American Idioms and Expressions

Make (someone's) Hair Stand On End Idiom

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make (someone's) hair stand on end
What does make (someone's) hair stand on end mean?
cause someone to be very frightenedThe sound of the screaming woman made my hair stand on end.
make (someone's) hair stand on end
What does make (someone's) hair stand on end mean?
to cause someone to become frightenedThe movie made my hair stand on end.

Some Random Idioms
sold out
What does "sold out" mean?
a product/ticket is completely sold from a store or eventAll of the latest DVD's are sold out at the moment.
carry through with (something)
What does "carry through with (something)" mean?
to put a plan into action The company carried through with its plan to open a new factory.
saved by the bell
What does "saved by the bell" mean?
to be rescued from a difficult situation just in time by something that brings the situation to a sudden endI was saved by the bell and do not have to give my presentation until tomorrow.
everything from soup to nuts
What does "everything from soup to nuts" mean?
almost everything that one can think ofWe brought everything from soup to nuts for our weekend holiday.
stay loose
What does "stay loose" mean?
be cool; relax; be calm
throw the book at (someone)
What does "throw the book at (someone)" mean?
charge or convict someone of as many crimes or for as much time as possibleThe criminal showed almost no remorse so the judge decided to throw the book at him.
a bad workman blames his tools
What does "a bad workman blames his tools" mean?
someone blames his tools or the material that he is working with for his own bad workThe carpenter was angry that his saw did not cut well. As often happens, a bad workman blames his tools.
put (someone or something) to the test
What does "put (someone or something) to the test" mean?
to see what someone or something can achieve or doI put my boss to the test when I asked him to replace our sales manager at work.
have on (something)
What does "have on (something)" mean?
be wearing something"What did she have on when you last saw her?"
have a heart
What does "have a heart" mean?
be generous and forgivingThe woman doesn't have a heart and everybody dislikes her.
the pick of (something)
What does "the pick of (something)" mean?
the best of the groupThe members of the Olympic team were the pick of the best athletes in the country.
steal a march on (someone)
What does "steal a march on (someone)" mean?
to get an advantage over someone without being noticedI was able to steal a march on my colleague when he was away on vacation.

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