American Idioms and Expressions

Circle The Wagons Idiom

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circle the wagons
What does circle the wagons mean?
to set up a defense against an enemyThe management team began to circle the wagons as the accounting scandal became worse.
circle the wagons
What does circle the wagons mean?
to set up a defense against an enemy The managers began to circle the wagons as the accounting scandal became worse.


Some Random Idioms
miss the cut
What does "miss the cut" mean?
fail to come up to or meet a required standard (from golf where a player must do equal or better than a certain score to continue) fail to come up to or meet a required standard (from golf where a player must do equal or better than a certain score to continue)After several successful tournaments the golfer missed the cut and could not enter the next tournament.
pay for (something)
What does "pay for (something)" mean?
to pay money for somethingI paid for dinner for my friends.
have one's eye on (someone or something)
What does "have one's eye on (someone or something)" mean?
to want someone or something and hope that you will be able to get itThe woman has her eye on a new job in the company and she is working very hard to get it.
rotten to the core
What does "rotten to the core" mean?
to be completely worthless (like a rotten apple) The political organization was rotten to the core and everybody knew that it must change.

wishful thinking
What does "wishful thinking" mean?
believe that something is true because you wish it to be trueThe manager planned to evict the family with the young child and it was wishful thinking to think that he wouldn't.
tubular
What does "tubular" mean?
good; nice; excellent
in safe hands
What does "in safe hands" mean?
under the care of someone or an organization that you can trust and who will help youThe little girl is in safe hands now that she has arrived at her grandmother's house.
eat high on/off the hog
What does "eat high on/off the hog" mean?
to eat good or expensive foodWe were eating high off the hog during our ocean cruise.
hammer away at (someone or something)
What does "hammer away at (someone or something)" mean?
be persistent in trying to do somethingI worked all weekend to hammer away at my final essay for university.
Off the shelf
What does "Off the shelf" mean?
If a product is off the shelf, it can be used straightaway without any setting-up.
walk hand-in-hand (with someone)
What does "walk hand-in-hand (with someone)" mean?
to walk while holding hands with someone The couple walked hand-to-hand down the street.

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