American Idioms and Expressions

After All Idiom

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after all
What does after all mean?
in spite of what has been decidedI decided to take the swimming course after all.
after all
What does after all mean?
considering the fact that something happened or is usually assumed"You don't need to phone him. After all, he never phones you."
after all
What does after all mean?
in spite of what was expected I have decided not to take swimming lessons after all.
It did not rain today after all.

after all
What does after all mean?
emphasizes something that should be considered "You don't need to phone him. After all, he never phones you."


Some Random Idioms
tight-fisted
What does "tight-fisted" mean?
very frugal; unwilling to spend money unnecessarily. A: Do you think Charlie will donate any money to the activities fund? B: No way! He's too tight-fisted!
keep (something) under one`s hat
What does "keep (something) under one`s hat" mean?
to keep something secretI plan to keep my plans to look for a new job under my hat.
square
What does "square" mean?
person who is old-fashioned, behaves well, and is traditional
muscle in on (someone or something)
What does "muscle in on (someone or something)" mean?
forcefully try to discipline someone or take over someone's property or businessThe large supermarket was trying to muscle in on the territory of the small shops.
clear (someone's) name
What does "clear (someone's) name" mean?
to prove that someone is not guilty of somethingThe man tried very hard to clear his name regarding his past criminal activity.
pain in the butt
What does "pain in the butt" mean?
highly irritating or difficult
make out (something)
What does "make out (something)" mean?
understand something by making an effortI can never make out what my friend wants to say when he phones me.
make (something) worth (someone's) while
What does "make (something) worth (someone's) while" mean?
make something profitable enough for someone to doI made it worth my friend's while to help me move by buying him dinner.
skin and bones
What does "skin and bones" mean?
a person or animal that is very thin or skinny The dog was skin and bones after his owner stopped giving him food.

two can play that game
What does "two can play that game" mean?
you can treat another person in the same way as they have treated youThe man told his boss that two can play that game and if the boss was too strict then he would be inflexible as well.
Hope in hell
What does "Hope in hell" mean?
If something hasn't got a hope in hell, it stands absolutely no chance of succeeding.
call someone's bluff
What does "call someone's bluff" mean?
challenge someone to show that they are not being deceptive and can actually do what they say they can do (from poker where one makes an opponent show his or her cards to show that they are weaker than they are pretending them to be) challenge someone to show that they are not being deceptive and can actually do what they say they can do (from poker where one makes an opponent show his or her cards to show that they are weaker than they are pretending them to be)My girlfriend always said that she di
knee-high to a grasshopper
What does "knee-high to a grasshopper" mean?
to be very young, to be short and small (like a child) I have been playing the piano since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.

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