American Idioms and Expressions

Make A Laughingstock Of (someone) Idiom

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make a laughingstock of (someone)
What does make a laughingstock of (someone) mean?
do something that makes people laugh at someoneI made a laughingstock of myself when I dropped the plate of crackers at the party.

Some Random Idioms
What does "pecks" mean?
pectoral muscles; chest muscles
to be run down
What does "to be run down" mean?
to get into poor health or condition, to look badMy friend has become run down since she started working at night.
know a trick or two
What does "know a trick or two" mean?
know some special way of dealing with a problemI know a trick or two about how to handle a customer who is angry or upset.
turn a blind eye to (someone or something)
What does "turn a blind eye to (someone or something)" mean?
to ignore someone or something troublesome and pretend not to see itOur teacher sometimes turns a blind eye to the bad behavior of the students in the class.
come over
What does "come over" mean?
to come for a visit My friend is going to come over for a visit tonight.

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.

Bone Idioms

carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders
What does "carry the weight of the world on one's shoulders" mean?
appear to be dealing with all the problems in the whole worldMy friend has a lot of stress and thinks that he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.
hit (someone) right between the eyes
What does "hit (someone) right between the eyes" mean?
to make a strong impression on someone, to surprise someone greatly The news about the accident hit us right between the eyes and shocked us.

get a load of (someone or something)
What does "get a load of (someone or something) " mean?
to take a good look at someone or something"Get a load of that man over there with the four dogs."
scrape (something) up
What does "scrape (something) up" mean?
to find or gather something with some effortMy friend scraped up some money and came to visit me during the summer.
every inch a (something)
What does "every inch a (something)" mean?
completely, in every wayJack was every inch a sailor and loved to go out on the ocean with his boat.
decide in favor of (someone or something)
What does "decide in favor of (someone or something)" mean?
to determine the winner of something, to decide who is right The city decided in favor of building a new bridge over the river.


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