American Idioms and Expressions

Air One's Grievances Idiom

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air one's grievances
What does air one's grievances mean?
to complain (often publicly)We spent the meeting airing our grievances to the new supervisor.

Some Random Idioms
Round the houses
What does "Round the houses" mean?
If you go round the houses, you do something in an inefficient way when there is a quicker, more convenient way.
draw up a contract
What does "draw up a contract" mean?
to make or draft a contract The lawyer spent several hours drawing up a new contract.

idiot box
What does "idiot box" mean?
television setMy friend sits in front of the idiot box all day and never gets any work done.
Smoke like a chimney
What does "Smoke like a chimney" mean?
Someone who smokes very heavily smokes like a chimney.
as black as a stack of black cats
What does "as black as a stack of black cats" mean?
very black The little boy was as black as a stack of black cats after playing outside all day.

look down one`s nose at (someone)
What does "look down one`s nose at (someone)" mean?
to look at someone with contempt or dislike, to feel that you are better than someone elseThe girl looks down her nose at people who she thinks are not as smart as she is.
serve (someone) right
What does "serve (someone) right" mean?
to get the punishment or results that one deservesMy friend never studies at all so it serves him right to fail his exam.
cock-and-bull story
What does "cock-and-bull story" mean?
a silly story that is not true The student told her teacher a cock-and-bull story about why she was absent.

Up a river without a paddle
What does "Up a river without a paddle" mean?
If you up a river without a paddle, you are in an unfortunate situation, unprepared and with none of the resources to remedy the matter.
come through (something)
What does "come through (something)" mean?
to complete a difficult activity successfully, to survive something successfully Our town came through the big storm with no damage.

after all
What does "after all" mean?
in spite of what has been decidedI decided to take the swimming course after all.


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