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A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush:
Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.

A Blessing In Disguise:
Something good that isn't recognized at first.

A Chip On Your Shoulder:
Being upset for something that happened in the past.

A Dime A Dozen:
Anything that is common and easy to get.

A Doubting Thomas:
A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.

A Drop in the Bucket:
A very small part of something big or whole.

A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted:
It's easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money.

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand:
Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.

A Leopard Can't Change His Spots:
You cannot change who you are.

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned:
By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little).

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words:
A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.

A Piece of Cake:
A task that can be accomplished very easily.

A Slap on the Wrist:
A very mild punishment.

A Taste Of Your Own Medicine:
When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.

A Toss-Up:
A result that is still unclear and can go either way.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words:
It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.

Add Fuel To The Fire:
Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is.

Against The Clock:
Rushed and short on time.

All Bark And No Bite:
When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight.

All Greek to me:
Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be.

All In The Same Boat:
When everyone is facing the same challenges.

An Arm And A Leg:
Very expensive. A large amount of money.

An Axe To Grind:
To have a dispute with someone.

Apple of My Eye:
Someone who is cherished above all others.

As High As A Kite:
Anything that is high up in the sky.

At The Drop Of A Hat:
Willing to do something immediately.

B

Back Seat Driver:
People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.

Back To Square One:
Having to start all over again.

Back To The Drawing Board:
When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

Baker's Dozen:
Thirteen.

Barking Up The Wrong Tree:
A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.

Beat A Dead Horse:
To force an issue that has already ended.

Beating Around The Bush:
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.

Bend Over Backwards:
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place:
Stuck between two very bad options.

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew:
To take on a task that is way to big.

Bite Your Tongue:
To avoid talking.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water:
The family bond is closer than anything else.

Blue Moon:
A rare event or occurance.

Break A Leg:
A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.

Buy A Lemon:
To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.

C

Can't Cut The Mustard :
Someone who isn't adequate enough to compete or participate.

Cast Iron Stomach:
Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything or drinking anything.

Charley Horse:
Stiffness in the leg / A leg cramp.

Chew someone out:
Verbally scold someone.

Chip on his Shoulder:
Angry today about something that occured in the past.

Chow Down:
To eat.

Close but no Cigar:
To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.

Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.

Come Hell Or High Water:
Any difficult situation or obstacle.

Crack Someone Up:
To make someone laugh.

Cross Your Fingers:
To hope that something happens the way you want it to.

Cry Over Spilt Milk:
When you complain about a loss from the past.

Cry Wolf:
Intentionally raise a false alarm.

Cup Of Joe:
A cup of coffee.

Curiosity Killed The Cat:
Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.

Cut to the Chase:
Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.

D

Dark Horse:
One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.

Dead Ringer:
100% identical. A duplicate.

Devil's Advocate:
Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the arguement. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater.

Dog Days of Summer:
The hottest days of the summer season.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch:
Don't rely on it until your sure of it.

Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth:
When someone gives you a gift, don't be ungrateful.

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket:
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

Doozy:
Something outstanding.

Down To The Wire:
Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds.

Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures:
When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions.

Drink like a fish:
To drink very heavily.

Drive someone up the wall:
To irritate and/or annoy very much.

Dropping Like Flies:
A large number of people either falling ill or dying.

Dry Run:
Rehearsal.

E

Eighty Six:
A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away.

Elvis has left the building:
The show has come to an end. It's all over.

Ethnic Cleansing:
Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining:
Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink:
Almost everything and anything has been included.

Excuse my French:
Please forgive me for cussing.

Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.

Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.

F

Feeding Frenzy:
An aggressive attack on someone by a group.

Field Day:
An enjoyable day or circumstance.

Finding Your Feet:
To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing.

Finger lickin' good:
A very tasty food or meal.

Fixed In Your Ways:
Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something.

Flash In The Pan:
Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end.

Flea Market:
A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods.

Flesh and Blood:
This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone's family.

Flip The Bird:
To raise your middle finger at someone.

Foam at the Mouth:
To be enraged and show it.

Fools' Gold:
Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold.

French Kiss:
An open mouth kiss where tongues touch.

From Rags To Riches:
To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.

Fuddy-duddy:
An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.

Full Monty:
This idiom can mean either, "the whole thing" or "completely nude".

Funny Farm:
A mental institutional facility.

G

Get Down to Brass Tacks:
To become serious about something.

Get Over It:
To move beyond something that is bothering you.

Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed:
Someone who is having a horrible day.

Get Your Walking Papers:
Get fired from a job.

Give Him The Slip:
To get away from. To escape.

Go Down Like A Lead Balloon:
To be received badly by an audience.

Go For Broke:
To gamble everything you have.

Go Out On A Limb:
Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something.

Go The Extra Mile:
Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.

Good Samaritan:
Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.

Graveyard Shift:
Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping.

Great Minds Think Alike:
Intelligent people think like each other.

Green Room:
The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a tv or radio show.

Gut Feeling:
A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right.

H

Haste Makes Waste:
Quickly doing things results in a poor ending.

Hat Trick:
When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game. This idiom can also mean three scores in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc.

Have an Axe to Grind:
To have a dispute with someone.

He Lost His Head:
Angry and overcome by emotions.

Head Over Heels:
Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love.

Hell in a Handbasket:
Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.

High Five:
Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture.

High on the Hog:
Living in Luxury.

Hit The Books:
To study, especially for a test or exam.

Hit The Hay:
Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hit The Nail on the Head:
Do something exactly right or say something exactly right.

Hit The Sack:
Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hocus Pocus:
In general, a term used in magic or trickery.

Hold Your Horses:
Be patient.



I

Icing On The Cake:
When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.

Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools:
You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do.

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another:
When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another...

In Like Flynn:
To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic.

In The Bag:
To have something secured.

In The Buff:
Nude.

In The Heat Of The Moment:
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

In Your Face:
An aggressive and bold confrontation.

It Takes Two To Tango:
A two person conflict where both people are at fault.

It's A Small World:
You frequently see the same people in different places.

Its Anyone's Call:
A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict.

Ivy League:
Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard.

J

Jaywalk:
Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk.

Joshing Me:
Tricking me.


K

Keep An Eye On Him:
You should carefully watch him.

Keep body and soul together:
To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .

Keep your chin up:
To remain joyful in a tough situation.

Kick The Bucket:
Die.

Kitty-corner:
Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty-Corner as well.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
A quick and automatic response.

Knock On Wood:
Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.

Know the Ropes:
To understand the details.

L

Last but not least:
An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.

Lend Me Your Ear:
To politely ask for someone's full attention.

Let Bygones Be Bygones:
To forget about a disagreement or arguement.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie:
To avoid restarting a conflict.

Let The Cat Out Of The Bag:
To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared.

Level playing field:
A fair competition where no side has an advantage.

Like a chicken with its head cut off:
To act in a frenzied manner.

liquor someone up:
To get someone drunk.

Long in the Tooth:
Old people (or horses).

Loose Cannon:
Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.

M

Make No Bones About:
To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.

Method To My Madness:
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.

Mumbo Jumbo:
Nonsense or meaningless speech.

Mum's the word:
To keep quiet. To say nothing.

N

Nest Egg:
Savings set aside for future use.

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You:
Don't hurt anyone that helps you.

New kid on the block:
Someone new to the group or area.

New York Minute:
A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment.

No Dice:
To not agree. To not accept a proposition.

No Room to Swing a Cat:
An unsually small or confined space.

Not Playing With a Full Deck:
Someone who lacks intelligence.

O

Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence:
Undecided.

On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

Out On The Town:
To enjoy yourself by going out.

Over My Dead Body:
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.

Over the Top:
Very excessive.

P

Pass The Buck:
Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.

Pedal to the metal:
To go full speed, especially while driving a vehicle.

Peeping Tom:
Someone who observes people in the nude or sexually active people, mainly for his own gratification.

Pick up your ears:
To listen very carefully.

Pig In A Poke:
A deal that is made without first examining it.

Pig Out :
To eat alot and eat it quickly.

Pipe Down:
To shut-up or be quiet.

Practice Makes Perfect:
By constantly practicing, you will become better.

Pull the plug:
To stop something. To bring something to an end.

Pulling Your Leg:
Tricking someone as a joke.

Put a sock in it:
To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.

Q

Queer the pitch:
Destroy or ruin a plan.

R

Raincheck:
An offer or deal that is declined right now but willing to accept later.

Raining Cats and Dogs:
A very loud and noisy rain storm.

Ring Fencing:
Seperated usual judgement to guarantee protection, especially project funds.

Rise and Shine:
Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.

Rome Was Not Built In One Day:
If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.

Rule Of Thumb:
A rough estimate.

Run out of steam:
To be completely out of energy.

S

Saved By The Bell:
Saved at the last possible moment.

Scapegoat:
Someone else who takes the blame.

Scot-free:
To escape and not have to pay.

Sick As A Dog:
To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).

Sitting Shotgun:
Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.

Sixth Sense:
A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.

Skid Row:
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.

Smell A Rat:
To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.

Smell Something Fishy:
Detecting that something isn't right and there might be a reason for it.

Son of a Gun:
A scamp.

Southpaw:
Someone who is left-handed.

Spitting Image:
The exact likeness or kind.

Start From Scratch:
To do it all over again from the beginning.

T

The Ball Is In Your Court:
It is your decision this time.

The Best Of Both Worlds:
There are two choices and you have them both.

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall:
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.

The Last Straw:
When one small burden after another creates an unbearable situation, the last straw is the last small burden that one can take.

The Whole Nine Yards:
Everything. All of it.

Third times a charm:
After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one.

Tie the knot:
To get married.

Til the cows come home:
A long time.

To Make A Long Story Short:
Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.

To Steal Someone's Thunder:
To take the credit for something someone else did.

Tongue And Cheek:
humor, not to be taken serious.

Turn A Blind Eye:
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.

Twenty three skidoo:
To be turned away.

U

Under the weather:
Feeling ill or sick.

Up a blind alley:
Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome.

Use Your Loaf:
Use your head. Think smart.

V

Van Gogh's ear for music:
Tone deaf.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life:
The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.



W

Wag the Dog:
A diversion away from something of greater importance.

Water Under The Bridge:
Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve:
To openly and freely express your emotions.

When It Rains, It Pours:
Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.

When Pigs Fly :
Something that will never ever happen.

Wild and Woolly:
Uncultured and without laws.

Wine and Dine:
When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.

Without A Doubt:
For certain.

X

X marks the spot:
A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for.

Y

You Are What You Eat:
In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover:
Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.

You Can't Take it With You:
Enjoy what you have and not what you don't have, since when you die you cannot take things (such as money) with you.

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine:
I have no idea.

Z - Zero Tolerance:
No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.


A Babe In The Woods
"What do you know? You are just a babe in the woods."

A Bed Of Roses
"Working here is no bed of roses."

A Big Fish In A Small Pond
"He's just a big fish in a small pond."

A Big Frog In A Small Pond
"He's just a big frog in a small pond"

A Bitter Pill To Swallow
"Spending a week in the psychiatric hospital was a bitter pill to swallow, but Jake really needed to do it."

A Blessing In Disguise
"When I first lost that job, I was upset. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise."

A Breath Of Fresh Air
"I love having this new student in my class. His positive attitude is a breath of fresh air."

A Bundle Of Nerves
"I have to give a speech tomorrow, and I am a bundle of nerves."

A Card
"My uncle Bob is a real card."

A Case In Point
"Jane called. She will be late for this morning's meeting." Reply: "Case in point. We really cannot rely on her."

A Case Of Mistaken Identity
"Are you sure you are not Don Johnson?" Reply: "Really, I am not. It must be a case of mistaken identity."

A Change Of Pace
"What would you like me to make for dinner?" Reply: "Let's have sushi, for a change of pace."

A Change Of Scenery
"I just got back from Florida." Reply: "That must have been a change of scenery."

A Chip Off The Old Block
"Did you meet Bill's son at the picnic yesterday? He's just like Bill!" Reply: "He's a chip off the old block."

A Copycat
"Stop copying my answers. You copycat!" (rude)

A Cut Above Someone Or Something
"I love this restuarant. It is a cut above."

A Dream Come True
"Becoming a movie star was a dream come true."

A Fan Of Someone
"Are you a Dodger''s fan?" Reply: "No, I don't like baseball."

A Foregone Conclusion
"I knew they would lose. It was a foregone conclusion."

A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed
"Hey buddy, how's it going? You look good. I love your jacket. Do you think you can give me a ride home?" Reply: "A friend in need is a friend indeed."

A Game That Two Can Play
"She told the teacher what I did, but that's a game that two can play."

A Ghost Of A Chance
"Do you think he has a chance to win?" Reply: "He doesn't have a ghost of a chance."

A Given
"I always knew that we would get married. It was a given."

A Known Fact
"That guy is a ganster? Are you sure?" Reply: "Of course I'm sure. It's a known fact."

A Labor Of Love
"You don't mind taking care of that dog?" Reply: "It is a labor of love."

A Last Ditch Effort
"I thought for sure we would lose but we made one last ditch effort and tied the game."

A Leading Question
"That is a leading question. I am not going to answer it."

A Lick Of Work
"He was born wealthy, and he has never done a lick of work in his life."

A Little Bit
"Are you hungry?" Reply: "A little bit. You?"

A Piece Of The Action
"I heard you guys are going to play a joke on Jim. I want a piece of the action."

A Piercing Scream
"I was walking down Broad Street when suddenly I heard this piercing scream."

A Pillar Of Strength
"My mother is a pillar of strength."

A Place To Call One’s Own
"After renting for all these years, I really want a place to call my own."

A Ripe Old Age
"At the ripe old age of 45, I feel like I am just starting my life."

A Ripple Of Excitement
"On election day you could feel a ripple of excitement."

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss
"Why don't you get married and have a family?" Reply: "A rolling stone gathers no moss."

A Rule Of Thumb
"I don't invite people to my home unless I know them well, as a rule of thumb."

A Sense Of Urgency
"Can't you see that we are losing this game? Let's have a sense of urgency."

A Shot In The Arm
"We were really falling apart, but that goal gave us a shot in the arm."

A Word To The Wise
"Here's a word to the wise: Do not go down that street at night."

Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty
"What that police officer did to save her life was above and beyond the call of duty."

Above Average
"Are you a very good tennis player?" Reply: "I'm above average."

Above Suspicion
"In this case, no one person is above suspicion. Not even the president."

Acknowledge Receipt Of Something
"As soon as you get the package, please call me to acknowledge receipt."

Across The Board
"We will have a 10 percent pay cut across the board."

Act High And Mighty
"What are you acting so high and mighty about."

Add Insult To Injury
"First he drives into my car. Then, to add insult to injury he says I'm parked in the wrong spot."

Address Someone As Something
"I'm not one of your college friends. Address me as your father."

Advise Against Something
"Do you recommend that I talk with the boss?" Reply: "I would advise against it."

After Hours
"Sorry, we don't see patients after hours."

Ahead Of Schedule
"My software project is ahead of schedule."

Alive And Kicking
"How is your grandfather doing?" Reply: "He is alive and kicking."

All For The Best
"Did you hear they broke up?" Reply: "It is probably all for the best. They were not getting along well."

All Gone
"Are there any more cookies?" Reply: "All gone."

All In One Piece
"Be careful. I want you home all in one piece."

All In The Family
"I'm going to tell you about your uncle, but let's keep this all in the family."

All Kidding Aside
"All kidding aside, I really do like her."

All Out War
"It used to be they occastionally fired a missle. Now it's all out war."

All Over
"Is the game still on?" Reply: "No, it's all over."

All Systems Are Go
"Are you ready?" Reply: "All systems are go."

All Talk And No Action
"John promised he would be here." Reply: "He is all talk and no action."

All The Rage
"Do you like this scarf? It is all the rage."

All Told
"How much money is missing?" Reply: "All told, 300 dollars."

As An Aside
"As an aside: Is anyone hungry?"

As Drunk As A Skunk
"Don't go out drinking with Henry. He'll get you as drunk as a skunk."

At The Present Time
"Are you hiring new people?" Reply: "Not at the present time."

At This Juncture
"Are you going to buy the ABC company?" Reply: "No. Not at this juncture."

Back And Forth
"What fun could it be playing tennis? They just hit the ball back and forth all day."

Back Down From Someone Or Something
"If I were you, I would back down. It is not worth fighting about."

Back East
"We just can't wait to move back east."

Back In Circulation
"John, where have you been? It is good to see you back in circulation."

Back Off From Someone Or Something
"I guess I made her angry. She told me to back off and leave her alone."

Back Order Something
"We don't have them in your size today. But I would be glad to back order them for you."

Back Out Of Something
"Didn't Bob say he was coming?" Reply: "Yes, He backed out."

Back Someone Or Something Up
"I told my mom we were at the baseball game last night. Back my up."

Back The Wrong Horse
"Who did you bet on in the superbowl?" Reply: "Arizona." Answer: "Ouch. You backed the wrong horse."

Back To Square One
"After all that work, they decided not to hire me." Reply: "Back to square one."

Bad As All That
"I've heard it is the worst place to go to school." Reply: "It's not as bad as all that."

Bad Mouth Someone Or Something
"You are one of my best friends. I would never bad mouth you."

Bail Out Of Something
"Did the pilot die in the crash?" Reply: "No. He bailed out, and lived."

Bail Someone Or Something Out
"He got thrown in jail for drunk driving, but his father bailed him out."

Bait And Switch
"I thought I was buying a new one." Reply: "It looks like they gave you the bait and switch."

Bark Up The Wrong Tree
"If you are looking for someone to lend you money, don't talk to me. You're barking up the wrong tree."

Bathed In Light
"There she stood by the window, bathed in light."

Batten Down The Hatches
"A big rain storm is coming. We need to batten down the hatches."

Battle Something Out
"I really don't mind where we go. I'll let you two battle it out."

Bawl Someone Out
"I asked her if she could stay late, and she bawled me out."

Be A Heartbeat Away From Something
"If the president dies, who becomes the new president?" Reply: "The vice president. He's a heartbeat away from the presidency."

Be All Ears
"Would you like to hear what I did today." Reply: "I'm all ears."

Be All Things To All People
"Public relations is a tough job. I have to be all things to all people."

Be Easier Said Than Done
"We should dig a garden in the back yard. That would be great." Reply: "Easier said than done."

Be Game
"Do you want to see a movie?" Reply: "I'm game."

Be Into Something
"You don't want to sing this song?" Reply: "I'm not into it right now."

Be Off
"Have a good day, you guys. I'm off." Reply: "Goodbye."

Be Swimming In Something
"Do you have any ketchup left?" Reply: "We are swimming in it."

Be The Spitting Image Of Someone
"People say I am the spitting image of my mother."

Bear Fruit
"Did your meeting bear fruit?"

Bear In Mind That Something Is So
"Would you like to order dinner?" Reply: "Bear in mind that I do not speak French."

Beat A Path To Someone’s Door
"I don't see anyone beating a path to your door."

Beat Around The Bush
"Has he said that he wants to marry you?" Reply: "No, but he has been beating around the bush."

Beating Him At His Own Game
"She was the star of our school's tennis team, and I still beat her." Reply: "You beat her at her own game."

Before You Know It
"Enjoy your freedom! Before you know it, you'll be married and settling down with children."

Beg To Differ With Someone
"You think I am old? I beg to differ."

Behind Someone’s Back
"Those two went to the boss, and they did it behind my back."

Behind The Times
"My grandfather wears black socks with his shorts." Reply: "He is so behind the times."

Belabor The Point
"I know we've talked about this already, and I hate to belabor the point, but I still don't think you are understanding me."

Better Safe Than Sorry
"Should I bring my umbrella?" Reply: "Better safe than sorry." Answer: "Okay. I'll go get it."

Biting The Bullet
"Hurry mom, I really have to go to the bathroom." Reply: "We won't be there for another 20 minutes. Bite the bullet."

Blowing Your Own Trumpet
"Is Deb still talking about the deal she made?" Reply: "Yes, she's blowing her own trumpet."

Blowing Your Top
"Steve is in our office and he just found out about the deal." Reply: "I can hear him blowing his top."

Breaking Even
"Sell that stock now, while you are still breaking even."

Breaking New Ground
"Noone in our family has ever married a foreigner. You are breaking new ground."

Breaking The Bank
"You really should not be buying this ring. You are breaking the bank."

Breaking The Ice
"This was an awful party until John showed up and broke the ice."

Breaking The News
"It is the goal of every great reporter to break the news."

Bring Home The Bacon
"I go to work every day to bring home the bacon."

Bring Up The Rear
"There you are again Schmidt, bringing up the rear."

Bringing Home The Bacon
"You work a lot of hours at this job." Reply: "I have to. I am bringing home the bacon."

Bringing It Home
"Taking care of my grandfather is really bringing home the importance of good health care."

Brush Up On Something
"Are you going to brush up on your Spanish before you go to Mexico?"

Buck Up
"Buck up. It will be okay."

Call A Meeting
"If I call a meeting for Thursday, will you be there?"

Call A Spade A Spade
"You can call him a nice guy if you want to but I am calling a spade a spade; that guy is a jerk.

Call It A Day
"It's time to go home. Let's call it a day."

Call It A Night
"You guys are going to another bar? Not me. I'm calling it a night."

Call It Quits
"It is getting dark outside. Let's call it quits."

Call Someone Names
"You are a jerk!" Reply: "You don't have to call me names."

Call Someone Or Something Off
"I thought you had a date tonight?" Reply: "We called it off."

Call The Dogs Off
"I already gave you your money. Call the dogs off."

Call The Meeting To Order
"Everyone quiet down so we can call this meeting to order."

Call The Roll
"Everyone be quiet. I'm going to call the roll."

Call The Shots
"I'm calling the shots here. You will do what I say."

Calling Your Bluff
"They say they will fire me if I skip work today, but I am calling their bluff."

Can You Imagine
"This car only cost me $500. Can you imagine?"

Cannot Help Doing Something
"When she said that, I couldn't help laughing."

Can’t Carry A Tune
"Sing with us!" Reply: "Sorry. You wouldn't want me to. I can't carry a tune."

Can’t Do Anything With Someone Or Something
"Your teacher is frustrated. She says she can't do anything with you."

Can’t Help But Do Something
"When she said that, I couldn't help but laugh."

Can’t Hold A Candle To Someone
"You are a good tennis player. But you can't hold a candle to my sister."

Can’t Make Heads Or Tails Out Of Someone Or Something
"I'm looking at your computer program right now, but I can't make heads or tails out of it."

Cap And Gown
"I love this photo of you and your friends in cap and gown."

Capable Of Doing Something
"Did you hear about the farmhouse murders?" Reply: "Who could be cabable of such a thing?"

Carried Away
"You cleaned everything. Even the dog." Reply: "Yes. I got kind of carried away."

Carry A Secret To One’s Grave
"Please, you must not tell anyone what happened." Reply: "I will carry your secret to my grave."

Carry A Secret To The Grave
"Please, you must not tell anyone what happened." Reply: "I will carry it to the grave."

Carry On Without Someone Or Something
"If anything ever happens to me, I want you to carry on without me."

Carry Weight
"What I say carries weight around here."

Carrying It A Bit Too Far
"It is okay to make jokes during class, but you are carrying it a bit too far."

Cash And Carry
"Sorry, but there is nowhere to eat here. It is cash and carry."

Cease And Desist
Police officer says: "Sir, I want you to cease and desist from what you are doing."

Change My Mind
"I thought you didn't like her?" Reply: "Well, I changed my mind."

Changing Your Tune
"She always said she would never get married, but now she's the one getting married." Reply: "She has changed her tune."

Clear The Table
"Everyone is done eating. Would you like to clear the table?"

Clearing The Air
"You've been living here for two months and you still don't have a job. We need to clear the air."

Climbing On The Bandwagon
"Look who's climbing on the bandwagon."

Coming Clean
"You ate that piece of cake I was saving, didn't you? Come clean."

Coming In Handy
"I'm glad you brought your knife." Reply: "Yes, it really comes in handy."

Coming To The Crunch
"We have had three weeks to write this paper. Now we are coming to the crunch."

Cutting Corners
"They cut a lot of corners when they built this house. Now have so many problems to fix."

Cutting Your Losses
"I bought this stock at 50 dollars a share, and it is down to 40. I am going to cut my losses."

Digging Your Own Grave
"Talking to the boss like that, you are digging your own grave."

Doing As You're Told
"I want to stay up. I am not tired." Reply: "Do as you are told and go to bed right now."

Doing The Honors
"Who cuts the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner at your house?" Reply: "My father does the honors."

Doing The Trick
"My motorcycle is not running well." Reply: "Try replacing the oil. That might do the trick."

Doing Wonders
"We hired her to clean our house once a week and she has done wonders."

Doing Your Homework
"John is an excellent lawyer. He always does his homework."

Don't Put The Cart Before The Horse
"Hey! First we attatch it, then we put on the chains. Don't put the cart before the horse."

Down The Hatch
"You want me to drink this whole thing?" Reply: "That's right. Down the hatch!"

Down The Street
"Where does your grandmother live?" Reply: "She's just down the street."

Down The Tubes
"What happened to your plans for tonight?" Reply: "Down the tubes."

Down With Some Disease
"I can't come to work today. I'm down with the flu."

Downhill All The Way
"School has been difficult, but now that we have finished our exams it is downhill all the way."

Drag One’s Feet
"I've wanted to start yoga for months. I've just been dragging my feet."

Draw A Blank
"Do you remember how to say that word in Spanish?" Reply: "I'm drawing a blank."

Draw Blood
"Ouch! I cut myself." Reply: "Let me see. Did it draw blood?"

Drawing Attention
"He dresses that way because he likes to draw attention."

Driving A Hard Bargain
"Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money. You drive a hard bargain."

Dropping A Brick
"The boss came in and dropped a real brick. He said they are planning to close our office."

Dropping Names
"I dated an actress in New York who was constantly dropping names." Reply: "Oh no, I can't stand name-dropping."

Drunk As A Skunk
"Did you see Jean last night?" Reply: "Yeah. She was as drunk as a skunk."

Early To Bed Early To Rise Makes A Man Healthy Wealthy And Wise
"All of his life, my grandfather went to bed early and got up with the sun." Reply: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise."

Expecting A Child
"My wife and I are expecting our first child." Reply: "Congratulations!"

Expense Is No Object
"This year I want the company party to be fantastic. Expense is no object."

Explain Oneself
"Please listen. I am trying to explain myself."

Express One’s Anger
"I would like to express my anger about what happened last night."

Extend Credit To Someone
"I want that couch, but I really cannot afford it." Reply: "We will extend you credit."

Extend Your Sympathy To Them
"Jane lost her mother this week. We must remember to exend our sympathy to her."

Fair And Square
"You cheated!" Reply: "I did not cheat! I beat you fair and square."

Familiarity Breeds Contempt
"Those two have been living together for too long. They don't speak a word to each other." Reply: "Familiarity breeds contempt."

Forbidden Fruit
"The boss's daughter may be pretty, but remember that she is forbidden fruit."

Generous To A Fault
"My gradfather's was generous to a fault. He gave away all of his money." Reply: "But he did help a lot of people."

Get A Rain Check On Something
"He was going to take me to the park, but it rained, so I got a rain check."

Get At The Heart Of The Matter
"I asked him to stop wasting time and get at the heart of the matter."

Give And Go
"If you have the ball and Andy is open, just give and go."

Give Someone A Rain Check On Something
"He was going to take me to the park, but it rained, so he gave me a rain check."

Give Someone The Third Degree
"That judge really gave that guy the third degree, didn't she?"

Go Fly A Kite
"Oh- not you again!" Reply: "Hey, why don't you go fly a kite?"

Going All The Way
"The Bears have a good team this year. Do you think they'll go all the way?"

Hanging On Your Coattails
"Doesn't it bother you to have someone like that hanging on to your coattails?"

I Don't Belong Here
"This is a high school dance and I am 25 years old. I don't belong here."

If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It
"Do you think Tiger Woods should change his golf swing?" Reply: "Are you kidding? If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If You Can't Beat Them Join Them
"When did you change teams?" Reply: "Hey: If you can't beat them, join them."

If You Can't Stand The Heat Get Out Of The Kitchen
"I wanted this job at first, but now I don't know if I can handle it." Reply: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

In Awe Of Someone Or Something
"I am in awe of you."

In Big Trouble
"When mom gets home and finds out what you did, you guys are in big ("biiiiiiig") trouble."

In For Trouble
"If you do that again, you are in for trouble."

In The Meantime
"You can start working full-time as soon as you get your license. In the meantime, you are welcome to start training."

In The Middle Of Nowhere
"You are 30 minutes late and I have been standing here waiting for you in the middle of nowhere."

In The Money
"Now he's a professional basketball player." Reply: "He's in the money."

In Your Hair
"You're not going to wear that, are you?" Reply: "Hey, why don't you get out of my hair?"

Jumping On The Bandwagon
"My grandfather jumped on the bandwagon and got himself an email account."

Keep Someone At Arm's Length
"You can work with him if you want, but I would keep him at arms length."

Like Two Peas In A Pod
"He and his sister are like two peas in a pod."

Little Black Book
"Don't tell me you're going to write her down in your little black book."

Looking For Trouble
"If you leave your glass on the edge of the table like that, you are looking for trouble."

Losing Streak
"We are on a five game losing streak." Reply: "Have we lost five games without a win? That is not good."

Misery Loves Company
"She's not happy, so she wants the rest of us to suffer too!" Reply: "Misery loves company."

Money Does Not Grow On Trees
"Why are you buying such expensive presents? Money does not grow on trees, you know!"

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention
"You will find a way to do it. When you have to, you do." Reply: "Necessity is the mother of invention."

Never Been So Lucky
"I got off the bus in West Seattle, turned around, and you were there. I've never been so lucky."

No Pain No Gain
"To play at that level, you are going to have to practice all of the time, you know." Reply: "No pain, no gain."

On Your Toes
"In ice hockey you have to be agressive and stay on your toes."

Out Of Your League
"She'll never go out with you. She's out of your league."

Over My Head
"Did you get that last question on the test?" Reply: "No, it was over my head."

Paying The Price
"If you drink and drive, you will pay the price."

Running The Table
"She shot first, and she ran the table. So I never had a chance."

Shouting Match
"Two players were having a shouting match, so we had to stop the game."

Slow As Molasses In January
"Would you hurry up and get ready? You are as slow as molasses in January."

Speak Highly Of Someone Or Something
"I met your teacher. He speaks highly of you."

Take A Look At Someone Or Something
"Take a look at that car. Isn't it beautiful?"

Take A Look For Someone Or Something
"Have you seen my watch?" Reply: "I haven't seen it, but I will take a look for it around my house."

Take A Nap
"Every day after lunch my grandfather takes a nap."

Take A Rain Check On Something
"We were planning to go to the park, but it rained, so we took a rain check."

Take The Bull By The Horns
"That was a tough situation. Thanks for taking the bull by the horns."

The First Step Is Always The Hardest
"I have always wanted to write a novel, but I can never decide on a topic." Reply: "The first step is always the hardest."

The Game Is Afoot
"Jim just saw a beautiful girl he wants to meet." Reply: "The game is afoot!"

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence
"I wish our house were as big as theirs." Reply: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."

The Real Reason
"Tell me the real reason you left that school."

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions
"Really, I never meant to hurt anybody..." Reply: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil
"Every time that baby cries, they just run around and give him whatever he wants." Reply: "The squeeky wheel gets the oil."

There's No Place Like Home
"It feels so good to be home." Reply: "There's no place like home."

Tooting Your Own Horn
"Oh there you go again, tooting your own horn."

Turning Up Your Nose
"We invited them to dinner but they turned up their nose at us."

Two Heads Are Better Than One
"Come on, we can figure out a way to do this! Two heads are better than one."

Under Age
"What are those kids doing smoking cigarettes? They are under age."

Up To
"So what have you been up to lately?"

Welcome Someone With Open Arms
"You should definitely go visit my parents. They will wecome you with open arms"

What Comes Around Goes Around
"He lied to his girlfriend for years. Now she has left him for another man." Reply: "What comes around goes around."

Why Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
"Just do it now, so you don't have to do it on the weekend. Why put of 'till tomorrow what you can do today?"

Would Give One’s Right Arm For Someone Or Something
"I would give my right arm for a car like that."

Year After Year
"Year after year, you say you are going to move."

You Can Lead A Horse To Water But You Can't Make It Drink
"I told her exactly what to do, but she didn't listen to me." Reply: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."

You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
"I have been trying to teach my dad to use the computer, but he is never going to get it." Reply: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

You Have To Take The Good With The Bad
"I love living in this city, but it is rather polluted." Reply: "You have to take the good with the bad."

You Need That Like You Need A Whole In The Head
"Would you like to buy my old truck?" Reply: "I need that like a whole in the head."

You Reap What You Sow
"He has been treating other people like that for years. Now it happens to him." Reply: "You reap what you sow."

You Scratch My Back And I’ll Scratch Yours
"I would really appreciate it if you introduce me to him... You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."


Beating Him At His Own Game
"He was the star of our school's tennis team, and I still beat him." Reply: "You beat him at his own game."

Biting The Bullet
"Hurry mom, I really have to go to the bathroom." Reply: "We won't be there for another 20 minutes. Bite the bullet."

Blowing Your Own Trumpet
"Is Deb still talking about the deal she made?" Reply: "Yes, she's blowing her own trumpet."

Blowing Your Top
"Steve is in our office and he just found out about the deal." Reply: "I can hear him blowing his top."

Breaking Even
"Sell that stock now, while you are still breaking even."

Breaking New Ground
"Noone in our family has ever married a foreigner. You are breaking new ground."

Breaking The Bank
"You really should not be buying this ring. You are breaking the bank."

Breaking The Ice
"Jane throws great parties, and she is really good at breaking the ice."

Breaking The News
"It is the goal of every great reported to break the news."

Bringing Home The Bacon
"I work day and night to bring home the bacon."

Brought Home
"We knew the economy was bad. Bob losing his job really brought it home."

Calling Your Bluff
"They say they will fire me if I skip work today, but I am calling their bluff."

Carry Weight
"What I say carries weight around here."

Carrying It A Bit Too Far
"It is okay to make jokes during class, but you are carrying it a bit too far."

Caught In The Act
"You kids were going to take those cookies, weren't you?" Reply: "Yes, we were caught in the act."

Changing Your Tune
"She always said she would never get married, but now she's the one getting married." Reply: "She has changed her tune."

Clearing The Air
"You've been living here for two months and you still don't have a job. We need to clear the air."

Climbing On The Bandwagon
"Look who's climbing on the bandwagon."

Come Clean About It
"You ate that piece of cake I was saving, didn't you? Come clean."

Coming To The Crunch
"We have had three weeks to write this paper. Now we are coming to the crunch."

Cutting Corners
"They cut a lot of corners when they built this house. Now have so many problems to fix."

Cutting Your Losses
"I bought this stock at 50 dollars a share, and it is down to 40. I'm going to cut my losses."

Do The Trick
"My motorcycle is not running well." Reply: "Try replacing the oil. That might do the trick."

Do Wonders
"We hired her to clean our house once a week and she has done wonders."

Doing As You're Told
"I want to stay up. I am not tired." Reply: "Do as you are told and go to bed right now."

Doing The Honors
"Who cuts the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner at your house?" Reply: "My father does the honors."

Doing Your Homework
"John is an excellent lawyer. He always does his homework."

Driving A Hard Bargain
"Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money. You drive a hard bargain."

Dropping A Brick
"The boss came in and dropped a real brick. He said they are planning to close our office."

Dropping Names
"I dated an actress in New York who was constantly dropping names." Reply: "Oh no, I can't stand name-dropping."

It Comes In Handy
"I'm glad you brought your knife." Reply: "Yes, it really comes in handy."

Jumping On The Bandwagon
"My grandfather jumped on the bandwagon and got himself an email account."

Never Been So Lucky
"I got off the bus in West Seattle, turned around, and you were there. I've never been so lucky."

You Are Looking For Trouble
"If you leave your glass on the edge of the table like that, you are looking for trouble."


Better Safe Than Sorry
"Should I bring my umbrella?" Reply: "Better safe than sorry." Answer: "Okay. I'll go get it."

Call A Spade A Spade
"You can call him a nice guy if you want to but I am calling a spade a spade; that guy is a jerk.

Don't Put The Cart Before The Horse
"Hey! First we attatch it, then we put on the chains. Don't put the cart before the horse."

Familiarity Breeds Contempt
"Those two have been living for together for too long. They don't speak a word to each other." Reply: "Familiarity breeds contempt."

Go Fly A Kite
Example: "Oh- not you again!" Reply: "Why don't you go fly a kite?"

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them
"When did you change teams?" Reply: "Hey: If you can't beat them, join them."

If You Can't Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen
"I wanted this job at first, but now I don't know if I can handle it." Reple: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

In Your Hair
"You're not going to wear that, are you?" Reply: "Hey, why don't you get out of my hair?"

Misery Loves Company
"She's not happy, so she wants the rest of us to suffer too!" Reply: "Misery loves company."

Money Does Not Grow On Trees
"Why are you buying such expensive presents? Money does not grow on trees, you know!"

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention
"You will find a way to do it. When you have to, you do." Reply: "Necessity is the mother of invention."

No Pain, No Gain
"To play at that level, you are going to have to practice all of the time, you know." Reply: "No pain, no gain."

Take The Bull By The Horns
"That was a tough situation. Thanks for taking the bull by the horns."

The First Step Is Always The Hardest
"I have always wanted to write a novel, but I can never decide on a topic." Reply: "The first step is always the hardest."

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence
"I wish our house were as big as theirs." Reply: The grass i always greener on the other side of the fence."

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions
"Really, I never meant to hurt anybody..." Reply: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil
"Every time that baby cries, they just run around and give him whatever he wants." Reply: "The squeeky wheel gets the oil."

There's No Place Like Home
"It feels so good to be home." Reply: "There's no place like home."

Tooting Your Own Horn
"Oh there you go again, tooting your own horn."

Two Heads Are Better Than One
"Come on, we can figure out a way to do this! Two heads are better than one."

Up To
"So what have you been up to lately?"

Why Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
"Just do it now, so you don't have to do it on the weekend. Why put of 'till tomorrow what you can do today?"

You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can't Make It Drink
"I told her exactly what to do, but she didn't listen to me." Reply: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."

You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
"I have been trying to teach my dad to use the computer, but he is never going to get it." Reply: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

You Have To Take The Good With The Bad
"I love living in this city, but it is rather polluted." Reply: "You have to take the good with the bad."

You Reap What You Sow
"He has been treating other people like that for years. Now it happens to him." Reply: "You reap what you sow."

You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours
"I would really appreciate it if you introduce me to him... You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."
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Re: List of idioms - Expressões idiomáticas com explicação

Mensagempor Marcio_Farias » 09 Dez 2010, 14:07

Quite a list you have there. Proverbs galore, however. These abound on the internet.
The car stopped with a jerk, then the jerk got out.
http://www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/randompun.pl
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Re: List of idioms - Expressões idiomáticas com explicação

Mensagempor Adriano Japan » 09 Dez 2010, 15:26

salvei todos até o Z :mrgreen:
como os outros são só exemplos, dá preguiça de procurar o significado de um por um.
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Re: List of idioms - Expressões idiomáticas com explicação

Mensagempor marciofrancesco » 19 Mai 2011, 16:18

Very useful.
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Re: List of idioms - Expressões idiomáticas com explicação

Mensagempor Adriano Japan » 09 Fev 2012, 09:50

Educr1 escreveu:Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.


"estória de pescador" :mrgreen:
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