American Idioms and Expressions

You Said It! 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
stand for (something)
What does "stand for (something)" mean?
to speak in favor of something, to show that one supports somethingAll of the candidates stand for a platform of law and order.
make (someone's) head spin/swim
What does "make (someone's) head spin/swim" mean?
to confuse or overwhelm someone, to make someone dizzyThe speed of the day's events made my head spin.
cheesed off
What does "cheesed off" mean?
upset; disgusted; angry
as easy as pie
What does "as easy as pie" mean?
: very easy."I thought you said this was a difficult problem. Itisn't. In fact, it's as easy as pie."
Call the tune
What does "Call the tune" mean?
The person who calls the tune makes the important decisions about something.
poetic justice
What does "poetic justice" mean?
the appropriate but chance reward or punishment by someone who deserves it It was poetic justice when the supervisor who was harassing the workers lost his job because the president did not want him to work for the company anymore.

from dawn to dusk
What does "from dawn to dusk" mean?
from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sunThe farmworkers worked from dawn to dusk everyday in order to pick the lettuce crop.
make one's toes curl
What does "make one's toes curl" mean?
to make one feel uncomfortableThe story of my friend's car accident made my toes curl.
What does "Aussie" mean?
Australian person
get it into one's head to (do something)
What does "get it into one's head to (do something)" mean?
to decide to do something even though there may not be a good reason to do itThe girl got it into her head to learn to swim this winter.
What does "snorting" mean?
using inhalants


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