are allowed to use as much money as you need for a project.
    Bleeding edge
    Similar to 'cutting edge', this implies a technology or process that is at the forefront or beyond current practices. However, because it is unproven, it is often dangerous to use (hence the 'bleeding').
    Bleeding heart
    A bleeding heart is a person who is excessively sympathetic towards other people.
    Bless your pointy little head
    This expression is used as to patronise someone, especially when they don't realise that they're not very clever.('Bless your pointes little head' is also used.)
    Blessing in disguise
    If some bad luck or misfortune ultimately results in something positive, it's a blessing in disguise.
    Blind acceptance
    If people accept thing blindly, they accept them without questioning them at all.
    Blind as a bat
    If you are in total darkness and can't see anything at all, you are as blind as a bat.
    Blind leading the blind
    When the blind are leading the blind, the people in charge of something don't know anything more than the people they are in charge of, when they should have greater knowledge.
    Blink of an eye
    If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens so fast it is almost impossible to notice it.
    Blood and thunder
    An emotional speech or performance is full of blood and thunder.
    Blood from a turnip
    It is impossible to get something from someone if they don't have it, just as you cannot get blood from a turnip.
    Blood is thicker than water
    This idiom means that family relationships are stronger than others.
    Blood is worth bottling
    (AU) If an Australian says to you "Your blood is worth bottling", he/she is complimenting or praising you for doing something or being someone very special.
    Blood out of a stone
    If something is like getting blood out of a stone, it is very difficult indeed.
    Blood, sweat and tears
    If something will take blood, sweat and tears, it will be very difficult and will require a lot of effort and sacrifice.
    Blow a gasket
    If you blow a gasket, you get very angry.
    Blow by blow
    A blow-by-blow description gives every detail in sequence.
    Blow hot and cold
    If you blow hot and cold on an idea, your attitude and opinion keeps changing; one minute you are for it, the next you are against.
    Blow me down
    People say '(well,) blow me down' when you have just told them something surprising, shocking or unexpected. ('Blow me down with a feather' is also used.)
    Blow off steam
    (USA) If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration.
    Blow out of the water
    If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively.
    Blow smoke
    (USA) If people blow smoke, the exaggerate or say things that are not true, usually to make themselves look better.
    Blow the cobwebs away
    If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in.
    Blow the whistle
    If somebody blows the whistle on a plan, they report it to the authorities.
    Blow your mind
    Something that will blow your mind is something extraordinary that will amaze you beyond explanation.
    Blow your own horn
    If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
    Blow your own trumpet
    If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)
    Blow your stack
    If you blow your stack, you lose your temper.
    Blow your top
    If someone blows their top, they lose their temper.
    Blue blood
    Someone with blue blood is royalty.
    Blue-eyed boy
    Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.
    Bob's your uncle
    (UK) This idiom means that something will be successful: Just tell him that I gave you his name and Bob's your uncle- he'll help you.
    Body politic
    A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
    Bold as brass
    Someone who is as bold as brass is very confident and not worried about how other people will respond or about being caught.
    Bolt from the blue
    If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.
    Bone of contention
    If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.
    Bone to pick
    If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.
    Boot is on the other foot
    When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength.
    Born to the purple
    Someone who is born to the purple is born in a royal or aristocratic family. ("Born in the purple" is also used.)
    Born with a silver spoon in your mouth
    If you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you are born into a rich family.
    Both ends meet
    If you make both ends meet, you live off the money you earn and don't go into debt.
    Bottom line
    In accountancy, the bottom line is net income, and is used idiomatically to mean the conclusion.
    Bounce ideas
    If you bounce ideas off someone, you share your ideas with them to know whether they think they would work.
    Bounce off the walls
    If someone's bouncing off the walls, they are very excited about something.
    Bouquet of orchids
    Id someone deserves a bouquet of orchids, they have done something worthy of praise.
    Box and dice
    Box and dice means everything.
    Box clever
    (UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit.
    Boxing and coxing
    If people are boxing and coxing, they are sharing responsibilities so that one of them is working while the other isn't. It can also be used when couples are sharing a house, but their relationship has broken down and when one is at home, the other stays out.
    Boys in blue
    The boys in blue are the police.
    Brain surgery
    If something is not brain surgery, it isn't very complicated or difficult to understand or master.
    Brass monkey
    If it's brass monkey weather, or cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, it is extremely cold.
    Brass neck
    (UK) Someone who has the brass neck to do something has no sense of shame about what they do.
    Brass tacks
    If you get down to brass tacks, you get down to the real business.
    Bread and butter
    Bread and butter issues are ones that affect people directly and in a very important way.
    Used to describe the person that earns the most money. For example - She's the breadwinner in the family.
    Break a leg
    This idiom is a way of wishing someone good luck.
    Break even
    If you break even, you don't make any money, but you don't lose any either.
    Break ground
    If you break ground, or break new ground, you make progress, taking things into a new area or going further than anyone has gone before. 'Ground-breaking' is used an adjective.
    Break the back of the beast
    If you break the back of the beast, you accomplish a challenge.
    Break the ice
    When you break the ice, you get over any initial embarrassment or shyness when you meet someone for the first time and start conversing.
    Break your duck
    (UK) If you break your duck, you do something for the first time.
    Break your heart
    If someone upsets you greatly, they break your heart, especially if they end a relationship.
    Breathe down your neck
    If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
    Breathe life into
    If you breathe life into something, you give people involved more energy and enthusiasm again. ('Breathe new life' is also used.)
    Breathe your last
    When you breathe your last, you die.
    Bridge the gap
    If you bridge the gap, you make a connection where there is a great difference.
    Bright and breezy
    When someone is cheerful and full of energy, they are bright and breezy.
    Bright as a button
    A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
    Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
    If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
    Brighten up the day
    If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.
    Bring a knife to a gunfight
    If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
    Bring home the bacon
    A person who brings home the bacon earns the money that a family live on.
    Bring on board
    To make people embrace the ideas intended by the leader or agree to join a team or project is to bring them on board.
    Bring someone to book
    If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong.
    Bring someone to heel
    If you bring someone to heel, you make them obey you.('Call someone to heel' is also used.)
    Bring the house down
    Something that brings the house down is acclaimed and praised vigorously.
    Bring to the table
    If you bring something to the table, you make a contribution or an offer in a discussion or negotiation..
    Broad church
    If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas.
    Broad strokes
    If something is described or defined with broad stokes, then only an outline is given, without fine details.
    Broke as a joke and it ain't funny
    This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
    Broken record
    When someone sounds like a broken record, they keep on repeating the same things. ('Stuck record' is also used.)
    Brown nose
    When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.
    Browned off
    To be tired of or fed up with
    Brownie points
    If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
    Brush under the carpet
    If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
    Buggles' turn
    (UK) If it Buggles' turn, someone gets promotion through length of service rather than ability, especially in the British civil service.
    Bull in a China shop
    If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
    Bull market
    A bull market is a period when investors are optimistic and there are expectations that good financial results will continue.
    Bull session
    If you have a bull session, you have an informal group discussion about something.
    If you're a bull-headed, you're stubborn or inflexible.
    Bums on seats
    The people who have paid to watch a performance are bums on seats.
    Bun in the oven
    If a woman has a bun in the oven, she is pregnant.
    Bundle of nerves
    Someone who is a bundle of nerves is very worried or nervous.
    Bur under my saddle
    A bur under your saddle is something that annoys you or spurs you into action.('Burr' is an alternative spelling.)
    Burn rubber
    If you burn rubber, you drive very fast to get somewhere.
    Burn the candle at both ends
    Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their health badly.
    Burn the midnight oil
    If you stay up very late working or studying, you burn the midnight oil.
    Burn your bridges
    If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.
    Burn your fingers
    If you burn your fingers, you suffer a loss or something unpleasant as the result of something you did, making you less likely to do it again.
    Burning question
    A burning question is something we all want to know about.
    Burst at the seams
    To be filled to or beyond normal capacity: This room will be bursting at the seams when all the guests arrive.
    Bury the hatchet
    If you bury the hatchet, you make peace with someone and stop arguing or fighting.
    Bury your head in the sand
    If someone buries their head in the sand, they ignore something that is obviously wrong.
    Busman's holiday
    A busman's holiday is when you spend your free time doing the same sort of work as you do in your job.
    Bust my chops
    When someone says that they're not going to bust their chops, it means they are not going to work that hard or make much effort.
    Busted flush
    Someone or something that had great potential but ended up a useless failure is a busted flush.
    Busy as a beaver
    If you're as busy as a beaver, you're very busy indeed.
    Busy as a bee
    If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.
    Butt naked
    If someone is butt naked, they have no clothes on at all, often when they can be seen.
    Butt of a joke
    If something or someone becomes the butt of a joke it or they are not taken seriously anymore.
    Butter wouldn't melt in their mouth
    If someone looks as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouth, they look very innocent.
    Someone who has butterfingers is clumsy and drops things.
    Butterflies in your stomach
    The nervous feeling before something important or stressful is known as butterflies in your stomach.
    Button your lip
    If you button your lip, you keep quiet and don't speak. It is also used as a way of telling someone to shut up.
    Buy the farm
    When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.
    By a hair's breadth
    If a person escapes from some danger by a hair's breadth, they only just managed to avoid it. The breadth is the thickness of a hair, so they probably feel somewhat lucky because the margin between success and what could easily have been failure was so close.
    By a long chalk
    (UK) If you beat somebody by a long chalk, you win easily and comfortably.
    By a whisker
    If you do something by a whisker, you only just manage to do it and come very near indeed to failing.
    By and large
    By and large means usually or generally.
    By cracky
    A term used by rural folks in years past to emphasize a matter of importance or urgency. An example: 'By cracky, you need to get out there in the field with that mule and plow and finish the sod-busting before dark.'
    By dint of
    This means 'as a result of' or 'because of': It would be good to think he'd risen to position of Chief Executive by dint of hard work.
    By heart
    If you learn something by heart, you learn it word for word.
    By hook or by crook
    If you are prepared to do something by hook or by crook, you are willing to do anything, good or bad, to reach your goal.
    By leaps and bounds
    Something that happens by leaps and bounds happens very quickly in big steps.
    By the back door
    If something is started or introduced by the back door, then it is not done openly or by following the proper procedures.
    By the book
    If you do something by the book, you do it exactly as you are supposed to.
    By the by
    This is used as a way of introducing an incidental topic in a conversation or to say that something is irrelevant. ('By the bye' is also used.)
    By the numbers
    If something is done by the numbers, it is done in a mechanical manner without room for creativity.
    By the same token
    If someone applies the same rule to different situations, they judge them by the same token: If things go well, he's full of praise, but, by the same token, when things go wrong he gets furious.
    By the seat of your pants
    If you do something by the seat of your pants, you do it without help from anyone.
    By the skin of your teeth
    If you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just manage to do it and come very near indeed to failing.
    By word of mouth
    If something becomes known by word of mouth, it gets known by being talked about rather than through publicity or advertising, etc.

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    Cake's not worth the candle
    If someone says that the cake's not worth the candle, they mean that the result will not be worth the effort put in to achieve it.
    Calf lick
    A calf lick is the weird parting in your fringe where your hair grows in a different direction, usually to one side.
    Call a spade a spade
    A person who calls a spade a spade is one speaks frankly and makes little or no attempt to conceal their opinions or to spare the feelings of their audience.
    Call it a day
    If you call it a day, you stop doing something for a while, normally at least until the following day.
    Call on the carpet
    If you are called on the carpet, you are summoned for a reprimand by superiors or others in power.
    Call the dogs off
    If someone calls off their dogs, they stop attacking or criticising someone.
    Call the shots
    If you call the shots, you are in charge and tell people what to do.
    Call the tune
    The person who calls the tune makes the important decisions about something.
    Calm before the storm
    A calm time immediately before period of violent activity or argument is the calm before the storm.
    Can of worms
    If an action can create serious problems, it is opening a can of worms.
    Can't dance and it's too wet to plow
    (USA) When you can't dance and it's too wet to plow, you may as well do something because you can't or don't have the opportunity to do anything else.
    Can't do it for toffee
    If you can't so something for toffee, you are incapable of doing something properly or to any sort of standard.
    Can't hack it
    Unable to perform an act, duty, job etc. (example: I have to quit my job as a computer technician; I just can't hack it.)
    Can't hold a candle
    If something can't hold a candle to something else, it is much worse.
    Can't see the forest for its trees
    If someone can't see the forest for its trees, they are too focused on specific details to see the picture as a whole.
    Canary in a coal mine
    (UK) A canary in a coal mine is an early warning of danger.
    Card up your sleeve
    If you have a card up your sleeve, you have a surprise plan or idea that you are keeping back until the time is right.
    A carpetbagger is an opportunist without any scruples or ethics, or a politican who wants to represent a place they have no connection with.
    Carrot and stick
    If someone offers a carrot and stick, they offer an incentive to do something combined with the threat of punishment.
    Carry the can
    If you carry the can, you take the blame for something, even though you didn't do it or are only partly at fault.
    Carry the day
    If something carries the day, it wins a battle (the sense is that the battle has been long and could have gone either way) or competition for supremacy.
    Case by case
    If things are done case by case, each situation or issue is handled separately on its own merits and demerits.
    Case in point
    Meaning an instance of something has just occurred that was previously discussed. For instance, a person may have told another that something always happens. Later that day, they see it happening, and the informer might say, 'case in point'.
    Cash in your chips
    If you cash in your chips, you sell something to get what profit you can because you think its value is going to fall. It can also mean 'to die'.
    Cast a long shadow
    Something or someone that casts a long shadow has considerable influence on other people or events.
    Cast aspersion
    If you cast aspersion, you try to blacken someone's name and make people think badly of them.
    Cast doubt on
    If you make other people not sure about a matter, then you have cast doubt on it.
    Cast iron stomach
    A person with a cast iron stomach can eat or drink anything without any ill effects.
    Cast pearls before swine
    If you cast pearls before swine, you offer something of value to someone who doesn't appreciate it- 'swine' are 'pigs'.
    Cast sheep's eyes at
    If you cast sheep's eyes at at someone, you look lovingly or with longing at them.
    Cast your mind back
    If somebody tells you to cast your mind back on something, they want you to think about something that happened in the past, but which you might not remember very well, and to try to remember as much as possible.
    Cast your net widely
    If you cast your net widely, you use a wide range of sources when trying to find something.
    Casting vote
    The casting vote is a vote given to a chairman or president that is used when there is a deadlock.
    Castles in the air
    Plans that are impractical and will never work out are castles in the air.
    Cat among the pigeons
    If something or someone puts, or sets or lets, the cat among the pigeons, they create a disturbance and cause trouble.
    Cat and dog life
    If people lead a cat and dog life, they are always arguing.
    Cat burglar
    A cat burglar is a skillful thief who breaks into places without disturbing people or setting off alarms.
    Cat fur and kitty britches
    (USA) When I used to ask my grandma what was for dinner, she would say 'cat fur and kitty britches'. This was her Ozark way of telling me that I would get what she cooked. (Ozark is a region in the center of the United States)
    Cat got your tongue?
    If someone asks if the cat has got your tongue, they want to know why you are not speaking when they think you should.
    Cat nap
    If you have a short sleep during the day, you are cat napping.
    Cat's lick
    (Scot) A cat's lick is a very quick wash.
    Cat's pajamas
    (USA) Something that is the cat's pajamas is excellent.
    Cat's whiskers
    Something excellent is the cat's whiskers.
    Catch as catch can
    This means that people should try to get something any way they can.
    Catch hell
    If you catch hell, you get into trouble or get scolded. ('Catch heck' is also used.)
    Catch some z's
    If you catch some z's, you get some sleep.
    Catch someone red-handed
    If someone is caught red-handed, they are found doing something wrong or illegal.
    Catch-22 is a situation where conflicting rules make the desired outcome impossible. It comes from a novel by the American author Joseph Heller, in which pilots would not have to fly missions if they were mentally ill, but not wanting to fly dangerous missions was held to be proof of sanity, so they had to fly anyway. ('Catch 22', without the hyphen, is also used.)
    Caught with your hand in the cookie jar
    (USA) If someone is caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar, he or she is caught doing something wrong.
    Chalk and cheese
    Things, or people, that are like chalk and cheese are very different and have nothing in common.
    Champ at the bit
    If someone is champing at the bit, they are very eager to accomplish something. ('Chomping at the bit' is also used.)
    Champagne taste on a beer budget
    Someone who lives above their means and likes things they cannot afford has champagne taste on a beer budget.
    Change horses in midstream
    If people change horses in midstream, they change plans or leaders when they are in the middle of something, even though it may be very risky to do so.
    Change of heart
    If you change the way you think or feel about something, you have a change of heart.
    Change tack
    If you change tack, you use a different method for dealing with something.
    Change your tune
    If someone changes their ideas or the way they talk about them, they change their tune.
    Chaps my ass
    When something/someone really annoys you, it chaps your ass.
    Chapter and verse
    When you know something very well, and can quote it, you know it chapter and verse.
    Charity begins at home
    This idiom means that family members are more important than anyone else, and should be the focus of a person's efforts.
    Chase rainbows
    If someone chases rainbows, they try to do something that they will never achieve.
    Chase your tail
    If you are chasing your tail, you are very busy but not being very productive.
    Cheap as chips
    (UK) If something is very inexpensive, it is as cheap as chips.
    Cheap at half the price
    If something's cheap at half the price, it's very cheap indeed.
    Cheap shot
    A cheap shot is an unprincipled criticism.
    Cheat death
    If someone cheats death, they narrowly avoid a major problem or accident.
    Cheek by jowl
    If things or people are cheek by jowl, they are very close together.
    Cherry pick
    If people cherry pick, they choose things that support their position, while ignoring things that contradict it.
    Chew on a bone
    If someone is chewing on a bone, he or she is thinking about something intently.
    Chew the cud
    If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something.
    Chew the fat
    If you chew the fat with someone, you talk at leisure with them.
    If something is small or unimportant, especially money, it is chickenfeed.
    Child's play
    If something is child's play, it is very easy and simple.
    Chinese walls
    Chinese walls are regulatory information barriers that aim to stop the flow of information that could be misused, especially in financial corporations.
    Chinese whispers
    (UK) When a story is told from person to person, especially if it is gossip or scandal, it inevitably gets distorted and exaggerated. This process is called Chinese whispers.
    Chip off the old block
    If someone is a chip off the old block, they closely resemble one or both of the parents in character.
    Chip on your shoulder
    If someone has a chip on their shoulder, they are resentful about something and feel that they have been treated badly.
    Chop and change
    If things chop and change, they keep changing, often unexpectedly.
    Cigarette paper
    If you cannot get or put a cigarette paper between people, they are so closely bonded that nothing will separate them or their positions on issues.
    Circle the wagons
    (USA) If you circle the wagons, you stop communicating with people who don't think the same way as you to avoid their ideas. It can also mean to bring everyone together to defend a group against an attack.
    Circling the drain
    If someone is circling the drain, they are very near death and have little time to live. The phrase can also describe a project or plan or campaign that that is on the brink of failure.
    Class act
    Someone who's a class act is exceptional in what they do.
    Clean as a whistle
    If something is as clean as a whistle, it is extremely clean, spotless. It can also be used to mean 'completely', though this meaning is less common nowadays. If somebody is clean as a whistle, they are not involved in anything illegal.
    Clean bill of health
    If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there's nothing wrong; everything's fine.
    Clean break
    If you make a clean break, you break away completely from something.
    Clean hands
    Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.
    Clean sheet
    When someone has a clean sheet, they have got no criminal record or problems affecting their reputation. In football and other sports, a goalkeeper has a clean sheet when let no goals in.
    Clean slate
    If you start something with a clean slate, then nothing bad from your past is taken into account.
    Clean sweep
    If someone makes a clean sweep, they win absolutely everything in a competition or contest.
    Clean your clock
    If you clean your clock, you beat someone decisively in a contest or fight.
    Clear as a bell
    If something is as clear as a bell, it is very clear or easy to understand.
    Clear as mud
    If something is as clear as mud, then it is very confusing and unclear.
    If something like a sports match or an election is a cliffhanger, then the result is so close that it cannot be predicted and will only be known at the very end.
    Climb on the bandwagon
    When people climb on the bandwagon they do something because it is popular and everyone else is doing it.
    Climb the greasy pole
    Advance within an organisation - especially in politics.
    Cling to hope
    If people cling to hope, they continue to hope though the chances of success are very small.
    Close at hand
    If something is close at hand, it is nearby or conveniently located.
    Close but no cigar
    (USA) If you are close but no cigar, you are close to success, but have not got there.
    Close call
    If the result of something is a close call, it is almost impossible to distinguish between the parties involved and to say who has won or whatever. It can also mean that you very nearly have a serious accident or get into trouble.
    Close shave
    If you have a close shave, you very nearly have a serious accident or get into trouble.
    Close the stable door after the horse has bolted
    If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. 'Close the barn door after the horse has bolted' is alternative, often used in American English.
    Close to your heart
    If something is close to your heart, you care a lot about it. ('Dear to your heart' is an alternative.)
    Closed book to me
    If a subject is a closed book to you, it is something that you don't understand or know anything about.
    Cloth ears
    If you don't listen to people, they may suggest you have cloth ears.
    Cloud cuckoo land
    If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land.
    Cloud nine
    If you are on cloud nine, you are extremely happy. ('cloud seven' is a less common alternative)
    Cloud of suspicion
    If a cloud of suspicion hangs over an individual, it means that they are not believed or are distrusted.
    Cloud on the horizon
    If you can see a problem ahead, you can call it a cloud on the horizon.
    Clutch at straws
    If someone is in serious trouble and tries anything to help them, even though their chances of success are probably nil, they are clutching at straws.
    Clutch play
    If an activity is referred to as a clutch play, it means that the activity was the key to the success or failure of the venture. For instance, a clutch play in a baseball game may be striking out a batter with the bases loaded.
    Coals to Newcastle
    (UK) Taking, bringing, or carrying coals to Newcastle is doing something that is completely unnecessary.
    Coast is clear
    When the coast is clear, the people supposed to be watching you are not there and you are able to move or leave.
    **** a snook
    To make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers outstretched.
    **** and bull story
    A **** and bull story is a lie someone tells that is completely unbelievable.
    **** in the henhouse
    This is used to describe a male in an all-female environment.
    **** of the walk
    A man who is excessively confident and thinks he's better than other people is the **** of the walk.
    Cold day in hell
    This is used as a prediction there is no chance some event or condition will ever happen.'There will be a cold day in hell before he manages it.'
    Cold feet
    If you get cold feet about something, you lose the courage to do it.
    Cold fish
    A cold fish is a person who doesn't show how they feel.
    Cold light of day
    If you see things in the cold light of day, you see them as they really are, not as you might want them to be.
    Cold shoulder
    If you give or show someone the cold shoulder, you are deliberately unfriendly and unco-operative towards them.
    Cold sweat
    If something brings you out in a cold sweat, it frightens you a lot.
    Cold turkey
    If someone suddenly stops taking drugs, instead of slowly cutting down, they do cold turkey.
    Colder than a witches tit
    If it is colder than a witches tit, it is extremely cold outside.
    Collateral damage
    Accidental or unintended damage or casualties are collateral damage.
    Collect dust
    If something is collecting dust, it isn't being used any more.
    Color bar
    Rules that restrict access on the basis of race or ethnicity are a color bar.
    Come a cropper
    (UK) Someone whose actions or lifestyle will inevitably result in trouble is going to come a cropper.
    Come clean
    If someone comes clean about something, they admit to deceit or wrongdoing.
    Come hell or high water
    If someone says they'll do something come hell or high water, they mean that nothing will stop them, no matter what happens.
    Come of age
    When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.
    Come on hard
    If you come on hard, you are aggressive in your dealing with someone.
    Come on the heels of
    If something comes on the heels of something, it follows very soon after it.
    Come out in the wash
    If something will come out in the wash, it won't have any permanent negative effect.
    Come out of the woodwork
    When things come out of the woodwork, they appear unexpectedly. ('Crawl out of the woodwork' is also used.)
    Come out of your shell
    If someone comes out of their shell, they stop being shy and withdrawn and become more friendly and sociable.
    Come rain or shine
    If I say I'll be at a place come rain or shine, I mean that I can be relied on to turn up; nothing, not even the vagaries of British weather, will deter me or stop me from being there.
    Come to a head
    If events reach a crisis point, they come to a head.
    Come to bear
    If something comes to bear on you, you start to feel the pressure or effect of it.
    Come to call
    If someone comes to call, they respond to an order or summons directly.
    Come to grips
    If you come to grips with a problem or issue, you face up to it and deal with it.
    Come to heel
    If someone comes to heel, they stop behaving in a way that is annoying to someone in authority and start being obedient.
    Come up roses
    If things come up roses, they produce a positive result, especially when things seemed to be going badly at first.
    Come up smelling of roses
    (UK) If someone comes up smelling of roses, they emerge from a situation with their reputation undamaged.
    Come up trumps
    When someone is said to have 'come up trumps', they have completed an activity successfully or produced a good result, especially when they were not expected to.
    Come what may
    If you're prepared to do something come what may, it means that nothing will stop or distract you, no matter how hard or difficult it becomes.
    Come with the territory
    If something comes with the territory, it is part of a job or responsibility and just has to be accepted, even if unpleasant.
    Comes with the territory
    If something comes with the territory, especially when undesirable, it is automatically included with something else, like a job, responsibility, etc.('Goes with the territory' is also used.)
    Comfort zone
    It is the temperature range in which the body doesn't shiver or sweat, but has an idiomatic sense of a place where people feel comfortable, where they can avoid the worries of the world. It can be physical or mental.
    Connect the dots
    When you connect the dots, you understand the connections and relationships.
    Constitution of an ox
    If someone has the constitution of an ox, they are less affected than most people by things like tiredness, illness, alcohol, etc.
    Cook someone's goose
    If you cook someone's goose, you ruin their plans.
    Cook the books
    If people cook the books, they keep false accounts to make money illegally or avoid paying tax.
    Cook up a storm
    If someone cooks up a storm, they cause a big fuss or generate a lot of talk about something.
    Cool as a cat
    To act fine when you a actually scared or nervous
    Cool your heels
    If you leave someone to cool their heels, you make them wait until they have calmed down.
    Coon's age
    (USA) A very long time, as in 'I haven't seen her in a coon's age!'
    Corner a market
    If a business is dominant in an area and unlikely to be challenged by other companies, it has cornered the market.
    Couch potato
    A couch potato is an extremely idle or lazy person who chooses to spend most of their leisure time horizontal in front of the TV and eats a diet that is mainly junk food.
    Could eat a horse
    If you are very hungry, you could eat a horse.
    Couldn't give two hoots
    If you couldn't give two hoots about something, you don't care at all about it.
    Count sheep
    If people cannot sleep, they are advised to count sheep mentally.
    Count your blessings
    When people count their blessings, they concentrate on all the good things in their lives instead of the negative ones.
    Country mile
    (USA) A country mile is used to describe a long distance.
    Cover all the bases
    If you cover all the bases, you deal with all aspects of a situation or issue, or anticipate all possibilities. ('Cover all bases' is also used.)
    Crack a nut with a sledgehammer
    If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you apply too much force to achieve a result. ('Jackhammer' is also used.)
    Crash a party
    If you crash a party, or are a gatecrasher, you go somewhere you haven't been invited to.
    Cream of the crop
    The cream of the crop is the best there is.
    Cream rises to the top
    A good person or idea cannot go unnoticed for long, just as cream poured in coffee or tea eventually rises to the top.
    Creature comforts
    If a person said "I hate camping. I don't like giving up my creature comforts." the person would be referring, in particular, to the comfortable things he/she would have at home but not when camping. At home, for example, he/she would have complete shelter from the weather, a television, a nice comfortable warm bed, the ability to take a warm bath or shower, comfortable lounge chairs to relax in and so on. The person doesn't like giving up the material and psychological benefits of his/her normal life.
    Crème de la crème
    The crème de la crème is the very best of something.
    Crocodile tears
    If someone cries crocodile tears, they pretend to be upset or affected by something.
    Crooked as a dog's hind leg
    Someone who is very dishonest is as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
    Cross swords
    When people cross swords, they argue or dispute. This expression is used when some groups accuse each other for non-adherence to norms. Actually no sword is used but the tempo of the argument is high enough to cause worsening of the already bad situation. It is a tussle (vehement struggle without use of arms) between the parties to establish supremacy.
    Cross that bridge when you come to it
    If you will cross that bridge when you come to it, you will deal with a problem when it arises, but not until that point
    Cross to bear
    If someone has a cross to bear, they have a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem that they alone must cope with.
    Crossing the Rubicon
    When you are crossing the Rubicon, you are passing a point of no return. After you do this thing, there is no way of turning around. The only way left is forward.
    Crunch time
    When people, companies, etc, have to make an important decision that will have a considerable effect on their future, it is crunch time.
    Cry wolf
    If someone cries wolf, they raise a false alarm about something.
    Cry your eyes out
    If you cry your eyes out, you cry uncontrollably.
    A cry-baby is a person who gets emotional and cries too easily.
    Cuckoo in the nest
    Is an issue or a problem, etc, is a cuckoo in the nest, it grows quickly and crowds out everything else.
    Cupboard love
    (UK) To show love to gain something from someone
    Curate's egg
    (UK) If something is a bit of a curate's egg, it is only good in parts.
    Curiosity killed the cat
    As cats are naturally curious animals, we use this expression to suggest to people that excessive curiosity is not necessarily a good thing, especially where it is not their business.
    Curry favour
    If people try to curry favour, they try to get people to support them. ('Curry favor' is the American spelling.)
    Curve ball
    (USA) If something is a curve ball, it is deceptive.
    Cut a long story short
    This idiom is used as a way of shortening a story by getting to to the end or the point.
    Cut a rug
    To cut a rug is to dance.
    Cut above
    If a person is described as a cut above other people, they are better in some way.
    Cut and dried
    If something is cut and dried, then everything has already been decided and, in the case of an opinion, might be a little stale and predictable.
    Cut and run
    If people cut and run, they take what they can get and leave before they lose everything.
    Cut corners
    If people try to do something as cheaply or as quickly as possible, often sacrificing quality, they are cutting corners.
    Cut down the tall poppies
    (AU) If people cut down the tall poppies, they criticise people who stand out from the crowd.
    Cut it fine
    If you cut it fine, you only just manage to do something- at the very last moment. 'Cut things fine' is the same. 'Cut it a bit fine' is a common variation.
    Cut off your nose to spite your face
    If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.
    Cut someone some slack
    To relax a rule or make an allowance, as in allowing someone more time to finish something.
    Cut the Gordian knot
    If someone cuts the Gordian knot, they solve a very complex problem in a simple way.
    Cut the mustard
    (UK) If somebody or something doesn't cut the mustard, they fail or it fails to reach the required standard.
    Cut to the chase
    If you cut to the chase, you get to the point, or the most interesting or important part of something without delay.
    Cut to the quick
    If someone's cut to the quick by something, they are very hurt and upset indeed.
    Cut your coat according to your cloth
    If you cut your coat according to your cloth, you only buy things that you have sufficient money to pay for.
    Cut your losses
    If you cut your losses, you avoid losing any more money than you already have by getting out of a situation before matters worsen.
    Cut your teeth on
    The place where you gain your early experience is where you cut your teeth.
    Cute as a bug
    (USA) If something is as cute as a bug, it is sweet and endearing.
    Cuts no ice
    If something cuts no ice, it doesn't have any effect or influence.
    Cutting edge
    Something that is cutting edge is at the forefront of progress in its area.

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    Daft as a brush
    (UK) Someone who is daft as a brush is rather stupid.
    Damp squib
    (UK) If something is expected to have a great effect or impact but doesn't, it is a damp squib.
    Dancing on someone's grave
    If you will dance on someone's grave, you will outlive or outlast them and will celebrate their demise.
    Dark horse
    If someone is a dark horse, they are a bit of a mystery.
    Davey Jones' locker
    Davey Jones' locker is the bottom of the sea or resting place of drowned sailors.('Davy Jones' locker' is an alternative spelling.)
    Day in the sun
    If you have your day in the sun, you get attention and are appreciated.
    Daylight robbery
    If you are overcharged or underpaid, it is a daylight robbery; open, unfair and hard to prevent. Rip-off has a similar meaning.
    Days are numbered
    When someone’s days are numbered, they are expected to die soon.
    Dead air
    When there is a period of total silence, there is dead air.
    Dead and buried
    If something is dead and buried, it has all long been settled and is not going to be reconsidered.
    Dead as a dodo
    If something's dead as a dodo, it is lifeless and dull. The dodo was a bird that lived the island of Mauritius. It couldn't fly and was hunted to extinction.
    Dead as a doornail
    This is used to indicate that something is lifeless.
    Dead duck
    If something is a dead duck, it is a failure.
    Dead even
    If people competing are dead even, they are at exactly the same stage or moving at exactly the same speed.
    Dead from the neck up
    Someone who's dead from the neck up is very stupid indeed.
    Dead heat
    If a race ends in a dead heat, two or more finish with exactly the same result.
    Dead heat
    If people finish a race or competition at axactly the same time and it is impossible to declare one of them the winner, it's a dead heat.
    Dead in the water
    If something is dead in the water, it isn't going anywhere or making any progress.
    Dead level best
    If you try your dead level best, you try as hard as you possibly could to do something.
    Dead man walking
    A dead man walking is someone who is in great trouble and will certainly get punished, lose their job or position, etc, soon.
    Dead meat
    This is used as a way of threatening someone: You'll be dead meat if you don't go along.
    Dead men's shoes
    If promotion or success requires replacing somebody, then it can only be reached by dead men's shoes' by getting rid of them.
    Dead right
    This means that something or someone is absolutely correct, without doubt.
    Dead to the world
    If somebody's fast asleep and completely unaware of what if happening around them, he or she's dead to the world.
    Dead wrong
    If someone is dead wrong, they are absolutely in error, absolutely incorrect or of incorrect opinion.
    Deaf as a post
    Someone who is as deaf as a post is unable to hear at all.
    Dear John letter
    A letter written by a partner explaining why they are ending the relationship is a Dear John letter.
    Death of a thousand cuts
    If something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand cuts, lots of small bad things are happening, none of which are fatal in themselves, but which add up to a slow and painful demise.
    Death warmed up
    (UK) If someone looks like death warmed up, they look very ill indeed. ('death warmed over' is the American form)
    Decorate the mahogany
    (USA) When someone buys a round a pub or bar, they decorate the mahogany; putting cash on the bar.
    Deep pockets
    If someone has deep pockets, they are wealthy.
    Deep pockets but short arms
    Someone who has money but never puts his hand in his pocket to pay for anything has deep pockets but short arms.
    Deer in the headlights
    When one is caught offguard and needs to make a decision, but cannot react quickly.
    Deliver the goods
    Do what is required, come up to expectations. For example, Kate delivered the goods and got us the five votes we needed. This phrase alludes to delivering an order of groceries or other items. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
    Demon weed
    Tobacco is the demon weed.
    If a person shows derring-do, they show great courage.
    Devil finds work for idle hands
    When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
    Devil is in the detail
    When people say that the devil in the detail, they mean that small things in plans and schemes that are often overlooked can cause serious problems later on.
    Devil may care
    If you live a devil-may-care life it means you are willing to take more risks than most people.
    Devil's advocate
    If someone plays Devil's advocate in an argument, they adopt a position they don't believe in just for the sake of the argument
    Diamond in the rough
    A diamond in the rough is someone or something that has great potential, but isn't not refined and polished.
    Die is cast
    If the die is cast, a decision has been made that cannot be altered and fate will decide the consequences.
    Different kettle of fish
    If something is a different kettle of fish, it is very different from the other things referenced.
    Different ropes for different folks
    (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
    Different strokes for different folks
    (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
    Dig way down deep
    When someone digs way down deep, they look into their inner feelings to see how they feel about it.
    Dig your heels in
    If you dig your heels in, you start to resist something.
    Dime a dozen
    (USA) If something is a dime a dozen, it is extremely common, possibly too common.
    Dine on ashes
    I someone is dining on ashes he or she is excessively focusing attention on failures or regrets for past actions.
    A dinosaur is a person who is thought to be too old for their position.
    Dip your toes in the water
    If you dip your toes in the water, you try something tentatively because you are not sure whether it will work or not.
    Dirty dog
    A dirty dog is an untrustworthy person.
    Discerning eye
    If a person has a discerning eye, they are particularly good at judging the quality of something.
    Discretion is the better part of valour
    This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.
    Dish the dirt
    If you dish the dirt on something or someone, you make unpleasant or shocking information public.
    Do a Devon Loch
    (UK) If someone does a Devon Loch, they fail when they were very close to winning. Devon Loch was a horse that collapsed just short of the winning line of the Grand National race.
    Do a Lord Lucan
    (UK) If someone disappears without a trace or runs off, they do a Lord Lucan. (Lord Lucan disappeared after a murder)
    Do a runner
    (UK) If people leave a restaurant without paying, they do a runner.
    Do as you would be done by
    Treat and respect others as you would hope to be respected and treated by them.
    Do the needful
    (India) If you do the needful, you do what is necessary.
    Do the running
    (UK) The person who has to do the running has to make sure that things get done. ('Make the running' is also used.)
    Do their dirty work
    Someone who does someone's dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn't want to do. Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a 'henchman'.
    Do's and don't's
    The do's and don't's are what is acceptable or allowed or not within an area or issue, etc.
    Dodge the bullet
    If someone has dodged a bullet, they have successfully avoided a very serious problem.
    Dog and pony show
    (USA) A dog and pony show is a presentation or some marketing that has lots of style, but no real content.
    Dog days
    Dog days are very hot summer days.
    Dog eat dog
    In a dog eat dog world, there is intense competition and rivalry, where everybody thinks only of himself or herself.
    Dog in the manger
    (UK) If someone acts like a dog in the manger, they don't want other people to have or enjoy things that are useless to them.
    Dog tired
    If you are dog tired, you are exhausted.
    Dog's dinner
    Something that is a dog's dinner is a real mess.
    Dog's life
    If some has a dog's life, they have a very unfortunate and wretched life.
    If a book is dog-eared, it is in bad condition, with torn pages, etc.
    Dog-whistle politics
    (AU) When political parties have policies that will appeal to racists while not being overtly racist, they are indulging in dog-whistle politics.
    Doggy bag
    If you ask for a doggy bag in a restaurant, they will pack the food you haven't eaten for you to take home.
    If a person is in the doldrums, they are depressed. If a project or something similar is in the doldrums, it isn't making any progress.
    Dollars for doughnuts
    (USA) If something is dollars for doughnuts, it is a sure bet or certainty.
    Don't bite the hand that feeds
    When someone says this to you, they are trying to tell you not to act against those on whom you depend.
    Don't catch your chickens before they're hatched
    This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ('Don't count your chickens until they've hatched' is an alternative.)
    Don't cry over spilt milk
    When something bad happens and nothing can be done to help it people say, 'Don't cry over spilt milk'.
    Don't give up the day job
    This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.
    Don't hold your breath
    If you are told not to hold your breath, it means that you shouldn't have high expectations about something.
    Don't judge a book by the cover
    This idiom means that you should not judge something or someone by appearances, but should look deeper at what is inside and more important.
    Don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon
    If you don't know what to do, you don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.
    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
    This means that if you are given something, a present or a chance, you should not waste it by being too critical or examining it too closely.
    Don't mention the war
    This means that you shouldn't speak about things that could cause an argument or tension.This idiom was used in a classic episode of the much-loved British comedy series Fawlty Towers. As a consequence if you use this phrase in Britain, listeners will understand you to be referring to Germans, or just start laughing.
    Don't push my buttons!
    This can be said to someone who is starting to annoy you.
    Don't stand there with curlers in your hair
    This means 'don't keep me waiting'. It's said to someone who is taking too long to get moving.
    Don't sweat the small stuff
    (USA) This is used to tell people not to worry about trivial or unimportant issues.
    Don't take any wooden nickels
    (USA) This idiom is used to advise people not to be cheated or ripped off.
    Don't take any wooden nickels
    (USA) This is a warning that you should not allow yourself to be cheated or fooled.
    Don't throw bricks when you live in a glass house
    Don't call others out on actions that you, yourself do. Don't be a hypocrite.
    Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you
    Don't go looking for trouble or problems- let them come to you.
    Don't upset the applecart
    If you are advised not to upset the applecart, you are being told not to disturb the way things are done because it might ruin things.
    Don't wash your dirty laundry in public
    (UK) People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private. (In American English, 'don't air your dirty laundry in public' is used.)
    Done to death
    If a joke or story has been done to death, it has been told so often that it has stopped being funny.
    Donkey work
    Donkey work is any hard, boring work or task.
    Donkey's years
    This idiom means 'a very long time'.
    A person who doesn't stand up for themselves and gets treated badly is a doormat.
    Dot all the i's and cross all the t's
    If you dot all the i's and cross all the t's, you do something very carefully and thoroughly.
    Double Dutch
    (UK) If something is double Dutch, it is completely incomprehensible.
    Double take
    If someone does a double take, they react very slowly to something to show how shocked or surprised they are.
    Double whammy
    A double whammy is when something causes two problems at the same time, or when two setbacks occur at the same time.
    Double-edged sword
    If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a double-edged sword sword; it cuts both ways.
    Doubting Thomas
    A Doubting Thomas is someone who only believes what they see themselves, not what they are told.
    Down and out
    If someone is down and out, they are desperately poor and need help.
    Down at heel
    Someone who is down at heel is short of money. ('Down in heel' is used in American English)
    Down for the count
    If someone is down for the count, they have lost a struggle, like a boxer who has been knocked out.
    Down in the doldrums
    If somebody's down in the doldrums, they are depressed and lacking energy.
    Down in the dumps
    If someone's down in the dumps, they are depressed.
    Down in the mouth
    If someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy or depressed.
    Down the drain
    If something goes down the drain, especially money or work, it is wasted or produces no results.
    Down the hatch
    This idiom can be said before drinking alcohol in company.
    Down the pan
    If something has gone down the pan, it has failed or been ruined.
    Down the tubes
    If something has gone down the tubes, it has failed or been ruined.
    Down to the wire
    (USA) If something goes down to the wire, like a competition, then it goes to the very last moment before it is clear who has won.
    Someone who's down-to-earth is practical and realistic. It can also be used for things like ideas.
    Drag your feet
    If someone is dragging their feet, they are taking too long to do or finish something, usually because they don't want to do it.
    Drag your heels
    If you drag your heels, you either delay doing something or do it as slowly as possible because you don't want to do it.
    Draw a blank
    If you try to find something out and draw a blank, you don't get any useful information.
    Draw a line in the sand
    If you draw a line in the sand, you establish a limit beyond which things will be unacceptable.
    Draw a long bow
    If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate.
    Draw the line
    When you draw the line, you set out limits of what you find acceptable, beyond which you will not go.
    Draw the shortest straw
    If someone draws the shortest straw, they lose or are chosen to do something unpleasant.
    Dress someone down
    If you dress someone down, you scold them.
    Dress to kill
    When someone is dressed to kill, they are dressed very smartly.
    Dressed to the nines
    If you are in your very best clothes, you're dressed to the nines.
    Drink like a fish
    If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
    Drive a wedge
    If you drive a wedge between people, you exploit an issue so that people start to disagree.
    Drive home
    The idiomatic expression 'drive home' means 'reinforce' as in 'The company offered unlimited technical support as a way to drive home the message that customer satisfaction was its highest priority.'
    Drive someone up the wall
    If something or someone drives you up the wall, they do something that irritates you greatly.
    Drive you spare
    If someone or something drives you spare, it is extremely annoying.
    Driven by a motor
    This is used to describe people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when they talk excessively: 'they act as if driven by a motor.'
    Drop a bombshell
    If someone drops a bombshell, they announce something that changes a situation drastically and unexpectedly.
    Drop a dime
    (USA) If you tell someone to drop a dime, you're suggesting he or she telephone you at some future time.
    Drop in the bucket
    (USA) A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won't make any noticeable difference.
    Drop in the ocean
    A drop in the ocean implies that something will have little effect because it is small and mostly insignificant.
    Drop into your lap
    If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)
    Drop like flies
    This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
    Drop someone a line
    If you drop someone a line, you send a letter to them.
    Drop the ball
    If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.
    Dropped like a hot cake
    If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
    Drown your sorrows
    If someone gets drunk or drinks a lot to try to stop feeling unhappy, they drown their sorrows.
    Drunk as a lord
    (UK) Someone who is very drunk is as drunk as a lord.
    Drunker than a peach orchard boar
    (USA) Southern US expression - Very drunk, as when a boar would eat fermented peaches that have fallen from the tree.
    Dry as a bone
    If your lawn is as dry as a bone, the soil is completely dry.
    Dry as snuff
    If something is as dry as snuff, it is very dry indeed.
    Dry run
    A dry run is a full rehearsal or trial exercise of something to see how it will work before it is launched.
    Dry spell
    If something or someone is having a dry spell, they aren't being as successful as they normally are.
    Duck soup
    (USA) If something is duck soup, it is very easy.
    Duck to water
    If you take to something like a duck to water, you find when you start that you have a natural affinity for it.
    Ducks in a row
    (USA) If you have your ducks in a row, you are well-organized.
    Dull as ditchwater
    (UK) If something is as dull as ditchwater, it is incredibly boring. A ditch is a long narrow hole or trench dug to contain water, which is normally a dark, dirty colour and stagnant (when water turns a funny colour and starts to smell bad). (In American English,'things are 'dull as dishwater'.)
    Dumb as a rock
    If you are dumb as a rock, you have no common sense and are stupid.
    Dunkirk spirit
    (UK) Dunkirk spirit is when people pull together to get through a very difficult time.
    Dutch auction
    If something is sold by setting a price, then reducing it until someone buys it, it is sold in a Dutch auction. It can also mean that something is changed until it is accepted by everyone.
    Dutch courage
    Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
    Dutch treat
    If something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.
    Dutch uncle
    A Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
    Dutch wife
    A Dutch wife is a long pillow or a hot water bottle.
    Dwell on the past
    Thinking too much about the past, so that it becomes a problem is to dwell on the past.
    If someone is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of a political party, etc, they support them totally, without any questions.

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    Each to their own
    Different people have different preferences. In American English, 'Each to his own' is more common.
    Eager beaver
    A person who is extremely keen is an eager beaver.
    Eagle eyes
    Someone who has eagle eyes sees everything; no detail is too small.
    Early bath
    (UK) If someone has or goes for an early bath, they quit or lose their job or position earlier than expected because things have gone wrong.
    Early bird catches the worm
    The early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
    Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise
    It means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
    Earn a living
    To make money Ex: We need to get a good job to earn a decent living.
    Easier said than done
    If something is easier said than done, it is much more difficult than it sounds. It is often used when someone advises you to do something difficult and tries to make it sound easy.
    Easy as ABC
    Something that is as easy as ABC is very easy or simple.
    Easy as beans
    Something that is so easy that anyone can do it is easy as beans.
    Easy as pie
    If something is easy as pie, it is very easy indeed.
    Easy come, easy go
    This idiom means that money or other material gains that come without much effort tend to get spent or consumed as easily.
    Easy peasy
    (UK) If something is easy peasy, it is very easy indeed. ('Easy peasy, lemon squeezy' is also used.)
    Eat crow
    (USA) If you eat crow, you have to admit that you were wrong about something.
    Eat humble pie
    If someone apologises and shows a lot of contrition for something they have done, they eat humble pie.
    Eat like a bird
    If someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
    Eat like a horse
    Someone who eats like a horse, eats a lot.
    Eat like a pig
    If some eats like a pig, they either eat too much or they have bad table manners.
    Eat my hat
    People say this when they don't believe that something is going to happen e.g. 'If he passes that exam, I'll eat my hat!'
    Eat someone alive
    If you eat someone alive, you defeat or beat them comprehensively.
    Eat your heart out
    If someone tells you to eat your heart out, they are saying they are better than you at something.
    Eat your words
    If you eat your words, you accept publicly that you were wrong about something you said.
    Economical with the truth
    (UK) If someone, especially a politician, is economical with the truth, they leave out information in order to create a false picture of a situation, without actually lying.
    Egg on your face
    If someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
    Elbow grease
    If something requires elbow grease, it involves a lot of hard physical work.
    Elbow room
    If you haven't got enough elbow room, you haven't got enough space.
    Elephant in the room
    An elephant in the room is a problem that everyone knows very well but no one talks about because it is taboo, embarrassing, etc.
    Eleventh hour
    If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens right at the last minute.
    Empty vessels make the most noise
    The thoughtless often speak the most.
    End in smoke
    If something ends in smoke, it produces no concrete or positive result. This expression refers to the boasting by a person, of having put in a lot of efforts by him, for a particular cause or to attain a result which is very difficult to be done by any person. (This mainly refers to an investigation of a crime or solving a serious offence or a mystery). But at the end, when the desired result is not obtained, his claims are found to be false and not worth mentioning. So, he looses his credibility.
    Etched in stone
    Something, especially rules and customs, that cannot be changed at all is said to be etched in stone.
    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while
    This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
    Even a broken clock is right twice a day
    This is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.('Even a stopped clock is right twice a day' is also used.)
    Even keel
    If something is on an even keel, it is balanced.
    Even Stevens
    If everything is equal between people, they are even Stevens.
    Even the dogs in the street know
    (Irish) This idiom is used frequently in Ireland, and means something is so obvious that even the dogs in the street know it.
    Every ass likes to hear himself bray
    This means that people like the sound of their own voice.
    Every cloud has a silver lining
    People sometimes say that every cloud has a silver lining to comfort somebody who's having problems. They mean that it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation, no matter how unpleasant, difficult or even painful it might seem.
    Every dog has its day
    This idiom means that everyone gets their moment to shine.
    Every man and his dog
    A lot of people - as in sending out invitations to a large number of people
    Every man for himself
    If it's every man for himself, then people are trying to save themselves from a difficult situation without trying to help anyone else.
    Every man has his price
    Anyone's opinion or support can be bought, everyone's principles have a limit.
    Every man jack
    If every man jack was involved in something, it is an emphatic way of saying that absolutely everybody was involved.
    Every nook and cranny
    If you search every nook and cranny, you look everywhere for something.
    Every Tom, **** and Harry
    If every Tom, **** and Harry knows about something, then it is common knowledge.
    Every trick in the book
    If you try every trick in the book, you try every possible way, including dishonesty and deceit, to get what you want.
    Everybody and their uncle
    This basically means a lot of people or too many people; everybody and their uncle was there.
    Everything but the kitchen sink
    If people include everything but the kitchen sink, they include every possibility, regardless of whether they are useful.
    Exception that proves the rule
    This expression is used by many to indicate that an exception in some way confirms a rule. Others say that the exception tests the rule. In its original legal sense, it meant that a rule could sometimes be inferred from an exemption or exception. In general use, the first meaning predominates nowadays, much to the annoyance of some pedants.
    Explore all avenues
    If all avenues are being explored, then every conceivable approach is being tried that could possibly get the desired result.
    Eye candy
    When a person is very attractive, they can be described as eye candy - sweet to look at!
    Eye for an eye
    This is an expression for retributive justice, where the punishment equals the crime.
    Eye- wash
    This expression 'eye-wash' is generally used to cover up the anxiety of a person who is seeking a concrete reply or justification for an act or an event that had affected his personal image or caused him a loss. The affected person usually represents his case to the higher-ups and puts forth his demands for redressal. But the authority, in order to avoid embarassment to his organisation or to himself, is not in a position to expose the entire material or evidence which in turn tell upon the credibility of the organisation. In such circumstances, he will usually call for an investigation to satisfy the complainant, but will not be keen in disposing the case. The authority will drag on the issue, (at the same time pretending to be serious) until the seriousness of the issue dies down and no finality is reached. So, ' The investigation on the issue by the authority is an eye-wash'.
    Something surprising, unexpected which reveals the truth about something or someone.
    Eyes are bigger than one's stomach
    If someone's eyes are bigger than their stomach, they are greedy and take on more than they can consume or manage.

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    Face like thunder
    If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
    Face only a mother could love
    When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
    Face the music
    If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
    Face value
    If you take something at face value, you accept the appearance rather than looking deeper into the matter.
    Face your demons
    If you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.
    Facts of life
    When someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction.
    Failure is the mother of success
    Failure is often a stepping stone towards success.
    Faint heart never won fair lady
    This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
    Fair and square
    If someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.
    Fair crack of the whip
    (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
    Fair shake of the whip
    (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
    Fair thee well
    Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
    Fairweather friend
    A fairweather friend is the type who is always there when times are good but forgets about you when things get difficult or problems crop up.
    Fall by the wayside
    To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
    Fall from grace
    If a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
    Fall off the back of a lorry
    (UK) If someone tries to sell you something that has fallen of the back of a lorry, they are trying to sell you stolen goods.
    Fall off the turnip truck
    (USA) If someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
    Fall off the wagon
    If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
    Fall on our feet
    If you fall on your feet, you succeed in doing something where there was a risk of failure.
    Fall on your sword
    If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.
    Familiarity breeds contempt
    This means that the more you know something or someone, the more you start to find faults and dislike things about it or them.
    Famous last words
    This expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection or self-deprecation.'They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!'
    Fast and furious
    Things that happen fast and furious happen very quickly without stopping or pausing.
    Fat cat
    A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
    Fat chance!
    This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
    Fat head
    A fat head is a dull, stupid person.
    Fat hits the fire
    When the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
    Fat of the land
    Living off the fat of the land means having the best of everything in life.
    Fate worse than death
    Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
    Feast today, famine tomorrow
    If you indulge yourself with all that you have today, you may have to go without tomorrow.
    Feather in your cap
    A success or achievement that may help you in the future is a feather in your cap.
    Feather your own nest
    If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
    Feathers fly
    When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
    Fed up to the back teeth
    When you are extremely irritated and fed up with something or someone, you are fed up to the back teeth.
    Feel at home
    If you feel relaxed and comfortable somewhere or with someone, you feel at home.
    Feel free
    If you ask for permission to do something and are told to feel free, the other person means that there is absolutely no problem
    Feel like a million
    If you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
    Feel the pinch
    If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
    Feeling blue
    If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.
    Feet of clay
    If someone has feet of clay, they have flaws that make them seem more human and like normal people.
    Feet on the ground
    A practical and realistic person has their feet on the ground.
    Fence sitter
    Someone that try to support both side of an argument without committing to either is a fence sitter.
    Few and far between
    If things are few and far between, they happen very occasionally.
    Fiddle while Rome burns
    If people are fiddling while Rome burns, they are wasting their time on futile things while problems threaten to destroy them.
    Fifth columnist
    (UK) A fifth columnist is a member of a subversive organisation who tries to help an enemy invade.
    Fifth wheel
    (USA) A fifth wheel is something unnecessary or useless.
    Fight an uphill battle
    When you fight an uphill battle, you have to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.
    Fight tooth and nail
    If someone will fight tooth and nail for something, they will not stop at anything to get what they want. ('Fight tooth and claw' is an alternative.)
    Fighting chance
    If you have a fighting chance, you have a reasonable possibility of success.
    Find your feet
    When you are finding your feet, you are in the process of gaining confidence and experience in something.
    Fine and dandy
    (UK) If thing's are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
    Fine tuning
    Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
    Fine words butter no parsnips
    This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
    Finger in the pie
    If you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
    Fingers and thumbs
    If you are all fingers and thumbs, you are being clumsy and not very skilled with your hands.
    Fire away
    If you want to ask someone a question and they tell you to fire away, they mean that you are free to ask what you want.
    Fire on all cylinders
    If something is firing on all cylinders, it is going as well as it could.
    First come, first served
    This means there will be no preferential treatment and a service will be provided to those that arrive first.
    First out of the gate
    When someone is first out of the gate, they are the first to do something that others are trying to do.
    First port of call
    The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.
    Fish in troubled waters
    Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
    Fish or cut bait
    (USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
    Fish or cut bait
    (USA) When it's time to fish or cut bait, you have to decide whether you are going to be productive or to quit.
    Fish out of water
    If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
    If there is something fishy about someone or something, there is something suspicious; a feeling that there is something wrong, though it isn't clear what it is.
    Fit as a fiddle
    If you are fit as a fiddle, you are in perfect health.
    Fit for a king
    If something is fit for a king, it is of the very highest quality or standard.
    Fit like a glove
    If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
    Fit of pique
    If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.
    Fit the bill
    If something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
    Fit to be tied
    If someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
    Five o'clock shadow
    A five o'clock shadow is the facial hair that a man gets if he doesn't shave for a day or two.
    Flash in the pan
    If something is a flash in the pan, it is very noticeable but doesn't last long, like most singers, who are very successful for a while, then forgotten.
    Flat as a pancake
    It is so flat that it is like a pancake- there is no head on that beer it is as flat as a pancake.
    Flat out
    If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can.
    Fleet of foot
    If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
    Flesh and blood
    Your flesh and blood are your blood relatives, especially your immediate family.
    Flogging a dead horse
    (UK) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're flogging a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
    Flowery speech
    Flowery speech is full of lovely words, but may well lack substance.
    Fly by the seat of one's pants
    If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.
    Fly in the ointment
    A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.
    Fly off the handle
    If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
    Fly on the wall
    If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
    Fly the coop
    When children leave home to live away from their parents, they fly the coop.
    Fly the coop
    When someone flies the coop, they leave home and their family to start a new life.
    Fly the flag
    If someone flies the flag, they represent or support their country. ('Wave the flag' and 'show the flag' are alternative forms of this idiom)
    Food for thought
    If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
    Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
    This means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.
    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
    This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.
    Foot in mouth
    This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
    Foot in the door
    If you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organisation at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
    Foot the bill
    The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
    Football's a game of two halves
    (UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.
    For a song
    If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.
    For donkey's years
    (UK) If people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey's years.
    For England
    (UK) A person who talks for England, talks a lot- if you do something for England, you do it a lot or to the limit.
    For kicks
    If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
    For my money
    This idiom means 'in my opinion'.
    For Pete's sake
    This is used as an exclamation to show exasperation or irritation.
    For the birds
    If something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
    For the love of Pete
    Usually used in exasperation, as in 'Oh, for the love of Pete!'
    For the time being
    For the time being indicates that an action or state will continue into the future, but is temporary. I'm sharing an office for the time being.
    Forbidden fruit
    Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
    Foregone conclusion
    If the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even begun.
    Forest for the trees
    (USA) If someone can't see the forest for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
    Fortune knocks once at every man's door
    Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
    Foul play
    If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
    Four corners of the earth
    If something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
    A person who wears glasses
    Four-square behind
    If someone stands four-square behind someone, they give that person their full support.
    Fourth estate
    This is an idiomatic way of describing the media, especially the newspapers.
    Free rein
    If someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. ('Free reign' is a common mistake.)
    A free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
    French leave
    To take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
    Fresh from the oven
    If something is fresh from the oven, it is very new.
    Freudian Slip
    If someone makes a Freudian slip, they accidentally use the wrong word, but in doing so reveal what they are really thinking rather than what they think the other person wants to hear.
    Friendly footing
    When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
    From a different angle
    If you look at something from a different angle, you look at it from a different point of view.
    From Missouri
    (USA) If someone is from Missouri, then they require clear proof before they will believe something.
    From pillar to post
    If something is going from pillar to post, it is moving around in a meaningless way, from one disaster to another.
    From rags to riches
    Someone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
    From scratch
    This idiom means 'from the beginning'.
    From soup to nuts
    If you do something from soup to nuts, you do it from the beginning right to the very end.
    From the bottom of your heart
    If someone does something from the bottom of their heart, then they do it with genuine emotion and feeling.
    From the get-go
    (USA) If something happens from the get-go, it happens from the very beginning.
    From the horse's mouth
    If you hear something from the horse's mouth, you hear it directly from the person concerned or responsible.
    From the sublime to the ridiculous
    If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
    From the word go
    From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
    Full as a tick
    If you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
    Full bore
    If something is full bore, it involves the maximum effort or is complete and thorough.
    Full circle
    When something has come full circle, it has ended up where it started.
    Full Monty
    (UK) If something is the Full Monty, it is the real thing, not reduced in any way.
    Full of beans
    If someone's full of beans, they are very energetic.
    Full of hot air
    Someone who is full of hot air talks a lot of rubbish.
    Full of oneself
    Someone who acts in a arrogant or egotistical manner is full of himself/herself.
    Full of piss and vinegar
    Someone who's full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.
    Full of the joys of spring
    If you are full of the joys of spring, you are very happy and full of energy.
    Full swing
    If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.
    Full throttle
    If you do something full throttle, you do it with as much speed and energy as you can.
    Fullness of time
    If something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate.
    Fur coat and no knickers
    Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
    Fuzzy thinking
    Thinking or ideas that do not agree with the facts or information available

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    Game on
    When someone says 'Game on!', it means that they are accepting a challenge or ready to get something done.
    Game plan
    A game plan is a strategy.
    Garbage fee
    A garbage fee is a charge that has no value and doesn't provide any real service.
    Garbage in, garbage out
    If a computer system or database is built badly, then the results will be bad.
    Gardening leave
    (UK) If someone is paid for a period when they are not working, either after they have given in their notice or when they are being investigated, they are on gardening leave.
    Gather pace
    If events gather pace, they move faster.
    Gather steam
    If something gathers speed, it moves or progresses at an increasing speed.
    Get a handle on
    When you get a handle on something, you come to understand it.
    Get along famously
    If people get along famously, they have an exceedingly good relationship.
    Get away scot-free
    If someone gets away scot-free, they are not punished when they have done something wrong. ('Get off scot-free' is an alternative.)
    Get away with murder
    If you get away with murder, you do something bad and don't get caught or punished.('Get away with blue murder' is also used.)
    Get back on the horse that bucked you
    When you start drinking again after being hungover from drinking the previous night.
    Get in on the act
    If people want to get in on the act, they want to participate in something that is currently profitable or popular.
    Get in on the ground floor
    If you get in on the ground floor, you enter a project or venture at the start before people know how successful it might be.
    Get it in the neck
    (UK) If you get it in the neck, you are punished or criticised for something.
    Get it off your chest
    If you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
    Get my drift
    If you get someone's drift, you understand what they are trying to say. ('Catch their drift' is an alternative form.)
    Get off the ground
    If a project or plan gets off the ground, it starts to be put into operation.
    Get on like a house on fire
    If people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
    Get on your nerves
    If something gets on your nerves, it annoys or irritates you.
    Get on your soapbox
    If someone on their soapbox, they hold forth (talk a lot) about a subject they feel strongly about.
    Get out of bed on the wrong side
    If you get out of bed on the wrong side, you wake up and start the day in a bad mood for no real reason.
    Get the axe
    If you get the axe, you lose your job. ('Get the ax' is the American spelling.)
    Get the ball rolling
    If you get the ball rolling, you start something so that it can start making progress.
    Get the green light
    If you get the green light to do something, you are given the necessary permission, authorisation.
    Get the monkey off your back
    If you get the monkey off your back, you pass on a problem to someone else.
    Get the nod
    (UK) If you get the nod to something, you get approval or permission to do it.
    Get the picture
    If you get the picture, you understand a situation fully.
    Get the show on the road
    If you get the show on the road, you put a plan into operation or begin something.
    Get to grips
    If you get to grips with something, you take control and do it properly.
    Get up and go
    If someone has lots of get up and go, they have lots of enthusiasm and energy.
    Get wind of
    If you get wind of something, you hear or learn about it, especially if it was meant to be secret.
    Get your ducks in a row
    If you get your ducks in a row, you organise yourself and your life.
    Get your feathers in a bunch
    If you get your feathers in a bunch, you get upset or angry about something.
    Get your feet wet
    If you get your feet wet, you gain your first experience of something.
    Get your goat
    If something gets your goat, it annoys you.
    Get your hands dirty
    If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.
    Get your head around something
    If you get your head around something, you come to understand it even though it is difficult to comprehend.
    Get your teeth into
    If you get your teeth into something, you become involved in or do something that is intellectually challenging or satisfying. ('Dig you teeth into' and 'sink your teeth into' are also used.)
    Get your wires crossed
    If people get their wires cross, they misunderstand each other, especially when making arrangements. ('Get your lines crossed' is also used.)
    Ghost of a chance
    If something or someone hasn't got a ghost of a chance, they have no hope whatsoever of succeeding.
    Ghostly presence
    You can feel or otherwise sense a ghostly presence, but you cannot do it clearly only vaguely.
    Gift of the gab
    If someone has the gift of the gab, they speak in a persuasive and interesting way.
    Gild the lily
    If you gild the lily, you decorate something that is already ornate.
    Gilded cage
    If someone is in a gilded cage, they are trapped and have restricted or no freedom, but have very comfortable surroundings- many famous people live in luxury but cannot walk out of their house alone.
    Girl Friday
    A girl Friday is a female employee who assists someone without any specific duties.
    Give a big hand
    Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
    Give a dog a bad name
    A person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offence will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offence. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.
    Give and take
    Where there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want in negotiations.
    Give as good as you get
    If you give as good as you get, you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you and to fight for what you believe.
    Give it some stick
    (UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
    Give me a hand
    If someone gives you a hand, they help you.
    Give me five
    If someone says this, they want to hit your open hand against theirs as a way of congratulation or greeting.
    Give someone a leg up
    If you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone.
    Give someone a piece of your mind
    If you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
    Give someone a run for their money
    If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.
    Give someone enough rope
    If you give someone enough rope, you give them the chance to get themselves into trouble or expose themselves. (The full form is 'give someone enough rope and they'll hang themselves)
    Give someone stick
    (UK) If someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you.
    Give someone the runaround
    If someone gives you the runaround, they make excuses and give you false explanations to avoid doing something.
    Give the nod
    (UK) If you give the nod to something, you approve it or give permission to do it.
    Give up the ghost
    People give up the ghost when they die. Machines stop working when they give up the ghost.
    Give your eye teeth
    If you really want something and would be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get it, you would give your eye teeth for it.
    Given the day that's in it
    (Irish) This idiom is used when something is obvious because of the day that it occurs: traffic, for example would be busy around a football stadium on game day, given the day that's in it. On any other day the traffic would be unexplainable, but because its game day its obvious why there is traffic.
    Glass ceiling
    The glass ceiling is the discrimination that prevents women and minorities from getting promoted to the highest levels of companies and organisations.
    Glory hound
    A glory hound is a person seeking popularity, fame and glory.
    Gloves are off
    When the gloves are off, people start to argue or fight in a more serious way. ('The gloves come off' and 'take the gloves off' are also used. It comes from boxing, where fighters normally wear gloves so that they don't do too much damage to each other.)
    Glutton for punishment
    If a person is described as a glutton for punishment, the happily accept jobs and tasks that most people would try to get out of. A glutton is a person who eats a lot.
    Gnaw your vitals
    If something gnaws your vitals, it troubles you greatly and affects you at a very deep level. ('Gnaw at your vitals' is also used.)
    Go against the grain
    A person who does things in an unconventional manner, especially if their methods are not generally approved of, is said to go against the grain. Such an individual can be called a maverick.
    Go awry
    If things go awry, they go wrong.
    Go bananas
    If you go bananas, you are wild with excitement, anxiety, or worry.
    Go blue
    If you go blue, you are very cold indeed. ('Turn blue' is an alternative form.)
    Go bust
    If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt.
    Go by the board
    When something has gone by the board, it no longer exists or an opportunity has been lost.
    Go by the boards
    If something goes by the boards, it fails to get approved or accepted.
    Go down like a cup of cold sick
    (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
    Go down like a lead balloon
    (UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.
    Go down swinging
    If you want to go down swinging, you know you will probably fail, but you refuse to give up.
    Go down without a fight
    If someone goes down without a fight, they surrender without putting up any resistance.
    Go Dutch
    If you go Dutch in a restaurant, you pay equal shares for the meal.
    Go fly a kite
    (USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
    Go for broke
    If someone goes for broke, they risk everything they have for a potentially greater gain.
    Go fry an egg
    (USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
    Go hand in hand
    If things go hand in hand, they are associated and go together.
    Go nuts
    If someone goes nuts, they get excited over something.
    Go off on a tangent
    If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a conversation or talk.
    Go over like a lead balloon
    (USA) If something goes over like a lead balloon, it will not work well, or go over well.
    Go overboard
    If you go overboard, you do something excessively.
    Go pear-shaped
    If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear-shaped.
    Go play in traffic
    This is used as a way of telling someone to go away.
    Go round in circles
    If people are going round in circles, they keep discussing the same thing without reaching any agreement or coming to a conclusion.
    Go south
    If things go south, they get worse or go wrong.
    Go spare
    (UK) If you go spare, you lose your temper completely.
    Go tell it to birds
    This is used when someone says something that is not credible or is a lie.
    Go the distance
    If you go the distance, you continue until something ends, no matter how difficult.
    Go the extra mile
    If someone is prepared to go the extra mile, they will do everything they can to help or to make something succeed, going beyond their duty what could be expected of them .
    Go the whole hog
    If you go the whole hog, you do something completely or to its limits.
    Go through the motions
    When you go through the motions, you do something like an everyday routine and without any feelings whatsoever.
    Go to seed
    If someone has gone to seed, they have declined in quality or appearance.
    Go to the wire
    If someone goes to the wire, they risk their life, job, reputation, etc, to help someone.
    Go to your head
    If something goes to your head, it makes you feel vain. If alcohol goes to your head, it makes you feel drunk quickly.
    Go under the hammer
    If something goes under the hammer, it is sold in an auction.
    Go west
    If something goes west, it goes wrong. If someone goes west, they die.
    Go with the flow
    If you go with the flow, you accept things as they happen and do what everyone else wants to do.
    Go-to guy
    A go-to guy is a person whose knowledge of something is considerable so everyone wants to go to him or her for information or results.
    Going concern
    A successful and active business is a going concern.
    Going overboard
    If you go overboard with something, then you take something too far, or do too much.
    Golden handshake
    A golden handshake is a payment made to someone to get them to leave their job.
    Golden rule
    The golden rule is the most essential or fundamental rule associated with something. Originally, it was not a general reference to an all purpose first rule applicable to many groups or protocols, but referred to a verse in the Bible about treating people they way you would want them to treat you, which was considered the First Rule of behavior towards all by all.
    Golden touch
    Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.
    Gone fishing
    If someone has gone fishing, they are not very aware of what is happening around them.
    Gone for a burton
    (UK) If something's gone for a burton, it has been spoiled or ruined. If a person has gone for a burton, they are either in serious trouble or have died.
    Gone pear-shaped
    (UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.
    Gone to pot
    If something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn't work any more.
    Gone to the dogs
    If something has gone to the dogs, it has gone badly wrong and lost all the good things it had.
    Good antennae
    Someone with good antennae is good at detecting things.
    Good as gold
    If children are as good as gold, they behave very well.
    Good egg
    A person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite.
    Good fences make good neighbours
    This means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. ('Good fences make good neighbors' is the American English spelling.)
    Good hand
    If you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
    Good Samaritan
    A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need.
    Good shape
    If something's in good shape, it's in good condition. If a person's in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
    Good spell
    A spell can mean a fairly or relatively short period of time; you'll hear weather forecasts predict a dry spell. Sports commentators will say that a sportsperson is going through a good spell when they're performing consistently better than they normally do.
    Good time
    If you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected.
    Good to go
    Someone or something that meets one's approval. 'He is good to go.' 'The idea you had is good to go.'
    Good walls make good neighbours
    Your relationship with your neighbours depends, among other things, on respecting one another's privacy.
    Goody two-shoes
    A goody two-shoes is a self-righteous person who makes a great deal of their virtue.
    Grab the bulls by its horns
    If you grab (take) the bull by its horns, you deal head-on and directly with a problem.
    Grain of salt
    If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn't necessarily believe it all. ('pinch of salt' is an alternative)
    Grasp the nettle
    (UK) If you grasp the nettle, you deal bravely with a problem.
    Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow
    'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
    Grass roots
    This idioms is often used in politics, where it refers to the ordinary people or voters. It can be used to mean people at the bottom of a hierarchy.
    Grass widow
    A grass widow is a woman whose husband is often away on work, leaving her on her own.
    Graveyard shift
    If you have to work very late at night, it is the graveyard shift.
    Gravy train
    If someone is on the gravy train, they have found and easy way to make lots of money.
    Grease monkey
    A grease monkey is an idiomatic term for a mechanic.
    Grease someone's palm
    If you grease someone's palm, you bribe them to do something.
    Grease the skids
    If you grease the skids, you facilitate something.
    Greased lightning
    If something or someone moves like greased lightning, they move very fast indeed.
    Great guns
    If something or someone is going great guns, they are doing very well.
    Great Scott
    An exclamation of surprise.
    Great unwashed
    This is a term used for the working class masses.
    Great white hope
    Someone who is expected to be a great success is a great white hope.
    Greek to me
    If you don't understand something, it's all Greek to you.
    Green around the gills
    If someone looks green around the gills, they look ill.
    Green fingers
    (UK) Someone with green fingers has a talent for gardening.
    Green light
    If you are given the green light, you are given approval to do something.
    Green thumb
    (USA) Someone with a talent for gardening has a green thumb.
    Green with envy
    If you are green with envy, you are very jealous.
    Green-eyed monster
    The green-eyed monster is an allegorical phrase for somebody's strong jealousy
    A greenhorn or someone who is described simply as green lacks the relevant experience and knowledge for their job or task
    Grey area
    A grey/gray area is one where there is no clear right or wrong.
    Grey Cardinal
    Someone who is a Grey Cardinal exerts power behind the scenes, without drawing attention to himself or herself.
    Grey cells
    'Grey cells' means 'brain' Eg: Use your grey cells to understand it
    Grey matter
    Grey/gray matter is the human brain.
    Grey pound
    (UK) In the UK, the grey pound is an idiom for the economic power of elderly people.
    Grey suits
    The men in grey suits are people who have a lot of power in business or politics, but aren't well-known or charismatic.
    Grin and bear it
    If you have to grin and bear it, you have to accept something that you don't like.
    Grin like a Cheshire cat
    If someone has a very wide smile, they have a grin like a Cheshire cat.
    Grinds my gear
    Something that is very annoying grinds your gear.
    Grist for the mill
    Something that you can use to your advantage is grist for the mill. ('Grist to the mill' is also used.)
    If you are a guinea-pig, you take part in an experiment of some sort and are used in the testing.
    Gunboat diplomacy
    If a nation conducts its diplomatic relations by threatening military action to get what it wants, it is using gunboat diplomacy.
    Gung ho
    If someone is gung ho about something, they support it blindly and don't think about the consequences.

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    Someone whose behavior is hearty, friendly and congenial.
    Hair of the dog
    If someone has a hair of the dog, they have an alcoholic drink as a way of getting rid of a hangover, the unpleasant effects of having drunk too much alcohol the night before. It is commonly used as a way of excusing having a drink early on in the day.
    Hairy at the heel
    (UK) Someone who is hairy at the heel is dangerous or untrustworthy.
    Hale and hearty
    Someone who is hale and hearty is in very good health.
    Half a mind
    If you have half a mind to do something, you haven't decided to do it, but are thinking seriously about doing it.
    A half-baked idea or scheme hasn't not been thought through or planned very well.
    Hammer and tongs
    If people are going at it hammer and tongs, they are arguing fiercely. The idiom can also be used hen people are doing something energetically.
    Hand in glove
    If people are hand in glove, they have an extremely close relationship.
    Hand in hand
    Hand in hand= work together closely When people in a group, say in an office or in a project, work together with mutual understanding to achieve the target, we say they work hand in hand. There is no lack of co-operation and each synchoranises the activity with that of the other.
    Hand that rocks the cradle
    Women have a great power and influence because they have the greatest influence over the development of children- the hand that rocks the cradle. ('The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world' is the full form.)
    Hand to mouth
    Someone who's living from hand to mouth, is very poor and needs the little money they have coming in to cover their expenses.
    Hands down
    If someone is better hands down than everyone else, they are much better.
    Handwriting like chicken scratch
    If your handwriting is very hard to read, it is like chicken scratch.
    Hang by a thread
    If something hangs by a thread, there is a very small chance indeed of it being successful or surviving.
    Hang in the balance
    If an outcome is hanging in the balance, there are at least two possibilities and it is impossible to predict which will win out.
    Hang out to dry
    If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble.
    Hangdog expression
    A hangdog expression is one where the person's showing their emotions very clearly, maybe a little too clearly for your liking. It's that mixture of misery and self-pity that is similar to a dog when it's trying to get something it wants but daren't take without permission.
    Hanged for a sheep as a lamb
    This is an expression meaning that if you are going to get into trouble for doing something, then you ought to stop worrying and should try to get everything you can before you get caught.
    Happy medium
    If you reach a happy medium, you are making a compromise; reaching a conclusion or decision.
    Hard as nails
    A person who is as hard as nails is either physically tough or has little or no respect for other people's feelings.
    Hard by
    "Hard by" means mean "close to" or "near".
    Hard cheese
    (UK) Hard cheese means hard luck.
    Hard of hearing
    Someone who's hard of hearing is a bit deaf.
    Hard on someone's heels
    If you are hard on someone's heels, you are close to them and trying to catch or overtake them. ('Hot on someone's heels' is also used.)
    Hard sell
    If someone puts a lot of pressure on you to do or buy something, they are hard selling it.
    Hard to come by
    If something is hard to come by, it is difficult to find.
    Hard up
    If you are hard up, you have very little money.
    Haste makes waste
    This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you're likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.
    Hat trick
    Three successes one after the other is a hat trick.
    Hatchet job
    A piece of criticism that destroys someone's reputation is a hatchet job.
    Have a ball
    If you have a ball, you have a great time, a lot of fun.
    Have a bash
    If you have a bash at something, you try to do it, especially when there isn't much chance of success.
    Have a blast
    It means "to have a lot of fun".
    Have a crack
    If you have a crack at something, you try to do it. If someone is attempting to do something and they are unsuccessful, you might say, "Let me have a crack at it" suggesting that you might be successful at performing the task. ('Take a crack' is also used.)
    Have a go
    If you have a go, you try to do something, often when you don't think you have much chance of succeeding.
    Have a heart
    If someone has a heart, they arekind and sympathetic. If you say, 'Have a heart' to someone, you are asking them to be understanding and sympathetic.
    Have a ripper
    If you have a ripper of a time, you enjoy yourself.
    Have a trick up your sleeve
    If you have a trick up your sleeve, you have a secret strategy to use when the time is right.
    Have no truck with
    If you have no truck with something or someone, you refuse to get involved with it or them.
    Have the floor
    If someone has the floor, it is their turn to speak at a meeting.
    Have the guts
    Someone who has enough courage to do something has the guts to do it.
    Have your cake and eat it too
    If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory.
    Have your collar felt
    If someone has their collar felt, they are arrested.
    Have your fill
    If you have had your fill, you are fed up of somebody or something.
    Have your lunch handed to you
    If you have you lunch handed to you, you are outperformed and shown up by someone better.
    Have your moments
    Someone who has his or her moments exhibits a positive behavior pattern on an occasional basis but not generally.
    Have your tail up
    If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
    Have your work cut out
    If you have your work cut out, you are very busy indeed.
    Having a gas
    If you're having a gas, you are having a laugh and enjoying yourself in company.
    Hay is for horses
    This idiom is used as a way of telling children not to say the word 'hey' as in hey you or hey there.
    He that travels far knows much
    People who travel widely have a wide knowledge.
    He who hesitates is lost
    If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
    Head for the hills
    If people head for the hills, they run away from trouble.
    Head is in the clouds
    If a person has their head in the clouds, they have unrealistic, impractical ideas.
    Head is mince
    (Scot) When someone's thoughts are in a state of abject confusion, especially when facing a severe dilemma, their head is mince.
    Head nor tail
    If you can't make head nor tail of something, you cannot understand it at all or make any sense of it.
    Head on a spike
    If someone wants a head on a spike, they want to be able to destroy or really punish a person.
    Head on the block
    If someone's head is on the block, they are going to be held responsible and suffer the consequences for something that has gone wrong.
    Head over heels in love
    When someone falls passionately in love and is intoxicated by the feeling has fallen head over heels in love.
    Head south
    If something head south, it begins to fail or start going bad.'The project proceeded well for the first two months, but then it headed south.'
    Heads will roll
    If heads will roll, people will be punished or sacked for something that has gone wrong.
    A heads-up is advanced information or a warning
    A headstrong person is obstinate and does not take other people's advice readily.
    Healthy as a horse
    If you're as healthy as a horse, you're very healthy.
    Heap coals on someone's head
    To do something nice or kind to someone who has been nasty to you. If someone felt bad because they forgot to get you a Christmas gift, for you to buy them a specially nice gift is heaping coals on their head. ('Heap coals of fire' is also used.)
    Hear a pin drop
    If there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop.
    Hear on the grapevine
    To receive information indirectly through a series of third parties, similar to a rumour.
    Heart in the right place
    If someone's heart is in the right place, they are good and kind, though they might not always appear to be so.
    Heart in the right place
    If someone's heart is in the right place, their intentions are good even if they mess things up.
    Heart in your boots
    If you're heart is in your boots, you are very unhappy.
    Heart in your mouth
    If your heart is in your mouth, then you feel nervous or scared.
    Heart isn't in it
    If your heart is not in something, then you don't really believe in it or support it.
    Heart misses a beat
    If your heart misses a beat, you are suddenly shocked or surprised. ('Heart skips a beat' is an alternative)
    Heart of glass
    When someone has a heart of glass, they are easily affected emotionally.
    Heart of gold
    Someone with a heart of gold is a genuinely kind and caring person.
    Heart of steel
    When someone has a heart of steel, they do not show emotion or are not affected emotionally.
    A heart-to-heart is a frank and honest conversation with someone, where you talk honestly and plainly about issues, no matter how painful.
    Heaven knows
    If you ask someone a question and they say this, they have no idea.
    Heavenly bodies
    The heavenly bodies are the stars.
    If someone is heavy-handed, they are insensitive and use excessive force or authority when dealing with a problem.
    Hedge your bets
    If you hedge your bets, you don't risk everything on one opportunity, but try more than one thing.
    Hell for leather
    If you do something hell for leather, especially running, you do it as fast as you can.
    Hell in a handcart
    If something is going to hell in a handcart, it is getting worse and worse, with no hope of stopping the decline.
    Herding cats
    If you have to try to co-ordinate a very difficult situation, where people want to do very different things, you are herding cats.
    Here today, gone tomorrow
    Money, happiness and other desirable things are often here today, gone tomorrow, which means that they don't last for very long.
    Hide nor hair
    When there's no trace of something or a person, you haven't seen hide nor hair of it or them.('Neither hide nor hair' is also used.)
    Hiding to nothing
    If people are on a hiding to nothing, their schemes and plans have no chance of succeeding. 'Hiding to nowhere' is an alternative.
    High and dry
    If you are left high and dry, you are left alone and given no help at all when you need it.
    High and low
    If you search high and low, you look everywhere for something or someone.
    High and mighty
    The high and mighty are the people with authority and power. If a person is high and mighty, they behave in a superior and condescending way.
    High as a kite
    If someone's as high as a kite, it means they have had too much to drink or are under the influence of drugs.
    High on the hog
    To live in great comfort with lots of money.
    If someone is high-handed, they behave arrogantly and pompously.
    High-wire act
    A high-wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc.
    Highway robbery
    Something that is ridiculously expensive, especially when you have no choice but to pay, is a highway robbery.
    Himalayan blunder
    A Himalayan blunder is a very serious mistake or error.
    Hindsight is twenty-twenty
    After something has gone wrong, it is easy to look back and make criticisms.
    Hit a nerve
    If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.
    Hit and miss
    Something that is hit and miss is unpredictable and may produce results or may fail.
    Hit me with your best shot
    If someone tells you to hit them with your best shot, they are telling you that no matter what you do it won't hurt them or make a difference to them.
    Hit rock bottom
    When someone hits rock bottom, they reach a point in life where things could not get any worse.
    Hit rough weather
    If you hit rough weather, you experience difficulties or problems.
    Hit the airwaves
    If someone hits the airwaves, they go on radio and TV to promote something or to tell their side of a story.
    Hit the books
    If you hit the books, you study or read hard.
    Hit the bull's-eye
    If someone hits the bull's-eye, they are exactly right about something or achieve the best result possible. "Bulls-eye" and "bullseye" are alternative spellings.
    Hit the ceiling
    If someone hits the ceiling, they lose their temper and become very angry.
    Hit the fan
    When it hits the fan, or, more rudely, the **** hits the fan, serious trouble starts.
    Hit the ground running
    If someone hits the ground running, they start a new job or position in a very dynamic manner.
    Hit the hay
    When you hit the hay, you go to bed.
    Hit the mark
    If someone hits the mark, they are right about something.
    Hit the nail on the head
    If someone hits the nail on the head, they are exactly right about something.
    Hit the road
    When people hit the road, they leave a place to go somewhere else.
    Hit the roof
    If you lose your temper and get very angry, you hit the roof.
    Hit the sack
    When you hit the sack, you go to bed.
    Hive of worker bees
    A hive of worker bees is a group of people working actively and cooperatively. Example: The classroom was a hive of worker bees.
    Hobson's choice
    A Hobson's choice is something that appears to be a free choice, but is really no choice as there is no genuine alternative.
    Hoist with your own petard
    If you are hoist with your own petard, you get into trouble or caught in a trap that you had set for someone else.
    Hold all the aces
    If you hold all the aces, you have all the advantages and your opponents or rivals are in a weak position.
    Hold the baby
    (UK) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the baby.
    Hold the bag
    (USA) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag.
    Hold the fort
    If you hold the fort, you look after something or assume someone's responsibilities while they are away.
    Hold the torch
    If you hold the torch for someone, you have an unrequited or unspoken love.
    Hold water
    When you say that something does or does not 'hold water', it means that the point of view or argument put forward is or is not sound, strong or logical. For e.g., 'Saying we should increase our interest rates because everyone else is doing so will not hold water'.
    Hold your horses
    If someone tells you to hold your horses, you are doing something too fast and they would like you to slow down.
    Hold your own
    If you can hold your own, you can compete or perform equally with other people.
    Hold your tongue
    If you hold your tongue, you keep silent even though you want to speak.
    Someone who is holier-than-thou believes that they are morally superior to other people.
    Hollow leg
    Someone who has a hollow leg eats what seems to be more than his stomach can hold.
    Hollow victory
    A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.
    Holy smoke!
    This is a way of expressing surprise: "Holy smoke! Look at all of those geese!"
    Home and hearth
    'Home and hearth' is an idiom evoking warmth and security.
    Home is where you lay your hat
    Wherever you are comfortable and at ease with yourself is your home, regardless where you were born or brought up.('Home is where you lay your head' and 'Home is where you hang your hat' are also used.)
    Home stretch
    The home stretch is the last part of something, like a journey, race or project.
    Home sweet home
    This is said when one is pleased to be back at one's own home.
    Home, James
    (UK) This is a cliched way of telling the driver of a vehicle to start driving. It is supposed to be an order to a chauffeur (a privately employed driver). The full phrase is 'Home, James, and don't spare the horses'.
    Honest truth
    If someone claims that something is the honest truth, they wish to sound extra-sincere about something.
    Honor among thieves
    If someone says there is honor among thieves, this means that even corrupt or bad people sometimes have a sense of honor or integrity, or justice, even if it is skewed. ('Honour among thieves' is the British English version.)
    Honours are even
    If honours are even, then a competition has ended with neither side emerging as a winner.
    Hook, line, and sinker
    If somebody accepts or believes something hook, line, and sinker, they accept it completely.
    Hop, skip, and a jump
    If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump from somewhere, it's only a short distance away.
    Hope against hope
    If you hope against hope, you hope for something even though there is little or no chance of your wish being fulfilled.
    Hope in hell
    If something hasn't got a hope in hell, it stands absolutely no chance of succeeding.
    Hornets' nest
    A hornets' nest is a violent situation or one with a lot of dispute. (If you create the problem, you 'stir up a hornets' nest'.)
    Horns of a dilemma
    If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you are faced with two equally unpleasant options and have to choose one.
    Horse of a different color
    (USA) If something is a horse of a different color, it's a different matter or separate issue altogether.
    Horse trading
    Horse trading is an idiom used to describe negotiations, especially where these are difficult and involve a lot of compromise.
    Horses for courses
    Horses for courses means that what is suitable for one person or situation might be unsuitable for another.
    Hostile takeover
    If a company is bought out when it does not want to be, it is known as a hostile takeover.
    Hot air
    Language that is full of words but means little or nothing is hot air.
    Hot as blue blazes
    If something's as hot as blue blazes, it's extremely hot.
    Hot as Hades
    If something's as hot as Hades, it's extremely hot.
    Hot button
    (USA) A hot button is a topic or issue that people feel very strongly about.
    Hot foot
    If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
    Hot ticket
    (USA) A hot ticket is something that is very much in demand at the moment.
    Hot to trot
    If someone is hot to trot, they are sexually aroused or eager to do something.
    Hot under the collar
    If you're hot under the collar, you're feeling angry or bothered.
    Hot water
    If you get into hot water, you get into trouble.
    Someone who is hot-blooded is easily excitable or passionate.
    A hot-headed person gets angry very easily. (The noun 'hothead' can also be used.)
    Hour of need
    A time when someone really needs something, almost a last chance, is their hour of need.
    House of cards
    Something that is poorly thought out and can easily collapse or fail is a house of cards.
    How come
    If you want to show disbelief or surprise about an action, you can ask a question using 'how come'. How come he got the job? (You can't believe that they gave the job to somebody like him)
    How do you like them apples
    (USA) This idiomatic expression is used to express surprise or shock at something that has happened. It can also be used to boast about something you have done.
    How long is a piece of string
    If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
    How's tricks?
    This is used as a way of asking people how they are and how things have been going in their life.
    Hue and cry
    Hue and cry is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention.
    Hung the moon
    If you refer to someone as having hung the moon, you think they are extremely wonderful, or amazing, or good.
    Hungry as a bear
    If you are hungry as a bear, it means that you are really hungry.
    Hunky Dory
    If something is hunky dory, it is perfectly satisfactory, fine.

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    I hereby give notice of my intention
    Hereby is used sometimes in formal, official declarations and statements to give greater force to the speaker' or the writer's affirmation. People will say it sometimes to emphasise their sincerity and correctness.
    I may be daft, but I'm not stupid
    I might do or say silly things occasionally, but in this instance I know what I am doing (Usually used when someone questions your application of common-sense).
    I should cocoa
    (UK) This idiom comes from 'I should think so', but is normally used sarcastically to mean the opposite.
    I'll cross that road when I come to it
    I'll think about something just when it happens, not in advance.
    I'll eat my hat
    You can say this when you are absolutely sure that you are right to let the other person know that there is no chance of your being wrong.
    I've got a bone to pick with you
    If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.
    I've got your number
    You have made a mistake and I am going to call you on it. You are in trouble (a threat). I have a disagreement with you. I understand your true nature.
    Icing on the cake
    This expression is used to refer to something good that happens on top of an already good thing or situation.
    Idle hands are the devil's handiwork
    When someone is not busy, or being productive, trouble is bound to follow.
    If at first you don't succeed try try again
    When you fail, try until you get it right!
    If I had a nickel for every time
    (USA) When someone uses this expression, they mean that the specific thing happens a lot. It is an abbreviation of the statement 'If I had a nickel for every time that happened, I would be rich'
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it
    Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even hurt it.
    If Mohammed won't come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed
    If something cannot or will not happen the easy way, then sometimes it must be done the hard way.
    If the cap fits, wear it
    This idiom means that if the description is correct, then it is describing the truth, often when someone is being criticised. ('If the shoe fits, wear it' is an alternative)
    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
    This means that wishing for something or wanting it is not the same as getting or having it.
    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
    If we could have things the way we wanted them, then life would be much easier than it is.
    If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
    Originally a Harry S. Truman quote, this means that if you can't take the pressure, then you should remove yourself from the situation.
    If you fly with the crows, you get shot with the crows
    If you wish to be associated with a particular high risk and/or high profile situation and benefit from the rewards of that association, you have to accept the consequences if things go wrong - you cannot dissociate yourself.
    If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
    This means that if you become involved with bad company, there will be negative consequences.
    If you lie down with the Devil, you will wake up in hell.
    This means that if you become involved with bad company, there will be negative consequences.
    If you will
    'If you will' is used as a way of making a concession in a sentence: He wasn't a very honest person, a liar if you will. Here, it is used a way of accepting that the reader or listener might think of the person as a liar, but without commit the writer or speaker to that position fully.
    If you'll pardon my French
    (UK) This idiom is used as a way of apologising for swearing.
    Ill at ease
    If someone is ill at ease, they are worried or uncomfortable.
    Ill-gotten gains
    Ill-gotten gains are profits or benefits that are made either illegally or unfairly.
    In a cleft stick
    If you are in a cleft stick, you are in a difficult situation, caught between choices.
    In a fix
    If you are in a fix, you are in trouble.
    In a flash
    If something happens in a flash, it happens very quickly indeed.
    In a fog
    If you're in a fog, you are confused, dazed or unaware.
    In a heartbeat
    If something happens very quickly or immediately, it happens in a heartbeat.
    In a jam
    If you are in a jam, you are in some trouble. If you get out of a jam, you avoid trouble.
    In a jiffy
    If something happens in a jiffy, it happens very quickly.
    In a nutshell
    This idiom is used to introduce a concise summary.
    In a pickle
    If you are in a pickle, you are in some trouble or a mess.
    In a pickle
    If you are in a pickle you are in some trouble or a mess.
    In a rut
    In a settled or established pattern, habit or course of action, especially a boring one.
    In a tick
    (UK) If someone will do something in a tick, they'll do it very soon or very quickly.
    In a tight spot
    If you're in a tight spot, you're in a difficult situation.
    In all honesty
    If you say something in all honesty, you are telling the complete truth. It can be used as a way of introducing a negative opinion whilst trying to be polite; in all honesty, I have to say that I wasn't very impressed.
    In an instant
    If something happens in an instant, it happens very rapidly.
    In another's shoes
    It is difficult to know what another person's life is really like, so we don't know what it is like to be in someone's shoes.
    In apple-pie order
    If something is in apple-pie order, it is very neat and organised.
    In broad daylight
    If a crime or problem happens in broad daylight, it happens during the day and should have been seen and stopped.
    In cahoots
    If people are in cahoots, they are conspiring together.
    In cold blood
    If something is done in cold blood, it is done ruthlessly, without any emotion.
    In dire straits
    If you're in dire straits, you're in serious trouble or difficulties.
    In donkey's years
    'I haven't seen her in donkey's years.' - This means for a very long time.
    In dribs and drabs
    If people arrive in dribs and drabs, they come in small groups at irregular intervals, instead of all arriving at the same time.
    In droves
    When things happen in droves, a lot happen at the same time or very quickly.
    In for a penny, in for a pound
    If something is worth doing then it is a case of in for a penny, in for a pound, which means that when gambling or taking a chance, you might as well go the whole way and take all the risks, not just some.
    In full swing
    If things are in full swing, they have been going for a sufficient period of time to be going well and very actively.
    In high gear
    (USA) If something is in high gear, it is in a quick-paced mode. If someone is in high gear, they are feverishly on the fast track.
    In high spirits
    If someone is in high spirits, they are in a very good mood or feeling confident about something.
    In hot water
    If you are in hot water, you are in serious trouble.
    In light of
    'In light of' is similar to 'due to'.
    In like Flynn
    Refers to Errol Flynn's popularity with women in the 40's. His ability to attract women was well known throughout the world. ('In like flint' is also used.)
    In my bad books
    If you are in someone's bad books, they are angry with you. Likewise, if you are in their good books, they are pleased with you.
    In my book
    This idiom means 'in my opinion'.
    In my good books
    If someone is in your good books, you are pleased with or think highly of them at the moment.
    In one ear and out the other
    If something goes in one ear and out the other, you forget it as soon as you've heard it because it was too complicated, boring etc.
    In over your head
    If someone is in over their head, they are out of the depth in something they are involved in, and may end up in a mess.
    In perfect form
    When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature.
    In rude health
    (UK) If someone's in rude health, they are very healthy and look it.
    In so many words
    This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept.
    In someone's pocket
    If a person is in someone's pocket, they are dependent, especially financially, on them.
    In spades
    (UK) If you have something in spades, you have a lot of it.
    In stitches
    If someone is in stitches, they are laughing uncontrollably.
    In tandem
    If people do things in tandem, they do them at the same time.
    In the bag
    If something is in the bag, it is certain that you will get it or achieve it
    In the ballpark
    This means that something is close to the adequate or required value.
    In the black
    If your bank account is in credit, it is in the black.
    In the cards
    If something is in the cards, it is bound to occur, it is going to happen, or it is inevitable.
    In the catbird seat
    (USA) If someone is in the catbird seat, they are in an advantageous or superior position.
    In the clear
    If someone is in the clear, they are no longer suspected of or charged with wrongdoing.
    In the clink
    (UK) If someone is in the clink, they are in prison.
    In the club
    (UK) If a woman's in the club, she's pregnant. 'In the pudding club' is an alternative form.
    In the dock
    If someone is in the dock, they are on trial in court.
    In the doghouse
    If someone is in the doghouse, they are in disgrace and very unpopular at the moment.
    In the driver's seat
    If you are in the driver's seat, you are in charge of something or in control of a situation.
    In the face of
    If people act in the face of something, they do it despite it or when threatened by it.
    In the family way
    If a woman is in the family way, she is pregnant.
    In the flesh
    If you meet or see someone in the flesh you actually meet or see them, rather than seeing them on TV or in other media.
    In the gravy
    If you're in the gravy, you're rich and make money easily.
    In the hole
    If someone is in the hole, they have a lot of problems, especially financial ones.
    In the hot seat
    If someone's in the hot seat, they are the target for a lot of unwelcome criticism and examination.
    In the know
    If you are in the know, you have access to all the information about something, which other people don't have.
    In the lap of luxury
    People in the lap of luxury are very wealthy and have have everything that money can buy.
    In the long run
    This means 'over a long period of time', 'in the end' or 'in the final result'.
    In the loop
    If you're in the loop, you are fully informed about what is happening in a certain area or activity.
    In the lurch
    If you are left in the lurch, you are suddenly left in an embarrassing or tricky situation.
    In the making
    When something is in the making, it means it is in the process of being made.
    In the offing
    If something is in the offing, it is very likely to happen soon.
    In the pink
    If you are in very good health, you are in the pink.
    In the pipeline
    If something's in the pipeline, it hasn't arrived yet but its arrival is expected.
    In the red
    If your bank account is overdrawn, it is in the red.
    In the saddle
    If you're in the saddle, you are in control of a situation.
    In the same boat
    If people are in the same boat, they are in the same predicament or trouble.
    In the short run
    This refers to the immediate future.
    In the soup
    If you're in the soup, you're in trouble.
    In the swim
    If you are in the swim, you are up-to-date with and fully informed about something.
    In the swing
    If things are in the swing, they are progressing well.
    In the tall cotton
    A phrase that expresses good times or times of plenty and wealth as tall cotton means a good crop.
    In the twinkling of an eye
    If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
    In the zone
    If you are in the zone, you are very focused on what you have to do.
    In turn
    This means one after the other. Example: She spoke to each of the guests in turn.
    In two minds
    If you are in two minds about something, you can't decide what to do.
    In your blood
    A trait or liking that is deeply ingrained in someone's personality and unlikely to change is in their blood. A similar idiom is 'in his DNA.'
    In your element
    If you are in your element, you feel happy and relaxed because you are doing something that you like doing and are good at. "You should have seen her when they asked her to sing; she was in her element."
    In your face
    If someone is in your face, they are direct and confrontational. (It is sometime written 'in yer face'colloquially)
    In your sights
    If you have someone or something in your sights, they are your target to beat.
    Indian file
    If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.
    Indian giver
    An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
    Indian summer
    If there is a period of warmer weather in late autumn, it is an Indian summer.
    Ins and outs
    If you know the ins and outs of something, you know all the details.
    Into each life some rain must fall
    This means that bad or unfortunate things will happen to everyone at some time.
    Into thin air
    If something vanishes or disappears without trace, it vanishes into thin air; no-one knows where it has gone.
    Iron fist
    Someone who rules or controls something with an iron fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. An iron fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Mailed fist' is an alternative form.
    Irons in the fire
    A person who has a few irons in the fire has a number of things working to their advantage at the same time.
    Is Saul also among the prophets?
    It's a biblical idiom used when somebody known for something bad appears all of a sudden to be doing something very good.
    It ain't over till the fat lady sings
    This idiom means that until something has officially finished, the result is uncertain.
    It cost an arm and a leg
    If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
    It cost the earth
    If something costs the earth, it is very expensive indeed.
    It never rains but it pours
    'It never rains but it pours' means that when things go wrong, they go very wrong.
    It takes a village to raise a child
    It takes many people to teach a child all that he or she should know.
    It takes two to tango
    This idiom is used to suggest that when things go wrong, both sides are involved and neither side is completely innocent.
    It's an ill wind that blows no good
    This is said when things have gone wrong; the idea being that when bad things happen, there can also be some positive results.
    It's no use crying over spilt milk
    This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.
    It's not the size of the dog in fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog
    Usually refering to a small dog attacking a larger animal, this means that fierceness is not necessarily a matter of physical size, but rather mental/psychological attitude.
    It's not the size of the man in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the man
    This idiom means that determination is often more important than size, strength, or ability. ('It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.' is also used.)
    It's your funeral
    The other person has made a decision that you think is bad. However, it is their choice; it is their funeral.
    Itch to
    If you are itching to do something, you are very eager to do it.
    Itchy feet
    One gets itchy feet when one has been in one place for a time and wants to travel.
    Ivory tower
    People who live in ivory towers are detached from the world around them.

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    Jack Frost
    If everything has frozen in winter, then Jack Frost has visited.
    Jack the Lad
    A confident and not very serious young man who behaves as he wants to without thinking about other people is a Jack the Lad.
    A jack-of-all-trades is someone that can do many different jobs.
    Jam on your face
    If you say that someone has jam on their face, they appear to be caught, embarrassed or found guilty.
    Jam tomorrow
    (UK) This idiom is used when people promise good things for the future that will never come.
    Jane Doe
    Jane Doe is a name given to an unidentified female who may be party to legal proceedings, or to an unidentified person in hospital, or dead. John Doe is the male equivalent.
    Jekyll and Hyde
    Someone who has a Jekyll and Hyde personality has a pleasant and a very unpleasant side to the character.
    Jersey justice
    (UK) Jersey justice is very severe justice.
    Jet set
    Very wealthy people who travel around the world to attend parties or functions are the jet set.
    To emphasise just how black something is, such as someone's hair, we can call it jet-black.
    Job's comforter
    Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job's comforter. (Job's is pronounced 'jobes', not 'jobs')
    Jobs for the boys
    Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys.
    Jockey for position
    If a number of people want the same opportunity and are struggling to emerge as the most likely candidate, they are jockeying for position.
    Jog my memory
    If you jog someone's memory, you say words that will help someone trying to remember a thought, event, word, phrase, experience, etc.
    John Doe
    John Doe is a name given to an unidentified male who may be party to legal proceedings, or to an unidentified person in hospital, or dead. Jane Doe is the female equivalent.
    John Q Public
    (USA) John Q Public is the typical, average person.
    Johnny on the spot
    A person who is always available; ready, willing, and able to do what needs to be done.('Johnny-on-the-spot' is also used.)
    A Johnny-come-lately is someone who has recently joined something or arrived somewhere, especially when they want to make changes that are not welcome.
    Joined at the hip
    If people are joined at the hip, they are very closely connected and think the same way.
    Judge, jury and executioner
    If someone is said to be the judge, jury, and executioner, it means they are in charge of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose.
    Juggle frogs
    If you are juggling frogs, you are trying to do something very difficult.
    Jump down someone's throat
    If you jump down someone's throat, you criticise or chastise them severely.
    Jump on the bandwagon
    If people jump on the bandwagon, they get involved in something that has recently become very popular.
    Jump the gun
    If you jump the gun, you start doing something before the appropriate time.
    Jump the shark
    Said of a salient point in a television show or other activity at which the popularity thereof begins to wane: The Flintstones jumped the shark when a man from outer space came to visit them. The expression derives from an episode of the television sitcom 'Happy Days' in which Fonzie, clad in leather jacket and on water skis, jumps over a shark. That episode was widely seen as the beginning of the end for the formerly popular series.
    Jump through hoops
    If you are prepared to jump through hoops for someone, you are prepared to make great efforts and sacrifices for them.
    Jump to a conclusion
    If someone jumps to a conclusion, they evaluate or judge something without a sufficient examination of the facts.
    Jumping Judas!
    An expression of surprise or shock.
    Jungle out there
    If someone says that it is a jungle out there, they mean that the situation is dangerous and there are no rules.
    Jury's out
    If the jury's out on an issue, then there is no general agreement or consensus on it.
    Just around the corner
    If something is just around the corner, then it is expected to happen very soon.
    Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined
    Things, especially education, that affect and influence us in our childhood shape the kind of adult we turn out to be. (There are various versions of this, like 'As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined' and 'As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines', 'As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined')
    Just coming up to
    If the time is just coming up to nine o'clock, it means that it will be nine o'clock in a very few seconds. You'll hear them say it on the radio in the morning.
    Just deserts
    If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve.
    Just for the heck of it
    When someone does something just for the heck of it, they do it without a good reason.
    Just for the record
    If something is said to be just for the record, the person is saying it so that people know but does not necessarily agree with or support it.
    Just in the nick of time
    If you do something in the nick of time, you just manage to do it just in time, with seconds to spare.
    Just off the boat
    If someone is just off the boat, they are naive and inexperienced.
    Just what the doctor ordered
    If something's just what the doctor ordered, it is precisely what is needed.

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