American Idioms and Expressions

Close Ranks Idiom

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close ranks
What does close ranks mean?
to come together for fighting, to unite and work togetherThe political parties closed ranks and stopped arguing among themselves.
close ranks
What does close ranks mean?
to unite and fight togetherDuring the meeting we closed ranks and refused to compromise on any issue.
close ranks
What does close ranks mean?
to come together for fighting, to unite and work together The political parties closed ranks and stopped arguing among themselves.

close ranks
What does close ranks mean?
to unite and fight together During the meeting we closed ranks and refused to compromise on any issue.


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cover for (someone)
What does "cover for (someone)" mean?
to do someone else's workWe always cover for each other when someone at work is sick.
eat high on/off the hog
What does "eat high on/off the hog" mean?
to eat good or expensive foodWe were eating high off the hog during our ocean cruise.
off one`s high horse
What does "off one`s high horse" mean?
to be not acting proud and scornful, to be not acting like you are better than othersWe got our boss off his high horse when he admitted that he had made many mistakes with the new product launch.
a matter of opinion
What does "a matter of opinion" mean?
a question about which there are different opinionsIt was a matter of opinion as to what design would be best for the new art gallery.
A hitch in your giddy-up
What does "A hitch in your giddy-up" mean?
If you have a hitch in your giddy-up, you're not feeling well. ('A hitch in your gittie-up' is also used.)
bawl out (someone) or bawl (someone) out
What does "bawl out (someone) or bawl (someone) out" mean?
to scold someone loudly The woman bawled out her child in the supermarket.

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poised to do (something)
What does "poised to do (something)" mean?
to be ready to do somethingOur basketball team is poised to win its third championship this evening.
know (something) backwards and forwards
What does "know (something) backwards and forwards" mean?
know something very wellI know the names of the people in my history class backwards and forwards.
F-word
What does "F-word" mean?
the word "fuck" (said to avoid using the actual word). The F-word was reportedly used on the Senate floor today.
Beat the daylights out of someone
What does "Beat the daylights out of someone" mean?
If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly. ('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
cool off/down
What does "cool off/down" mean?
to let one's anger die awayWhen the basketball players began to cool down they were allowed to play again.
Apple of your eye
What does "Apple of your eye" mean?
Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.

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