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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|Passed with flying colors|
What does Passed with flying colors mean?
|To exceed expectations, to do better than expected.||The California smog test is tough, but my car passed with flying colors.|
Color(s) has numerous meanings. An early use of the word is flag, pennant, or badge.
"Passed with flying colors" comes from sailing ships that, when passing other ships at sea, would fly their colors (flags) if they wanted to be identified.
Some Random Idioms
|quid pro quo|
What does "quid pro quo" mean?
| "something for something" (from Latin), mutual concessions made by the parties in a transaction||The government and the teachers gave up some of their contract demands in a quid pro quo effort to solve their dispute.|
|chip on one's shoulders|
What does "chip on one's shoulders" mean?
| a tendency to try to argue or get into a conflict with others||
The man has a chip on his shoulders and wants to fight with everybody.
What does "conk out" mean?
| to fall asleep quickly and with great fatigue||
After we returned from the hike, I immediately conked out in front of the TV.
|come out ahead|
What does "come out ahead" mean?
| to improve one's situation||
Although our new car was expensive, we came out ahead because it is very cheap to operate.
|When the chickens come home to roost|
What does "When the chickens come home to roost" mean?
| When a person pays dearly for something bad he or she did in the past, the chickens come home to roost.|
|Take for a test drive|
What does "Take for a test drive" mean?
| If you take something for a test driver, you try something to see if you like it.|
|blow it out your ear|
What does "blow it out your ear" mean?
| go away; no way (expression of disbelief).|| Blow it out your ear! No one cares.|
|arrow in one's quiver|
What does "arrow in one's quiver" mean?
| have a number of resources or strategies that one can
follow|| have a number of resources or strategies that one can followHis ability with languages was another arrow in his quiver and helped him in his business life. |
|Turn-up for the books|
What does "Turn-up for the books" mean?
| A turn-up for the books is an unexpected or surprising event.|
What does "go places" mean?
| to have a good future||The young man will go places with his good looks and good education.|
|deuce and a half|
What does "deuce and a half" mean?
|2.5 ton truck; medium-sized truck for cargo|