American Idioms and Expressions

Ace 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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ace
What does ace mean?
make an "A" on a test, homework assignment, project, etc."Somebody said you aced the test, John. That's great!"

Some Random Idioms
sail into (someone)
What does "sail into (someone)" mean?
to scold or criticize someone very hard, to attack someoneWhen I entered the office my supervisor sailed into me for being late.
in good spirits
What does "in good spirits" mean?
happy/cheerful/positiveEveryone was in good spirits when they went to the beach for a picnic.
box
What does "box" mean?
a large, portable stereo system
on campus
What does "on campus" mean?
located on the grounds of a college or universityThere was a small bank on campus which many of the students used.
call off (something)
What does "call off (something)" mean?
to stop/quit/cancel somethingWe called off the meeting because everybody was busy with other business.
captain of industry
What does "captain of industry" mean?
a top corporation officerThe president of our company was a captain of industry and when he retired he was appointed to many government boards.
mesc
What does "mesc" mean?
mescaline
jam on the brakes
What does "jam on the brakes " mean?
quickly put the brakes on in a car to stopHe jammed on the brakes and was able to avoid hitting the child.
no use crying over spilled/spilt milk
What does "no use crying over spilled/spilt milk" mean?
there is no point in worrying or complaining about something that you cannot changeThere is no use crying over spilled milk and we should not worry about what happened in the past.
scatter (something) around
What does "scatter (something) around" mean?
to carelessly put something in different placesMy papers are always scattered around my house and I am never able to find them.
B&B
What does "B&B" mean?
Bed and Breakfast - a small inn or hotel that serves breakfast Bed and Breakfast - a small inn or hotel that serves breakfastMy sister wants to open a small B&B when she quits her job.
steaming mad
What does "steaming mad" mean?
to be very angryThe woman was steaming mad when the customer service representative was rude to her on the telephone.
nigger
What does "nigger" mean?
Black person (offensive when used by non-Blacks, but acceptable among Blacks). When Chris Rock says "nigger", it's all right, but if Donald Trump said it, it'd be offensive.
(not to be) sneezed at
What does "(not to be) sneezed at" mean?
(not) to be worth having, (not) to be considered unimportant (used in the negative or interrogative)The new stereo system is not to be sneezed at.

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