American Idioms and Expressions

Clip (someone`s) Wings Idiom

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clip (someone`s) wings
What does clip (someone`s) wings mean?
to limit someone`s activities or possibilitiesThe company decided to clip the manager's wings and took away his expense account.
clip (someone`s) wings
What does clip (someone`s) wings mean?
to limit or hold someone back, to bring someone under controlWe plan to clip the supervisor's wings as he is becoming too aggressive when dealing with other people.

Some Random Idioms
do a job on (someone or something)
What does "do a job on (someone or something)" mean?
to harm or damage someone or somethingWe really did a job on the bookcase that we were trying to move.
have the right-of-way
What does "have the right-of-way" mean?
have the right to drive in one lane while drivingThe small car had the right-of-way but was hit by the large truck anyway.
calculated risk
What does "calculated risk" mean?
an action that may fail but has a good chance to succeed The company took a calculated risk when they opened a new store in a very quiet area.

call Idioms



not worth a hill of beans
What does "not worth a hill of beans" mean?
worthless The man is a liar and what he says is not worth a hill of beans.

behind the eight ball
What does "behind the eight ball" mean?
at a disadvantage (from the black ball which is numbered eight in the game of pool) at a disadvantage (from the black ball which is numbered eight in the game of pool)Our friend was behind the eight ball when he discovered that he was last in line to register for his classes.
period
What does "period" mean?
that's all; that's it; no more discussion
bump off (someone) or bump (someone) off
What does "bump off (someone) or bump (someone) off" mean?
to kill someone The criminal gang bumped off the leader of the other gang.

throw oneself at the mercy of the court
What does "throw oneself at the mercy of the court" mean?
ask a judge for mercy when being sentenced for a crimeThe man knew that he had no excuse for what he had done so all that he could do was throw himself at the mercy of the court and hope for a light sentence.
at one's wit's end
What does "at one's wit's end" mean?
to be in a worrying or stressful situation where you have no idea about what to do nextI was at my wit's end about what to do for my sister's wedding.
take offense at (someone or something)
What does "take offense at (someone or something)" mean?
to become resentful of someone or somethingThe audience took offense at the remarks by the comedian.
a falling-out (with someone)
What does "a falling-out (with someone)" mean?
a disagreement or quarrel with someone We had a falling-out during our holiday and we have not spoken since.

puppy love
What does "puppy love" mean?
infatuation (strong feelings of love) between school-age children or teenagers infatuation (strong feelings of love) between school-age children or teenagersThe two teenagers thought that their love was the greatest in the world but everyone knew that it was only puppy love.
ho
What does "ho" mean?
prostitute; whore

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