American Idioms and Expressions

Call For (someone Or Something) 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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call for (someone or something)
What does call for (someone or something) mean?
to require something, to need the services of someoneOur problems with the toilet call for a good plumber.

Some Random Idioms
take it or leave it
What does "take it or leave it" mean?
to accept something or forget itThe customer was told to take it or leave it when he began to complain about the product.
Five o'clock shadow
What does "Five o'clock shadow" mean?
A five o'clock shadow is the facial hair that a man gets if he doesn't shave for a day or two.
mess
What does "mess" mean?
feces; dung. The dog left a mess by the door.
from day to day
What does "from day to day" mean?
one day at a time We did not know from day to day if the weather would be good for the birthday picnic.

grate on (someone's) nerves
What does "grate on (someone's) nerves" mean?
to annoy or bother someone The woman who I work with grates on my nerves. She is very irritating.

big fish in a small pond
What does "big fish in a small pond" mean?
an important person in a small place The man was not so important in the city but in the small town he was a big fish in a small pond.

bad egg
What does "bad egg" mean?
a bad person My neighbor is a bad egg and you should avoid him.

there is more than one way to skin a cat
What does "there is more than one way to skin a cat" mean?
there is more than one way to do somethingThere is more than one way to skin a cat and my friend and I decided to solve the problem in two different ways.
con artist
What does "con artist" mean?
swindler; someone who deceives people out of money

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