American Idioms and Expressions

Mad As A Hornet Idiom

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mad as a hornet
What does mad as a hornet mean?
very angryOur boss was mad as a hornet when we saw him at the meeting yesterday.
mad as a hornet
What does mad as a hornet mean?
very angry Our boss was as mad as a hornet when we saw him yesterday.


Some Random Idioms
Mailed fist
What does "Mailed fist" mean?
Someone who rules or controls something with a mailed fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. A mailed fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Iron fist' is an alternative form.
whole show
What does "whole show" mean?
everythingOur new boss always tries to run the whole show.
pal around (with someone)
What does "pal around (with someone)" mean?
to be friends with someoneI have begun to pal around with a friend from my evening language class.
let (someone) off the hook
What does "let (someone) off the hook" mean?
excuse someone from a penalty or promiseHe let me off the hook and I didn`t have to stay after work and help clean the office.
not in the same league with (someone or something)
What does "not in the same league with (someone or something)" mean?
to be not anywhere nearly as good as someone or somethingThe new coach is not in the same league as the coach who we had last season.
a nine day's wonder
What does "a nine day's wonder" mean?
someone or something that is of interest to people only for a short timeThe actor was a nine day's wonder and everyone forgot him after a couple of months.
lie/lay down on the job
What does "lie/lay down on the job" mean?
do a job poorly or not at allThe workers must have decided to lie down on the job because nothing was finished when the supervisor arrived.
beat (something) into (someone`s) head
What does "beat (something) into (someone`s) head" mean?
to force someone to learn something by repeating it over and overThe teacher tried to beat the material into the student's head.

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