American Idioms and Expressions

A Know It All Idiom

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a know-it-all
What does a know-it-all mean?
someone who acts as if he/she knows everything--as if no one
can tell him/her anything that he/she doesn't already know.
"Don't try to make any suggestions to Bob. He's aknow-it-all and won't pay attention to anything you say."
a know-it-all
What does a know-it-all mean?
a person who acts as if he or she knows everythingHe is a know-it-all and nobody likes to be around him.

Some Random Idioms
Searching question
What does "Searching question" mean?
A searching question goes straight to the heart of the subject matter, possibly requiring an answer with a degree of honesty that the other person finds uncomfortable.
save one`s breath
What does "save one`s breath" mean?
to keep silent because talking will do no good "You can save your breath and not bother talking to him. He never listens to anyone."

take (someone or something) in hand
What does "take (someone or something) in hand" mean?
to take control of a situation and improve it or deal with it Our teacher took the situation in hand when the class became too noisy.

Shanks's pony
What does "Shanks's pony" mean?
(UK) If you go somewhere by Shanks's pony, you walk there.
put (someone) out
What does "put (someone) out" mean?
to inconvenience/bother someoneI do not want to put my aunt out so I plan to stay in a hotel when I visit her.
straight from the horse's mouth
What does "straight from the horse's mouth" mean?
direct from a source that has authority and is dependableI heard about the party straight from the horse's mouth.
dime a dozen
What does "dime a dozen" mean?
cheap and common, lots of somethingUsed paperback books are a dime a dozen at the used bookstore.
(get or become) mixed up
What does "(get or become) mixed up" mean?
become confusedHe gets mixed up when he tries to speak French.
power behind the throne
What does "power behind the throne" mean?
the person who controls the person who seems to be in charge of somethingThe general is the power behind the throne in the small country and he has much influence.
tackle a problem
What does "tackle a problem" mean?
attack a problem with much effort (from American football where one player tackles another player) attack a problem with much effort (from American football where one player tackles another player)All of the members of the sales team gathered to tackle the problem of decreasing sales.

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