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|Jump on the bandwagon|
What does Jump on the bandwagon mean?
|Do what everybody else is doing, whatever is popular.
||When the Chicago Bears are winning, I will jump on the bandwagon and be a fan.|
Old time political campaigns would attempt to gain supporters with what amounted to a small parade including a band for a candidate with sufficient support. Jumping on the bandwagon was akin to providing your support for this popular candidate.
Some Random Idioms
|bend (someone's) ear|
What does "bend (someone's) ear" mean?
|to talk to someone (usually in an annoying/persistent manner)||I met my co-worker this morning and she bent my ear for almost an hour about her problems at work.|
|look like the cat that swallowed the canary|
What does "look like the cat that swallowed the canary" mean?
| to look very self-satisfied, to look as if you have just had a great success||The boy looked like the cat that swallowed the canary after he won the relay race.|
What does "false pretenses" mean?
| intentionally misrepresent facts to cheat or defraud someone||The woman was acting under false pretenses when she went to the bank and asked for a loan.|
|take the stand|
What does "take the stand" mean?
| to go and sit in the witness chair in a courtroom||The star witness will take the stand in the trial tomorrow.|
|have one's nose in a book|
What does "have one's nose in a book" mean?
| be reading a book||The boy loves to read and always has his nose in a book.|
What does "bigwig" mean?
| an important person, a leader||Some of the bigwigs of our company came to visit our factory. |
What does "bounce" mean?
| throw someone out (usually from a bar or similar establishment)|
What does "cream" mean?
What does "bugger about" mean?
| behave carelessly or dumbly.|| Stop buggering about and get to work.|
What does "frankenfood" mean?
|genetically engineered or modified food|
|have one foot in the grave|
What does "have one foot in the grave" mean?
| to be near death||Our neighbor has one foot in the grave and I do not expect him to live past this winter. |
What does "shlep" mean?
| carry or haul something or somebody from place to place|
What does "laid-back" mean?
| relaxed; at ease; unrufffled|
What does "sticky wicket" mean?
| an awkward situation (from cricket where rain has made it
difficult to bat on the field)|| an awkward situation (from cricket where rain has made it difficult to bat on the field)The rain had made a sticky wicket out of the field and neither side was able to play very well. |