American Idioms and Expressions

Against One's Will Idiom

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against one's will
What does against one's will mean?
to be without a person's consent or agreementThe 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 paleI felt terrible this morning and in the mirror I looked as white as a sheet.
cool
What does "cool" mean?
relaxed; at ease; unrufffled
clutch up
What does "clutch up" mean?
become nervous, tense, or anxious
Streets ahead
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 deadlineIt 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.

Catch hell
What does "Catch hell" mean?
If you catch hell, you get into trouble or get scolded. ('Catch heck' is also used.)
no way
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 offerWe 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.

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