American Idioms and Expressions

Change The Subject 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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change the subject
What does change the subject mean?
to begin talking about something differentI tried to change the subject when my friend began to talk about the money that I owed him.
change the subject
What does change the subject mean?
to begin talking about something different I tried to change the subject when my friend began to talk about the money that I owed him.


Some Random Idioms
lay/light into (something)
What does "lay/light into (something)" mean?
do/eat something with much energy and enthusiasmHe laid into the steak as soon as the waiter brought it to his table.
At a drop of a dime
What does "At a drop of a dime" mean?
If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation.
Go by the boards
What does "Go by the boards" mean?
If something goes by the boards, it fails to get approved or accepted.
spin one's wheels
What does "spin one's wheels" mean?
to be in motion but get nowhereI was spinning my wheels all week and I did not get much done.
prevention is better than the cure
What does "prevention is better than the cure" mean?
it is better to prevent a problem or an illness in order to avoid having to cure itPrevention is better than the cure and you should look after your health so that you do not become sick.
bring home the importance of (something) to (someone)
What does "bring home the importance of (something) to (someone)" mean?
to make someone understand that something is important I tried to bring home the importance of the new company policy.

veg out
What does "veg out" mean?
relax; take it easy; do very little
keep good time
What does "keep good time " mean?
work accurately (used for a clock or watch)My watch has not been keeping good time lately.
wolf in sheep`s clothing
What does "wolf in sheep`s clothing" mean?
a person who pretends to be good but is really badThe man is a wolf in sheep's clothing and someone that you should be very careful around.
green
What does "green" mean?
to be inexperienced or immature The young man is rather green and does not have enough experience to drive the large machinery.

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