Idioms and Phrases

All languages of world have its own idioms and phrases. They give sharpness and brightness to our language. Below these are explained alphabetically, so you can understand easily.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “A” :

About -:

  • To beat about to bush – Repeat the same argument repeatedly.
  • To hang about – Stick around like slave.
  • To be about – To be here and there.

 Above-:

  • Above ground- Alive
  • Above criticism- out of reach of sb/sth.
  • Above one’s understanding – Which cannot be understood.

Absence:-

  • Absence of mind- abstraction of thought.

Account:-

  • To give account for – to be answerable for an action.
  • To account for – to give an explanation.
  • To open an account with- to start financial dealings.
  • The great account- The day of judgment.

Across:-

  • To come across- To meet.
  • To put it across- To deceive, to get even with.

Act:-

  • Act of god-operation of uncontrollable natural forces.
  • To act upon- To do as advised.

Action:-

  • Man of action- a person who can make things work.
  • To put into action- To practice.

Add:-

  • To add fuel to fire- To increase righteous anger.
  • To add insult to injury- To harm as well as insult.

Addle:-

  • Addle Egg- Proud.

Advantage:-

  • To have the advantage of- To acquire a better position.
  • To take advantage of- To avail oneself of.

Affiliate:-

  • Affiliate to- Attach to.

After:-

  • Look before and after- To think.
  • To look after- To watch.
  • To hanker after- To wander about in search of something.

Again:-

  • Time and Again- Repeatedly.
  • As munch again- Twice as much.

Against:-

  • Against a rainy day- in preparation for hard times.
  • To run against- To meet by chance.

Age:-

  • To come of Age- To become 21 years old.
  • To wait for ages- To wait for a long time.

Air:-

  • To talk air- To become known.
  • Castles in the air- Dreamy projests.
  • To give a person the air- Dismiss him.
  • On the air- Broadcasting on the radio.

All :-

  • All in all- Complete master.
  • All the same- Never the less.

Allow:-

  • Allow for- To take into consideration.

 

Along:-

  • Along with- in the company of.
  • All along-  All the time.

Aloof:-

  • To keep aloof- To keep away.

Angel:-

  • Visit like angels- Rare visit.
  • Angel of death- Messenger of death.

Apple:-

  • Apple of discord- Cause of quarrel.
  • Apple of the eye- a cherished object.

Ape:-

  • To play the ape- To mimic.

Arm:-

  • Arm in arm- Interlinked.
  • To take up arms- To get ready for a fight.
  • King of arms- Battle chief.

Away:-

  • To make away with- To steal away.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “B” :

Back:-

  • Behind one’s back- During one’s absence.
  • To have on one’s back- to be burdened with.
  • To set one’s back up- To make one angry.
  • To take a back seat- To humble oneself.
  • To go back on one’s word- To break a promise.

Bag:-

  • Bag of bones- Very lean and week.
  • To let the cat out of the bag- To reveal a secret.

 

Balance:-

  • To lose one’s balance- to fall mentally and physically.
  • Balance of advantage- Great influence.

Ball:-

  • To set the ball rolling- To start something.
  • Ball is in your Cort- It means now decision you need to take.

Bank:-

  • To bank upon- To depend upon.

 

Banner:-

  • Follow the banner- To lead complete support.

 

Bark:-

  • Bark worse than bite- More fear than danger.

Bay:-

  • To stand at bay- To show fight.
  • To bay at the moon- To desire something impossible.

 Beam:-      

  • To kick the beam- To be defeated.

Beat:-

  • To beat black and blue- To beat mercilessly.
  • To beat the air- To strive in vain.
  • To beat about the bush- To approach a subject in a roundabout way.

Bed:-

  • To be brought to bed- To be in childbirth.
  • To go to bed- To sleep.
  • To take to bed- To become ill.

Bee:-

  • Bee-line- Straight path between two places.

Beggar:-

  • To beggar description- That which cannot be described in words.

Behind:-

  • Behind the scenes- In private.
  • Behind time- Unpunctual, Usually late.
  • Behind the time- Antiquated.

Belt:-

  • To hit below the belt- To fight or play an unfair battle or game.

Benefit:-

  • The benefit of doubt- Where the guilt is not clearly proved.

Best:-

  • Best man- Bridegroom’s supporter.
  • Sunday best- In one’s best clothes.

Between:-

  • Between the cup and the lip- Between hope and reality.
  • Between the devil and the deep sea- Between two difficulties.

Bird:-

  • Little bird- unnamed information.
  • Old bird- A wary person.
  • Birds of a feather- People of one kind.
  • Birds in hand- Certainty.
  • The bird is flown- The prisoner has escaped.
  • To kill two birds with one stone- To gain two ends at once.
  • Bird’s eye view- General study.

 Black:-

  • Black and blue- Full of bruises.
  • Black sheep- A disreputable member of society.

Block:-

  • Chip of the old block- Just like one’s father.
  • Chips of the same blocks- All are with same attitude and behavior.
  • To cut block with a razor- To waste the skills.

Blood-:

  • Flesh and Blood- Human nature.
  • His blood is up- He is angry.
  • In cold blood- Mercilessly.
  • Fresh Blood- Young member.
  • Runs in the blood- Family Traits.

Boat:-

  • To sail in the same boat- To have the same fate.

Bone:-

  • To the back bone- sharp.
  • To pick a bone with some one- To dispute.

Book:-

  • Speak like a book- Informal praise.
  • To take a leaf out of one’s book- To learn from.
  • To be in good books- To be a favorite.
  • To be in bad books- To be a disfavored.
  • Bring to book- To punish.

Boot:-

  • To have one’s heart on one’s boots- In terror.
  • To be given the boot- To be dismissed.
  • The boot is in other leg- Reverse is the truth.

Born:-

  • To be born under lucky star- To be lucky by birth.
  • To be born with a silver spoon in his mouth- To be born rich.

Bosom:-

  • Bosom friend:- fast friend.

Bottom:-

  • From the bottom of the heart- Genuinely.

Bound:-

  • By the leaps and bounds- At starting speed.
  • Out of bounds- Out of limits.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “C” :

Cap:-

  • Cap in hand- Humbly.
  • Cap and Bells- Jester’s insignia.

 Capacity:-

  • Filled to capacity- Quite Full, jam-packed.

Capital:-

  • Capital error- Fatal mistake.

Card:-

  • House of cards- Insecure scheme.
  • Speak by the card- Speak with correctness.
  • To throw up one’s card- To let out one’s schemes.

Carpet:-

  • On the carpet- Under discussion.
  • On the red carpet- Successful.

Carry:-

  • To carry the day- To win.
  • To carry on- To continue.

Cart:-

  • To put the cart before the horse- To reserve the natural order.

Cast:-

  • To cast in one’s teeth- To blame one with.
  • Cast aside- Give up.

Castle:-

  • Castles in the air- Dreamy projects.

Cat:-

  • To let the cat out of the beg – To reveal the secret.
  • To turn cat in pan- To change sides.
  •  To wait for the cat to jump- To see which way and how decision will be taken.
  • Cat and Dog life- Full of quarrels.

Catch:-

  • To catch a tartar- To fight against a stronger.
  • To catch a glimpse of- To see.
  • To catch one’s breath- To be silent.
  • Catch penny- Merely to sell.

Cheap:-

  • Dirt cheap- Very cheap.
  • Cheap jack- Travelling in hawker.

Chicken:-

  • To count chicken before they are hatched- To be over optimistic.

Chuck:-

  • To give one the chuck- To dismiss.
  • To chuck up the sponge- To give up the contest.

Church:-

  • Poor as a church mouse- Very poor.

 

Clap:-

  • Clap on the back-  Encouragement.

 

Cloth:-

  • To cut one’s coat according to the cloth- To adjust.

 

Cloud:-

  • In a cloud of words- difficult to understand.
  • In the clouds- In the world of imagination.
  • Cloud castle- Day Dreams.
  • Under a cloud- In disfavor.

Coal:-

  • To blow the coal- To inflame passion.

 

Coast:-

  • The coast is clear- The enemy has fled.

Cock:-

  • Cock won’t fight- That plan will not work.
  • Cock and bull stories- Imaginary and incredible stories.

 

Cold:-

  • To give the cold shoulder- To entertain.
  • In cold blood- Mercilessly.
  • Cold comfort- No comfort.

 

Color:-

  • To change color- To feel embarrassed.
  • To see in true color- To see properly.
  • To sail under false color- To be a cheat.
  • To come off with flying colors- To be successful.

Cook:-

  • To cook accounts- To prepare false accounts.
  • Too many cook spoils the broth- Too many managers spoil the work in hand.

 

Corner:-

  • To turn the corner- To escape the crisis.
  • To put in the corner- To punish.
  • To drive into the tight corner- To put into a difficult position.
  • Hole and Corner- Underhand.
  • All the corners of the earth- Everywhere. 

Cost:-

  • At the cost of- At the expense of.
  • To count the cost- To consider the risk.

Count:-

  • Count on- To believe on somebody.
  • To count upon- To depend on.

Cow:-

  • The cow with the iron tail- The pump used in adulterating milk.

Creep:-

  • Flesh creep- one feels fear.
  • Give me creeps- Causes me horror.

Cup:-

  • Not somebody’s cup of tea- Not what somebody likes or is interested in.
  • Cup was full- Misery was full.

Cut:-

  • To cut short- To make brief or  to interrupt some body.  
  •  To cut both ways- Argument.
  • Cut out for- Fit for.
  • Cut throat competition- Very hard competition.
  • Cut and Dry- Getting something without hard work.  
Idioms and Phrases starting with “D” :

Damp:-

  • To strike a damp into- To discourage.
  • To damp the enthusiasm- To chill.

Dance:-

  • To dance upon nothing- To be hanged.

Dark:-

  • A dark horse- Suspect or A person who does not tell others about his skills.
  • The dark continent- Africa.
  • Prince of darkness- The devil.
  • To be in the dark about- Not to know.
  • A leap in the dark- unknown danger.

Dash:-

  • To dash with- weaken.
  • To cut a dash- To make a brilliant show.
  • To dash one’s hope- Frustrated.

Day:-

  • To lose the day- To lose a battle.
  • Creature of a day- Short lived.
  • Fallen on evil days- in misfortune.
  • Every dog has his day- No one is always unlucky.
  • D-day- Day of victory.

Dead:-

  • Dead men tells no tales- To play safe.
  • Dead march- music for a funeral march.
  • Dead as a door nail- Quit dead.
  • Dead language- No longer is use.
  • Dead alive- Sprit less.
  • Dead stock –  unsalable goods.
  • At dead of night- At midnight.

Deaf:-

  • Deaf nut- A nut without a seed or A men without feelings.

Death:-

  • To be the death of- Fatal.
  • To be sick unto death- Tired.
  • At death’s door- About to die.

Deep:-

  • Still water run deep- Wise people are usually silent.
  • In deep water- In trouble.

Demon:-

  • A demon for work- One who works tremendously.

Devil:-

  • The devil of – Unpleasant person.
  • The devil to pay- Trouble ahead.
  • Give the devil his due- Do not ignore the wrong. 
  • Be a devil- to encourage somebody.

Diamond:-

  • Black diamond- Coal.
  • Diamond cuts diamond- Only strong person can face as strong person.
  • Diamond jubilee- 60th anniversary.

Die:-

  • Die game- Fighting.
  • To die-hard- To die a painful death.
  •  Die hard person- Brave who does not give up easily.
  • To die in one’s boots- To die while doing duty.
  • Never say die- Always keep up courage.
  • To be dying for- To have great desire for.
  • To die daily- Spiritual practice.

Dilemma:-

  • In dilemma- A confused phase of a person.
  • On the horns of dilemma- Facing a difficult task.

Dip:-

  • To dip into in once purse- To spend freely.
  • To dip into the future- Think about the coming events.

Dirt:-

  • Yellow Dirt- Gold.
  • To fling dirt- To talk abusively.
  • To eat dirt- To put up with insult.

Dissolve:-

  • Dissolve in tears- Weeping a lot.

Do:-

  • To do battle- To fight.
  • To do oneself- To live in luxury.
  • Do as the roman’s do-   To live according to fashion.
  • Do and Die- At all coast.

Dog:-

  • Dogs of war- Conditions of war.
  • Dog day- very hot and sultry day.
  • Die like a dog- To die miserably (unhappy).
  • Give the dog bad name- To finish by defamation.
  • Let sleeping dogs lie- Let the things continue as they are.

Doomsday:-

  • Doomsday- End of the day.

Door:-

  • Next door to- very near.
  • At death’s door- About to die.
  • Out of door- Abroad.

Dot:-

  • Double acting- Cheating someone.
  • Double edge- Cutting both ways.
  • Double faced- Insincere.

Down:-

  • To his down- To silence.
  • Down with- Not to co-operate.
  • Down hearted- To get disheartened.
  • To be down- To be cheap.
  • From king down to the cobbler- Every Body.
  • Down and out- Completely beaten.
  • Down town- Into the town.
  • Down tools- To finish the work.
  • To let down and wind- To discard.
  • Downhill of life- Later half. [Mr. Tom is now downhill of life.]

Draft:-

  • To make a draft on- To rely on friend ship.

Drag:-

  • Drag on- Continue.
  • Drag in- To introduce.
  • Drag out- To protect or save.
  • Drag up- Roughly care.
  • Drag chain- Barrier.

Draw:-

  • To draw one’s sword against- To attack.
  • To be drawn- To be attacked.
  • With drawn face- Angry.
  • To draw the line- Fix a limit.
  • To draw back- To withdraw.
  • Draw up- To prepare.
  • To draw on- To bring about.

Drink:-

  • On the drink- Drunk person.
  • To drink off- To drink completely at once.

Drive:-

  • To drive a quill- To write.
  • To drive into- To make someone understand.

 

Drop:-

  • Drop into ocean- Extremely small factor.
  • To take a drop- To drink liquor. [let’s take a drop]
  • To have a drop in one’s eyes- To show signs of intoxication.
  • Ear-drops- Ear rings.
  • To mark a remark- To speak casually.
  • Drop on one’s knees- Kneel down.
  • Drop like hot potato- Someone finds himself suddenly disassociated from someone instantly.   

Drown:-

  • Drown in tears- Weeping.

Dry:-

  • To go dry- To be without liquor.
  • A dry death- Death on land.
  • Dry facts- Uninteresting facts.
  • Dry as dust- Very dull.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “E” :

Ear:-

  • Give an ear to- To listen carefully. [Give an ear to my advice.]
  • Turn a deaf ear to- Not to pay attention or not to listen carefully.
  • Walls have ears- There may be listeners.
  • To lend an ear- Listen carefully.
  • Words in one’s ear- Privet talks.
  • Be all ears- Attentive.
  • Ear shot- Hearing distance.

Early:-

  • To keep early hours- To rise and go to bed early.
  • The early bird catches the worm- The early riser stands to gain.
  • At the earliest- Very quick.

Earth:-

  • Earth worm- Very poor person.
  • Pay the earth- Very big amount.

Ease:-

  • Ease of- To steal.

Easy:-

  • Easy money- Bribe.
  • Easy and Free- Not very strict person.
  • Easy virtue- Loose character.

Eat:-

  • Eat one’s word- Retract one’s word in humiliating manner.
  • To eat the humble pie- To be humiliated.
  • Eat a person out of home and house- Ruin someone.
  • To eat one’s heart out- To suffer silently.
  • To eat away- To destroy.

Echo:-

  • To cheer to the echo- To cheer loudly.

Edge:-

  • To take the edge off- To make blunt or ineffective.
  • To be on edge- To be excited.
  • To set teeth on edge- To hold one’s nerves.

Egg:-

  • In the egg- In an early stage.
  • Good egg- Excellent person or scheme.
  • As sure as eggs- Undoubtedly.
  • To put all one’s eggs in one basket- To risk all in a single.
  • To egg on- To provoke.

Elbow:-

  • Up to the elbows- Engaged.
  • Out at the elbows- Very poor.
  • Elbow Grease- Hard work.

Elephant:-

  • White elephant- Burdensome possession.

 

Eleven:-

  • At the eleven hour- Very late or At the last moment.

End:-

  • Odds and Ends- Miscellaneous things.
  • Gain ends- To find purpose.
  • End to End- Lengthwise.
  • Word without end- Forever.
  • On end- Continuously.
  • Come to an end- Become exhausted.
  • To put an end to- Stop.
  • Keep one’s end up- To acquaint oneself well.
  • Go in off the deep end- Take risk.
  • At the loose end- Unoccupied.
  • Make both ends meet- To earn money.

Enter:-

  • Enter into- Engage.
  • Enter upon- Assume possession.
  • To enter a protest- Record a complaint.

Eve:-

  • Daughter of Eve-  Woman.
  • On the Eve of- At the time of doing something.

Even:-

  • Evensong- Evening prayer.
  • Be even with – Have one’s revenge upon.
  • Even money- Neither laying nor taking odd.
  • Even up- To balance.

Evening:-

  • The evening of the life- Old age.
  • The evening star- refuse.

Every:-

  • Every now and then- Time to time.

Evil:-

  • An evil eye- Malicious look.
  • An evil tongue- A person who cures others and do insulting others.

Example:-

  • To make an example- To punish somebody.
  • Without example- Beyond Imitation.
  • To set a good example- To give a good mode.
  • Make example by- Copy.

Exception:-

  • Exception proves the rules- The existence of exceptions proves that rules exists.
  • With the exception- Except.
  • To take an objection to- Object something.

Explosive:-

  • High explosive- Very irritable person.

Eye:-

  • To set one’s eye on- To behold.
  • Be all eye- Watch intently.
  • To wipe the eyes of- To kill game another has missed.
  • With an eye to- With a view.
  • Keep an eye on- Keep a watch on.
  • In the eyes of- In the judgment of.
  • In the eyes of the law- Point of law.
  • See eye to eye- Agree entirely.
  • See with friendly eye- Kindly.
  • Throw dust in the eyes- To cheat someone.
  • Apple of one’s eye- Very dear.
  • Eye-opener- Enlightening circumstances.
  • Eye wash- Mere show/ only Show off.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “F” :

Feeding Frenzy:-

  • An violent attack on someone by a group.

Field Day:-

  • An pleasant day or circumstance.

Finding Your Feet:-

  • To become more calm in whatever you are doing.

Finger licking’ 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 looks promising and potential in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end.

Flea Market:-

  • A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods.

Flesh and Blood:-

  • 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 furious and show it.

Fools’ Gold:-

  • 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:-

  •  ”The whole thing” or “completely nude”.

Funny Farm:-

  • A mental institutional facility.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “G” :

Get Down to Brass Tacks:-

  • To be converted into 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 an awful day.

Get Your Walking Papers:-

  • Get sacked from a job.

 Give Him the Slip:-

  • To escape.

Go Down Like A Lead Balloon:-

  • To be received badly by an audience.

Go For Broke:-

  • To risk 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 beyond whatever is required for the task.

Good Samaritan:-

  • Someone who helps others when they are in need it.

Graveyard Shift:-

  • Working from midnight to drawn.

Great Minds Think Alike:-

  • Intelligent people think like each other.

Green Room:-

  • The waiting room.

Gut Feeling:-

  • A personal intuition you get, especially when feeling something may not be right.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “H” :

Haste Makes Waste:-

  • Swiftly doing things & results in a poor ending.

Hat Trick:-

  • When one player scores three goals in the same game, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, 3 wicket in cricket etc.

Have an Axe to Grind:-

  • To have a quarrel and disagreement with someone.

He Lost His Head:-

  • Too Angry.

Head Over Heels:-

  • Very thrilled & joyful.

Hell in a Hand basket:-

  • Deteriorating and headed for complete failure.

High Five:-

  • Slapping palms above each other’s heads as celebration gesture.

High on the Hog:-

  • Living in comfort.

Hit the Books:-

  • To study.

Hit the Hay:-

  • Go to bed or go to sleep.

 

Hit the Nail on the Head:-

  • To do something right or say something right.

Hit the Sack:-

  • Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hocus Pocus:-

  • Magic or Trickery.

Hold Your Horses:-

  • Be patient.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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 difficulty, if you have nothing to do.

If It is Not One Thing, It is another:-

  • To go things wrong on and on.

In Like Flynn:-

  • To be easily victorious, especially when sexual or romantic.

In The Bag:-

  • To have something protected.

In The Buff:-

  • Bare or Naked.

In The Heat of the Moment:-

  • Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

In Your Face:-

  • A violent and bold altercation.

It Takes Two to Tango:-

  • A two-person conflict ,where both people are at fault.

It is A Small World:-

  • You frequently see the same people in different places.

It’s 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.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “J” :

Jaywalk:-

  • Crossing the street without using the Zebra crossing.

Joshing Me:-

  • Trapping me.

 Idioms and Phrases starting with “K” :

Keep an Eye on Him:-

  • To watch somebody Carefully .

Keep body and soul together:-

  • To earn a enough amount of money in order to keep yourself alive.

Keep your chin up:

  • To be happy in a tough situation.

Kick The Bucket:

  • To Die.

Kitty-corner:-

  • crosswise across and called Catty-Corner as well.

Knee Jerk Reaction:-

  • A quick response.

Knock On Wood:-

  • Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.

Know the Ropes:-

  • To understand the details.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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 respectfully ask for someone’s full attention.

Let Bygones Be Bygones:-

  • Just to forget about a difference or argument.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie:-

  • To avoid restarting a clash.

Let the Cat Out Of the Bag:-

  • To share a secret that wasn’t supposed to be public.

Level playing field:-

  • A fair competition. 

 Like a chicken with its head cut off:-

  • To act in a furious manner.

Liquor someone up-

  • To get someone drunk.

Long in the Tooth:-

  • aged people (or horses).

Loose Cannon: -

  • A person who is unpredictable & can be danger, if not kept in check.

 
Idioms and Phrases starting with “M” :

Make No Bones About-

  • To state a fact so that there are no worries 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:-

  • Point less or worthless speech.

Mum’s the word:-

  • Just to keep quiet or To say nothing.

 Idioms and Phrases starting with “N” :

Nest Egg:-

  • Savings for future.

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You:-

  • Never hurt anyone that helps you.

New kid on the block:-

  • Someone new to the group.

New York minute:-

  • A minute that seems to go by quickly. 

 

No Dice:-

  • Not to agree or Not to accept a proposition.

 

No Room to Swing a Cat:-

  • Small or limited space.

Not Playing With a Full Deck:-

  • Someone who lacks cleverness.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “O” :

Off On the Wrong Foot:-

  • Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off the Hook:-

  • Not to deal with a tough situation anymore.

Off the Record:-

  • Something said in confidence that the one speaking does not want attributed to him/her. 

 

On Pins And Needles:-

  • Nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence:-

  • unsure.

On The Same Page:-

  • When many people agree on the same thing.

Out of the Blue:-

  • Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out on A Limb:-

  • When a person puts him selves or her selves  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 extreme.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “P” :

Pass The Buck:-

  • Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.

Pedal to the metal:-

  • Driving a vehicle at high speed.

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 a lot 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 or to finish it.

Pulling Your Leg:-

  • Tricking someone as a joke.

Put a sock in it:-

  • To tell noisy group to be quiet.
Idioms and Phrases starting with “Q” :
Queer the pitch:-
  • Ruin a plan.

Idioms and Phrases starting with “R” :

Rain check:-

  • A deal that is rejected right now but willing to accept later.

Raining Cats and Dogs:-

  • A very heavy, loud & noisy rain storm.

Ring Fencing:-

  • Separated usual judgement to guarantee protection, especially project funds.

Rise and Shine:-

  • Time to get up & ready for work/school.

Rome Was Not Built In One Day:- 

  • If you want something to be completely properly, then it’s going to take time.

Rule Of Thumb:-

  • A rough estimate.

Run out of steam:- 

  • To be completely out of energy or Very tired.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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:-

  • An ability to assume future’s situation.

Skid Row:-

  • Where the homeless and drug users live.

Smell A Rat:- 

  • To identify someone in the group is betraying or cheating 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 something from the beginning.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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:-

  • The last straw is the last small burden that one can take.

The Whole Nine Yards:- 

  • Everything. All of it.

Third time’s a charm:-

  • After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one.

Tie the knot:-

  • To get married.

Till the cows come home:- 

  • A long time.

To Make A Long Story Short:- 

  • Telling something to someone in brief.  

To Steal Someone’s Thunder:-

  • To take the credit for something someone else did.

Tongue-in-cheek:-

  • Humour, not to be taken serious.

Turn A Blind Eye:-

  • Refuse to accept something you know is real or legit. 

Twenty three skidoo:- 

  • To be turned away.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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 or think smart.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “W” :

Wag the Dog:-

  • A diversion away from something of greater importance.

Water under the Bridge:- 

  • Anything from the past that isn’t 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. Impossible things.

Wild and Woolly:- 

  • Uncultured and without laws.

Wine and Dine:-

  • When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.

Without A Doubt:- 

  • For certain. 

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “X” :

X marks the spot:-

  • A phrase that is said, when someone finds something, he/she has been looking for.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “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:-

  • After passing away or after death nothing worldly things are useful.

 

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine:- 

  • I have no idea.

 

Idioms and Phrases starting with “Z” :

Zero Tolerance:-

  • Not to allow crime and strict action is taken against it or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.

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