American Idioms and Expressions

As Well 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. .

as well as
What does as well as mean?
in addition to"Please bring your swimming suit as well as your towel."

Some Random Idioms
give (someone) the green light
What does "give (someone) the green light" mean?
to give someone permission to proceed with a projectWe were given the green light to begin the new project.
brew a plot
What does "brew a plot" mean?
to make a plotThe generals in the small country were brewing a plot to take control of the government.
variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
differences and changes make life interesting Variety is the spice of life and I enjoy doing many different things.

On a roll
What does "On a roll" mean?
If you're on a roll, you're moving from success to success.
What does "swing" mean?
be entertaining, exciting, or enjoyable
Quids in
What does "Quids in" mean?
(UK) If somebody is quids in, they stand to make a lot of money from something.
under the counter
What does "under the counter" mean?
secretly bought or soldThe drugs are being sold under the counter although the government has not given its approval.
back down (from someone or something)
What does "back down (from someone or something)" mean?
to fail to carry through on a threat to do something The government backed down from their plan to sell the national airline.

back to the drawing board
What does "back to the drawing board" mean?
to go back and start a project or idea from the beginning Our boss does not like our idea so we must go back to the drawing board.

hundred to one chance/shot
What does "hundred to one chance/shot" mean?
a small chance that is not likely to bring successMy friend only has a hundred to one shot at getting the job that he has applied for.
What does "deadpan" mean?
an expressionless or emotionless face My friend had a deadpan expression when he told us the story.

have money to burn
What does "have money to burn" mean?
to have very much money, to have more money than is neededMy aunt has money to burn and she is always travelling somewhere.


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