American Idioms and Expressions

Acquire A Taste For (something) Idiom

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acquire a taste for (something)
What does acquire a taste for (something) mean?
to learn to like somethingWe acquired a taste for classical music during our trip to Europe.
acquire a taste for (something)
What does acquire a taste for (something) mean?
to develop a liking for some kind of food or drink or somethingMy friend has recently acquired a taste for classical music.
acquire a taste for (something)
What does acquire a taste for (something) mean?
to develop a liking for a particular food/drink/or somethingRecently my friend has acquired a taste for expensive neckties.

Some Random Idioms
up the ante
What does "up the ante" mean?
increase what is at stake or under discussion in a dispute or conflict (an ante is the amount of money that you put on the table before beginning a card game) increase what is at stake or under discussion in a dispute or conflict (an ante is the amount of money that you put on the table before beginning a card game)The actor upped the ante in his dispute with the movie studio when he refused to appear for the movie preparatio
bootie
What does "bootie" mean?
buttocks (usually applies to a woman's buttocks)
bring (someone) to
What does "bring (someone) to" mean?
to restore someone to consciousness from sleep/anesthesia/hypnosis/faintingWe tried hard to bring the woman to after the car accident.
play innocent
What does "play innocent" mean?
to pretend to be innocent and not concerned about somethingThe little boy played innocent when the teacher asked him about the broken window.
eat away at (something)
What does "eat away at (something)" mean?
to rot/destroy somethingThe mildew has been eating away at the window frame all year.
to one's heart's content
What does "to one's heart's content" mean?
as much as one wantsI used the video camera to my heart's content before I had to return it to my friend.
in vain
What does "in vain" mean?
without effect, without successI tried in vain to find a good job but it was impossible.
bag of tricks
What does "bag of tricks" mean?
a collection of special techniques or methods The teacher has a bag of tricks to keep her students occupied.

fall upon/on (someone or something)
What does "fall upon/on (someone or something)" mean?
to attack someone or somethingThe wolves fell upon the deer and quickly killed it.
rat
What does "rat" mean?
person who is disgusting
tear down (something)
What does "tear down (something)" mean?
to take something down, to destroy somethingThe city decided to tear down the building because it was unsafe.

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