American Idioms and Expressions

Act Up 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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act up
What does act up mean?
to misbehaveThe children began to act up during the field trip.
act up
What does act up mean?
to misbehave The children began to act up during the field trip.


Some Random Idioms
follow one's heart
What does "follow one's heart" mean?
to act according to one's feelingsThe boy followed his heart and decided to study music at school.
Just coming up to
What does "Just coming up to" mean?
If the time is just coming up to nine o'clock, it means that it will be nine o'clock in a very few seconds. You'll hear them say it on the radio in the morning.
take off after (someone or something)
What does "take off after (someone or something)" mean?
to begin to chase someone or somethingThe fox took off after the rabbit which jumped out of the hole.
eat one`s heart out
What does "eat one`s heart out" mean?
to suffer from excessive longing or envy"You can eat your heart out but I will not give you a piece of this chocolate cake."
slip up
What does "slip up" mean?
to make a mistakeI slipped up when I said that I would be able to go to the meeting next week.
Beer and skittles
What does "Beer and skittles" mean?
(UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self-indulgence and pleasure.
lay low
What does "lay low" mean?
to hide, to keep out of sight for a period of timeHe decided to lay low until his friend forgot that he had damaged his car.
Big Blue
What does "Big Blue" mean?
International Business Machines (IBM). Big Blue got downgraded last week.
Rocket science
What does "Rocket science" mean?
If something is not rocket science, it is not very complicated or difficult to understand. This idiom is normally used in the negative.
It cost an arm and a leg
What does "It cost an arm and a leg" mean?
If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
wack off
What does "wack off" mean?
masturbate (said of men)
Keep it under your hat
What does "Keep it under your hat" mean?
If you keep something under your hat, you keep it secret.

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