American Idioms and Expressions

Catch Fire Idiom

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catch fire
What does catch fire mean?
to begin to burnWe were very careful that the wooden house would not catch fire.
catch fire
What does catch fire mean?
to begin to burn We were very careful that the wooden house would not catch fire.


Some Random Idioms
driving force behind (someone or something)
What does "driving force behind (someone or something)" mean?
the motivating force behind someone or something The potato farmers were the driving force behind the efforts to get people to eat more potatoes.

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go under the knife
What does "go under the knife" mean?
to be operated on in surgeryThe woman went under the knife at the hospital last evening.
paint oneself into a corner
What does "paint oneself into a corner" mean?
to get into a bad situation that is difficult or impossible to get out ofMy friend has painted himself into a corner now that he has begun to fight with his supervisor.
Their bark is worse than their bite
What does "Their bark is worse than their bite" mean?
If someone's bark is worse than their bite, they get angry and shout and make threats, but don't actually do anything.
Gone for a burton
What does "Gone for a burton" mean?
(UK) If something's gone for a burton, it has been spoiled or ruined. If a person has gone for a burton, they are either in serious trouble or have died.
eagle eye
What does "eagle eye" mean?
an eye with sharp visual powersThe woman watched her young child with an eagle eye.
stand by (someone)
What does "stand by (someone)" mean?
to follow or keep one`s promise to someone, to be loyal to or support someoneThe woman always stands by her husband when he has a problem.
feel it beneath oneself to do (something)
What does "feel it beneath oneself to do (something)" mean?
to feel that one would be lowering oneself to do something The young girl feels it beneath her to help clean the bathroom.

rob the cradle
What does "rob the cradle" mean?
to marry a person much younger than oneselfPeople said that my boss was robbing the cradle when he married the young woman at our company.
a so-and-so
What does "a so-and-so" mean?
a person that you do not likeI do not like that so-and-so. His personality really bothers me.
Toot you own horn
What does "Toot you own horn" mean?
If someone toot their own horn, they like to boast about their achievements.
touch on/upon (something)
What does "touch on/upon (something)" mean?
to speak or write briefly about somethingThe news article about the company touched on their previous legal problems.
clunder
What does "clunder" mean?
old car in poor condition

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