American Idioms and Expressions

As Usual Idiom

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as usual
What does as usual mean?
most of the time, following the usual patternAs usual, the girl forgot to bring her book to class.
as usual
What does as usual mean?
most of the time, following the usual pattern As usual, the girl forgot to bring her book to class.


Some Random Idioms
get one's say
What does "get one's say" mean?
to be able to say what one thinksThe meeting was over very quickly but everyone got their say.
Stem the tide
What does "Stem the tide" mean?
If people try to stem the tide, they are trying to stop something unpleasant from getting worse, usually when they don't succeed.
quite a bit
What does "quite a bit" mean?
much or manyI had quite a bit of time so I decided to go to the library.
Take a dive
What does "Take a dive" mean?
To intentionally fail in competition, to throw a game.All good salesmen learn to take a dive when playing golf with customers.
Boxers (e.g. prize fighters) who have been bribed to throw a bout but wishing to make it look as if the opponent won legitimately would dive to the mat after being hit. This was to create the illusion of a legitimate knock out.
a rush on (something)
What does "a rush on (something)" mean?
a large demand for somethingThere was a rush on candles after the electricity went off for three days.
in absentia
What does "in absentia" mean?
when someone is absent from a court or meeting or something similar The judge looked at the evidence and sentenced the man in absentia.

judge (someone or something) on its own merits
What does "judge (someone or something) on its own merits" mean?
judge or evaluate someone or something on its own good points and achievementsOur company always judges each employee on his or her own merits.
a kangaroo court
What does "a kangaroo court" mean?
a court formed by a group of people to settle a dispute among themselves (the court is usually illegal) There was a kangaroo court in the movie where the ranchers made their own court.

stress
What does "stress" mean?
become anxious or agitated; make somebody anxious or agitated
bonkers
What does "bonkers" mean?
crazy; nuts; insane. Don't mind him, he's just plain bonkers.
N-word
What does "N-word" mean?

right side up
What does "right side up" mean?
with the correct side upwardsThe bus drove off the highway and rolled over but it landed right side up when it stopped.

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