American Idioms and Expressions

All Along Idiom

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all along
What does all along mean?
all the timeI knew all along that my friend would not get the promotion.
all along
What does all along mean?
all the time, throughout I knew all along that my friend would not get the promotion.


Some Random Idioms
kill the fatted calf
What does "kill the fatted calf" mean?
to prepare an elaborate banquet in honor of someoneWe killed the fatted calf for my cousin when she returned from her trip abroad.
putty in (someone's) hands
What does "putty in (someone's) hands" mean?
very willing to do what someone else thinks or wantsThe woman was putty in our hands and we were able to get everything that we wanted from her.
Down at heel
What does "Down at heel" mean?
Someone who is down at heel is short of money. ('Down in heel' is used in American English)
catch one`s breath
What does "catch one`s breath" mean?
to stop to rest and regain one`s normal breathingAfter running from the station it took a moment to catch my breath.
off the rack
What does "off the rack" mean?
(an article of clothing that is) available for immediate purchase, ready-made Our boss always buys his suits off the rack.

weekend warrior
What does "weekend warrior" mean?
Army Reserve or National Guard members
a red flag
What does "a red flag" mean?
a signal that something is not working properly or correctlyThe fallen trees along the road raised a red flag for the safety inspectors.
have an eye for (something)
What does "have an eye for (something)" mean?
have good taste in something, be able to judge correctlyShe has an eye for nice furniture and her apartment is absolutely beautiful.
between the devil and the deep blue sea
What does "between the devil and the deep blue sea" mean?
you have two choices or alternatives and both of them are unpleasant you have two choices or alternatives and both of them are unpleasantWe are between the devil and the deep blue sea. If we increase our prices we won't sell our products. If we lower our prices we will lose money.
make an offer
What does "make an offer" mean?
to make a financial proposal for a product or serviceWe want to buy the house and we plan to make an offer on Saturday.
run away with (something)
What does "run away with (something)" mean?
to take something quickly and secretly without permission or by stealingSomeone ran away with the new computer so now we do not have one.
fork over (some money)
What does "fork over (some money)" mean?
to pay money for somethingI forked over much money for the painting that is hanging on my wall.

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