American Idioms and Expressions

Clean Up One's Act Idiom

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clean up one's act
What does clean up one's act mean?
to improve one's performanceThe mayor will have to clean up his act if he wants to get elected again.

Some Random Idioms
Drop like flies
What does "Drop like flies" mean?
This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
take (something) at face value
What does "take (something) at face value" mean?
to take something that is said on its surfaceI took my friend's comments at face value.
What does "radical" mean?
excellent; good
signal to (someone) to do (something)
What does "signal to (someone) to do (something)" mean?
to give someone an instruction using a signalI signaled to our coach to take me out of the game for a rest.
take over (something)
What does "take over (something)" mean?
to take control of something, to take command of somethingA large foreign company took control of our company last month.
pot luck
What does "pot luck" mean?
meal in which each participant contributes food
out of the loop
What does "out of the loop" mean?
to not be part of a group of people that is kept up-to-date with information about something I was out of the loop during the negotiations and did not know what was going on.

let on
What does "let on" mean?
to reveal, to inform"Please don`t let on that you saw me at the movie last night."
Shotgun marriage
What does "Shotgun marriage" mean?
A shotgun marriage, or shotgun wedding, is one that is forced because of pregnancy. It is also used idiomatically for a compromise, agreement or arrangement that is forced upon groups or people by necessity.
vote with one's feet
What does "vote with one's feet" mean?
to express one's dissatisfaction with something by leaving or walking awayThe students were voting with their feet when they began to withdraw from the science course.
for real
What does "for real" mean?
to be genuine, to be real The attitude of the woman was not for real and nobody believed her.

stew in one`s own juice
What does "stew in one`s own juice" mean?
to suffer from something that one has caused to happen to himself or herselfThe man is stewing in his own juice after he got into trouble for being late.


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