American Idioms and Expressions

Clamp Down On (someone Or Something) Idiom

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clamp down on (someone or something)
What does clamp down on (someone or something) mean?
to become strict with someone or about somethingThe police plan to clamp down on drivers who drive too fast.

Some Random Idioms
not all (someone or something) is cracked up to be
What does "not all (someone or something) is cracked up to be" mean?
to be not as good as someone or something is said to beThe new cook is not all that he is cracked up to be and we have received several complaints about his food.
bail out (of something)
What does "bail out (of something)" mean?
to abandon a situation, to jump out of an airplaneThe plan to buy a summer home with our friends was becoming too expensive so we decided to bail out.
pour one's heart out (to someone)
What does "pour one's heart out (to someone)" mean?
to tell all of one's hopes/fears/feelings to someoneMy friend poured her heart out to me when we went to the coffee shop last evening.
bun in the oven
What does "bun in the oven" mean?
idiom. pregnant. She's got another bun in the over, you know.
give out (something)
What does "give out (something)" mean?
to give something to people, to distribute somethingWe gave out more than six hundred balloons at the shopping center.
no hard feelings
What does "no hard feelings" mean?
no anger or resentmentThere were no hard feelings between the two women after they got into a fight at work.
come down hard on (someone)
What does "come down hard on (someone)" mean?
to scold or punish someone severely, to attack someone vigorously The judge came down hard on the boy who had been arrested for breaking into a house.

hard-pressed
What does "hard-pressed" mean?
difficult; under pressure; with difficulty. I'd be hard pressed to loan you any money because I've got so little.
first past the post
What does "first past the post" mean?
winning a race by being the first to reach the finishing line (in a horse race) winning a race by being the first to reach the finishing line (in a horse race)The young horse was first past the post and won a large amount of money in the race.
as for (someone or something)
What does "as for (someone or something)" mean?
with regard to, concerning �As for me, I think that I will go home now.�

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