American Idioms and Expressions

Chisel (someone) Out Of (something) Idiom

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chisel (someone) out of (something)
What does chisel (someone) out of (something) mean?
to cheat someone to get moneyMy friend tried to chisel his brother out of some money.
chisel (someone) out of (something)
What does chisel (someone) out of (something) mean?
to cheat someone to get money or somethingThe criminal tried to chisel the small business owner out of much money.

Some Random Idioms
at cross-purposes
What does "at cross-purposes" mean?
to have opposite ways of doing something, to have opposing goals The two men are at cross purposes. They cannot agree about anything.

throw (someone) a curve
What does "throw (someone) a curve" mean?
to confuse someone by doing something unexpected, to pitch a curve ball to someone in baseballThe lawyer threw the witness a curve with his very complex questions.
friendlies
What does "friendlies" mean?
allies, whether civilian or military
crank (something) out
What does "crank (something) out" mean?
to produce or make somethingI was able to crank out two very good papers before the end of the year.
on the rocks
What does "on the rocks" mean?
an alcoholic drink with ice cubes added. Scotch on the rocks, please.
deep-six (someone or something)
What does "deep-six (someone or something)" mean?
to get rid of or dispose of someone or somethingI decided to deep-six some of the old comics that I had collected.
grody to the max
What does "grody to the max" mean?
extremely repulsive or disgusting
help out with (something)
What does "help out with (something)" mean?
assist someone to do somethingI helped out with carrying the luggage of the other tour members.
jam-packed
What does "jam-packed" mean?
crowded, fullThe train that we took this morning was jam-packed with people.
kill the goose that layed/lays the golden egg
What does "kill the goose that layed/lays the golden egg" mean?
spoil something that is good or something that one has by being greedyHe was always complaining about his job but now it is gone. He has killed the goose that layed the golden egg.
shag
What does "shag" mean?
depart; leave

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