American Idioms and Expressions

Cast Aspersions On (someone) Idiom

This database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available. American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time. .

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cast aspersions on (someone)
What does cast aspersions on (someone) mean?
to make insulting remarks about someoneThe woman is always casting aspersions on her colleagues at work.

Some Random Idioms
chance upon (someone or something)
What does "chance upon (someone or something)" mean?
to find someone or something by chanceI chanced upon a very interesting book during my research.
put one's back into (something)
What does "put one's back into (something)" mean?
use great physical or mental energy to do somethingWe put our backs into trying to move the freezer out of the basement.
make/spend/lose money hand over fist
What does "make/spend/lose money hand over fist" mean?
to make/spend/lose money fast and in large amountsMy cousin has been making money hand over fist with her business.
the creeps
What does "the creeps" mean?
a strong feeling of fear or disgustI get the creeps every time that I see a spider or snake.
air rage
What does "air rage" mean?
passenger on an airplane, who is out of control
sweetheart deal
What does "sweetheart deal" mean?
a deal made between friends or businesses so that both may receive a benefit We made a sweetheart deal with our landlord to have our rent reduced.

Blow off some steam
What does "Blow off some steam" mean?
To enjoy oneself by relaxing normal formalities.He is a true workaholic who has misguided priorities, when he wants to blow off some steam he comes to work on Saturday wearing blue jeans.
Boilers are commonly used in steam heating systems and steam engines such as those used in a steam locomotive. The boilers contain water that is heated by burning some fuel such as oil. The heated water turns to steam, which is then sent through a system of radiators (in the case of heating systems) or harnessed by a steam engine.
The steam creates considerable pressure in the boiler. If the pressure becomes too great, there is a danger of the boiler exploding. Hence boilers are equipped with safety valves called blow off valves that open if the pressure becomes to great.
"Blowing off steam" prevents explosions by relieving the pressure in a boiler by venting excess steam and pressure.
all night long
What does "all night long" mean?
throughout the whole nightWe could hear the people next door talking all night long.
blow one's top
What does "blow one's top" mean?
to become very angry The supervisor blew his top when the employee was late.

Life and limb
What does "Life and limb" mean?
When people risk life and limb, they could be killed or suffer serious injuries.
Who wears the trousers?
What does "Who wears the trousers?" mean?
(UK) The person who wears the trousers in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
plug in (something)
What does "plug in (something)" mean?
to place a plug into a receptacleWe plugged in the coffee pot before the meeting began.
flip one`s lid
What does "flip one`s lid" mean?
to become very excited, to lose one`s temper My father flipped his lid when I told him about the large telephone bill.

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