American Idioms and Expressions

All Right (3) Idiom

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all right (3)
What does all right (3) mean?
(3): unharmed; in satisfactory condition.A: "You don't look normal. Are you allright?"B: "Yes, but I have a headache."

Some Random Idioms
change horses in midstream
What does "change horses in midstream" mean?
to make new plans or choose a new leader in the middle of an important activity The company changed horses in midstream and totally changed their policy.

go public
What does "go public" mean?
to become a public company and to sell the company stock to the public The stock of the Internet company rose very quickly after the company went public.

have one`s nose to the grindstone
What does "have one`s nose to the grindstone" mean?
to work hard or keep busy at something My friend has his nose to the grindstone and he is studying hard at school.

Take your hat off to somebody
What does "Take your hat off to somebody" mean?
If you take your hat off to someone, you acknowledge that they have done something exceptional or otherwise deserve your respect.
What does "sexy" mean?
have substantial sexual appeal
dismiss (something) out of hand
What does "dismiss (something) out of hand" mean?
to decide without thinking about it not to accept an idea or argument or plan The company dismissed the union's offer out of hand.

in return for (someone or something)
What does "in return for (someone or something)" mean?
as part of an exchange, as a way of paying someone backIn return for cleaning his carpets my friend helped me clean up our basement.
catch (someone) red-handed
What does "catch (someone) red-handed" mean?
to find someone in the middle of doing something wrongThe clerk caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing the candy.

catch up with (someone or something)

- to become even with someone (in a race or in schoolwork etc.)I think that it is too late to catch up with the
blow out (something) or blow (something) out
What does "blow out (something) or blow (something) out" mean?
to extinguish something by blowing The little boy tried to blow out the candles.

defeat a motion
What does "defeat a motion" mean?
to defeat an idea or proposal in a meeting We easily defeated the motion to change the dates for next year's convention.

not know shit about
What does "not know shit about" mean?
be ignorant; be unaware or useless


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