American Idioms and Expressions

According To (someone Or Something) 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. .

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according to (someone or something)
What does according to (someone or something) mean?
as said or told by someone, in agreement with something, in the order of something, in proportion to somethingAccording to our teacher, there will be no class next week.

Some Random Idioms
as black as night
What does "as black as night" mean?
very dark and black The old house was as black as night when we entered it.

shake/quake in one's boots
What does "shake/quake in one's boots" mean?
to be afraid, to shake from fearThe little boy was shaking in his boots when the large dog approached him.
Walk in the park
What does "Walk in the park" mean?
An undertaking that is easy is a walk in the park. The opposite is also true - "no walk in the park".
In the crapper
What does "In the crapper" mean?
In the toilet, soiled; or hopelessly irretrievable.Your relationship with Mary went right in the crapper the minute you told her to, "Rub that pie on her hips because that is where it's going to end up anyway".

Thomas Crapper of England is credited for the design and implementation of modern indoor plumbing (including the flushable toilet). Although there is conciderable evidence to the contrary, restrooms/bathrooms are still often referred to as "The Crapper." This word (among others) was introduced to America by their World War I soldiers returning home from Europe.

Twenty-four seven
What does "Twenty-four seven" mean?
Twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
gut
What does "gut" mean?
abdomen; belly; intestines
divide (something) fifty-fifty
What does "divide (something) fifty-fifty" mean?
to divide something into two equal partsWe decided to divide the money that we earned fifty-fifty.
big enchilada
What does "big enchilada" mean?
the biggest and most important thing or person The new accounting manager is the big enchilada in our company.

break camp
What does "break camp" mean?
to close down a campsite and move onWe decided to break camp and begin on our journey.
sofa spud
What does "sofa spud" mean?
lazy person who watches television, movies, or plays video games

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