American Idioms and Expressions

At First 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 first
What does at first mean?
at the beginningAt first I did not want to go to a movie but later I changed my mind.
at first
What does at first mean?
initially, at the beginningAt first we had no plans for the weekend but finally we decided to go to a movie.
at first
What does at first mean?
at the beginning At first, I did not want to go to the movie but I later changed my mind.

at first
What does at first mean?
initially, at the beginning At first we had no plans for the weekend but later we decided to go to a movie.


Some Random Idioms
a dose of one's own medicine
What does "a dose of one's own medicine" mean?
the same kind of treatment that one gives to other peopleThe man got a dose of his own medicine when his boss began to treat him the same way that he treated others.
ground floor
What does "ground floor" mean?
the first or best chance (especially in a business)The video store was a good investment and I was happy to get in on the ground floor.
wring one's hands
What does "wring one's hands" mean?
to worry and be upset about something and not be able to do anything about it The woman stayed up most of the night wringing her hands while she waited for her son to come home.

on probation
What does "on probation" mean?
serving a period of probation - probation is when a person who is guilty of a crime is allowed to be free but is supervised by the governmentThe man was on probation for robbing a small store last year.
have a screw loose
What does "have a screw loose" mean?
act in a strange way, be foolishHe is a very strange person. I think that he has a screw loose somewhere.
a leg man
What does "a leg man" mean?
someone who performs messenger services, an errand boyHe was working as a leg man for the motion picture company.
off the wall
What does "off the wall" mean?
to be odd/silly/unusualThe recent remarks by our boss were very much off the wall.
make (someone's) hair stand on end
What does "make (someone's) hair stand on end" mean?
to cause someone to become frightenedThe movie made my hair stand on end.
take a pay cut
What does "take a pay cut" mean?
to accept a decrease in one's salary The telephone workers were forced to take a pay cut after the strike.

hold all the cards
What does "hold all the cards" mean?
to be in a strong or advantageous position (like a winning hand of cards in a card game) The company held all the cards when the union members decided to go on strike to achieve their goals.

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