a dime a dozen

The meaning of "a dime a dozen" is:

regular, boring, common, worthless


What is the definition of "a dime a dozen"?

The definition of "a dime a dozen" is:

regular, boring, common, worthless



"a dime a dozen" means

regular, boring, common, worthless

Example Sentences:

Rude people in New York City are a dime a dozen. Everywhere you go, there are rude people!

A: Do you like my new car? It’s a Honda Civic.
B: Um, it’s alright. It’s a dime a dozen, though. Everyone has one.
A: I hate you.

English teachers in Korea are a dime a dozen. There are so many English speakers here!

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acquired taste

The meaning of "acquired taste" is:

something that you begin to like after trying it many times. (more…)


What is the definition of "acquired taste"?

The definition of "acquired taste" is:

something that you begin to like after trying it many times. (more…)



"acquired taste" means

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against all odds

The meaning of "against all odds" is:

even though something seems completely impossible (more…)


What is the definition of "against all odds"?

The definition of "against all odds" is:

even though something seems completely impossible (more…)



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ain’t

The meaning of "ain’t" is:

am not, are not, is not, has not, and have not.


What is the definition of "ain’t"?

The definition of "ain’t" is:

am not, are not, is not, has not, and have not.



"ain’t" means

am not, are not, is not, has not, and have not.

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all bark and no bite

The meaning of "all bark and no bite" is:

all talk and no action


What is the definition of "all bark and no bite"?

The definition of "all bark and no bite" is:

all talk and no action



"all bark and no bite" means

all talk and no action

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all for the best

The meaning of "all for the best" is:

a bad situation has some positives (more…)


What is the definition of "all for the best"?

The definition of "all for the best" is:

a bad situation has some positives (more…)



"all for the best" means

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all good

The meaning of "all good" is:

everything is fine


What is the definition of "all good"?

The definition of "all good" is:

everything is fine



"all good" means

everything is fine

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all hell breaks loose

The meaning of "all hell breaks loose" is:

everything becomes crazy, disorganized, chaotic


What is the definition of "all hell breaks loose"?

The definition of "all hell breaks loose" is:

everything becomes crazy, disorganized, chaotic



"all hell breaks loose" means

everything becomes crazy, disorganized, chaotic

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ants in one’s pants

The meaning of "ants in one’s pants" is:

to be restless (more…)


What is the definition of "ants in one’s pants"?

The definition of "ants in one’s pants" is:

to be restless (more…)



"ants in one’s pants" means

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April fool’s!

The meaning of "April fool’s!" is:

usually said after pulling a prank on someone on April 1st


What is the definition of "April fool’s!"?

The definition of "April fool’s!" is:

usually said after pulling a prank on someone on April 1st



"April fool’s!" means

usually said after pulling a prank on someone on April 1st

Example Sentences:

Teenager: Mom, dad, I’m pregnant!
Mom: What? I don’t believe it!
Teenager: April fool’s! I’m just kidding!

asshat

The meaning of "asshat" is:

a terrible person, a person who acts in a rude or offensive way


What is the definition of "asshat"?

The definition of "asshat" is:

a terrible person, a person who acts in a rude or offensive way



"asshat" means

a terrible person, a person who acts in a rude or offensive way

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at a crossroads

The meaning of "at a crossroads" is:

at a point in one’s life where important decisions about the future must be made


What is the definition of "at a crossroads"?

The definition of "at a crossroads" is:

at a point in one’s life where important decisions about the future must be made



"at a crossroads" means

at a point in one’s life where important decisions about the future must be made

Example Sentences:

Thomas was at a crossroads when he had to decide between going to law school, medical school, or barber college.

When my boyfriend asked me to marry him, I felt like I was at a crossroads, and I didn’t know what to do!

at one’s wits’ end

The meaning of "at one’s wits’ end" is:

to be confused, overwhelmed, and unsure what to do


What is the definition of "at one’s wits’ end"?

The definition of "at one’s wits’ end" is:

to be confused, overwhelmed, and unsure what to do



"at one’s wits’ end" means

to be confused, overwhelmed, and unsure what to do

Example Sentences:

The confused student was at her wits’ end because she didn’t know what to do after graduation.

A: Are you okay?
B: No, I’m at my wits’ end!
A: Why?
B: I think my boyfriend is seeing another girl secretly!
A: Oh no!

Shawn’s wife left him, his children are always misbehaving, and he just got fired. He is at his wits’ end, and he doesn’t know what to do!
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b and b

The meaning of "b and b" is:

bed and breakfast


What is the definition of "b and b"?

The definition of "b and b" is:

bed and breakfast



"b and b" means

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back to the drawing board

The meaning of "back to the drawing board" is:

an idea has to go back to the beginning because it was unsuccessful


What is the definition of "back to the drawing board"?

The definition of "back to the drawing board" is:

an idea has to go back to the beginning because it was unsuccessful



"back to the drawing board" means

an idea has to go back to the beginning because it was unsuccessful

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baloney

The meaning of "baloney" is:

nonsense


What is the definition of "baloney"?

The definition of "baloney" is:

nonsense



"baloney" means

nonsense

Example Sentences:

A: Did you hear the news?
B: What news?
A: I’ve got a date tonight. With Angelina Jolie!
B: That’s baloney.

The salesman was talking baloney when he told the woman that his new vacuum could clean her whole house in 5 minutes.

baloney

barf up one’s guts

The meaning of "barf up one’s guts" is:

to vomit a lot, to be very sick


What is the definition of "barf up one’s guts"?

The definition of "barf up one’s guts" is:

to vomit a lot, to be very sick



"barf up one’s guts" means

to vomit a lot, to be very sick

Example Sentence:

On the weekend I got sick and barfed my guts up!

A: Where is Thomas?
B: He is barfing his guts up in the washroom because he drank too much tequila!

If I eat that fish I will barf my guts up! I am allergic to fish!

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bark up the wrong tree

The meaning of "bark up the wrong tree" is:

to make the wrong choice when thinking about two or more options


What is the definition of "bark up the wrong tree"?

The definition of "bark up the wrong tree" is:

to make the wrong choice when thinking about two or more options



"bark up the wrong tree" means

to make the wrong choice when thinking about two or more options

Example Sentences:

The boss always barks up the wrong tree every time there is a problem. She always gets mad at the wrong department.

My mother barked up the wrong tree when she accused me of stealing. It was my sister!

If you think that I ate your food, you’re barking up the wrong tree. I wasn’t even home this weekend!

If he’s planning to go to Law school, he’s barking up the wrong tree by studying medicine.

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be easier said than done

The meaning of "be easier said than done" is:

something is more easily talked about than actually done


What is the definition of "be easier said than done"?

The definition of "be easier said than done" is:

something is more easily talked about than actually done



"be easier said than done" means

something is more easily talked about than actually done

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beats me

The meaning of "beats me" is:

I have no idea


What is the definition of "beats me"?

The definition of "beats me" is:

I have no idea



"beats me" means

I have no idea

Example Sentence:

A: What is the capital of Canada?
B: Beats me.
A: Try and guess.
B: Toronto?
A: No, it’s Ottawa.

Boyfriend: What time does the movie start?
Girlfriend: Beats me.
Boyfriend: We’d better find out or we will be late.

begin to dawn on someone

The meaning of "begin to dawn on someone" is:

someone slowly starts to realize or understand something


What is the definition of "begin to dawn on someone"?

The definition of "begin to dawn on someone" is:

someone slowly starts to realize or understand something



"begin to dawn on someone" means

someone slowly starts to realize or understand something

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behind the eight ball

The meaning of "behind the eight ball" is:

at a serious disadvantage


What is the definition of "behind the eight ball"?

The definition of "behind the eight ball" is:

at a serious disadvantage



"behind the eight ball" means

at a serious disadvantage

Example Sentences:

A: How are things at your new job?
B: Well, I’m behind the eight ball because everyone speaks Portuguese except me!
A: That’s unlucky!

The young baseball player was behind the eight ball because he was the smallest member of his team.

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best bet

The meaning of "best bet" is:

best chance for success


What is the definition of "best bet"?

The definition of "best bet" is:

best chance for success



"best bet" means

best chance for success

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betcha

The meaning of "betcha" is:

I bet you


What is the definition of "betcha"?

The definition of "betcha" is:

I bet you



"betcha" means

I bet you

Example Sentences:

Betcha can’t lift 200 kilos like I can!

A: My new boyfriend is so handsome and successful.
B: Is he?
A: Yeah. He is a model and has his own business.
B: Betcha my boyfriend is better than yours! He’s an actor and lawyer!

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blessing in disguise

The meaning of "blessing in disguise" is:

something that seems terrible, but actually produces positive results (more…)


What is the definition of "blessing in disguise"?

The definition of "blessing in disguise" is:

something that seems terrible, but actually produces positive results (more…)



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blockbuster

The meaning of "blockbuster" is:

a movie that is popular and makes a lot of money


What is the definition of "blockbuster"?

The definition of "blockbuster" is:

a movie that is popular and makes a lot of money



"blockbuster" means

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blow

The meaning of "blow" is:

to spend money carelessly


What is the definition of "blow"?

The definition of "blow" is:

to spend money carelessly



"blow" means

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booked solid

The meaning of "booked solid" is:

to be completely full


What is the definition of "booked solid"?

The definition of "booked solid" is:

to be completely full



"booked solid" means

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bottle it up

The meaning of "bottle it up" is:

act in a way that doesn’t show any emotions


What is the definition of "bottle it up"?

The definition of "bottle it up" is:

act in a way that doesn’t show any emotions



"bottle it up" means

act in a way that doesn’t show any emotions

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break a leg

The meaning of "break a leg" is:

good luck!


What is the definition of "break a leg"?

The definition of "break a leg" is:

good luck!



"break a leg" means

good luck!

Example Sentences:

A: I have a presentation to do today!
B: Break a leg! I hope it goes well!

The actor was told to break a leg as he prepared to go on stage.

From the News:

Break a leg, say gamblers, as Mills enters dance contest

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bring it on

The meaning of "bring it on" is:

let’s see how good you are


What is the definition of "bring it on"?

The definition of "bring it on" is:

let’s see how good you are



"bring it on" means

let’s see how good you are

Example Sentences:

The football team challenged their rivals to bring it on as they ran onto the field.

A: Your girlfriend is ugly.
B: What did you say?
A: I said, she’s ugly.
B: Do you want to fight?
A: Bring it on!!

Note:

bring it on is usually used before challenging someone to a competition or fight

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brush with fame

The meaning of "brush with fame" is:

a brief moment where a person is famous


What is the definition of "brush with fame"?

The definition of "brush with fame" is:

a brief moment where a person is famous



"brush with fame" means

a brief moment where a person is famous

Example Sentences:

The happy young man had a brush with fame when he appeared on the news.

I had a brush with fame when I put that video up on Tube! I got 2000 views!

bucks

The meaning of "bucks" is:

dollars (informal)


What is the definition of "bucks"?

The definition of "bucks" is:

dollars (informal)



"bucks" means

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bummed

The meaning of "bummed" is:

to be acting in a depressed way


What is the definition of "bummed"?

The definition of "bummed" is:

to be acting in a depressed way



"bummed" means

to be acting in a depressed way

Example Sentence:

I’m sorry I’ve been so bummed lately. I’m just upset because my girlfriend left me.

Anna is bummed because her father just died.

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bummed out

The meaning of "bummed out" is:

to be acting in a depressed way


What is the definition of "bummed out"?

The definition of "bummed out" is:

to be acting in a depressed way



"bummed out" means

to be acting in a depressed way

Example Sentence:

I’m sorry I’ve been so bummed out lately. I’m just upset because my girlfriend left me.

Anna is bummed out because her father just died.

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bumped up/down

The meaning of "bumped up/down" is:

to be moved from your paid seat to a seat of different value


What is the definition of "bumped up/down"?

The definition of "bumped up/down" is:

to be moved from your paid seat to a seat of different value



"bumped up/down" means

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burn off

The meaning of "burn off" is:

to clear up, to become less cloudy


What is the definition of "burn off"?

The definition of "burn off" is:

to clear up, to become less cloudy



"burn off" means

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burn the candle at both ends

The meaning of "burn the candle at both ends" is:

to go to bed very late and wake up very early to do a lot of work


What is the definition of "burn the candle at both ends"?

The definition of "burn the candle at both ends" is:

to go to bed very late and wake up very early to do a lot of work



"burn the candle at both ends" means

to go to bed very late and wake up very early to do a lot of work

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burn the midnight oil

The meaning of "burn the midnight oil" is:

to go to bed very late and wake up very early to do a lot of work


What is the definition of "burn the midnight oil"?

The definition of "burn the midnight oil" is:

to go to bed very late and wake up very early to do a lot of work



"burn the midnight oil" means

to go to bed very late and wake up very early to do a lot of work

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burn through money

The meaning of "burn through money" is:

to spend money very quickly


What is the definition of "burn through money"?

The definition of "burn through money" is:

to spend money very quickly



"burn through money" means

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burnt out

The meaning of "burnt out" is:

to be very tired from doing something too much


What is the definition of "burnt out"?

The definition of "burnt out" is:

to be very tired from doing something too much



"burnt out" means

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buy something

The meaning of "buy something" is:

to believe something that is not true


What is the definition of "buy something"?

The definition of "buy something" is:

to believe something that is not true



"buy something" means

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by leaps and bounds

The meaning of "by leaps and bounds" is:

with extremely quick progress


What is the definition of "by leaps and bounds"?

The definition of "by leaps and bounds" is:

with extremely quick progress



"by leaps and bounds" means

with extremely quick progress

Example Sentence:

My English has improved by leaps and bounds since I started studying at PLI.

Sally’s health improved by leaps and bounds after she started exercising.

Media:

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call it a wash

The meaning of "call it a wash" is:

to decide that something is equal and even


What is the definition of "call it a wash"?

The definition of "call it a wash" is:

to decide that something is equal and even



"call it a wash" means

to decide that something is equal and even

Example Sentence:

A: You owe me $50 for dinner.
B: Well, you owe me $55 for dessert.
A: I think we should call it a wash. Let’s go to our movie!

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call it even

The meaning of "call it even" is:

to decide that something is equal and even


What is the definition of "call it even"?

The definition of "call it even" is:

to decide that something is equal and even



"call it even" means

to decide that something is equal and even

Example Sentence:

A: You owe me $50 for dinner.
B: Well, you owe me $55 for dessert.
A: I think we should call it even. Let’s go to our movie!

calm before the storm

The meaning of "calm before the storm" is:

a period of quiet before a very busy or stressful time


What is the definition of "calm before the storm"?

The definition of "calm before the storm" is:

a period of quiet before a very busy or stressful time



"calm before the storm" means

a period of quiet before a very busy or stressful time

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can’t make heads or tails of it

The meaning of "can’t make heads or tails of it" is:

something is too difficult or complicated for someone to understand


What is the definition of "can’t make heads or tails of it"?

The definition of "can’t make heads or tails of it" is:

something is too difficult or complicated for someone to understand



"can’t make heads or tails of it" means

something is too difficult or complicated for someone to understand

Example Sentences:

A: Do you ever wonder if God is real?
B: That stuff is so difficult I can’t make heads or tails of it.

Before the Olympics, Angelina tried to learn how to speak Chinese. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make heads or tails of it, and she quit after only 3 weeks.

A: What do you think of the new professor?
B: I can’t make heads or tails of his teaching style. I can’t understand what he’s talking about.

Michael can’t make heads or tails of Physics.

From the Blogs:

Can’t make heads or tails of this coin

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can’t put my finger on it

The meaning of "can’t put my finger on it" is:

can’t figure out or understand something


What is the definition of "can’t put my finger on it"?

The definition of "can’t put my finger on it" is:

can’t figure out or understand something



"can’t put my finger on it" means

can’t figure out or understand something

Example Sentences:

A: Something is different about you, but I can’t put my finger on it.
B: I got a haircut.
A: That’s it! You look fabulous!

The rice tasted different, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. Then I realized that I forgot to add the salt!

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carry-on

The meaning of "carry-on" is:

baggage that you take on an airplane


What is the definition of "carry-on"?

The definition of "carry-on" is:

baggage that you take on an airplane



"carry-on" means

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caught red handed

The meaning of "caught red handed" is:

to be caught doing something bad


What is the definition of "caught red handed"?

The definition of "caught red handed" is:

to be caught doing something bad



"caught red handed" means

to be caught doing something bad

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caught with your pants down

The meaning of "caught with your pants down" is:

found in an embarrassing situation


What is the definition of "caught with your pants down"?

The definition of "caught with your pants down" is:

found in an embarrassing situation



"caught with your pants down" means

found in an embarrassing situation

Example Sentences:

I drank too much at our work party last week. I got caught with my pants down when the boss saw me! I was so embarrassed!

My roommate was caught with his pants down when my girlfriend accidentally saw him naked in the shower.

Mark caught me with my pants down when he came into the bathroom without knocking.

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change of pace

The meaning of "change of pace" is:

a change from one type of activity to another,


What is the definition of "change of pace"?

The definition of "change of pace" is:

a change from one type of activity to another,



"change of pace" means

a change from one type of activity to another,

Example Sentence:

A: I’m bored.
B: Well, how about a change of pace. Why don’t we go to a movie?

I decided I needed a change of pace, so I chose a new career.

check in

The meaning of "check in" is:

to go to the airline desk to get one’s boarding pass


What is the definition of "check in"?

The definition of "check in" is:

to go to the airline desk to get one’s boarding pass



"check in" means

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check someone out

The meaning of "check someone out" is:

to look at someone in order to form an opinion


What is the definition of "check someone out"?

The definition of "check someone out" is:

to look at someone in order to form an opinion



"check someone out" means

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cheers

The meaning of "cheers" is:

a way of expressing thanks


What is the definition of "cheers"?

The definition of "cheers" is:

a way of expressing thanks



"cheers" means

a way of expressing thanks

Example Sentences:

Cheers! Thanks for your question! We’ll email you back soon!

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cheers (2)

The meaning of "cheers (2)" is:

a way to express good wishes, especially before drinking


What is the definition of "cheers (2)"?

The definition of "cheers (2)" is:

a way to express good wishes, especially before drinking



"cheers (2)" means

a way to express good wishes, especially before drinking

Example Sentences:

Let’s all wish Sally a happy birthday. Cheers everyone!

Tom shouted “Cheers!!” and everyone had a drink of wine.

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chin up

The meaning of "chin up" is:

remain cheerful during a difficult period, don’t give up


What is the definition of "chin up"?

The definition of "chin up" is:

remain cheerful during a difficult period, don’t give up



"chin up" means

remain cheerful during a difficult period, don’t give up

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clean break

The meaning of "clean break" is:

completely remove yourself from a bad situation


What is the definition of "clean break"?

The definition of "clean break" is:

completely remove yourself from a bad situation



"clean break" means

completely remove yourself from a bad situation

Example Sentences:

The girl knew her boyfriend was a loser, so she ended their relationship to get a clean break.

Employee 1: I heard you’re quitting.
Employee 2: Yeah, I am.
Employee 1: Why?
Employee 2: I’m sick of being a lawyer.
Employee 1: Are you going to get a new job with another law firm?
Employee 2: No, I want a clean break. I’m going to go back to school to become an English teacher.
Employee 1: Fantastic!

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cold feet

The meaning of "cold feet" is:

sudden nervousness about something you have to do


What is the definition of "cold feet"?

The definition of "cold feet" is:

sudden nervousness about something you have to do



"cold feet" means

sudden nervousness about something you have to do

Example Sentences:

The groom got cold feet before the wedding, and his friends had to calm him down.

Mike wanted to give the speech at the conference, but he got cold feet at the last second, and was unable to speak.

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come off it

The meaning of "come off it" is:

I don’t believe you


What is the definition of "come off it"?

The definition of "come off it" is:

I don’t believe you



"come off it" means

I don’t believe you

Example Sentence:

You’re going to Jamaica for your vacation? Come off it, are you serious?

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come through for someone

The meaning of "come through for someone" is:

to support someone during a difficult situation


What is the definition of "come through for someone"?

The definition of "come through for someone" is:

to support someone during a difficult situation



"come through for someone" means

to support someone during a difficult situation

Example Sentence:

Son: Dad, I was driving on the highway and I got a flat tire. Can you pick me up?
Dad: Don’t worry, son. I’ll come through for you! I’ll be there soon!

I really came through for my friend when I helped her get out of trouble with the police.

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cool one’s heels

The meaning of "cool one’s heels" is:

being forced to wait for something


What is the definition of "cool one’s heels"?

The definition of "cool one’s heels" is:

being forced to wait for something



"cool one’s heels" means

being forced to wait for something

Example Sentences:

Customer: I would like to buy an iPhone right now, please.
Employee: I’m sorry, but you have to cool your heels, sir. Lots of people have been waiting longer than you.

Sharon cooled her heels in a park while waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up.

A: Are you ready to go to the beach?
B: I can’t. I’m cooling my heels until my mom comes home so I can borrow her car.
A: Hurry up!

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cost an arm and a leg

The meaning of "cost an arm and a leg" is:

costs a lot of money, is very expensive


What is the definition of "cost an arm and a leg"?

The definition of "cost an arm and a leg" is:

costs a lot of money, is very expensive



"cost an arm and a leg" means

costs a lot of money, is very expensive

Example Sentence:

The man’s new sports car cost an arm and a leg.

A: Do you want to go to that new restaurant?
B: No
A: Why not?
B: Because everything there costs an arm and a leg. It’s too expensive for me.

The young woman’s gambling addiction was costing her an arm and a leg, so she decided to get help.

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cover

The meaning of "cover" is:

to pay for someone


What is the definition of "cover"?

The definition of "cover" is:

to pay for someone



"cover" means

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crack the whip

The meaning of "crack the whip" is:

become very strict and serious about something


What is the definition of "crack the whip"?

The definition of "crack the whip" is:

become very strict and serious about something



"crack the whip" means

become very strict and serious about something

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cross the line

The meaning of "cross the line" is:

to go beyond the limits of something by doing something unacceptable


What is the definition of "cross the line"?

The definition of "cross the line" is:

to go beyond the limits of something by doing something unacceptable



"cross the line" means

to go beyond the limits of something by doing something unacceptable

Example Sentences:

Young children often cross the line with their babysitters by being rude and misbehaving.

You can’t take my new girlfriend out for coffee! That’s crossing the line.

The student crossed the line when he answered his mobile phone in class. This angered his teacher.

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cut it

The meaning of "cut it" is:

to be able to do something


What is the definition of "cut it"?

The definition of "cut it" is:

to be able to do something



"cut it" means

to be able to do something

Example Sentence:

For a few years I tried to study Math, but in the end, I just couldn’t cut it. Now I study Art instead.

I heard that the Law school exam is quite hard. Do you think you can cut it?

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cut to the chase

The meaning of "cut to the chase" is:

get to the most important point


What is the definition of "cut to the chase"?

The definition of "cut to the chase" is:

get to the most important point



"cut to the chase" means

get to the most important point

Example Sentences:

Boss: I have some bad news everyone. Let me first say that you are all great employees, and I love you all.
Employees: Thanks, boss!
Boss: Let me cut to the chase. You’re all fired.
Employees: Thanks, boss!

Father: Son, your mother and I love you very much, and we want you to know that we’ll always take care of you. But, let me cut to the chase. We’re getting a divorce.
Son: Oh.

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dead serious

The meaning of "dead serious" is:

to be very or completely serious


What is the definition of "dead serious"?

The definition of "dead serious" is:

to be very or completely serious



"dead serious" means

to be very or completely serious

Example Sentence:

I won the lottery, I am dead serious. Why don’t you believe me?

A: I’m going to Ireland.
B: Are you serious?
A: I’m dead serious.

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do the lion’s share

The meaning of "do the lion’s share" is:

to do the majority of the work when working with a group (more…)


What is the definition of "do the lion’s share"?

The definition of "do the lion’s share" is:

to do the majority of the work when working with a group (more…)



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does not hold water

The meaning of "does not hold water" is:

a statement does not appear to be correct or reasonable (more…)


What is the definition of "does not hold water"?

The definition of "does not hold water" is:

a statement does not appear to be correct or reasonable (more…)



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doesn’t lift a finger

The meaning of "doesn’t lift a finger" is:

doesn’t work at all, is very lazy


What is the definition of "doesn’t lift a finger"?

The definition of "doesn’t lift a finger" is:

doesn’t work at all, is very lazy



"doesn’t lift a finger" means

doesn’t work at all, is very lazy

Example Sentence:

A: Are you still having trouble with your teenage son?
B: Definitely. He eats all my food, he is always angry, and he’s so lazy. He doesn’t lift a finger around the house

Tom is going to hire a housekeeper so he doesn’t have to lift a finger around the house.

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dog eat dog world

The meaning of "dog eat dog world" is:

a very competitive world


What is the definition of "dog eat dog world"?

The definition of "dog eat dog world" is:

a very competitive world



"dog eat dog world" means

a very competitive world

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don’t be a stranger

The meaning of "don’t be a stranger" is:

keep in touch, let’s keep in contact even though we’re parting


What is the definition of "don’t be a stranger"?

The definition of "don’t be a stranger" is:

keep in touch, let’s keep in contact even though we’re parting



"don’t be a stranger" means

keep in touch, let’s keep in contact even though we’re parting

Example Sentence:

I’m going back to Brazil and you’re going back to Italy. Here is my e-mail address, please don’t be a stranger!

Student 1: I am going back to Brazil.
Student 2: I am going back to Korea.
Student 1: Good luck to you! I hope we will meet again soon!
Student 2: Don’t be a stranger!

Have fun on your vacation! I hope you enjoy Mexico! Don’t be a stranger!

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don’t have what it takes

The meaning of "don’t have what it takes" is:

to feel that one is not strong enough, smart enough, fast enough, to do a specific task


What is the definition of "don’t have what it takes"?

The definition of "don’t have what it takes" is:

to feel that one is not strong enough, smart enough, fast enough, to do a specific task



"don’t have what it takes" means

to feel that one is not strong enough, smart enough, fast enough, to do a specific task

Example Sentence:

I don’t have what it takes to be a doctor. You have to work too hard.

He doesn’t have what it takes to run a marathon. He’s too lazy.

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down in the dumps

The meaning of "down in the dumps" is:

to be acting in a depressed way


What is the definition of "down in the dumps"?

The definition of "down in the dumps" is:

to be acting in a depressed way



"down in the dumps" means

to be acting in a depressed way

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down in the mouth

The meaning of "down in the mouth" is:

to be acting in a depressed way


What is the definition of "down in the mouth"?

The definition of "down in the mouth" is:

to be acting in a depressed way



"down in the mouth" means

to be acting in a depressed way

Example Sentence:

I’m sorry I’ve been so down in the mouth lately. I’m just upset because my girlfriend left me.

Anna is very down in the mouth because her father just died.

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downhill

The meaning of "downhill" is:

leading to a situation that will only get worse


What is the definition of "downhill"?

The definition of "downhill" is:

leading to a situation that will only get worse



"downhill" means

leading to a situation that will only get worse

Example Sentence:

Once you turn 50, your life is going to go downhill. The rest of your life will be terrible.

Our business started to go downhill when the price of gas went up.

Johnny’s grades have gone downhill ever since he met his new girlfriend.

It’s all downhill after you have children!

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drag one’s heels

The meaning of "drag one’s heels" is:

to be acting very tired, exhausted


What is the definition of "drag one’s heels"?

The definition of "drag one’s heels" is:

to be acting very tired, exhausted



"drag one’s heels" means

to be acting very tired, exhausted

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dress to kill

The meaning of "dress to kill" is:

dressed very nicely, extravagantly, or elaborately (more…)


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The definition of "dress to kill" is:

dressed very nicely, extravagantly, or elaborately (more…)



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dress to the nines

The meaning of "dress to the nines" is:

dressed very nicely, extravagantly, or elaborately


What is the definition of "dress to the nines"?

The definition of "dress to the nines" is:

dressed very nicely, extravagantly, or elaborately



"dress to the nines" means

dressed very nicely, extravagantly, or elaborately

Example Sentence:

The man was dressed to the nines in a tuxedo, hat, gold watch and expensive shoes, because he was going to accept an award.

A: Why are you dressed to the nines?
B: I have a hot date tonight!

I’m going to dress to the nines tonight because I’m meeting my boyfriend’s parents for the first time.

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dress up

The meaning of "dress up" is:

dressed very extravagantly, nicely, or elaborately


What is the definition of "dress up"?

The definition of "dress up" is:

dressed very extravagantly, nicely, or elaborately



"dress up" means

dressed very extravagantly, nicely, or elaborately

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drive someone around the bend

The meaning of "drive someone around the bend" is:

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone


What is the definition of "drive someone around the bend"?

The definition of "drive someone around the bend" is:

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone



"drive someone around the bend" means

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone

Example Sentence:

My children always drive me around the bend when they are tired and in a bad mood.

John’s girlfriend keeps driving him around the bend because she always asks him questions when he gets home from the bar.

I quit my job because my boss drove me around the bend every time I went to work.

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Curly hair shouldn’t drive you around the bend

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drive someone crazy

The meaning of "drive someone crazy" is:

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone


What is the definition of "drive someone crazy"?

The definition of "drive someone crazy" is:

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone



"drive someone crazy" means

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone

Example Sentence:

My children always drive me crazy when they are tired and in a bad mood.

John’s girlfriend keeps driving him crazy because she always asks him questions when he gets home from the bar.

I quit my job because my boss drove me crazy every time I went to work.

From the Blogs:

Opening day for lakes drives me crazy

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drive someone up a wall

The meaning of "drive someone up a wall" is:

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone


What is the definition of "drive someone up a wall"?

The definition of "drive someone up a wall" is:

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone



"drive someone up a wall" means

to make someone crazy, to irritate someone

Example Sentence:

My children always drive me up a wall when they are tired and in a bad mood.

John’s girlfriend keeps driving him up a wall because she always asks him questions when he gets home from the bar.

I quit my job because my boss drove me up a wall every time I went to work.

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drop an F bomb

The meaning of "drop an F bomb" is:

to say the word “Fuck”


What is the definition of "drop an F bomb"?

The definition of "drop an F bomb" is:

to say the word “Fuck”



"drop an F bomb" means

to say the word “Fuck”

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drop the ball

The meaning of "drop the ball" is:

to neglect or forget to do something important which you were responsible for, causing it to be ruined


What is the definition of "drop the ball"?

The definition of "drop the ball" is:

to neglect or forget to do something important which you were responsible for, causing it to be ruined



"drop the ball" means

to neglect or forget to do something important which you were responsible for, causing it to be ruined

Example Sentence:

Thomas dropped the ball when he forgot to pick his girlfriend up at the train station. She was so mad that she returned to her hometown, ruining their vacation.

A: Hey, welcome to my party!
B: Thanks!
A: Did you remember to bring the beer? It was your responsibility.
B: Oh no, I dropped the ball and totally forgot.
A: Now we have no beer for the party! It’s going to suck!
B: I’m so sorry!

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DTF

The meaning of "DTF" is:

down to fuck


What is the definition of "DTF"?

The definition of "DTF" is:

down to fuck



"DTF" means

down to fuck,
willing to have sex

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excuse my French

The meaning of "excuse my French" is:

excuse me for swearing


What is the definition of "excuse my French"?

The definition of "excuse my French" is:

excuse me for swearing



"excuse my French" means

excuse me for swearing

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face the music

The meaning of "face the music" is:

to accept the unpleasant results of one’s actions (more…)


What is the definition of "face the music"?

The definition of "face the music" is:

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false alarm

The meaning of "false alarm" is:

a warning given about something that does not happen


What is the definition of "false alarm"?

The definition of "false alarm" is:

a warning given about something that does not happen



"false alarm" means

a warning given about something that does not happen

Example Sentences:

I thought my girlfriend was pregnant, but it was a false alarm. I’m very lucky.

The parents thought their son was doing drugs, but it turned out to be a false alarm. He was only depressed.

A: I thought it was going to rain today?
B: No, I think it was a false alarm.
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fancy

The meaning of "fancy" is:

to like someone in a romantic or sexual way


What is the definition of "fancy"?

The definition of "fancy" is:

to like someone in a romantic or sexual way



"fancy" means

to like someone in a romantic or sexual way

Example Sentence:

Do you fancy our new employee?

If you fancied that girl in the pub, why didn’t you talk to her?

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fight fire with fire

The meaning of "fight fire with fire" is:

use the same methods as your enemy


What is the definition of "fight fire with fire"?

The definition of "fight fire with fire" is:

use the same methods as your enemy



"fight fire with fire" means

use the same methods as your enemy

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fish out of water

The meaning of "fish out of water" is:

uncomfortable about a situation you are in


What is the definition of "fish out of water"?

The definition of "fish out of water" is:

uncomfortable about a situation you are in



"fish out of water" means

uncomfortable about a situation you are in

Example Sentences:

The nervous young man felt like a fish out of water when he met his girlfriend’s parents.

I’m really good at playing football, but I’m a fish out of water when I try to play tennis!

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fit the bill

The meaning of "fit the bill" is:

good for a specific situation


What is the definition of "fit the bill"?

The definition of "fit the bill" is:

good for a specific situation



"fit the bill" means

good for a specific situation

Example Sentences:

A: How is your new apartment?
B: It fits the bill perfectly. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a balcony and a gym.
A: Great!

Sandra’s new boyfriend doesn’t really fit the bill. He’s so boring and she’s so exciting! I don’t think their relationship will last.

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flash in the pan

The meaning of "flash in the pan" is:

something or someone that became successful quickly and is unlikely to be repeated


What is the definition of "flash in the pan"?

The definition of "flash in the pan" is:

something or someone that became successful quickly and is unlikely to be repeated



"flash in the pan" means

something or someone that became successful quickly and is unlikely to be repeated

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fly in the face of

The meaning of "fly in the face of" is:

to be the exact opposite of what is expected


What is the definition of "fly in the face of"?

The definition of "fly in the face of" is:

to be the exact opposite of what is expected



"fly in the face of" means

to be the exact opposite of what is expected

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fly in the ointment

The meaning of "fly in the ointment" is:

a minor problem that spoils something


What is the definition of "fly in the ointment"?

The definition of "fly in the ointment" is:

a minor problem that spoils something



"fly in the ointment" means

a minor problem that spoils something

Example Sentences:

A: Did you have a good day at the beach?
B: It was all right. There was a fly in the ointment, though. Some teenagers there were being noisy.
A: I hate teenagers!

The only fly in the ointment during our whole vacation was when our flight was delayed.

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follow the crowd

The meaning of "follow the crowd" is:

do what other people are doing


What is the definition of "follow the crowd"?

The definition of "follow the crowd" is:

do what other people are doing



"follow the crowd" means

do what other people are doing

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for good

The meaning of "for good" is:

forever


What is the definition of "for good"?

The definition of "for good" is:

forever



"for good" means

forever

Example Sentences:

After working on a farm for 2 years, Trevor decided to become a vegetarian for good. He hasn’t eaten meat since!

A: I broke up with my boyfriend last night.
B: Are you going to get back together in 2 days like you always do?
A: No, this time it’s for good! I don’t ever want to see him again!
B: Do you mind if I call him then?

I’ve quit smoking for good!

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for real

The meaning of "for real" is:

used to show that something is real, genuine, or serious


What is the definition of "for real"?

The definition of "for real" is:

used to show that something is real, genuine, or serious



"for real" means

used to show that something is real, genuine, or serious

Example Sentences:

A: Did you hear that Thomas got fired?
B: For real?
A: Yeah, it’s true!

I’m not lying, I’m for real!

Announcer: Please exit the building, there is a fire on the 20th floor. This is not a drill, this is for real.

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forgive and forget

The meaning of "forgive and forget" is:

something in the past cannot be fixed, so it must be forgiven (more…)


What is the definition of "forgive and forget"?

The definition of "forgive and forget" is:

something in the past cannot be fixed, so it must be forgiven (more…)



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fresh off the boat

The meaning of "fresh off the boat" is:

when a person who is new to a country feels uncomfortable


What is the definition of "fresh off the boat"?

The definition of "fresh off the boat" is:

when a person who is new to a country feels uncomfortable



"fresh off the boat" means

when a person who is new to a country feels uncomfortable

Example Sentence:

All of those tourists look like they are fresh off the boat. They look so confused.

I felt so fresh off the boat when I first arrived to America. I didn’t speak the language, didn’t understand the customs, and I felt homesick. Now, I feel so much better!

fresh out

The meaning of "fresh out" is:

totally out of something, no more of something


What is the definition of "fresh out"?

The definition of "fresh out" is:

totally out of something, no more of something



"fresh out" means

totally out of something, no more of something

Example Sentences:

Customer: Do you have any Pepsi?
Clerk: I’m sorry, we’re fresh out. Would you like Coke?
Customer: No.

I went to the store to buy some chicken, but they were fresh out. I had to buy beef instead.

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full of it

The meaning of "full of it" is:

not telling the truth, exaggerating.


What is the definition of "full of it"?

The definition of "full of it" is:

not telling the truth, exaggerating.



"full of it" means

not telling the truth, exaggerating.

Example sentence:

You danced with three different guys at the nightclub last night? Come on, you’re full of it! I don’t believe you.

Shelly told her friends that she won a million dollars at the casino. They all thought she was full of it

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full of oneself

The meaning of "full of oneself" is:

to be arrogant or egotistical


What is the definition of "full of oneself"?

The definition of "full of oneself" is:

to be arrogant or egotistical



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full of shit

The meaning of "full of shit" is:

not telling the truth, exaggerating.


What is the definition of "full of shit"?

The definition of "full of shit" is:

not telling the truth, exaggerating.



"full of shit" means

not telling the truth, exaggerating.

Example sentence:

You danced with three different guys at the nightclub last night? Come on, you’re full of shit! I don’t believe you.

Shelly told her friends that she won a million dollars at the casino. They all thought she was full of shit

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FYI

The meaning of "FYI" is:

For Your Information


What is the definition of "FYI"?

The definition of "FYI" is:

For Your Information



"FYI" means

For Your Information

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gain steam

The meaning of "gain steam" is:

to become popular


What is the definition of "gain steam"?

The definition of "gain steam" is:

to become popular



"gain steam" means

to become popular

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get away for a few days

The meaning of "get away for a few days" is:

to leave a bit city and go somewhere peaceful


What is the definition of "get away for a few days"?

The definition of "get away for a few days" is:

to leave a bit city and go somewhere peaceful



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get away from it all

The meaning of "get away from it all" is:

to leave a big city and go somewhere peaceful


What is the definition of "get away from it all"?

The definition of "get away from it all" is:

to leave a big city and go somewhere peaceful



"get away from it all" means

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get by

The meaning of "get by" is:

to manage to live but with difficulty


What is the definition of "get by"?

The definition of "get by" is:

to manage to live but with difficulty



"get by" means

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get carried away

The meaning of "get carried away" is:

to lose control of your emotions, to overreact


What is the definition of "get carried away"?

The definition of "get carried away" is:

to lose control of your emotions, to overreact



"get carried away" means

to lose control of your emotions, to overreact

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get cracking

The meaning of "get cracking" is:

hurry up


What is the definition of "get cracking"?

The definition of "get cracking" is:

hurry up



"get cracking" means

hurry up

Example Sentences:

You’d better get cracking if you don’t want to miss your bus!

Son: Mom, I want to go outside and play!
Mom: Get cracking with your homework and then you can go outside.

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get in

The meaning of "get in" is:

to arrive at a destination


What is the definition of "get in"?

The definition of "get in" is:

to arrive at a destination



"get in" means

to arrive at a destination

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get in one’s face

The meaning of "get in one’s face" is:

when someone annoys or bothers someone else


What is the definition of "get in one’s face"?

The definition of "get in one’s face" is:

when someone annoys or bothers someone else



"get in one’s face" means

when someone annoys or bothers someone else

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get over oneself

The meaning of "get over oneself" is:

don’t be arrogant, don’t have too much pride (more…)


What is the definition of "get over oneself"?

The definition of "get over oneself" is:

don’t be arrogant, don’t have too much pride (more…)



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get the picture

The meaning of "get the picture" is:

understand the situation


What is the definition of "get the picture"?

The definition of "get the picture" is:

understand the situation



"get the picture" means

understand the situation

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get through to

The meaning of "get through to" is:

to make someone understand, to communicate something to someone


What is the definition of "get through to"?

The definition of "get through to" is:

to make someone understand, to communicate something to someone



"get through to" means

to make someone understand, to communicate something to someone

Example Sentences:

The angry teacher spent hours trying to get through to his bored students.

Am I getting through to you, or should I speak slower?

I really love this new singer. What she was singing about really got through to me.

get to

The meaning of "get to" is:

annoys or bothers


What is the definition of "get to"?

The definition of "get to" is:

annoys or bothers



"get to" means

annoys or bothers

Example Sentences:

My younger sister really gets to me. I find her so annoying!

A: How is your new roommate?
B: He keeps getting to me.
A: Why? What is he doing?
B: He’s always having parties, being messy, eating my food….

The movie Be Kind, Rewind really got to me. I found it so annoying!

get to the point

The meaning of "get to the point" is:

get to the most important part or topic


What is the definition of "get to the point"?

The definition of "get to the point" is:

get to the most important part or topic



"get to the point" means

get to the most important part or topic

Example Sentences:

Boss: I have some bad news everyone. Let me first say that you are all great employees, and I love you all.
Employees: Thanks, boss!
Boss: Let me get to the point. You’re all fired.
Employees: Thanks, boss!

Father: Son, your mother and I love you very much, and we want you to know that we’ll always take care of you. But, let me get to the point. We’re getting a divorce.
Son: Oh.

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get up on the wrong side of the bed

The meaning of "get up on the wrong side of the bed" is:

to wake up in a bad mood


What is the definition of "get up on the wrong side of the bed"?

The definition of "get up on the wrong side of the bed" is:

to wake up in a bad mood



"get up on the wrong side of the bed" means

to wake up in a bad mood

Example Sentence:

What’s wrong with you today, did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?

My brother got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, he’s very angry for no reason!

If you keep getting up on the wrong side of the bed, you’re not going to have many friends left. You’re annoying everybody!

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give and take

The meaning of "give and take" is:

compromises and agreements that all people involved agree to do


What is the definition of "give and take"?

The definition of "give and take" is:

compromises and agreements that all people involved agree to do



"give and take" means

compromises and agreements that all people involved agree to do

Example Sentences:

My roommate was mad because I was always messy, and I was mad because she is always having parties. After a lot of give and take, we were able to reach an agreement. I will be neater, and she will party only on Fridays.

Husband: You buy too many shoes!
Wife: You spend too much money on sports!
Husband: But I like sports!
Wife: I like shoes!
Husband: Can we have a bit of give and take?
Wife: How?
Husband: How about you buy shoes once a week, and I buy sports equipment once a week?
Wife: That’s a fair compromise. Let’s go shopping!

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A Give and Take Deal

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give it a rest

The meaning of "give it a rest" is:

stop talking about or doing something ridiculous


What is the definition of "give it a rest"?

The definition of "give it a rest" is:

stop talking about or doing something ridiculous



"give it a rest" means

stop talking about or doing something ridiculous

Example Sentences:

Mike: Did I tell you that I have visited every country in the world?
Trevor: Give it a rest, you’re lying.
Mike: Yeah, you’re right.

My friend told me that he planned to swim from New York to London. I told him that it was a crazy idea, and that he should give it a rest.

give someone the benefit of the doubt

The meaning of "give someone the benefit of the doubt" is:

believe something is true because you don’t have any reason to think it is a lie


What is the definition of "give someone the benefit of the doubt"?

The definition of "give someone the benefit of the doubt" is:

believe something is true because you don’t have any reason to think it is a lie



"give someone the benefit of the doubt" means

believe something is true because you don’t have any reason to think it is a lie

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give someone the creeps

The meaning of "give someone the creeps" is:

make someone scared and uncomfortable


What is the definition of "give someone the creeps"?

The definition of "give someone the creeps" is:

make someone scared and uncomfortable



"give someone the creeps" means

make someone scared and uncomfortable

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give something two thumbs up

The meaning of "give something two thumbs up" is:

to show that you thought a movie was excellent


What is the definition of "give something two thumbs up"?

The definition of "give something two thumbs up" is:

to show that you thought a movie was excellent



"give something two thumbs up" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookto show that you thought a movie was excellent Continue reading “give something two thumbs up”

glued to something

The meaning of "glued to something" is:

very interested in something


What is the definition of "glued to something"?

The definition of "glued to something" is:

very interested in something



"glued to something" means

very interested in something

Example Sentences:

A: Why didn’t you answer the phone when I called you?
B: Sorry, I was watching TV and I was glued to lost.
A: Is that a good show?
B: It’s fantastic!

The man on the bus was so glued to his book that he missed his stop!

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go back to square one

The meaning of "go back to square one" is:

to go back to the beginning because you were unsuccessful


What is the definition of "go back to square one"?

The definition of "go back to square one" is:

to go back to the beginning because you were unsuccessful



"go back to square one" means

to go back to the beginning because you were unsuccessful

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go halfers

The meaning of "go halfers" is:

to split the cost of a meal


What is the definition of "go halfers"?

The definition of "go halfers" is:

to split the cost of a meal



"go halfers" means

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go on

The meaning of "go on" is:

to continue; to talk for a long time


What is the definition of "go on"?

The definition of "go on" is:

to continue; to talk for a long time



"go on" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookto continue;
to talk for a long time

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go under the knife

The meaning of "go under the knife" is:

have surgery


What is the definition of "go under the knife"?

The definition of "go under the knife" is:

have surgery



"go under the knife" means

have surgery

Example Sentences:

I’m going to go under the knife because I have a bad heart.

Samantha’s going under the knife, as she thinks her nose is too big.

Ever since they went under the knife to get breast implants, they are attracting a lot more attention.
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go with one’s gut

The meaning of "go with one’s gut" is:

trust one’s instincts and feelings when making a decision (more…)


What is the definition of "go with one’s gut"?

The definition of "go with one’s gut" is:

trust one’s instincts and feelings when making a decision (more…)



"go with one’s gut" means

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got a screw loose

The meaning of "got a screw loose" is:

crazy, not thinking properly


What is the definition of "got a screw loose"?

The definition of "got a screw loose" is:

crazy, not thinking properly



"got a screw loose" means

crazy, not thinking properly

Example Sentence:

Mom: If you think I’m going skydiving, you’ve got a screw loose.
Son: Come on, mom!
Mom: No way!

If Steven thinks he can go out on a date with the most beautiful woman in school, he’s got a screw loose.

grab a bite

The meaning of "grab a bite" is:

get something to eat


What is the definition of "grab a bite"?

The definition of "grab a bite" is:

get something to eat



"grab a bite" means

get something to eat

Example Sentence:

I’m hungry, do you want to go grab a bite at that new restaurant?

Last night, we grabbed a bite before we went to the movie.

I feel like grabbing a bite. Do you want to get some dinner?

grab-assing

The meaning of "grab-assing" is:

messing around while at work


What is the definition of "grab-assing"?

The definition of "grab-assing" is:

messing around while at work



"grab-assing" means

messing around while at work

Example Sentences:

The boss was furious because his employees were always grab-assing instead of working.

The boss fired his secretary because he caught her grab-assing on Facebook instead of working.

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guts

The meaning of "guts" is:

to be brave


What is the definition of "guts"?

The definition of "guts" is:

to be brave



"guts" means

to be brave

Example Sentence:

You don’t have the guts to go skydiving. You are a coward!

I’ve got the guts to go talk to that beautiful woman over there. Watch me!

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half-hearted

The meaning of "half-hearted" is:

uninterested in something, unenthusiastic about something


What is the definition of "half-hearted"?

The definition of "half-hearted" is:

uninterested in something, unenthusiastic about something



"half-hearted" means

uninterested in something, unenthusiastic about something

Example Sentences:

Jeanette gave a half-hearted effort on her presentation. I’d like her to do it again.

My best friend made a half-hearted attempt to help me move into my new apartment.

hand in something

The meaning of "hand in something" is:

to submit something by hand


What is the definition of "hand in something"?

The definition of "hand in something" is:

to submit something by hand



"hand in something" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookto submit something by hand Continue reading “hand in something”

hard to swallow

The meaning of "hard to swallow" is:

difficult to believe


What is the definition of "hard to swallow"?

The definition of "hard to swallow" is:

difficult to believe



"hard to swallow" means

difficult to believe

Example Sentences:

When my best friend told me that he met Britney Spears, I told him that I found that hard to swallow.

A: I got 100% on my math test, mom!
B: I find that hard to swallow. You didn’t study at all.

hard up

The meaning of "hard up" is:

to be short of money


What is the definition of "hard up"?

The definition of "hard up" is:

to be short of money



"hard up" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookto be short of money Continue reading “hard up”

hard-earned

The meaning of "hard-earned" is:

having taken a lot of energy and effort to get


What is the definition of "hard-earned"?

The definition of "hard-earned" is:

having taken a lot of energy and effort to get



"hard-earned" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookhaving taken a lot of energy and effort to get Continue reading “hard-earned”

hat off to someone

The meaning of "hat off to someone" is:

used to express pride or respect for someone


What is the definition of "hat off to someone"?

The definition of "hat off to someone" is:

used to express pride or respect for someone



"hat off to someone" means

used to express pride or respect for someone

Example Sentences:

Let’s all take out hats off to Mark for his great presentation.

The boss took his hat off to us for our hard work during the busy season.

A: Hey, Uncle Paul! I got 100% on my final exam!
B: My hat’s off to you! Congratulations!

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have a chip on one’s shoulder

The meaning of "have a chip on one’s shoulder" is:

when one has a very bad attitude because one feels wronged


What is the definition of "have a chip on one’s shoulder"?

The definition of "have a chip on one’s shoulder" is:

when one has a very bad attitude because one feels wronged



"have a chip on one’s shoulder" means

when one has a very bad attitude because one feels wronged

Example Sentences:

A: What’s wrong with our teacher? Why is she so mad?
B: She has a chip on her shoulder because all of her students were late today.

I have a chip on my shoulder because my neighbours kept me awake all night with a loud party!

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have a clue

The meaning of "have a clue" is:

to have an idea


What is the definition of "have a clue"?

The definition of "have a clue" is:

to have an idea



"have a clue" means

to have an idea

Example Sentence:

A: How did you know your wife was having a relationship with another man?
B: I had a clue when I found a gift that he gave her. Now I’m sad.

A: Do you know what time it is?
B: I don’t have a clue!

The man didn’t have a clue why the police were at his house.

have an axe to grind

The meaning of "have an axe to grind" is:

to have a problem with something or someone


What is the definition of "have an axe to grind"?

The definition of "have an axe to grind" is:

to have a problem with something or someone



"have an axe to grind" means

to have a problem with something or someone

Example Sentences:

I have an axe to grind with my roommate because she’s always borrowing my clothes without asking!

The student had an axe to grind with his teacher, because he received a low mark on his presentation.

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have big shoes to fill

The meaning of "have big shoes to fill" is:

to have to meet high expectations about something that came before


What is the definition of "have big shoes to fill"?

The definition of "have big shoes to fill" is:

to have to meet high expectations about something that came before



"have big shoes to fill" means

to have to meet high expectations about something that came before

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have egg on one’s face

The meaning of "have egg on one’s face" is:

to be extremely embarrassed


What is the definition of "have egg on one’s face"?

The definition of "have egg on one’s face" is:

to be extremely embarrassed



"have egg on one’s face" means

to be extremely embarrassed

Example Sentences:

A: Happy Birthday!
B: My birthday was last month!
A: Oh. I really have egg on my face, don’t I?

The teacher had egg on her face when she forgot to give the students their final exam marks.

The nervous businessman hated having egg on his face, so he practiced his presentation many times.

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have it out with someone

The meaning of "have it out with someone" is:

to fight with someone


What is the definition of "have it out with someone"?

The definition of "have it out with someone" is:

to fight with someone



"have it out with someone" means

to fight with someone

Example Sentences:

A: Why are you late for the party?
B: I had to have it out with my parents! They wouldn’t let me take the car!
A: That’s terrible!

I’m having it out with my landlord because he refuses to fix my broken toilet!

I had it out with my girlfriend last night. We’re always fighting!
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have one’s ducks in a row

The meaning of "have one’s ducks in a row" is:

to be very well organized


What is the definition of "have one’s ducks in a row"?

The definition of "have one’s ducks in a row" is:

to be very well organized



"have one’s ducks in a row" means

to be very well organized

Example Sentence:

Dad: Son, are you ready for university?
Son: Yes, I think so. I have a strict schedule with study time, time to relax, and time for my part-time job. I think that if I have my ducks in a row, I will be successful!

Sarah needs to have her ducks in a row if she’s going to have children while going to graduate school.

heart is not in something

The meaning of "heart is not in something" is:

uninterested in something, unenthusiastic about something (more…)


What is the definition of "heart is not in something"?

The definition of "heart is not in something" is:

uninterested in something, unenthusiastic about something (more…)



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heart to heart

The meaning of "heart to heart" is:

a sincere or direct conversation


What is the definition of "heart to heart"?

The definition of "heart to heart" is:

a sincere or direct conversation



"heart to heart" means

a sincere or direct conversation

Example Sentences:

I’m worried that my son is using drugs. I’m going to have a heart to heart with him tonight.

We need to have a heart to heart about your new girlfriend. I think she is terrible!

heave

The meaning of "heave" is:

to vomit a lot, to be very sick


What is the definition of "heave"?

The definition of "heave" is:

to vomit a lot, to be very sick



"heave" means

to vomit a lot, to be very sick

Example Sentence:

On the weekend I got sick and heaved!

A: Where is Thomas?
B: He is heaving in the washroom because he drank too much tequila!

If I eat that fish I will heave! I am allergic to fish!

hit home

The meaning of "hit home" is:

understood with a strong and personal effect


What is the definition of "hit home"?

The definition of "hit home" is:

understood with a strong and personal effect



"hit home" means

understood with a strong and personal effect

Example Sentences:

I was never worried about my health, but when my brother died from a heart attack, it really hit home. Now I exercise every day and eat right.

Mary’s car accident really hit home for her, and after that she decided she had to start driving more carefully in the future.

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hit someone hard

The meaning of "hit someone hard" is:

to affect someone a lot


What is the definition of "hit someone hard"?

The definition of "hit someone hard" is:

to affect someone a lot



"hit someone hard" means

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hit the town

The meaning of "hit the town" is:

to go out and have fun


What is the definition of "hit the town"?

The definition of "hit the town" is:

to go out and have fun



"hit the town" means

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hold a grudge

The meaning of "hold a grudge" is:

be unable to forgive someone for doing something wrong


What is the definition of "hold a grudge"?

The definition of "hold a grudge" is:

be unable to forgive someone for doing something wrong



"hold a grudge" means

be unable to forgive someone for doing something wrong

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holy shit!

The meaning of "holy shit!" is:

wow! oh my god! I don’t believe it!


What is the definition of "holy shit!"?

The definition of "holy shit!" is:

wow! oh my god! I don’t believe it!



"holy shit!" means

wow! oh my god! I don’t believe it!

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hooked on

The meaning of "hooked on" is:

to be addicted to or to really like something


What is the definition of "hooked on"?

The definition of "hooked on" is:

to be addicted to or to really like something



"hooked on" means

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hop in

The meaning of "hop in" is:

come inside my vehicle


What is the definition of "hop in"?

The definition of "hop in" is:

come inside my vehicle



"hop in" means

come inside my vehicle

Example Sentence:

A: Wow, that is a nice car!
B: Thanks, why don’t you hop in and we can go for a drive!

Note:

Hop in can only be used when inviting someone into a vehicle. We cannot say “hop in my house, my bicycle, ….”

I hear ya!

The meaning of "I hear ya!" is:

I understand what you are saying! I agree with you!


What is the definition of "I hear ya!"?

The definition of "I hear ya!" is:

I understand what you are saying! I agree with you!



"I hear ya!" means

I understand what you are saying! I agree with you!

Example Sentence:

A: I’m saying that Thriller was the best Michael Jackson album!
B: I hear ya!

I’m good

The meaning of "I’m good" is:

I’m okay, no thank you


What is the definition of "I’m good"?

The definition of "I’m good" is:

I’m okay, no thank you



"I’m good" means

I’m okay, no thank you

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I’m on it

The meaning of "I’m on it" is:

I will take care of a situation


What is the definition of "I’m on it"?

The definition of "I’m on it" is:

I will take care of a situation



"I’m on it" means

I will take care of a situation

Example Sentence:

A: Son, can you go to the store and get some milk?
B: I’m on it!

If I may say so myself

The meaning of "If I may say so myself" is:

If I can speak proudly about myself


What is the definition of "If I may say so myself"?

The definition of "If I may say so myself" is:

If I can speak proudly about myself



"If I may say so myself" means

If I can speak proudly about myself

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if worse comes to worse

The meaning of "if worse comes to worse" is:

if the situation becomes bad, or terrible


What is the definition of "if worse comes to worse"?

The definition of "if worse comes to worse" is:

if the situation becomes bad, or terrible



"if worse comes to worse" means

if the situation becomes bad, or terrible

Example Sentences:

A: Where are you applying for school?
B: I’m applying to many Universities around the world. If worse comes to worse, and I cannot get into any of them, I am going to stay home and work for a year.
A: Sounds like a good idea!

While trying to sell our house, we decided that if worse comes to worse, we would take less money in order to make a quick sale.

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in a funk

The meaning of "in a funk" is:

to be acting in a depressed way


What is the definition of "in a funk"?

The definition of "in a funk" is:

to be acting in a depressed way



"in a funk" means

to be acting in a depressed way

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in a nutshell

The meaning of "in a nutshell" is:

in brief, in summary


What is the definition of "in a nutshell"?

The definition of "in a nutshell" is:

in brief, in summary



"in a nutshell" means

in brief, in summary

Example Sentences:

A: How was your trip to Ireland?
B: Well, in a nutshell, it was fantastic! We toured the countryside and saw lots of different areas!

I would like to tell you about my experience as a soldier fighting in Iraq. In a nutshell, it was very difficult and dangerous…

From the News:

In a nutshell: What to do about food allergies in schools

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in a pinch

The meaning of "in a pinch" is:

only if absolutely necessary


What is the definition of "in a pinch"?

The definition of "in a pinch" is:

only if absolutely necessary



"in a pinch" means

only if absolutely necessary

Example Sentences:

A: Is it true that you can stop someone from bleeding by squeezing them?
B: Yes, that will work in a pinch, but it’s better to take them to a hospital.

In a pinch, you can use ketchup, but it’s better to use fresh tomatoes.

in a rut

The meaning of "in a rut" is:

in a boring lifestyle that never changes (more…)


What is the definition of "in a rut"?

The definition of "in a rut" is:

in a boring lifestyle that never changes (more…)



"in a rut" means

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in hot water

The meaning of "in hot water" is:

in a lot of trouble


What is the definition of "in hot water"?

The definition of "in hot water" is:

in a lot of trouble



"in hot water" means

in a lot of trouble

Example Sentence:

I am in hot water with my teacher, because she caught me cheating on the final exam.

in moderation

The meaning of "in moderation" is:

not too much of something


What is the definition of "in moderation"?

The definition of "in moderation" is:

not too much of something



"in moderation" means

not too much of something

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in someone’s shoes

The meaning of "in someone’s shoes" is:

in the same situation as someone else


What is the definition of "in someone’s shoes"?

The definition of "in someone’s shoes" is:

in the same situation as someone else



"in someone’s shoes" means

in the same situation as someone else

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in stitches

The meaning of "in stitches" is:

laughing uncontrollably


What is the definition of "in stitches"?

The definition of "in stitches" is:

laughing uncontrollably



"in stitches" means

laughing uncontrollably

Example Sentences:

A: How was the comedian last night?
B: He was so funny! He had everyone in stitches!

We were in stitches after watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. It was so funny!

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in the buff

The meaning of "in the buff" is:

completely naked


What is the definition of "in the buff"?

The definition of "in the buff" is:

completely naked



"in the buff" means

completely naked

Example Sentences:

The patient was forced to be in the buff for his medical exam.

All of the people in the nudist colony enjoyed being in the buff.

in the dark

The meaning of "in the dark" is:

to be in a position where you don’t have a lot of information


What is the definition of "in the dark"?

The definition of "in the dark" is:

to be in a position where you don’t have a lot of information



"in the dark" means

to be in a position where you don’t have a lot of information

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in the doghouse

The meaning of "in the doghouse" is:

to be in trouble with one’s girlfriend or wife (more…)


What is the definition of "in the doghouse"?

The definition of "in the doghouse" is:

to be in trouble with one’s girlfriend or wife (more…)



"in the doghouse" means

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in the nick of time

The meaning of "in the nick of time" is:

to do something in just enough time to be successful


What is the definition of "in the nick of time"?

The definition of "in the nick of time" is:

to do something in just enough time to be successful



"in the nick of time" means

to do something in just enough time to be successful

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INORITE

The meaning of "INORITE" is:

I know, right?


What is the definition of "INORITE"?

The definition of "INORITE" is:

I know, right?



"INORITE" means

I know, right?

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it takes two to tango

The meaning of "it takes two to tango" is:

something cannot happen unless there are two people


What is the definition of "it takes two to tango"?

The definition of "it takes two to tango" is:

something cannot happen unless there are two people



"it takes two to tango" means

something cannot happen unless there are two people

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it’s not what you know, but who you know

The meaning of "it’s not what you know, but who you know" is:

having connections is more important than your skills or abilities


What is the definition of "it’s not what you know, but who you know"?

The definition of "it’s not what you know, but who you know" is:

having connections is more important than your skills or abilities



"it’s not what you know, but who you know" means

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jaw at someone

The meaning of "jaw at someone" is:

to argue with someone, to criticize someone


What is the definition of "jaw at someone"?

The definition of "jaw at someone" is:

to argue with someone, to criticize someone



"jaw at someone" means

to argue with someone, to criticize someone

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keep a stiff upper lip

The meaning of "keep a stiff upper lip" is:

act in a way that doesn’t show any emotions


What is the definition of "keep a stiff upper lip"?

The definition of "keep a stiff upper lip" is:

act in a way that doesn’t show any emotions



"keep a stiff upper lip" means

act in a way that doesn’t show any emotions

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keep in touch

The meaning of "keep in touch" is:

let’s keep in contact even though we’re parting
(more…)


What is the definition of "keep in touch"?

The definition of "keep in touch" is:

let’s keep in contact even though we’re parting
(more…)



"keep in touch" means

let’s keep in contact even though we’re parting
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keep it down

The meaning of "keep it down" is:

be quiet, shut up


What is the definition of "keep it down"?

The definition of "keep it down" is:

be quiet, shut up



"keep it down" means

be quiet, shut up

Example Sentences:

Would you guys please keep it down! I’m trying to sleep!

I had to ask my roommate to keep it down because he was being too noisy.

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keep one’s chin up

The meaning of "keep one’s chin up" is:

remain cheerful during a difficult period, don’t give up


What is the definition of "keep one’s chin up"?

The definition of "keep one’s chin up" is:

remain cheerful during a difficult period, don’t give up



"keep one’s chin up" means

remain cheerful during a difficult period, don’t give up

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keep up with

The meaning of "keep up with" is:

to not fall behind


What is the definition of "keep up with"?

The definition of "keep up with" is:

to not fall behind



"keep up with" means

to not fall behind

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keep up with the Joneses

The meaning of "keep up with the Joneses" is:

buy the same things as your friends and neighbours


What is the definition of "keep up with the Joneses"?

The definition of "keep up with the Joneses" is:

buy the same things as your friends and neighbours



"keep up with the Joneses" means

buy the same things as your friends and neighbours

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kidult

The meaning of "kidult" is:

an adult that acts like a child


What is the definition of "kidult"?

The definition of "kidult" is:

an adult that acts like a child



"kidult" means

an adult that acts like a child

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kill time

The meaning of "kill time" is:

to do something to help the time pass


What is the definition of "kill time"?

The definition of "kill time" is:

to do something to help the time pass



"kill time" means

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knock oneself out

The meaning of "knock oneself out" is:

go ahead!


What is the definition of "knock oneself out"?

The definition of "knock oneself out" is:

go ahead!



"knock oneself out" means

go ahead!

Example Sentences:

Sarah told Tommy to knock himself out after Tommy asked her if he could stay at her house for the weekend.

A: I’m having a party tonight.
B: Is it alright if I come?
A: Sure, knock yourself out!
B: Thanks!

Sister: Do you mind if I have a bite of your ice cream?
Sister: Knock yourself out! It’s delicious!

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laid off

The meaning of "laid off" is:

to lose your job because there is not enough work


What is the definition of "laid off"?

The definition of "laid off" is:

to lose your job because there is not enough work



"laid off" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookto lose your job because there is not enough work Continue reading “laid off”

leave someone high and dry

The meaning of "leave someone high and dry" is:

to leave someone in a difficult position


What is the definition of "leave someone high and dry"?

The definition of "leave someone high and dry" is:

to leave someone in a difficult position



"leave someone high and dry" means

to leave someone in a difficult position

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let go

The meaning of "let go" is:

to lose your job because there is not enough work


What is the definition of "let go"?

The definition of "let go" is:

to lose your job because there is not enough work



"let go" means

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let it slide

The meaning of "let it slide" is:

something in the past cannot be fixed, so it must be forgiven (more…)


What is the definition of "let it slide"?

The definition of "let it slide" is:

something in the past cannot be fixed, so it must be forgiven (more…)



"let it slide" means

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like a cat on a hot tin roof

The meaning of "like a cat on a hot tin roof" is:

very angry, very nervous


What is the definition of "like a cat on a hot tin roof"?

The definition of "like a cat on a hot tin roof" is:

very angry, very nervous



"like a cat on a hot tin roof" means

very angry, very nervous

Example Sentences:

A: What’s wrong with you? You’re acting like a cat on a hot tin roof!
B: I have to give a speech today!
A: Oh. Good luck!

The actor was like a cat on a hot tin roof while he was waiting for his first performance to begin

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like a kid in a candy store

The meaning of "like a kid in a candy store" is:

very happy like a young child


What is the definition of "like a kid in a candy store"?

The definition of "like a kid in a candy store" is:

very happy like a young child



"like a kid in a candy store" means

very happy like a young child

Example Sentences:

A: Did your husband have fun at the Car Show?
B: Yeah! He was like a kid in a candy store! I’ve never seen him smile so much!

Robert felt like a kid in a candy store when he went to Future Shop to buy an iPod.

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like herding cats

The meaning of "like herding cats" is:

something that is very difficult to organize and do


What is the definition of "like herding cats"?

The definition of "like herding cats" is:

something that is very difficult to organize and do



"like herding cats" means

something that is very difficult to organize and do

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live up to someone’s expectations

The meaning of "live up to someone’s expectations" is:

to be as good as good as someone thought something would be


What is the definition of "live up to someone’s expectations"?

The definition of "live up to someone’s expectations" is:

to be as good as good as someone thought something would be



"live up to someone’s expectations" means

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LMS

The meaning of "LMS" is:

Like My Status


What is the definition of "LMS"?

The definition of "LMS" is:

Like My Status



"LMS" means

Like My Status

Example Sentences:

Hey, can you LMS? I want to promote my website.

5% off your Black Friday purchase if you LMS on Facebook.

Continue reading “LMS”

look on the bright side

The meaning of "look on the bright side" is:

every bad situation has some positives


What is the definition of "look on the bright side"?

The definition of "look on the bright side" is:

every bad situation has some positives



"look on the bright side" means

every bad situation has some positives

Example Sentences:

I know your boyfriend ended your relationship, but look on the bright side. You’ll find a new boyfriend soon!

Always look on the bright side of life!

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look up to

The meaning of "look up to" is:

to respect, to admire, to idolize


What is the definition of "look up to"?

The definition of "look up to" is:

to respect, to admire, to idolize



"look up to" means

to respect, to admire, to idolize

Example Sentences:

I look up to Michael Jordan because he’s the best basketball player that ever lived. I wish I could be like him.

When I was younger I looked up to Michael Jackson. I don’t anymore.

Teenagers are always looking up to their older brothers and sisters.

lose it

The meaning of "lose it" is:

to vomit a lot, to be very sick


What is the definition of "lose it"?

The definition of "lose it" is:

to vomit a lot, to be very sick



"lose it" means

to vomit a lot, to be very sick

Example Sentence:

On the weekend I got sick and lost it!

A: Where is Thomas?
B: He is losing it in the washroom because he drank too much tequila!

If I eat that fish I will lose it! I am allergic to fish!

lose one’s livelihood

The meaning of "lose one’s livelihood" is:

to lose one’s ability to make money


What is the definition of "lose one’s livelihood"?

The definition of "lose one’s livelihood" is:

to lose one’s ability to make money



"lose one’s livelihood" means

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make a pass at someone

The meaning of "make a pass at someone" is:

to make a sexual comment to someone


What is the definition of "make a pass at someone"?

The definition of "make a pass at someone" is:

to make a sexual comment to someone



"make a pass at someone" means

to make a sexual comment to someone

Example Sentences:

That guy tried to make a pass at girlfriend, so I punched him in the face.

If you keep making passes at my boyfriend, there is going to be trouble!

The beautiful woman had a terrible time at the nightclub because men were constantly making passes at her.

Media:

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make an ass of oneself

The meaning of "make an ass of oneself" is:

to embarrass yourself


What is the definition of "make an ass of oneself"?

The definition of "make an ass of oneself" is:

to embarrass yourself



"make an ass of oneself" means

to embarrass yourself

Example Sentences:

Alexandra made an ass of herself by going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting with a bottle of wine.

The student made an ass of himself when his cellphone went off during his presentation.

A: Did you meet your new girlfriend’s parents?
B: Yeah.
A: How did it go?
B: Terribly. I made an ass of myself!
A: How?
B: I don’t want to talk about it!

make ends meet

The meaning of "make ends meet" is:

to earn just enough money to avoid getting into debt


What is the definition of "make ends meet"?

The definition of "make ends meet" is:

to earn just enough money to avoid getting into debt



"make ends meet" means

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make up a story

The meaning of "make up a story" is:

to create a story that is not true


What is the definition of "make up a story"?

The definition of "make up a story" is:

to create a story that is not true



"make up a story" means

to create a story that is not true Continue reading “make up a story”

make-or-break

The meaning of "make-or-break" is:

a thing that decides success or failure


What is the definition of "make-or-break"?

The definition of "make-or-break" is:

a thing that decides success or failure



"make-or-break" means

a thing that decides success or failure

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max one’s credit card

The meaning of "max one’s credit card" is:

to use your credit card until it reaches its limit


What is the definition of "max one’s credit card"?

The definition of "max one’s credit card" is:

to use your credit card until it reaches its limit



"max one’s credit card" means

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mind-blowing

The meaning of "mind-blowing" is:

overwhelmingly amazing or impressive


What is the definition of "mind-blowing"?

The definition of "mind-blowing" is:

overwhelmingly amazing or impressive



"mind-blowing" means

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mind-numbing

The meaning of "mind-numbing" is:

to be extremely boring


What is the definition of "mind-numbing"?

The definition of "mind-numbing" is:

to be extremely boring



"mind-numbing" means

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mouth watering

The meaning of "mouth watering" is:

to be really delicious


What is the definition of "mouth watering"?

The definition of "mouth watering" is:

to be really delicious



"mouth watering" means

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my bad

The meaning of "my bad" is:

it’s my mistake, it’s my fault


What is the definition of "my bad"?

The definition of "my bad" is:

it’s my mistake, it’s my fault



"my bad" means

it’s my mistake, it’s my fault

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nervous wreck

The meaning of "nervous wreck" is:

a very nervous person


What is the definition of "nervous wreck"?

The definition of "nervous wreck" is:

a very nervous person



"nervous wreck" means

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nod off

The meaning of "nod off" is:

to sleep, to nap


What is the definition of "nod off"?

The definition of "nod off" is:

to sleep, to nap



"nod off" means

to sleep, to nap

Example Sentences:

I think I’m going to nod off for a few minutes. I’m really tired.

A: What time did you nod off last night?
B: Around 11.

Continue reading “nod off”

not all there

The meaning of "not all there" is:

a little bit crazy, not thinking properly


What is the definition of "not all there"?

The definition of "not all there" is:

a little bit crazy, not thinking properly



"not all there" means

a little bit crazy, not thinking properly

Continue reading “not all there”

not mince words

The meaning of "not mince words" is:

directly criticize someone without being polite (more…)


What is the definition of "not mince words"?

The definition of "not mince words" is:

directly criticize someone without being polite (more…)



"not mince words" means

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nothing to lose

The meaning of "nothing to lose" is:

you should take a risk, because things cannot get worse


What is the definition of "nothing to lose"?

The definition of "nothing to lose" is:

you should take a risk, because things cannot get worse



"nothing to lose" means

you should take a risk, because things cannot get worse

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nothing to sneeze at

The meaning of "nothing to sneeze at" is:

something shouldn’t be minimized or ignored


What is the definition of "nothing to sneeze at"?

The definition of "nothing to sneeze at" is:

something shouldn’t be minimized or ignored



"nothing to sneeze at" means

something shouldn’t be minimized or ignored

Continue reading “nothing to sneeze at”

off one’s rocker

The meaning of "off one’s rocker" is:

crazy, not thinking properly


What is the definition of "off one’s rocker"?

The definition of "off one’s rocker" is:

crazy, not thinking properly



"off one’s rocker" means

crazy, not thinking properly

Continue reading “off one’s rocker”

on a wing and a prayer

The meaning of "on a wing and a prayer" is:

with only a very small chance of success


What is the definition of "on a wing and a prayer"?

The definition of "on a wing and a prayer" is:

with only a very small chance of success



"on a wing and a prayer" means

with only a very small chance of success

Example Sentences:

A: How did you do on your medical school exam?
B: I got 51%
A: Do you think you will get into Harvard?
B: Only on a wing and a prayer.

The inexperienced baseball team was on a wing and a prayer as they prepared to play the defending champions.

From the News:

Finding love on a wing and a prayer

on edge

The meaning of "on edge" is:

to be very nervous about something (more…)


What is the definition of "on edge"?

The definition of "on edge" is:

to be very nervous about something (more…)



"on edge" means

to be very nervous about something Continue reading “on edge”

on one

The meaning of "on one" is:

someone is paying


What is the definition of "on one"?

The definition of "on one" is:

someone is paying



"on one" means

someone is paying

Example Sentences:

Thank you for celebrating my birthday everyone. Drinks are on me!

A: Do you want to go out for dinner with my family and I?
B: Where are you going?
A: We’re going to Le Steak!
B: It’s too expensive for me.
A: It’s okay! Dinner is on my dad!
B: I’ll meet you there!

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on one idiom

on pins and needles

The meaning of "on pins and needles" is:

to be very excited and nervous about something


What is the definition of "on pins and needles"?

The definition of "on pins and needles" is:

to be very excited and nervous about something



"on pins and needles" means

to be very excited and nervous about something

Example Sentence:

I am on pins and needles waiting for the new Britney Spears album to come out. I can’t wait!

on second thought

The meaning of "on second thought" is:

a change of opinion after thinking about something again


What is the definition of "on second thought"?

The definition of "on second thought" is:

a change of opinion after thinking about something again



"on second thought" means

a change of opinion after thinking about something again

Example sentence:

Mom: Do you want some more dinner?
Son: No thank you.
Mom: Are you sure, you still look hungry?
Son: Well, on second thought, yes I will have some more!

on the brink of

The meaning of "on the brink of" is:

about to experience something negative


What is the definition of "on the brink of"?

The definition of "on the brink of" is:

about to experience something negative



"on the brink of" means

about to experience something negative

Example Sentences:

The US economy is on the brink of a recession.

My son is on the brink of getting forced to leave his university because his grades are bad.

The criminal is on the brink of getting sent to jail, because he has committed many crimes.

Certain species of whales are on the brink of extinction because of whaling.

Media:

CNBC News – On The Brink

….on the brink of bankruptcy….

on the fence

The meaning of "on the fence" is:

to be unable to make a difficult decision about two or more possibilities (more…)


What is the definition of "on the fence"?

The definition of "on the fence" is:

to be unable to make a difficult decision about two or more possibilities (more…)



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on the mend

The meaning of "on the mend" is:

getting better after being sick


What is the definition of "on the mend"?

The definition of "on the mend" is:

getting better after being sick



"on the mend" means

getting better after being sick

Example Sentences:

Son: How are you feeling, mom? Do you still have a cold?
Mom: I think I am on the mend. I still have a cold, but I feel like I am a lot better.

After a long illness, Samuel is finally on the mend.

on the outs

The meaning of "on the outs" is:

to no longer be on friendly terms


What is the definition of "on the outs"?

The definition of "on the outs" is:

to no longer be on friendly terms



"on the outs" means

to no longer be on friendly terms

Continue reading “on the outs”

on the rocks

The meaning of "on the rocks" is:

a relationship is facing much difficulty, is almost over


What is the definition of "on the rocks"?

The definition of "on the rocks" is:

a relationship is facing much difficulty, is almost over



"on the rocks" means

a relationship is facing much difficulty, is almost over

Example Sentences:

My marriage is on the rocks because my wife and I don’t get along anymore.

My best friend was really rude to me, and now our friendship is on the rocks.

on the rocks (2)

The meaning of "on the rocks (2)" is:

when a drink is served with ice


What is the definition of "on the rocks (2)"?

The definition of "on the rocks (2)" is:

when a drink is served with ice



"on the rocks (2)" means

when a drink is served with ice

Example Sentences:

Customer: I’d like a Whiskey, please.
Bartender: Would you like that on the rocks?
Customer: Yes please.

I’ll have a Gin and Tonic on the rocks please.
Continue reading “on the rocks (2)”

on the verge of

The meaning of "on the verge of" is:

about to experience something positive


What is the definition of "on the verge of"?

The definition of "on the verge of" is:

about to experience something positive



"on the verge of" means

about to experience something positive

Example Sentences:

My son has just graduated from law school, and has three places offering him jobs. He is on the verge of success!

The team is on the verge of winning the championship if they win tonight’s game!

From the News:

On the verge of a new vaccine

Media:

ESPN2 – on the verge of

“….on the verge of having three different players….

once close to

The meaning of "once close to" is:

used to be close to something, but not anymore


What is the definition of "once close to"?

The definition of "once close to" is:

used to be close to something, but not anymore



"once close to" means

used to be close to something, but not anymore

Example Sentences:

A: Do you and your father have a good relationship?
B: I was once close to him, but I’m not really anymore.

The countries of Canada and the USA were once close to each other, but are becoming less so in recent years.

Mark was once close to the church, but now he is no longer a believer.

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one can hear a pin drop

The meaning of "one can hear a pin drop" is:

it is extremely quiet


What is the definition of "one can hear a pin drop"?

The definition of "one can hear a pin drop" is:

it is extremely quiet



"one can hear a pin drop" means

it is extremely quiet

Example Sentences:

After the terrible comedian finished his performance, you could hear a pin drop. Nobody was cheering!

Wilma and I were so happy when we moved out of the city and into the countryside. Our new house is so quiet, we can hear a pin drop!

Continue reading “one can hear a pin drop”

one up someone

The meaning of "one up someone" is:

to have an advantage over someone, to be better than someone


What is the definition of "one up someone"?

The definition of "one up someone" is:

to have an advantage over someone, to be better than someone



"one up someone" means

to have an advantage over someone, to be better than someone

Continue reading “one up someone”

one’s bark is worse than one’s bite

The meaning of "one’s bark is worse than one’s bite" is:

someone is not as tough or strong as they seem


What is the definition of "one’s bark is worse than one’s bite"?

The definition of "one’s bark is worse than one’s bite" is:

someone is not as tough or strong as they seem



"one’s bark is worse than one’s bite" means

someone is not as tough or strong as they seem

Example Sentences:

A: That guy just challenged me to a fight!
B: Don’t worry, his bark is worse than his bite. He would never get into a fight!
A: Okay.

When I started my new job, my boss was always threatening to fire me. After a few weeks, I realized that her bark was worse than her bite, and that she would never fire me.

Media:

one's bark is worse than one's bite

one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach

The meaning of "one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach" is:

an expression used when somebody wants more food than they can eat


What is the definition of "one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach"?

The definition of "one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach" is:

an expression used when somebody wants more food than they can eat



"one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookan expression used when somebody wants more food than they can eat Continue reading “one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach”

one’s two cents

The meaning of "one’s two cents" is:

one’s opinion


What is the definition of "one’s two cents"?

The definition of "one’s two cents" is:

one’s opinion



"one’s two cents" means

one’s opinion

Example Sentences:

A: What do you think of global warming?
B: Well, if you want my two cents, I feel like people aren’t doing enough to stop it!

People don’t like Lisa very much because she is always giving her two cents, even if people aren’t asking for it.

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one’s worst nightmare

The meaning of "one’s worst nightmare" is:

the worst situation for a person


What is the definition of "one’s worst nightmare"?

The definition of "one’s worst nightmare" is:

the worst situation for a person



"one’s worst nightmare" means

the worst situation for a person

Continue reading “one’s worst nightmare”

out of nowhere

The meaning of "out of nowhere" is:

without warning


What is the definition of "out of nowhere"?

The definition of "out of nowhere" is:

without warning



"out of nowhere" means

without warning

Example Sentences:

I was sitting at home, reading the newspaper, when out of nowhere my best friend from high-school called. I haven’t talked to her in 20 years!

Out of nowhere, the policeman ran into our office and began to chase the criminal.

out of the blue

The meaning of "out of the blue" is:

without warning


What is the definition of "out of the blue"?

The definition of "out of the blue" is:

without warning



"out of the blue" means

without warning

Example Sentences:

I was sitting at home, reading the newspaper, when out of the blue my best friend from high-school called. I haven’t talked to her in 20 years!

Out of the blue, the policeman ran into our office and began to chase the criminal.

out to lunch

The meaning of "out to lunch" is:

to not be paying attention


What is the definition of "out to lunch"?

The definition of "out to lunch" is:

to not be paying attention



"out to lunch" means

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over my dead body

The meaning of "over my dead body" is:

I will never let you do this


What is the definition of "over my dead body"?

The definition of "over my dead body" is:

I will never let you do this



"over my dead body" means

I will never let you do this

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over one’s head

The meaning of "over one’s head" is:

something is too difficult or complicated for someone to understand


What is the definition of "over one’s head"?

The definition of "over one’s head" is:

something is too difficult or complicated for someone to understand



"over one’s head" means

something is too difficult or complicated for someone to understand

Example Sentences:

A: Do you ever wonder if God is real?
B: That stuff is so over my head that I never try to think about it.

Before the Olympics, Angelina tried to learn how to speak Chinese. Unfortunately, it was over her head, and she quit after only 3 weeks.

A: What do you think of the new professor?
B: His teaching style is way over my head. I can’t understand what he’s talking about.

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over one's head idiom

pain in the ass

The meaning of "pain in the ass" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome


What is the definition of "pain in the ass"?

The definition of "pain in the ass" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome



"pain in the ass" means

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome

Example Sentences:

This new class is a pain in the ass. It’s so difficult….and boring!

My little sister is a pain in the ass! She never leaves me alone!

pain in the bum

The meaning of "pain in the bum" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome


What is the definition of "pain in the bum"?

The definition of "pain in the bum" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome



"pain in the bum" means

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome

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pain in the butt

The meaning of "pain in the butt" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome


What is the definition of "pain in the butt"?

The definition of "pain in the butt" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome



"pain in the butt" means

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome

Example Sentences:

This new class is a pain in the butt. It’s so difficult….and boring!

My little sister is a pain in the butt! She never leaves me alone!

pain in the neck

The meaning of "pain in the neck" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome (more…)


What is the definition of "pain in the neck"?

The definition of "pain in the neck" is:

something or someone that is very annoying or troublesome (more…)



"pain in the neck" means

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