American Idioms and Expressions

Catch (someone) Off Guard Idiom

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catch (someone) off guard
What does catch (someone) off guard mean?
to catch a person at a time of carelessnessI was caught off guard when the teacher asked me about my homework.

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Pros and cons
What does "Pros and cons" mean?
Pros and cons are arguments for or against a particular issue. Pros are arguments which aim to promote the issue, while cons suggest points against it. The term has been in use since the 16th century and is a shortening of a Latin phrase, pro et contra, which means “for and against.” Considering the pros and cons of an issue is a very useful way to weigh the issue thoughtfully and reach an informed decision.
hang in the balance
What does "hang in the balance" mean?
have two equally possible results, be uncertainAfter the opposition party won the election whether or not the new highway will be built hangs in the balance.
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.
fall short of (something)
What does "fall short of (something)" mean?
to not have enough of something The campaign fell short of the amount of money that it had hoped to gather.

fall through

- to fail, to not happen

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put (someone or something) out of one's head/mind
What does "put (someone or something) out of one's head/mind" mean?
to try to forget someone or somethingI was forced to put my holidays out of my head when we had the emergency problems at our company.
by oneself
What does "by oneself" mean?
: alone and without help."I can't do this by myself. Can you help me?"
survival of the fittest
What does "survival of the fittest" mean?
the idea that the most able or fit will surviveIt was a matter of the survival of the fittest in the jungle.
Step on it!
What does "Step on it!" mean?
Hurry up!"Step on it! The taxi will be here at any timeand you're not even dressed!"
What does "LMAO" mean?
laughing my ass off
Monday morning quarterback
What does "Monday morning quarterback" mean?
A Monday morning quarterback is someone who, with the benefit of hindsight, knows what should have been done in a situation.


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