American Idioms and Expressions

Clear The Decks Idiom

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clear the decks
What does clear the decks mean?
to clear away things and prepare for action, to get out of the way"Let`s clear the decks and get everyone out of the house so that we can begin work."
clear the decks
What does clear the decks mean?
to clear away things and prepare for action, to get out of the way "Let`s clear the decks and get everyone out of the house so that we can begin work."


Some Random Idioms
pecks
What does "pecks" mean?
pectoral muscles; chest muscles
take the law into one's own hands
What does "take the law into one's own hands" mean?
to attempt to administer the law oneselfThe citizens took the law into their own hands when they arrested the man who had cut down the tree.
on location
What does "on location" mean?
a movie being filmed in a location away from the movie studioThe movie was filmed on location in the mountains.
penny-wise and pound foolish
What does "penny-wise and pound foolish" mean?
to be careful or thrifty in small expenditures but careless or wasteful in large onesMy friend is penny-wise and pound foolish and she economizes on small things but wastes all of her money on big things.
mess up
What does "mess up" mean?
cause trouble, spoil somethingHe messed up his chance to get a promotion by not making any effort during the year.
Throw someone in at the deep end
What does "Throw someone in at the deep end" mean?
If you are thrown in at the deep end, you have to deal with serious issues the moment you start something like a job, instead of having time to acquire experience.
a dark horse
What does "a dark horse" mean?
a candidate who is little known to the general public The candidate for mayor was a dark horse until he gave some good speeches on TV.

make (someone) look ridiculous
What does "make (someone) look ridiculous" mean?
make someone look foolishThe complaint from my coworker made me look ridiculous.
flat broke
What does "flat broke" mean?
to have no moneyI have been flat broke since I stopped working last month.
bawl out (someone)
What does "bawl out (someone)" mean?
to scold someone loudlyThe woman bawled out her child in the supermarket.

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