American Idioms and Expressions

Apple Of Someone`s Eye 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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habu
What does "habu" mean?
SR-71 (also called the Blackbird) aircraft
pull one`s weight
What does "pull one`s weight" mean?
to do one`s fair share of the work"If everyone pulls their weight we can quickly finish and go home."
do an about-face
What does "do an about-face" mean?
to suddenly reverse one's opinion We did an about-face on our decision to permit drinking coffee in the library.

Rough and ready
What does "Rough and ready" mean?
If something is rough and ready, it has not been carefully prepared, but is fit for its purpose. If a person is rough and ready, they are not very refined or mannered.
cards are stacked against (someone)
What does "cards are stacked against (someone)" mean?
luck is against someone The cards have been stacked against the young boy since he was born.

do time
What does "do time" mean?
to spend time in prison The man was doing time when we first heard about him.

If Mohammed won't come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed
What does "If Mohammed won't come to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed" mean?
If something cannot or will not happen the easy way, then sometimes it must be done the hard way.
Hobson's choice
What does "Hobson's choice" mean?
the choice between taking what is offered or getting nothing at all (Hobson owned a stable in the 17th century in England and always offered his customers the horse nearest the door)The customer's were given a Hobson's choice. They could buy a car of any colour but only if it was black
make oneself heard
What does "make oneself heard" mean?
speak loudly so you will be heard above the noiseI had to speak loudly in order to make myself heard while the loud music was playing.
antifreeze
What does "antifreeze" mean?
liquor, usually strong
take an oath
What does "take an oath" mean?
to make an oath, to swear to something Before the trial began I had to take an oath and promise to tell the truth.

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