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|make (something) right/good|
What does make (something) right/good mean?
| replace or restore something||I worked hard to make my relationship with my friend right.|
Some Random Idioms
What does "Rough diamond" mean?
| A rough diamond is a person who might be a bit rude but who is good underneath it all.|
|rub (someone's) nose in (something)|
What does "rub (someone's) nose in (something)" mean?
| to remind someone of something that they have done wrong||
The girl's supervisor always rubs the girl's nose in it when she makes a mistake.
|carry the ball|
What does "carry the ball" mean?
| be in charge (from carry the ball in American
football)|| be in charge (from carry the ball in American football)The director decided to let his assistant carry the ball on the assignment for the new sale's contract. |
|face value (of something)|
What does "face value (of something)" mean?
| the official value or worth of something||Although the face value of the postage stamp was very low it sold at the auction for much money.|
What does "air rage" mean?
|passenger on an airplane, who is out of control|
|too rich for (someone's) blood|
What does "too rich for (someone's) blood" mean?
| to be too expensive for someone's budget||
The holiday in the expensive resort was too rich for our blood so we did not go.
What does "sixth sense" mean?
| a power to know or feel that things are beyond the five senses of sight/hearing/smell/taste/touch||The woman has a sixth sense and she seems to know what everyone is thinking.|
|as sweet as honey/sugar|
What does "as sweet as honey/sugar" mean?
| very sweet||The retired librarian is as sweet as honey and everybody loves her.|
|A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire|
What does "A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire" mean?
|One does not repeat a painful lesson twice.||I've tried to get little Johnny to quit running and jumping on the furniture before he hurts himself, but only a burnt child dreads the fire.|
Very similar in meaning to another proverb, "Once bitten, twice shy," today's proverb is an old one. It appeared in English literature as early as 1320, in "The Proverbs of Hendyng." Another proverb, which is similar, comes from the French: "A scalded dog fears cold water" carries an even stronger message; that those who have experienced a great deal of difficulty or pain will not only avoid it in the future, but will be afraid even where there is no cause.
Other languages also have like proverbs, such as, "One bitten by a serpent is afraid of a rope's end" (Jewish), "A man who has received a beating with a firebrand runs away at the sight of a firefly" (Singhalese), and "A dog which has been beaten with a stick fears its own shadow" (Italian).
What does "pooped" mean?
| very tired; exhausted.||"I went to bed really early last night. I waspooped!"|
|thirst/thirsty for (something)|
What does "thirst/thirsty for (something)" mean?
| a craving or desire for something||The woman thirsts for the life that she was previously living.|
|give three cheers for (someone)|
What does "give three cheers for (someone)" mean?
| to give praise or approval to someone who has done well||The crowd gave three cheers to the team after they won the final game.|