American Idioms and Expressions

At A Sitting Idiom

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at a sitting
What does at a sitting mean?
at one timeWe finished all of the food at a sitting.

Some Random Idioms
scratch one's head
What does "scratch one's head" mean?
to be confused or perplexedI was left scratching my head after the speech by our department manager.
sit through (something)
What does "sit through (something)" mean?
to witness or endure all of somethingI had to sit through a very boring lecture yesterday.
to one's heart's content
What does "to one's heart's content" mean?
as much as one wantsThe little boy was able to play in the water to his heart's content.
whip up (something)
What does "whip up (something)" mean?
make or do something quickly or easilyIt was very late when we got home so we whipped up something to eat very quickly.
crash
What does "crash" mean?
computer failure
As good as new
What does "As good as new" mean?
If something has been used but is still in extremely good condition, it is as good as new.
a slice of the cake
What does "a slice of the cake" mean?
a share of something (money etc.) The government wants a slice of the cake from the new casinos.

a cat in gloves catches no mice
What does "a cat in gloves catches no mice" mean?
if you are too careful and polite you may not get what you want A cat in gloves catches no mice and I advised my friend that he should be more aggressive at work or he will not be successful.

keep one's place
What does "keep one's place" mean?
exhibit behavior suitable to one's position/place in lifeI was told to keep my place when I began to complain about the food in the school cafeteria.
call someone's bluff
What does "call someone's bluff" mean?
challenge someone to show that they are not being deceptive and can actually do what they say they can do (from poker where one makes an opponent show his or her cards to show that they are weaker than they are pretending them to be) challenge someone to show that they are not being deceptive and can actually do what they say they can do (from poker where one makes an opponent show his or her cards to show that they are weaker than they are pretending them to be)My girlfriend always said that she di
go down to the wire
What does "go down to the wire" mean?
to near a deadline, to have little time remainingThe negotiations went down to the wire last night.
act up
What does "act up" mean?
to misbehaveThe children began to act up during the field trip.

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