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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|Drop a dime|
What does Drop a dime mean?
|Make a phone call.||Don't be such a stranger. Drop a dime some time.|
This is a good phrase to discuss with anyone born after 1970. Pay phones cost 35, 50, or even 75 cents today, but they really did cost 10 cents at one time. The dime was dropped into the slot of the pay phone.
Some Random Idioms
|take the initiative to (do something)|
What does "take the initiative to (do something)" mean?
| to decide to do something although one has not been asked to do it||I decided to take the initiative to organize a dinner for my friend who was leaving to go to a different university.|
|burn a hole in one`s pocket|
What does "burn a hole in one`s pocket" mean?
| to stimulate someone to spend money quickly||I got paid today and the money is burning a hole in my pocket.|
|go through (an experience)|
What does "go through (an experience)" mean?
| to experience/suffer/live through something||The man has gone through some hard times since he lost his job.|
What does "in luck" mean?
| having good luck, finding something good by chance||I think that we are in luck. I was able to buy two tickets for the concert.|
|give (someone) an earful|
What does "give (someone) an earful" mean?
|to talk to someone in order to criticize or complain about something||I met my supervisor on the weekend and I decided to give her an earful about my job.|
|silence gives consent|
What does "silence gives consent" mean?
| saying nothing or not saying no to something means that you agree|| saying nothing or not saying no to something means that you agreeSilence gives consent and when nobody spoke at the meeting, the principal thought that everybody agreed with his proposal.|
|love at first sight|
What does "love at first sight" mean?
| fall in love with someone (or something) the first time that
one sees him or her|| fall in love with someone (or something) the first time that one sees him or herWhen I saw the woman at the party it was love at first sight and I knew that I wanted to meet her. |
|on a dime|
What does "on a dime" mean?
| in a very small space||I had to turn my car on a dime when I entered the parking lot.|
|have one's work cut out for one|
What does "have one's work cut out for one" mean?
| have a large and difficult task to do||We had our work cut out for us when we began to paint the house.|
|in and of itself|
What does "in and of itself" mean?
| considering one thing alone||In and of itself there is no problem having a large number of people at the dinner. However, the fire regulations do not allow so many people to be in the building|
What does "COD" mean?
| Cash On Delivery - used when a delivery person receives cash
when they deliver something|| Cash On Delivery - used when a delivery person receives cash when they deliver somethingI decided to send away for some video cassettes and the company said that they would send them to me COD. |
|Rise and shine!|
What does "Rise and shine!" mean?
| Get out of bed and begin the day!||"Rise and shine!" my father called to me in the morning.|
What does "BO" mean?
| Body Odor - smell of sweat from the human body|| Body Odor - smell of sweat from the human bodyThe BO from the man in the elevator was very bad. |
|take a nap|
What does "take a nap" mean?
| to have a brief period of sleep||I stopped to take a nap before I continued driving to see my parents.|