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|can't stand/stomach (someone or something)|
What does can't stand/stomach (someone or something) mean?
| to dislike someone or something very much||My uncle cannot stand his daughter's boyfriend.|
Some Random Idioms
|In the hot seat|
What does "In the hot seat" mean?
| If someone's in the hot seat, they are the target for a lot of unwelcome criticism and examination.|
|contrary to (someone or something)|
What does "contrary to (someone or something)" mean?
| in spite of something||
Contrary to what everybody thought, my friend had already quit his job.
|pull the wool over (someone`s) eyes|
What does "pull the wool over (someone`s) eyes" mean?
| to deceive someone, to fool someone, to trick someone||
The girl tried to pull the wool over her mother`s eyes when she said that she had been studying all weekend.
What does "a stick-in-the-mud" mean?
| someone who is old-fashioned or does not want to join in with others and do something||The girl is a stick-in-the-mud and will never join in any of the activities at a party.|
|in a pickle/in a pretty pickle|
What does "in a pickle/in a pretty pickle" mean?
| in a mess, in trouble||My friend is in a pickle now that she has lost her job.|
|out of order|
What does "out of order" mean?
| to be against the rules, to be not suitable||His question was ruled out of order by the judge and he was not able to ask it.|
What does "jump street" mean?
|start; beginning; outset (of something)|
|eyes pop out (of one's head)|
What does "eyes pop out (of one's head)" mean?
| one is very surprised||My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the new computer that I got for my birthday.|
|toss one's cookies|
What does "toss one's cookies" mean?
| throw up; vomit|
|belt (something) out|
What does "belt (something) out" mean?
| to sing/play a song with lots of energy||The man stood up and belted out several old songs.|
|have a foot in both camps|
What does "have a foot in both camps" mean?
| support each of two opposing groups of people||The mayor of the city has a foot in both camps of the opposing groups.|
|Reading the riot act|
What does "Reading the riot act" mean?
|To complain or lecture loudly and with angry emotion.
||Upset about his neighbors load music at 3:00 am, Davis knocked on the door and proceeded to read the riot act.|
"Reading the riot act" used to be a literal event. Bobbies in Britain used to read a prescribed proclamation, known as the Riot Act, before they could break up or arrest a crowd. The Riot Act is used in a fashion similar to the Miranda Rights in the US.
The Bobbies would approach the crowd, read the Riot Act aloud, and then disperse or arrest them.