American Idioms and Expressions

Close At Hand Idiom

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close at hand
What does close at hand mean?
to be within reachThe day that the new coach would be chosen was now close at hand.
close at hand
What does close at hand mean?
within reach, handyThere were no restaurants close at hand when we decided to go out for dinner.
close at hand
What does close at hand mean?
within reach, handy There were no restaurants close at hand when we decided to go out for dinner.

close at hand
What does close at hand mean?
to be within reach The day that the new coach will be chosen is now close at hand.


Some Random Idioms
a hatchet man
What does "a hatchet man" mean?
a politician whose job it is to say negative things about the opposition, a person in a company who must fire extra workers or cut other expensesHe is acting as a hatchet man for the leader but I don`t think that he really believes what he is saying.
lid
What does "lid" mean?
eyelid
an egghead
What does "an egghead" mean?
a very intelligent person. "Jake didn't make very good grades in school,but his sister was a real egghead."
come to light
What does "come to light" mean?
to be discovered, to become knownIt has come to light that the company recently lost millions of dollars.
Brain surgery
What does "Brain surgery" mean?
If something is not brain surgery, it isn't very complicated or difficult to understand or master.
know something inside out
What does "know something inside out" mean?
know/understand something thoroughly. "If you have a question about grammar, ask Dr. Martin.She knows grammar inside out."
can
What does "can" mean?
jail; prison
thumbs up on (someone or something)
What does "thumbs up on (someone or something)" mean?
to be in favor of someone or somethingEverybody cheered when it was announced that we had voted thumbs up for a new holiday in the winter.
Tables are turned
What does "Tables are turned" mean?
When the tables are turned, the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage.
heart is in the right place
What does "heart is in the right place" mean?
be kindhearted/sympathetic, have good intentionsHe sometimes makes mistakes but his heart is in the right place.
walk out
What does "walk out" mean?
go on strikeMore than half of the workers at the factory decided to walk out on strike this morning.
press one`s luck
What does "press one`s luck" mean?
to depend too much on luck, to expect to continue to be luckyMy uncle is pressing his luck if he thinks that he will continue to make a lot of money on the stock market.
no sweat
What does "no sweat" mean?
no problem"No sweat. I will help you all day tomorrow if you need me."

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