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What does add up mean?
| to total up to a certain amount||I began to add up the money that I owed my father.|
Some Random Idioms
|By the by|
What does "By the by" mean?
| This is used as a way of introducing an incidental topic in a conversation or to say that something is irrelevant. ('By the bye' is also used.)|
|get (something) straight|
What does "get (something) straight" mean?
| to understand something clearly||I could not get what my friend was trying to tell me straight.|
What does "far out" mean?
| to be strange||The man's sense of humor was far out and nobody understood him.|
|hunt high and low for (someone or something)|
What does "hunt high and low for (someone or something)" mean?
| carefully look everywhere for something||I have been hunting high and low for my house keys but I can't find them.|
|cook (someone's) goose|
What does "cook (someone's) goose" mean?
| to damage or ruin someone||I think that I cooked my goose when I made a mistake at work today.|
|think a lot/great deal/highly/much of (someone or something)|
What does "think a lot/great deal/highly/much of (someone or something)" mean?
| to like or think well of someone or something||My grandmother thinks a lot of her grandchildren.|
|as white as the driven snow|
What does "as white as the driven snow" mean?
| very white||The fur on the dog was as white as the driven snow.|
|knock (someone) around|
What does "knock (someone) around" mean?
| mistreat someone||The boy was sent home from school for knocking around some other members of the class.|
|on the move|
What does "on the move" mean?
| to be moving around from place to place, to be in motion||My sister is in Europe and has been on the move for several months now.|
|meat and potatoes|
What does "meat and potatoes" mean?
| basic and strong, have simple tastes in food and other things||My friend's taste in food and life is one of a basic meat-and-potatoes approach.|
|time to catch one's breath|
What does "time to catch one's breath" mean?
| enough time to relax or behave normally||I didn't have time to catch my breath while I was getting ready for the convention. |
What does "drink" mean?
| use gasoline (said of cars)|
|Drop into your lap|
What does "Drop into your lap" mean?
| If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)|
|boggle one's mind|
What does "boggle one's mind" mean?
| to confuse someone, to overwhelm someone, to be hard to imagine||It boggles my mind to think how quickly the Internet has changed people's lives.|