American Idioms and Expressions

All Right (2) Idiom

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all right (2)
What does all right (2) mean?
(2): fair; not particularly good.A: "How's your chemistry class?"B: "It's all right, I guess, but it's not the best class I'veever had."

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post
What does "post" mean?
steering column in a car
Bottoms up!
What does "Bottoms up!" mean?
everybody should drink now (this expression is used at the end of a drinking toast)"Bottoms up," our host said at the beginning of the dinner.
(in) care of (someone)
What does "(in) care of (someone)" mean?
(send something) to one person at the address of another personI sent the parcel to my sister in care of her friend at the university.
in kind
What does "in kind" mean?
in goods rather than moneyI paid for the work on my car in kind rather than with actual cash.
get (someone`s) goat
What does "get (someone`s) goat " mean?
to annoy someoneMy friend is always complaining about the way that I do things which gets my goat.
Wrench in the works
What does "Wrench in the works" mean?
If someone puts or throws a wrench, or monkey wrench, in the works, they ruin a plan. In British English, 'spanner' is used instead of 'wrench'.
shit or get off the pot
What does "shit or get off the pot" mean?
take action or leave
cut in line
What does "cut in line" mean?
enter a line ahead of other people
too many cooks spoil the broth
What does "too many cooks spoil the broth" mean?
if too many people try to do something then often the job will not be done wellThere were four people trying to fix the broken air conditioner but too many cooks spoil the broth and there were too many people to do a good job.
put one's head on the block for (someone or something)
What does "put one's head on the block for (someone or something)" mean?
to take great risks for someone or somethingOur supervisor was always willing to put his head on the block for any member of the staff.
lead (someone) down the garden path
What does "lead (someone) down the garden path" mean?
deceive someoneThe woman was leading her boyfriend down the garden path when she promised to marry him.
Black as Newgate's knocker
What does "Black as Newgate's knocker" mean?
(UK) If things are as black as Newgate's knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.
the straight and narrow
What does "the straight and narrow" mean?
a straight and law-abiding route through lifeThe boy took the straight and narrow after he was in trouble with the law.
solid
What does "solid" mean?
great; excellent; cool

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