American Idioms and Expressions

Above Suspicion Idiom

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above suspicion
What does above suspicion mean?
to be very honest so that nobody would suspect youThe man's actions are always above suspicion.
above suspicion
What does above suspicion mean?
to be very honest so that nobody will suspect you of doing something wrong The man's actions are always above suspicion.


Some Random Idioms
crocodile tears
What does "crocodile tears" mean?
a show of sorrow that is not realThe man said that he was very sorry but his tears were only crocodile tears.
receive/welcome (someone) with open arms
What does "receive/welcome (someone) with open arms" mean?
to greet someone eagerlyThe citizens received the Olympic athletes with open arms.
to hound (someone)
What does "to hound (someone)" mean?
to pursue or chase someone, to harass someone The manager is always hounding the younger members of her staff to make them work hard.

Long in the tooth
What does "Long in the tooth" mean?
To be getting old.Daddy needs a new Porsche. The old one is getting a bit long in the tooth.
Strange as it may seem this phrase's origin is closely related to the origin of the phrase "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth".
The age of a horse can be roughly determined by examining its teeth, since a horse's gums recede as they age. The longer the teeth of a horse appear to be, the older the horse.
While the cat's away, the mouse will play
What does "While the cat's away, the mouse will play" mean?
People whose behaviour is strictly controlled go over the top when the authority is not around, which is why most teenagers have parties when their parents have gone on holiday. The parents are the scary authority figures, but the cat's away and the kids are the mice partying and enjoying their freedom.
peyote
What does "peyote" mean?
mescaline
get around
What does "get around " mean?
to go to different places, to move about My friend gets around and has been to many different cities.

jack around
What does "jack around" mean?
mess around; do little or nothing; waste time
Argue the toss
What does "Argue the toss" mean?
(UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
dyed-in-the-wool
What does "dyed-in-the-wool" mean?
permanent, always (like wool that is dyed a certain color)My father is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and he will probably never change.
on bended knee
What does "on bended knee" mean?
with great humilityThe young man was on bended knee when he asked his girlfriend to marry him.
crack open a book
What does "crack open a book" mean?
to open a book to study I did not crack open a book during the weekend.

bring (someone) to
What does "bring (someone) to" mean?
to wake someone up, to bring someone to consciousnessThe medical doctor tried to bring the small boy to after he fell into the swimming pool.

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