American Idioms and Expressions

Acid Test 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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acid test
What does acid test mean?
a test where the conclusions are beyond doubtThe problem was an acid test of our faith in the manager.
acid test
What does acid test mean?
a test where the conclusions are beyond doubt The problem was an acid test of our faith in the new manager.


Some Random Idioms
civil action
What does "civil action" mean?
legal action that deals with private or civil mattersThe couple decided to take civil action over their complaints about their neighbor's dog.
One hand washes the other
What does "One hand washes the other" mean?
This idiom means that we need other people to get on as cooperation benefits us all.
knock one`s head against the wall
What does "knock one`s head against the wall" mean?
waste time trying to do something with no successThey have been knocking their heads against the wall for years trying to find a solution to the problem.
to the tune of (an amount of money)
What does "to the tune of (an amount of money)" mean?
to the amount or extent of an amount of moneyThe damage that he did to his car was to the tune of about $2000.
get back at (someone)
What does "get back at (someone)" mean?
to do something bad to someone who has done something bad to you The girl is angry at her boyfriend and she is getting back at him by not answering the telephone.

call of nature
What does "call of nature" mean?
the need to go to the toilet The driver stopped his truck to answer the call of nature.

let out (something)
What does "let out (something)" mean?
allow to go out or escapeI let out our dog this morning and he hasn`t come home yet.
keep one's place
What does "keep one's place" mean?
exhibit behavior suitable to one's position/place in lifeI was told to keep my place when I began to complain about the food in the school cafeteria.
make amends for (something)
What does "make amends for (something)" mean?
do something to compensate for an error/injury/lossI was forced to do some extra work to make amends for my mistake of last week.
captain of industry
What does "captain of industry" mean?
a top corporation officer The president of our company was a captain of industry and when he retired he was appointed to many government boards.

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