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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|kick up a fuss/storm|
What does kick up a fuss/storm mean?
| make trouble, be a nuisance about something||I didn`t think that it was a big problem but my boss kicked up a fuss when I told him about the accident.|
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What does "write up" mean?
| write or describe in writing||After our trip to Vietnam I spent a couple of weeks writing it up for a travel magazine.|
|off the record|
What does "off the record" mean?
| to be not published or revealed, to be a secret||I told my boss off the record that I would probably not return after the summer holiday.|
|Keep it under your hat|
What does "Keep it under your hat" mean?
| If you keep something under your hat, you keep it secret.|
|out of earshot|
What does "out of earshot" mean?
| too far from a sound or voice to hear it||
I was out of earshot when my friend began to talk about me.
|Home and hearth|
What does "Home and hearth" mean?
| 'Home and hearth' is an idiom evoking warmth and security.|
|At a loose end|
What does "At a loose end" mean?
|(UK) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don't know what to do with it.|
What does "wet blanket" mean?
| person who discourages others from having fun||He is a wet blanket so we never invite him to our parties.|
|Slower than molasses going uphill in January|
What does "Slower than molasses going uphill in January" mean?
| To move extremely slowly. Molasses drips slowly anyway but add January cold and gravity, dripping uphill would be an impossibility, thereby making the molasses move very slowly indeed!|
|divide and conquer|
What does "divide and conquer" mean?
| to split an opposing side into two groups so that you can win against them||
The government was trying to divide and conquer the opposition parties.
|In the dock|
What does "In the dock" mean?
| If someone is in the dock, they are on trial in court.|
What does "blue blood" mean?
| the blood of a noble or wealthy or aristocratic family||
Many of the blue bloods of the town went to the opening of the opera.
|All hat, no cattle|
What does "All hat, no cattle" mean?
| When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.('Big hat, no cattle' is also used.)|
What does "red tape" mean?
| excessive formalities in official business||
Many businesses complain about the red tape that they must deal with in order to get anything done with the government.