American Idioms and Expressions

Chicken Out (of Something) Idiom

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chicken out (of something)
What does chicken out (of something) mean?
to stop doing something because of fearI chickened out of jumping into the lake from the high diving board.

Some Random Idioms
heart is in the right place
What does "heart is in the right place" mean?
be kindhearted/sympathetic, have good intentionsHe sometimes makes mistakes but his heart is in the right place.
as merry as a cricket
What does "as merry as a cricket" mean?
cheerfulI felt as merry as a cricket as I waited for my friend to arrive at the airport.
vic
What does "vic" mean?
victim
hole in the wall
What does "hole in the wall" mean?
a small place to live/work/visit, a small hidden (often inferior) placeWe went for a drink at a hole in the wall near the university last night.
dimple
What does "dimple" mean?
dent in a car
laid-back
What does "laid-back" mean?
relaxed; at ease; unrufffled
ships that pass in the night
What does "ships that pass in the night" mean?
people who meet briefly by chance but are unlikely to meet againWe were like two ships that pass in the night and I do not think that I will ever see that person again.
one jump ahead of (someone or something)
What does "one jump ahead of (someone or something)" mean?
one step in advance of someone or somethingThe little boy was one jump ahead of the other students in his class after he went to summer school.
separate the men from the boys
What does "separate the men from the boys" mean?
to separate competent people from less competent peopleSome people say that joining the military is a good way to separate the men from the boys.

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