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.
|an arm and a leg|
What does an arm and a leg mean?
| (to cost) a large amount of money||His new car cost him an arm and a leg. |
Some Random Idioms
|get involved with (someone)|
What does "get involved with (someone)" mean?
| to become associated with someone (often romantically)||
The bank teller got involved with the bank manager several months ago .
What does "draw blood" mean?
| to make someone bleed, to get blood from someone||The doctor decided to draw blood from the patient to check his blood sugar level.|
|Down to the wire|
What does "Down to the wire" mean?
|Undecided until the end, at the last minute||We almost missed our flight, it came right down to the wire. The traffic on the way to the airport was horrible and we had to run to our gate.|
This phrase refers to races where the winner is determined by whoever crosses the finish line first. Think of horse racing and foot races. A string is stretched across the finish to help the judges see clearly who crosses first in a close race. That string is called the wire or tape, the winner is the one who breaks the wire first.
The "wire" is actually string, tape, or paper and not a metal wire at all. No need to be concerned about those horses tripping and getting themselves caught in the wire.
What does "mellow" mean?
| at ease; calm; relaxed|
|head and shoulders above (someone or something)|
What does "head and shoulders above (someone or something)" mean?
| clearly superior to someone or something||I believe that our team is head and shoulders above the other teams in the league.|
|out of the hole|
What does "out of the hole" mean?
| to be out of debt||I am working at an extra job to try and get out of the hole.|
|in two shakes of a lamb's tail|
What does "in two shakes of a lamb's tail" mean?
| very quickly||I promised that I would meet my friend in two shakes of a lamb's tail.|
|With a heavy hand|
What does "With a heavy hand" mean?
| If someone does something with a heavy hand, they do it in a strict way, exerting a lot of control.|
|as the crow flies|
What does "as the crow flies" mean?
| by the most direct way, along a straight line between two places||
As the crow flies, it is about six kilometers between my house and downtown.
|go to pot|
What does "go to pot" mean?
| to deteriorate||The business has gone to pot since the new manager came. |