American Idioms and Expressions

Call Out To (someone) Idiom

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call out to (someone)
What does call out to (someone) mean?
to shout to someoneWe called out to our friend at the concert but she did not hear us.

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hog
What does "hog" mean?
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Hostile takeover
What does "Hostile takeover" mean?
If a company is bought out when it does not want to be, it is known as a hostile takeover.
handle (someone) with kid gloves
What does "handle (someone) with kid gloves" mean?
to handle someone very gently and carefully because you do not want to upset him or her You must handle the new employee with kid gloves because he is very sensitive.

facts of life
What does "facts of life" mean?
the facts about sex or marriage or birth that one should know The boy is too young to know about the facts of life.

bury one`s head in the sand
What does "bury one`s head in the sand" mean?
to refuse to see something, to know something unpleasant but not want to deal with it The man always buries his head in the sand and never wants to hear about family problems.

the early bird catches the worm
What does "the early bird catches the worm" mean?
a person who gets up early in the morning has the best chance of success"Let`s leave at six o`clock in the morning. Remember, the early bird catches the worm."
take a fancy/liking to (someone or something)
What does "take a fancy/liking to (someone or something)" mean?
to develop a fondness or a preference for someone or somethingThe woman took a fancy to the new person who she was working with.
out of the hole
What does "out of the hole" mean?
to be out of debtI am working at an extra job to try and get out of the hole.
in the groove
What does "in the groove" mean?
at one`s best, doing something very wellWe are finally in the groove and should be able to finish this job by early next week.
Dead and buried
What does "Dead and buried" mean?
If something is dead and buried, it has all long been settled and is not going to be reconsidered.
as scarce as hen's teeth/scarcer than hen's teeth
What does "as scarce as hen's teeth/scarcer than hen's teeth" mean?
very scarce or nonexistentCheap hotels in this city are as scarce as hen's teeth.
of late
What does "of late" mean?
latelyOf late there has been almost no rain in our city.
a leopard can't change his spots
What does "a leopard can't change his spots" mean?
you cannot change someone's basic human natureThe supervisor tried to have a good relationship with his staff but a leopard can't change his spots and he still had problems with those around him

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