American Idioms and Expressions

Chime In 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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chime in
What does chime in mean?
to join in a song or conversationWe were having a nice conversation until our friend chimed in and started complaining about everything.
chime in
What does chime in mean?
to join in a song or conversation We were having a nice conversation until our friend chimed in and started complaining about things.

Some Random Idioms
gig
What does "gig" mean?
a one-shot job or task (said often by people in the entertainment business)
zonked out
What does "zonked out" mean?
fatigued; tired; exhausted.He's really zonked out from studying so much.
Heart in your mouth
What does "Heart in your mouth" mean?
If your heart is in your mouth, then you feel nervous or scared.
call on (someone)
What does "call on (someone)" mean?
to visit someone I plan to call on my brother during my holidays.
have had a good innings
What does "have had a good innings" mean?
have enjoyed a long period of positive action or opportunity (from cricket where an innings is the time that a team spends batting and a good innings is when they score a lot of runs) have enjoyed a long period of positive action or opportunity (from cricket where an innings is the time that a team spends batting and a good innings is when they score a lot of runs)The team had a very good innings and won the match easily.
as strong as a horse/ox
What does "as strong as a horse/ox" mean?
very strong The man was as strong as an ox and easily helped us move the sofa.

university of life
What does "university of life" mean?
learning from daily life and work rather than going to universityMy grandfather began to work on the family farm when he was fourteen and learned everything from the university of life.
have never had it so good
What does "have never had it so good" mean?
have never been in such a good situationWe have never had it so good since the new supervisor came to our department.
be that as it may
What does "be that as it may" mean?
even if what you say is true"Be that as it may, we are not going to permit the school dance to take place."
Crocodile tears
What does "Crocodile tears" mean?
Pretending to cry in an attempt to manipulate or exploit, phony tears.OJ gave his testimony through crocodile tears.
It was often thought that crocodiles shed tears that slid down into their mouths, moistening their food and making it easier for them to swallow. Hence the tears appear to be an expression of emotion but are in fact a means to make it easier to swallow (possibly the observer).
come to a standstill
What does "come to a standstill" mean?
to stopThe circus came to a standstill when the elephant escaped from his cage.

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