American Idioms and Expressions

Call (something) In Idiom

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call (something) in
What does call (something) in mean?
to collect something for payment, to withdraw something from circulationThe bank decided to call in the business loan.

Some Random Idioms
sweetheart deal
What does "sweetheart deal" mean?
a deal made between friends or businesses so that both may receive a benefit We made a sweetheart deal with our landlord to have our rent reduced.

cover one's back
What does "cover one's back" mean?
to do something to protect yourself from criticism or future blame I was very careful to cover my back when dealing with the lawyers.

on the dot
What does "on the dot" mean?
exactly at a given time."We're leaving at 9:00 on the dot. If you'relate, we'll go without you."
keep the wolf from the door
What does "keep the wolf from the door" mean?
to maintain oneself at the most basic level My friend's part-time job is enough for him to keep the wolf from the door.

cut a fine figure
What does "cut a fine figure" mean?
to look good, to dress well The man cut a fine figure when he entered the dining room.

a stitch in time saves nine
What does "a stitch in time saves nine" mean?
any damage or mistake should be corrected immediately in order to prevent it from getting worse"You should repair your car before it becomes worse. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine."
take it easy
What does "take it easy" mean?
to relaxI have been working hard recently so I have decided to take it easy for a few days.
butt
What does "butt" mean?
a cigarette
kinky
What does "kinky" mean?
weird; strange; unappealing
S.O.B.
What does "S.O.B." mean?
son of a bitch; despicable person (typically male)

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