American Idioms and Expressions

All Told 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 told
What does all told mean?
including everything/everyone, totaled upAll told, there were at least twelve candidates for the job.
all told
What does all told mean?
including everything or everyone, counting everything All told, there were at least twelve candidates for the job.


Some Random Idioms
every time one turns around
What does "every time one turns around" mean?
frequentlyEvery time I turn around my little boy asks me a question.
pass the buck
What does "pass the buck" mean?
to make another person decide something, to put the responsibility or blame on someone elseOur supervisor always passes the buck and he will never take responsibility for what he does.
one in a thousand/hundred/million
What does "one in a thousand/hundred/million" mean?
unique, one of a very fewI only had a one in a million chance of finding the ring that I had dropped into the lake.
What's your take on that?
What does "What's your take on that?" mean?
This idiom is way of asking someone for their opinion and ideas.
in the bargain
What does "in the bargain" mean?
in addition to what was agreed uponThere was a camping stove in the bargain when we bought the camping equipment at the store.
explain (something) away or explain away (something)
What does "explain (something) away or explain away (something)" mean?
to explain something so that it seems less important The sales clerk tried to explain away the problem with the sales receipt.

down
What does "down" mean?
eat or drink rapidly
heart is dead set against (something)
What does "heart is dead set against (something)" mean?
to be totally against somethingMy mother's heart is dead set against my plan to go to art school.
go off (somewhere)
What does "go off (somewhere)" mean?
to leave/depart for somewhereMy friend went off on a trip and did not say good-bye.
by the book
What does "by the book" mean?
according to the rulesThe police officer does everything by the book when he arrests someone.
tubular
What does "tubular" mean?
good; nice; excellent

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