American Idioms and Expressions

Call A Spade A Spade Idiom

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call a spade a spade
What does call a spade a spade mean?
to speak bluntlyThe supervisor called a spade a spade when he criticized the employee for being lazy.
call a spade a spade
What does call a spade a spade mean?
call a person or thing a name that is true, speak in plain language call a person or thing a name that is true, speak in plain languageI decided to call a spade a spade and tell our supervisor what was wrong with our workplace.
call a spade a spade
What does call a spade a spade mean?
to describe something as it really is, to speak plainly I decided to call a spade a spade and tell our supervisor what I think is wrong with our workplace.

call a spade a spade
What does call a spade a spade mean?
to speak bluntly The supervisor called a spade a spade when he criticized the employee for being lazy.


Some Random Idioms
clear sailing
What does "clear sailing" mean?
to be an easy situationIt was clear sailing when we finished work and began our journey.
castles in the air
What does "castles in the air" mean?
daydreamsMy sister is always building castles in the air and is very unrealistic.
long and the short of it
What does "long and the short of it" mean?
all the facts, the whole storyI phoned my friend and he told me the long and the short of it regarding the reason why he got fired.
keep one's eye on the ball
What does "keep one's eye on the ball" mean?
to remain alert to what is happening around one, to watch or follow the ball carefully while playing a gameI try hard to keep my eye on the ball during a meeting.
in the lap of luxury
What does "in the lap of luxury" mean?
in luxurious surroundingsI have been living in the lap of luxury since I got a big salary increase at work.
Dig your heels in
What does "Dig your heels in" mean?
If you dig your heels in, you start to resist something.
here and there
What does "here and there" mean?
in various places, go to various placesWe went here and there during our holidays.
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
What does "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" mean?
to be eager and cheerful Everybody was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when we started out on the trip.

jump start
What does "jump start" mean?
starting one car by using power (via jumper cables) from another car
any number of (someone or something)
What does "any number of (someone or something)" mean?
a sufficiently large numberI had any number of reasons not to buy the computer.
packed in like sardines
What does "packed in like sardines" mean?
to be packed in very tightly The commuters were packed in like sardines in the subway car.

fruit Idioms



a wolf in sheep`s clothing
What does "a wolf in sheep`s clothing" mean?
a person who pretends to be good but really is bad"Be careful of that man. He is a wolf in sheep`s clothing."

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