American Idioms and Expressions

Change One's Mind Idiom

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change one's mind
What does change one's mind mean?
decide to do something different from what had been decided earlier.A: "Why are you working this week? I thought you weregoing to be on vacation."B: "I changed my mind. I'm taking my vacation next month."

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score
What does "score" mean?
results; outcome
New brush sweeps clean
What does "New brush sweeps clean" mean?
'A new brush sweeps clean' means that someone with a new perspective can make great changes. However, the full version is 'a new brush sweeps clean, but an old brush knows the corners', which warns that experience is also a valuable thing. Sometimes 'broom' is used instead of 'brush'.
one's days are numbered
What does "one's days are numbered" mean?
someone is facing death or dismissal from somethingThe salesman has made many mistakes and his days are numbered at work.
straight from the horse's mouth
What does "straight from the horse's mouth" mean?
direct from a source that has authority and is dependableI heard about the party straight from the horse's mouth.
gut
What does "gut" mean?
fat belly on a man
monkey business
What does "monkey business" mean?
unethical or illegal activity, mischief The boy should stop the monkey business and do the job correctly.

to stand trial
What does "to stand trial" mean?
to be tried in courtThe man had to stand trial for stealing the credit cards.
dip into (something)
What does "dip into (something)" mean?
to borrow from a supply of something We had to dip into our savings to get enough money for a holiday.

none other than (someone)
What does "none other than (someone)" mean?
the very person (that one may be talking/thinking about)I went to the airport and I saw none other than the president of our company.
keep books
What does "keep books" mean?
to keep records of money that is gained or spent The new sales manager does not know how to keep books and he makes many mistakes.

All fingers and thumbs
What does "All fingers and thumbs" mean?
If you're all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. 'All thumbs' is an alternative form of the idiom.
avail oneself of (something)
What does "avail oneself of (something)" mean?
to help oneself by using something that is availableWe availed ourselves of the office space to prepare for the school festival.

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