American Idioms and Expressions

All Talk (and No Action) Idiom

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all talk (and no action)
What does all talk (and no action) mean?
to talk about doing something but never really do itOur boss was all talk and no action and nothing new was ever done in our department.

Some Random Idioms
blow (someone's) cover
What does "blow (someone's) cover" mean?
to reveal someone's true identity or purpose The police blew the secret detectives cover by mistake.

flip
What does "flip" mean?
go crazy; go nuts
beat the pants off (someone)
What does "beat the pants off (someone)" mean?
to beat someone severely, to win against someone easily in a race or a game Our team beat the pants off the other team very easily.

have one's ear to the ground
What does "have one's ear to the ground" mean?
listen carefully for advice or advance warning of somethingOur teacher always has his ear to the ground to look for possible trouble at school.
on foot
What does "on foot" mean?
by walkingWe decided to go to the stadium on foot.
lay eyes on (someone or something)
What does "lay eyes on (someone or something)" mean?
see someone or somethingI have never laid eyes on a more beautiful dog in my life.
sweat blood
What does "sweat blood" mean?
to be very anxious and tense about something I began to sweat blood when I heard that some of our staff may be transferred to another city.

feel out (someone)
What does "feel out (someone)" mean?
to talk or act carefully with someone in order to find out what he or she thinksI will feel out my boss this weekend and see about my chance for a promotion.
in flight
What does "in flight" mean?
while flyingTwo wonderful meals were served while we were in flight.
creep up on (someone or something)
What does "creep up on (someone or something)" mean?
to crawl quietly toward someone or somethingThe thief crept up on the elderly woman in the supermarket.
shoot from the hip
What does "shoot from the hip" mean?
speak directly and frankly, fire a gun that is held at one's side and against one's hipThe manager always shoots from the hip and everyone likes her because of that.
I've got a bone to pick with you
What does "I've got a bone to pick with you" mean?
If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.

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