American Idioms and Expressions

As A Rule Idiom

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as a rule
What does as a rule mean?
usually, as a habitAs a rule I get up at 7:00 every morning.
as a rule
What does as a rule mean?
usually, as a habit As a rule, I get up at 7:00 every morning.


Some Random Idioms
build (something) to order
What does "build (something) to order" mean?
to make something especially for a customerThe family wanted to build their kitchen table and chairs to order.
out of stock
What does "out of stock" mean?
not available for immediate sale The toys are out of stock and we must wait several weeks before we get them.

nothing to sneeze at
What does "nothing to sneeze at" mean?
to be something that you should take seriously and respectHis new salary is nothing to sneeze at.
no flies on (someone)
What does "no flies on (someone)" mean?
very fast or busy (too fast or busy for a fly to stay on someone)There are no flies on my friend. He is always moving or going somewhere.
foul one's own nest
What does "foul one's own nest" mean?
to harm one's own interestsThe union fouled their own nest with their dishonest behavior.
back the wrong horse
What does "back the wrong horse" mean?
make the wrong choice, support the wrong thing (from horse racing) make the wrong choice, support the wrong thing (from horse racing)The students backed the wrong horse in the election for school president and were very surprised at the winner.
like shooting fish in a barrel
What does "like shooting fish in a barrel" mean?
one side in a competition is so weak that they have no chance of winning The contest was like shooting fish in a barrel. It was very easy to win.

fork over (something) or fork (something) over
What does "fork over (something) or fork (something) over" mean?
to hand over something, to give something The robber told me to fork over my money or he was going to shoot me.

Here goes nothing.
What does "Here goes nothing." mean?
ready to do something but think that it will probably be a waste of time and will probably fail"Here goes nothing. I have already asked him to lend me some money and he always says no but I`ll try again."
in the twinkling of an eye
What does "in the twinkling of an eye" mean?
very quicklyIn the twinkling of an eye the little boy disappeared in the department store.
Fair thee well
What does "Fair thee well" mean?
Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
CA
What does "CA" mean?
Chartered Accountant Chartered AccountantWe went to see a CA in order to get our income tax finished on time.

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