American Idioms and Expressions

An Arm And A Leg Idiom

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an arm and a leg
What does an arm and a leg mean?
(to cost) a large amount of moneyHis 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 .

draw blood
What does "draw blood" mean?
to make someone bleed, to get blood from someoneThe 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 minuteWe 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 somethingI 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 debtI 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 quicklyI 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 deteriorateThe business has gone to pot since the new manager came.


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