American Idioms and Expressions

You Bet Your Life! Idiom

This database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available. American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time. .


Some Random Idioms
in one`s face
What does "in one`s face" mean?
abruptly, unexpectedlyThe plan blew up in our face just as we were ready to start.
Oops a daisy
What does "Oops a daisy" mean?
An expression used to indicate surprise.
keep a straight face
What does "keep a straight face" mean?
to not smile or laughIt was hard to keep a straight face during the comedy movie.
throw good money after bad
What does "throw good money after bad" mean?
to waste additional money after wasting money before on the same thingWe were throwing good money after bad when we continued to pay money to repair our old car.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
What does "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" mean?
Do not be critical of a gift.Okay, so the '72 Gremlin grandma gave you is not your idea of a babe magnet, but it was free - so don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Horses have gum lines that recede with age. Hence older horses have longer teeth than young horses.
To "look a horse in the mouth" is to examine the horse's mouth closely to determine its age (and therefore its usefulness and/or worth). To immediately judge a gift based on its worth or usefulness rather than the "thought" behind it considered rude, and ungrateful (it is a gift after all, and didn't cost the receiver anything).
The phrase is apparently quite old, a Latin version of it appeared in a work by St. Jerome in 420 AD, and it also exists in many languages. An Early english version (1510 AD) appears in John Standbridge's "Vulgari Standbrigi": "A gyuen hors may not (be) loked in the tethe."
number one
What does "number one" mean?
oneselfMy friend only thinks about number one and never about anybody else.
Laugh a minute
What does "Laugh a minute" mean?
Someone who is a laugh a minute is very funny.
Apple of your eye
What does "Apple of your eye" mean?
Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.
bring (something) to (someone's) attention
What does "bring (something) to (someone's) attention" mean?
to make someone aware of somethingThere was a mistake in the textbook which the student brought to the teacher's attention.


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