American Idioms and Expressions

As Soon As 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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as soon as
What does as soon as mean?
just after something, whenI phoned my friend as soon as I finished dinner.
as soon as
What does as soon as mean?
just after something, when I phoned my friend as soon as I finished dinner.


Some Random Idioms
change the subject
What does "change the subject" mean?
to begin talking about something differentI tried to change the subject when my friend began to talk about the money that I owed him.
make up one`s mind
What does "make up one`s mind" mean?
decide somethingI haven`t made up my mind about whether or not I will accept the new job.
settle a score with (someone)
What does "settle a score with (someone)" mean?
to retaliate against someone, to pay someone back for a past wrongMy boss is trying to settle a score with one of my co-workers for something that happened several years ago.
hold (someone's) hand
What does "hold (someone's) hand" mean?
to hold the hand of someone The man held his son's hand as they watched the scary movie.

mean business
What does "mean business" mean?
to be serious Our boss means business when he tells everyone to work harder.

with respect to (something)
What does "with respect to (something)" mean?
referring to something, concerning somethingI do not know what the company will do with respect to the old computer system.
sweat it out
What does "sweat it out" mean?
to wait patiently until something bad or unpleasant ends We had to sweat it out with no food while our car was being repaired.

jump/climb/get on the bandwagon
What does "jump/climb/get on the bandwagon" mean?
join a popular activity/campaignEverybody jumped on the bandwagon to try and stop smoking in the workplace.
dog in the manger
What does "dog in the manger" mean?
someone who prevents others from doing what he does not want them to do (from Aesops Fables)The girl was a dog in the manger when she cancelled the dinner because she could not attend.
See you anon
What does "See you anon" mean?
(UK) If somebody says this when leaving, they expect to see you again soon.
schlep
What does "schlep" mean?
carry or haul something or somebody from place to place. I've been schlepping these books around all day.

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