American Idioms and Expressions

At Bay 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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at bay
What does at bay mean?
at a distanceWe were able to keep the dog at bay when we entered the building.
at bay
What does at bay mean?
at a distance We tried to keep the dog at bay when we entered the building.


Some Random Idioms
fruitcake
What does "fruitcake" mean?
person who acts childish or silly
joint
What does "joint" mean?
marijuana cigarette
Job's comforter
What does "Job's comforter" mean?
Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job's comforter. (Job's is pronounced 'jobes', not 'jobs')
hold off
What does "hold off" mean?
keep away by forceThe man was able to hold off the police for several hours before he was arrested.
take stock
What does "take stock" mean?
to count the items of merchandise or supplies in stock, to take inventoryThe department store closes for three days every March in order to take stock.
tee off
What does "tee off" mean?
upset or angery somebody
backassed
What does "backassed" mean?
backward; poorly arranged or structured; awkward. That was a backassed solution to the problem.
slack off
What does "slack off" mean?
to reduce something gradually, to become less active, to become lazyRecently I have begun to slack off in my effort to find a new job.
turn on a dime
What does "turn on a dime" mean?
to change one's plans or orientationI did not take the job in the other city because my life cannot turn on a dime.
boom box
What does "boom box" mean?
a large, portable stereo system. Turn that damned boom box down.
down for the count
What does "down for the count" mean?
to be finished for now The boxer was down for the count but everybody expected him to stand up and fight again.

power behind the throne
What does "power behind the throne" mean?
the person who controls the person who seems to be in charge of somethingThe general is the power behind the throne in the small country and he has much influence.
in the black
What does "in the black" mean?
profitable; not showing a financial loss. "What did you do to increase profit and eliminatelosses?We've been in the black for two months in a row."

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