American Idioms and Expressions

Advise Against (something) Idiom

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advise against (something)
What does advise against (something) mean?
to suggest that something should not be doneWe were advised against swimming in the river.

Some Random Idioms
Rice missionary
What does "Rice missionary" mean?
A rice missionary gives food to hungry people as a way of converting them to Christianity.
break a record
What does "break a record" mean?
to set a new record that is better than an old oneThe team tried hard to break a record during the last week of the season.
neat
What does "neat" mean?
cool; nice; pleasant
hang out one's shingle
What does "hang out one's shingle" mean?
to open one's own business (usually as a professional in some field)My friend decided to hang out his shingle as a dentist soon after he finished school.
take in (someone)
What does "take in (someone)" mean?
to let someone come in, to admit someoneThe farmer took the couple in for the night after their car broke down.
put down (an airplane)
What does "put down (an airplane)" mean?
to land an aircraftThe pilot put down the airplane very gently when they reached the airport.
first-run
What does "first-run" mean?
new, shown for the first timeThere are many first-run movies that I have not seen yet.
talk (something) over
What does "talk (something) over" mean?
to discuss somethingWe asked for some time during the meeting to talk over the new proposal.
above board
What does "above board" mean?
honest, not secret (originally players showed their honesty by keeping their hands above the board when playing a game) honest, not secret (originally players showed their honesty by keeping their hands above the board when playing a game)The real estate agent was always above board when dealing with people who were trying to buy a house.
give (someone) the green light
What does "give (someone) the green light" mean?
to give someone permission to go ahead with a projectOur boss gave us the green light to begin work on the new sales campaign.
cut one
What does "cut one" mean?
fart; break wind
shop around for (something)
What does "shop around for (something)" mean?
to go to various stores to look for somethingWe shopped around for a month before we bought a new stereo system.
of late
What does "of late" mean?
latelyOf late there has been almost no rain in our city.

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