American Idioms and Expressions

Cards Are Stacked Against (someone) Idiom

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cards are stacked against (someone)
What does cards are stacked against (someone) mean?
luck is against someoneThe cards have been stacked against the young boy since he was born.

Some Random Idioms
keep an eye on (someone or something)
What does "keep an eye on (someone or something)" mean?
to watch someone or something carefully, to take care of someone or something I asked my aunt to keep an eye on our apartment while we went for our holiday.

dig (someone or something) up
What does "dig (someone or something) up" mean?
to make an effort to find someone or somethingI tried to dig up some blankets for my friend when he stayed at our house.
pay the piper
What does "pay the piper" mean?
to face the results of one's actions, to receive punishment for somethingI was forced to pay the piper when I realized that I had been late with my university essay.
Breathe down your neck
What does "Breathe down your neck" mean?
If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
hoof it
What does "hoof it" mean?
to walk or run (a hoof is the foot of a horse or sheep or cow etc.) I decided to hoof it when I came downtown this morning.

Mind you
What does "Mind you" mean?
I want you to notice and understand somethingI don`t want to work any more overtime. Mind you, if there is an emergency I will be happy to work extra hours.
Could eat a horse
What does "Could eat a horse" mean?
If you are very hungry, you could eat a horse.
draw blood
What does "draw blood" mean?
to make a wound that bleeds The young boxer was the first to draw blood during the boxing match.

pull (someone`s) leg
What does "pull (someone`s) leg" mean?
to trick or fool someone in a playful wayMy grandfather is always pulling my leg when he comes to visit us.
burn (something) to a crisp
What does "burn (something) to a crisp" mean?
to burn something very badlyI burned the eggs to a crisp when I left the stove on while I was talking on the telephone.

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