American Idioms and Expressions

At A Loss (for Words) Idiom

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at a loss (for words)
What does at a loss (for words) mean?
to be speechless, to be unable to speakI was at a loss for words when I finally saw my mother after several years.

Some Random Idioms
keep a secret
What does "keep a secret " mean?
to not tell a secret to othersI have been trying to keep a secret about my friend's boyfriend for a long time now.
hang a right
What does "hang a right" mean?
make a right turn
all in
What does "all in" mean?
to be tired, to be exhausted I am all in and will go to bed early tonight.

give someone (or something) a second chance
What does "give someone (or something) a second chance" mean?
try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the other person back try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the other person backThe girl's boyfriend left her for several months but when he wanted to come back she was happy to give him a second chance.
occur to (someone)
What does "occur to (someone)" mean?
to come into someone's mind (an idea or thought)It occurred to me that I will not be able to meet my friend on Saturday because I have to go to the airport to meet someone else.
black sheep of the family
What does "black sheep of the family" mean?
the worst member of a familyThe boy was the black sheep of the family and nobody liked him.
(have a) bee in one`s bonnet
What does "(have a) bee in one`s bonnet" mean?
to have an idea that continually occupies one`s thoughts.My friend has a bee in her bonnet about going to Europe next year.
grit
What does "grit" mean?
verve; courage. "True Grit" (movie title). 2. Show some grit and fight.
over the top
What does "over the top" mean?
to be excessive/overdoneThe demands of our boss are over the top and everybody is becoming angry.
dodgy
What does "dodgy" mean?
dishonest. Seems a bit dodgy to me, that guy.

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