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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|bear one's cross|
What does bear one's cross mean?
| to carry or bear a burden||Raising three children on her own was the way that the woman had to bear her cross.|
Some Random Idioms
|on one's person|
What does "on one's person" mean?
| carried with one||The criminal had a knife on his person when he was arrested.|
|Football's a game of two halves|
What does "Football's a game of two halves" mean?
|(UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.|
|Hung the moon|
What does "Hung the moon" mean?
| If you refer to someone as having hung the moon, you think they are extremely wonderful, or amazing, or good.|
What does "gas up" mean?
| to fill up a gas tank||
We must gas up before we leave on our holiday tomorrow.
|hard on (someone or something)|
What does "hard on (someone or something)" mean?
| treat someone or something roughly||His son is very hard on shoes.|
|say a mouthful|
What does "say a mouthful" mean?
| to say something of great importance or meaning, to say a lot ||The little boy said a mouthful when he talked about the history material.|
|heart goes out to (someone)|
What does "heart goes out to (someone)" mean?
| to feel great sympathy for someone||My heart goes out to the victims of the recent hurricane.|
|Hell's half acre|
What does "Hell's half acre" mean?
|A long and frustrating trip.||I looked all over hell's half acre trying to find a left handed monkey wrench.|
Hell's half acre is a lava flow about 15 miles west of Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is 4.5 miles of rough, irregular terrain that is very difficult to navigate. It is so named because its cracks, holes, and crags give the area an otherworldly, surreal, and perhaps hellish appearance. A search of Hell's half acre would indeed be a long and difficult task.
Many of the scenes in the 1997 film "Starship Troopers" (based on Robert Heinlein's novel of the same name) in which the characters were on an alien planet, were filmed at Hell's half acre.
|in the same breath|
What does "in the same breath" mean?
| almost at the same time||My friend was complaining about her teacher but in the same breath she said that she wanted to continue with the class. |
|green around the gills|
What does "green around the gills" mean?
| to be looking sick||
The girl looked green around the gills when she left the nurse's office.