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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|against one's will|
What does against one's will mean?
| to be without a person's consent or agreement||The police took the man to jail against his will.|
Some Random Idioms
|as white as a sheet|
What does "as white as a sheet" mean?
| very pale||I felt terrible this morning and in the mirror I looked as white as a sheet.|
What does "cool" mean?
| relaxed; at ease; unrufffled|
What does "clutch up" mean?
| become nervous, tense, or anxious|
What does "Streets ahead" mean?
| If people are streets ahead of their rivals, they are a long way in front.|
|catch (someone) red-handed|
What does "catch (someone) red-handed" mean?
| to find someone in the middle of doing something wrong||
The clerk caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing the candy.
|a race against time|
What does "a race against time" mean?
| a rush to beat a deadline||It was a race against time to rescue the miners who were trapped in the mine.|
|out for blood|
What does "out for blood" mean?
| to be very determined to defeat or punish someone, to be very angry at someone||
My boss was out for blood when he discovered that someone had deleted some files on his computer.
What does "Catch hell" mean?
| If you catch hell, you get into trouble or get scolded. ('Catch heck' is also used.)|
What does "no way" mean?
| never; no; not on your life|
|come back with an offer|
What does "come back with an offer" mean?
| to return to negotiations with a new offer||We came back with a new offer and the negotiations continued smoothly.|
|give someone (or something) a second chance|
What does "give someone (or something) a second chance" mean?
| try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the
other person back|| try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the other person backThe girl's boyfriend left her for several months but when he wanted to come back she was happy to give him a second chance. |
|Under a flag of convenience|
What does "Under a flag of convenience" mean?
| If a ship sails under a flag of convenience, it is registered in a country where taxes, etc, are lower than in the country it comes from, so if someone does something under a flag of convenience, they attempt to avoid regulations and taxes by a similar means.|