American Idioms and Expressions

At Face Value 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 face value
What does at face value mean?
from outward appearancesThe antique table is worth very little money at face value.
at face value
What does at face value mean?
the apparent value of something, the value that is printed on a stamp or a bond At face value the old stamp was worth almost nothing.


Some Random Idioms
Hot foot
What does "Hot foot" mean?
If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
paw
What does "paw" mean?
hand
carte blanche
What does "carte blanche" mean?
the freedom or permission to do what you want (blanche means white in French) The new manager was given carte blanche to change the policies in her department.

Grease monkey
What does "Grease monkey" mean?
A grease monkey is an idiomatic term for a mechanic.
mind-boggling
What does "mind-boggling" mean?
overwhelming, startlingThe choices of evening classes at the university are mind-boggling.
gray matter
What does "gray matter" mean?
brains, intelligenceThe young man seems to be lacking in gray matter.
name (someone) after (someone or something)
What does "name (someone) after (someone or something)" mean?
to give someone the name of another person/place/thingMy cousin was named after his mother`s grandfather.
at times
What does "at times" mean?
sometimes, occasionallyAt times, our teacher is very nice but at other times she is very mean.
In the catbird seat
What does "In the catbird seat" mean?
If someone is in the catbird seat, they are in an advantageous or superior position.

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