American Idioms and Expressions

X Marks The Spot Idiom

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X marks the spot
What does X marks the spot mean?
this is the exact spotWe looked at the map and saw that X marked the spot where the accident had taken place.
X marks the spot
What does X marks the spot mean?
this is the exact spot We looked at the map and saw that X marked the spot where the accident had taken place.

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eat (something) up
What does "eat (something) up" mean?
to enjoy/absorb/appreciate somethingThe students were eating up the comments by their professor.
You what?
What does "You what?" mean?
This is a very colloquial way of expressing surprise or disbelief at something you have heard. It can also be used to ask someone to say something again.
raise an objection (to/about someone or something)
What does "raise an objection (to/about someone or something)" mean?
make an objection about someone or somethingThe defense lawyer stood up during the trial to raise an objection about the testimony of the witness.
school of thought
What does "school of thought" mean?
a particular way or a philosophy of thinking about somethingThere are many schools of thought related to the different ways to learn a foreign language.
run like clockwork
What does "run like clockwork" mean?
to run or progress very wellThe new production system runs like clockwork.
Back handed compliment
What does "Back handed compliment" mean?
A compliment that also insults or puts down at the same time.They gave me a backhanded compliment when they said I was smart for a girl.
Back-handed is synonymous with left-handed. For example in tennis, a backhand stroke is a strike by a right-handed player from the left side of the body.
The left side of the body has always been deemed sinister. The Latin word for left is sinister. Hence, back-handed means round-about, indirect, or devious.
number one
What does "number one" mean?
best; top
save (something) for a rainy day
What does "save (something) for a rainy day" mean?
to reserve something/money for the futureI always try to save some money for a rainy day when I get paid.

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