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What does double-cross (someone) mean?
| to deceive someone, to promise one thing and then do another||The man tried to double-cross his partner but was caught and sent to jail.|
Some Random Idioms
|captain of industry|
What does "captain of industry" mean?
| a top corporation officer||The president of our company was a captain of industry and when he retired he was appointed to many government boards. |
|foul one's own nest|
What does "foul one's own nest" mean?
| to harm one's own interests, to bring discredit to one's family||
I do not want to foul my own nest so I try to be very honest in all of my dealings with others.
|as easy as duck soup|
What does "as easy as duck soup" mean?
| very easy, requiring no effort||
Convincing the man to buy the car was as easy as duck soup.
|when the cat's away, the mice will play|
What does "when the cat's away, the mice will play" mean?
| when you are not watching someone they may get into trouble, when a person with authority is absent then those below him or her can do whatever they want||
When the cat's away, the mice will play and when the teacher left the classroom the students began to play.
|force someone's hand|
What does "force someone's hand" mean?
| make someone do something that they don't want to do at that
time|| make someone do something that they don't want to do at that timeThe man threatened to quit his job so the company decided to force his hand and make him either continue or quit. |
|out on patrol|
What does "out on patrol" mean?
| to be away from a central location and checking for something||The soldiers were out on patrol most of the night.|
|In the black|
What does "In the black" mean?
|To be making money.||Live below your means and you will always be running in the black.|
Standard practice for accounting is to record positive numbers in black ink and negative numbers in red ink. Operating "in the black" is to record positive numbers, that is to say earnings.
|from stem to stern|
What does "from stem to stern" mean?
| from one end to the other, from the front to the back of a ship||
The boat was damaged from stem to stern after the big storm.
|bury one`s head in the sand|
What does "bury one`s head in the sand" mean?
| to refuse to see something, to know something unpleasant but not want to deal with it||
The man always buries his head in the sand and never wants to hear about family problems.
What does "bit bucket" mean?
|imagined site where lost computer data ends up|
|back the wrong horse|
What does "back the wrong horse" mean?
| to support someone or something that cannot or does not win or succeed||We backed the wrong horse when we supported the new candidate for mayor. |