American Idioms and Expressions

Cancel (something) Out Idiom

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cancel (something) out
What does cancel (something) out mean?
to destroy the effect of somethingThe overeating by the girl cancelled out the benefits of her exercise.

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have a say/voice in (something)
What does "have a say/voice in (something)" mean?
have a part in making a decisionThe union wanted to have a say in how the company was managed.
white lie
What does "white lie" mean?
a harmless lie often told to be politeI told the woman a white lie when I said that I would be too busy to meet her.
not in the same league
What does "not in the same league" mean?
much inferior to someone much inferior to someoneOur soccer team was not in the same league as the Brazilian players who we met at the tournament.
get one's sea legs
What does "get one's sea legs" mean?
to become accustomed to a ship moving at sea, to become accustomed to something in generalAfter a few days at the new job I was able to get my sea legs.
Put your thumb on the scales
What does "Put your thumb on the scales" mean?
If you put your thumb on the scales, you try to influence the result of something in your favour.
code
What does "code" mean?
go into cardiac arrest and require resuscitation
come up for air
What does "come up for air" mean?
pause; take a break; rest
he who lives by the sword dies by the sword
What does "he who lives by the sword dies by the sword" mean?
people who commit violent acts will encounter violence themselves people who commit violent acts will encounter violence themselvesThe young man was involved in selling illegal drugs and he was found murdered. Sadly, he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.
Call the tune
What does "Call the tune" mean?
The person who calls the tune makes the important decisions about something.
can of worms
What does "can of worms" mean?
a complicated situation or problemThe lawsuit opened up a can of worms for the company.

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