American Idioms and Expressions

Crash Course Idiom

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crash course
What does crash course mean?
short course designed to give a lot of knowledge/information in a very short time."Tom's company is sending him to a business meeting inIstanbul.Should he take a crash course in Turkish?"

Some Random Idioms
rain cats and dogs
What does "rain cats and dogs" mean?
to rain very hardIt has been raining cats and dogs all morning.
hold (someone's) attention
What does "hold (someone's) attention" mean?
keep someone interestedThe man standing on the bridge held everyone's attention for over an hour.
sport of kings
What does "sport of kings" mean?
horse racing horse racingHorse racing has been the sport of kings for many years.
cut the mustard
What does "cut the mustard" mean?
to reach the required standard for somethingThe man does not cut the mustard and he will never be able to work here.
Three sheets to the wind
What does "Three sheets to the wind" mean?
Very drunk, highly intoxicated.The groom made it to the alter, but he was three sheets to the wind.
The phrase comes from 18th - 19th century English Naval terminology. The original phrase was "three Sheets in the wind" and referred to the erratic behavior of a ship that has lost control of all of its sails.
In nautical terminology sheets are the ropes that adjust the position of the sails relative to the wind.
The speed and direction of a sailing ship is controlled by the number of sails raised on each mast, the angle of the sails to the wind (trim of the sails), and the position of the rudder. If the sheets used to control the sails are to break or are have been released, the sheet is said to be "in the wind".
One can imagine a sail thrashing wildly in a strong wind with its sheet (the control ropes) blowing about. It would be very difficult to regain control of such a sail.
Prior to the 1810's it was common for ships to have three masts, (fore, main, and mizzen). If the sheets on all three masts are "in the wind", the ship loses all steering control.
The ship's lack of control is likened to that of a stumbling drunk.
jack up
What does "jack up" mean?
motivate or stimulate somebody or something
have a near miss
What does "have a near miss" mean?
nearly crash or collide with somethingThe two trucks had a near miss on the highway this morning.
let up
What does "let up" mean?
become less or weaker, become slower or stopThe rain let up around noon so we were able to go back outside.
dorky
What does "dorky" mean?
weird; strange; unappealing
open up on (someone or something)
What does "open up on (someone or something)" mean?
to attack someone or something, to fire a gun or other weapon at someone or somethingThe man with the gun opened up on the people in the car.
bod
What does "bod" mean?
body; physique (especially an appealing one). Look at that bod.
all day long
What does "all day long" mean?
the whole dayShe has been sitting and waiting for the mail to arrive all day long.

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