American Idioms and Expressions

Card Up One`s Sleeve Idiom

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card up one`s sleeve
What does card up one`s sleeve mean?
a plan or argument that is kept back to be used later if neededI think that our boss has a card up his sleeve and he will be able to help us later.

Some Random Idioms
bite off more than one can chew
What does "bite off more than one can chew" mean?
to try to do or eat more than you can manage I bit off more than I can chew when I began to work in the evening.

Angry as a bear
What does "Angry as a bear" mean?
If someone is as angry as a bear, they are very angry.('Angry as a bear with a sore foot' is also used.)
What does "cold" mean?
suddendly and completely. He stopped cold when he saw the dead body.
out of breath
What does "out of breath" mean?
to be tired and breathing quickly.I was out of breath after running from the station.
blow (someone`s) mind
What does "blow (someone`s) mind" mean?
to overwhelm or excite someoneMy friend told me that the new book would blow my mind.
dead tired
What does "dead tired" mean?
to be very tired, to be exhaustedI was dead tired so I went to bed when I got home.
Card up your sleeve
What does "Card up your sleeve" mean?
If you have a card up your sleeve, you have a surprise plan or idea that you are keeping back until the time is right.
get off one`s butt
What does "get off one`s butt" mean?
to get busy, to start workingMy friend should get off his butt and try to find a job.
make chin music
What does "make chin music" mean?
to talk, to chatterThe two old friends spent the morning making chin music.
Turn a new leaf
What does "Turn a new leaf" mean?
If someone turns a new leaf, they change their behaviour and stop doing wrong or bad things.
Upset the apple cart
What does "Upset the apple cart" mean?
If you upset the apple cart, you cause trouble and upset people.
polish the apple
What does "polish the apple" mean?
to flatter someoneNobody likes the girl because she is always trying to polish the apple with her teacher.
blow a deal
What does "blow a deal" mean?
to ruin a business deal with someone We are working hard so that we do not blow the deal with our new customer.


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