American Idioms and Expressions

All At Once Idiom

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all at once
What does all at once mean?
suddenly, without warning All at once the fire alarm rang and we had to leave the building.
all at once
What does all at once mean?
suddenly, without warning All at once, the fire alarm rang and we had to leave the building.


Some Random Idioms
eyes in the back of one`s head
What does "eyes in the back of one`s head" mean?
the ability to know what is happening behind one`s backHe has eyes in the back of his head and you can never borrow anything without him knowing about it.
when least expected
What does "when least expected" mean?
when one does not expect somethingWhen least expected the secretary always asks for time off from work.
take a turn for the better
What does "take a turn for the better" mean?
to start to improve or get wellThe medical condition of my uncle has recently taken a turn for the better.
IIRC
What does "IIRC" mean?
if I recall/remember correctly
In the red
What does "In the red" mean?
To be losing money.Putting kids through college is sure to put you in the red.
Standard practice for accounting is to record positive numbers in black ink and negative numbers in red ink. Operating "in the red" is to record negative numbers, that is to say losses.
No doubt red ink was chosen because it is a clear contrast for black and is not easily mistaken. However there is a bit more history to the red ink.
In medieval times the church, being the only center of literacy and learning in the west, maintained meticulous accounting records. Ink was rare and expensive. When monasteries and far-flung churches had little money and they could not afford ink, domesticated animals were bled to provide a substitute in the dipping wells. As a result, poor financial records were usually written "in the red.
V.S.A.
What does "V.S.A." mean?
S.A. abbr. vital signs absent; dead; deceased
bid adieu to (someone or something)
What does "bid adieu to (someone or something)" mean?
to say good-bye to someone or somethingEverybody gathered to bid adieu to the popular supervisor.
Cool as a cat
What does "Cool as a cat" mean?
To act fine when you a actually scared or nervous
Rough-hewn
What does "Rough-hewn" mean?
If something, especially something made from wood or stone, is rough-hewn, it is unfinished or unpolished.
scratch
What does "scratch" mean?
money; cash
tap out
What does "tap out" mean?
lose all one's money (often through gambling)
black eye
What does "black eye" mean?
a bruise near one's eye which makes it appear black The man received a black eye when he bumped into the closed door.

hold out for (something)
What does "hold out for (something)" mean?
to keep resisting or refuse to give up until you get the desired resultsThe union is holding out for a better deal and they do not plan to end their strike.
for the sake of (someone or something)
What does "for the sake of (someone or something)" mean?
for the good of someone or somethingMy father decided to quit his job for the sake of his health.

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