American Idioms and Expressions

All Systems Go Idiom

This database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available. American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time. .

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all systems go
What does all systems go mean?
everything is ready (originally used when a rocket was launched)It was all systems go so we began the installation of the new computer system.
all systems go
What does all systems go mean?
everything is ready (often used when a rocket is launched) It was all systems go and we began the installation of the new computer system.


Some Random Idioms
vicious circle
What does "vicious circle" mean?
unbroken sequence of cause and effect with bad resultsHe had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more.
look like a million dollars
What does "look like a million dollars" mean?
to look very goodThe woman looked like a million dollars when she went to accept the award.
table a discussion
What does "table a discussion" mean?
to postpone a discussion until a later timeWe tabled the discussion about the salary issue until the next meeting.
duck soup
What does "duck soup" mean?
a task that does not require much effortThe exam was duck soup. I am sure that I did very well.
as common as an old shoe
What does "as common as an old shoe" mean?
low class, badly mannered The young woman is as common as an old shoe.

head above water
What does "head above water" mean?
out of difficulty, clear of troubleAlthough he works very hard he is not able to keep his head above water financially.
kangaroo court
What does "kangaroo court" mean?
an illegal court formed by a group of people to settle a dispute among themselvesThe men were convicted by a kangaroo court in the town and nobody agreed with the decision.
bite the hand that feeds you
What does "bite the hand that feeds you" mean?
to harm or oppose someone who does good things for you The man is biting the hand that feeds him when he criticizes and fights against his boss.

a cream puff
What does "a cream puff" mean?
a person who is easily influenced or beaten The boy is a cream puff and is always a victim of other people's insults.

step out of line
What does "step out of line" mean?
to misbehave, to do something offensive/wrongWhen the children step out of line their teacher becomes very angry.
early bird catches/gets the worm
What does "early bird catches/gets the worm" mean?
a person who gets up early in the morning has the best chance of success Our supervisor always goes to work before his colleagues because he knows that the early bird catches the worm.

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