American Idioms and Expressions

About To (do Something) Idiom

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about to (do something)
What does about to (do something) mean?
to be on the point of doing somethingShe was about to leave when the phone rang.

Some Random Idioms
ride herd on (someone)
What does "ride herd on (someone)" mean?
to watch closely and strictly supervise someone (as a cowboy would supervise a herd of cattle)The manager has been riding herd on his employees so that he can get the job done quickly.
at loose ends
What does "at loose ends" mean?
to be restless and unsettledMy friend's mother was at loose ends after her husband died.
blind leading the blind
What does "blind leading the blind" mean?
someone who does not know how to do something himself or herself tries to explain it to another person It was like the blind leading the blind when I tried to help my friend fix his car. I do not know anything about cars.

What does "crash" mean?
lose value quickly and dramatically (said of financial markets)
one's frame of mind
What does "one's frame of mind" mean?
one`s mental state - either good or badI made sure that my boss was in a good frame of mind before I asked him for a holiday.
When it rains, it pours
What does "When it rains, it pours" mean?
This idiom means that when things go wrong, a lot of things go wrong at the same time.
seeing is believing
What does "seeing is believing" mean?
you must see something before you can believe that it really existsSeeing is believing and until we saw the Egyptian pyramids we could not imagine their beauty.
speak of the devil (and he appears)
What does "speak of the devil (and he appears)" mean?
a person appears just when you are talking about him or herWe were in the coffee shop talking about our friend when speak of the devil, our friend suddenly appeared.
take the law into one's own hands
What does "take the law into one's own hands" mean?
to act as a judge and jury for someone who has done something wrongThe soldiers took the law into their own hands when they entered the town.


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