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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|a white lie|
What does a white lie mean?
| a lie that is told to avoid offending someone
or hurting his / her feelings.|| "The cake that Susan made tasted terrible, but I knew that|
she made it because she wanted to please me, so when she
asked if I liked it, I told a white lie and said it was good."
Some Random Idioms
What does "sting" mean?
| capture and/or arrest somebody|
|over one`s head|
What does "over one`s head" mean?
| to be/go beyond one's ability to understand, to be too difficult||The mathematics lectures went over my head during the first few weeks.|
|carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders|
What does "carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders" mean?
| appear to be dealing with all the problems in the whole world||My friend has a lot of stress and thinks that he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. |
What does "def" mean?
| cool; wonderful; terrific|
What does "cut" mean?
| adulterate drugs|
|been around (the block)|
What does "been around (the block)" mean?
| experienced (often sexually).|| She's been around the block and knows what she's doing in bed.|
What does "set" mean?
|period during which a band plays without stopping|
|to mean nothing to (someone)|
What does "to mean nothing to (someone)" mean?
| have no effect or feeling for someone||My uncle is very wealthy and to lose money in a business transaction means nothing to him.|
What does "can" mean?
|toilet.|| Gotta go to the can. I really need to pee.|
What does "yellow-bellied" mean?
| extremely timid, cowardly||The man is yellow-bellied and is never willing to fight for what is right. |
|put (someone's) eye out|
What does "put (someone's) eye out" mean?
| to puncture or harm someone's eye causing blindness
||The man put his eye out when he had the accident with the metal rod.|
|get down to business|
What does "get down to business" mean?
| to start working or doing the business at hand||We decided to get down to business and try to finish our work quickly.|
|move up (in the world)|
What does "move up (in the world)" mean?
| advance and become successful||The young man is working hard and is moving up in the world.|
What does "bail" mean?
| abandon; depart; leave.|| I bailed on my calculus class because I was tired.|