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|Keep someone at arm's length|
What does Keep someone at arm's length mean?
| If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them.|
Some Random Idioms
What does "shits" mean?
|diarrhea; the runs; loose stool.|| I've had the shits since I ate that bad fish.|
|a road hog|
What does "a road hog" mean?
| a car driver who uses more than his share of the road||The person in front of me on the highway was a road hog but I tried not to get angry.|
What does "Demon weed" mean?
| Tobacco is the demon weed.|
|Three sheets to the wind|
What does "Three sheets to the wind" mean?
|Very drunk, highly intoxicated.||The groom made it to the alter, but he was three sheets to the wind.|
The phrase comes from 18th - 19th century English Naval terminology. The original phrase was "three Sheets in the wind" and referred to the erratic behavior of a ship that has lost control of all of its sails.
In nautical terminology sheets are the ropes that adjust the position of the sails relative to the wind.
The speed and direction of a sailing ship is controlled by the number of sails raised on each mast, the angle of the sails to the wind (trim of the sails), and the position of the rudder. If the sheets used to control the sails are to break or are have been released, the sheet is said to be "in the wind".
One can imagine a sail thrashing wildly in a strong wind with its sheet (the control ropes) blowing about. It would be very difficult to regain control of such a sail.
Prior to the 1810's it was common for ships to have three masts, (fore, main, and mizzen). If the sheets on all three masts are "in the wind", the ship loses all steering control.
The ship's lack of control is likened to that of a stumbling drunk.
|take (someone) under one's wings|
What does "take (someone) under one's wings" mean?
| to begin to look after and care for a person||The teacher took the young boy under her wings when he first came to the school.|
|let go with (something)|
What does "let go with (something)" mean?
| shout something out||The child let go with a loud scream when he saw the dog.|
|far from it|
What does "far from it" mean?
| not at all||"Far from it," I answered when the supervisor asked me if I was finished my work.|
What does "first-rate" mean?
| excellent, superior, of the best quality||
The movie that we saw yesterday was first-rate.
|blood on the carpet|
What does "blood on the carpet" mean?
| much trouble||
There was much blood on the carpet after the meeting.
|decked out in (something)|
What does "decked out in (something)" mean?
| to be dressed in fancy clothes||
The actress was decked out in a beautiful silk dress at the ceremony.