American Idioms and Expressions

Call (someone) Names Idiom

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call (someone) names
What does call (someone) names mean?
to call a person unpleasant namesThe children began to call the new student names.

Some Random Idioms
bang/beat one`s head against a (brick) wall
What does "bang/beat one`s head against a (brick) wall" mean?
to not succeed at something after trying very hard, to waste one's time trying to do something that is hopelessI am beating my head against the wall trying to understand what my boss wants.
get one's sea legs
What does "get one's sea legs" mean?
to become accustomed to something (like you would become accustomed to the movement of a ship)After we got our sea legs we were able to get up and walk around the boat.
time and time again
What does "time and time again" mean?
repeatedly, over and overThe teacher told the students time and time again that they must do their homework.
wicked
What does "wicked" mean?
impressive; good; excellent
poker face
What does "poker face" mean?
a face with no expression (done in the game of poker so that nobody knows if you have good cards or not) a face with no expression (done in the game of poker so that nobody knows if you have good cards or not)The politician had a poker face when he tried to defend himself against the scandal.
hooker
What does "hooker" mean?
prostitute; whore
make eyes at (someone)
What does "make eyes at (someone)" mean?
to try to attract someone, to flirt with someoneThe woman in the restaurant is always making eyes at the customers.
BTDT
What does "BTDT" mean?
been there, done that
fork money out (for something)
What does "fork money out (for something)" mean?
to pay for somethingI had to fork much money out to get my car fixed.
in view of
What does "in view of" mean?
after thinking about, because ofIn view of the large number of people who have come, I think that we will need a bigger room.
head for (someone or something)
What does "head for (someone or something)" mean?
aim for or move toward someone or somethingThe tropical storm is heading for the large island near the coast.

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