American Idioms and Expressions

Extenuating Circumstances Idiom

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extenuating circumstances
What does extenuating circumstances mean?
the special circumstances that cause something to happenWe were able to avoid paying the parking ticket because of extenuating circumstances.
extenuating circumstances
What does extenuating circumstances mean?
special circumstances that explain an irregular or improper way of doing somethingBecause of extenuating circumstances, the man was able to avoid going to jail for stealing the money.
extenuating circumstances
What does extenuating circumstances mean?
the special circumstances that cause something to happen We were able to avoid paying the parking ticket because of extenuating circumstances.

extenuating circumstances
What does extenuating circumstances mean?
special circumstances that explain an irregular or improper way of doing something The man was able to avoid going to jail for stealing the money because of extenuating circumstances.


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What does "Unwavering loyalty" mean?
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What does "close the books (on someone or something)" mean?
to put an end to something (like the books in accounting records)The owners of the team closed the books on the idea of building a new stadium.
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What does "feel fit" mean?
to feel well and healthy I feel fit so I plan to go for a long walk this weekend.

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What does "drive (someone) up a wall" mean?
to irritate or annoy someone greatly My neighbor's constant complaining is driving me up a wall.

run away with (something)
What does "run away with (something)" mean?
to be much better than others, to win easilyOur hometown team ran away with the football championship.
cook (someone's) goose
What does "cook (someone's) goose" mean?
to damage or ruin someone I think that I cooked my goose when I made a mistake at work today.

gun
What does "gun" mean?
bodyguard; assassin; hired gunman
count noses
What does "count noses" mean?
to count people The teacher stopped to count noses before the students got on the bus.

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What does "shove off" mean?
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no matter what happens
What does "no matter what happens" mean?
in any event, without regard to what happensNo matter what happens I plan to go swimming on Saturday.
too big for one`s boots/breeches
What does "too big for one`s boots/breeches" mean?
to think that you are more important than you really are Our manager is too big for his breeches and needs someone to make him realize that he is not so important.

at sea (about something)
What does "at sea (about something)" mean?
to be confused, to be lostMost of the class was at sea when the difficult theory was explained.
can't stomach (someone or something)
What does "can't stomach (someone or something)" mean?
to dislike or hate someone or somethingI can't stomach the idea of meeting my old girlfriend.

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