American Idioms and Expressions

Make A Clean Breast Of (something) Idiom

This database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available. American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time. .

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
make a clean breast of (something)
What does make a clean breast of (something) mean?
confess something bad that you have done in order not to feel guilty/badThe woman made a clean breast of things and worked hard to start over.
make a clean breast of (something)
What does make a clean breast of (something) mean?
get something off one's chest, confess somethingI talked to my supervisor and I tried to make a clean breast of my past problems at the company.

Some Random Idioms
on order
What does "on order" mean?
ordered with the delivery expected at some future dateThe store has several computer printers on order.
a snow job
What does "a snow job" mean?
technical vocabulary that makes you seem like an expert in a fieldThe salesman tried to give us a snow job when he started to talk about the specifications of the machine.
At daggers drawn
What does "At daggers drawn" mean?
If people are at daggers drawn, they are very angry and close to violence.
dangerous offender
What does "dangerous offender" mean?
a person who has been convicted of a violent or sexual crime and is a continuimg threat to othersSeveral dangerous offenders escaped from the prison last week.
Big picture
What does "Big picture" mean?
The big picture of something is the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
What does "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" mean?
This idiom means you can offer something to someone, like good advice, but you cannot make them take it.
shlep
What does "shlep" mean?
carry or haul something or somebody from place to place
get into a stew about/over (someone or something)
What does "get into a stew about/over (someone or something)" mean?
to be worried or upset about someone or something My mother is getting into a stew over my aunt not phoning.

chickens come home to roost
What does "chickens come home to roost" mean?
someone`s words or actions come back to cause trouble for him or her The man is always unkind to other people. However, his chickens have come home to roost and people are now very unkind to him.

vest
What does "vest" mean?
bulletproof vest; Kevlar vest. He was wearing a vest, so he survived the gunshot.

Search

Searching for?
 


Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional