American Idioms and Expressions

Make A Long Story Short Idiom

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make a long story short
What does make a long story short mean?
bring a story to an end by omitting some detailsI had to make a long story short in order to finish my story and leave to catch my train home.
make a long story short
What does make a long story short mean?
to bring a story to an end by omitting some details I made a long story short and quickly finished my story about my holiday.


Some Random Idioms
brainwash (someone)
What does "brainwash (someone)" mean?
to make someone believe something that is not true by repeating it again and againThe people were brainwashed into thinking exactly what their leader wanted them to think.
Argue the toss
What does "Argue the toss" mean?
(UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
Many hands make light work
What does "Many hands make light work" mean?
a lot of help will make a job seem easyMany hands make light work and lots of people helped to make the job easy.
clamp down on (someone or something)
What does "clamp down on (someone or something)" mean?
to become strict with someone or about somethingThe police plan to clamp down on drivers who drive too fast.
come up with (something)
What does "come up with (something)" mean?
to produce or find a thought/idea/answerI tried to come up with a name for the new magazine.
earn one's keep
What does "earn one's keep" mean?
to earn one's pay or a place to live by doing some workI work hard in my uncle's garden in order to earn my keep when I stay with him.
build (something) to order
What does "build (something) to order" mean?
to make something especially for a customer The family wanted to build their kitchen table to order.

Knock on wood
What does "Knock on wood" mean?
Tap on a wooden surface for gook luck or to keep from putting a jinx on yourself for having mentioned some hope or dream aloud.If good luck is willing. I am sure that your tax returns will not be audited, knock on wood.
One theory is that it originated in the middle ages when there were in circulation, pieces of the Holy Rood or Cross on which Jesus was crucified. To touch one of these was supposed to bring good luck hence touch wood for good luck.
fishy
What does "fishy" mean?
to be strange and suspiciousSomething is fishy with the man's excuse for being late for work.
a shoulder to cry on
What does "a shoulder to cry on" mean?
someone who you can tell about your problems and ask for sympathy and adviceI gave my friend a shoulder to cry on when I met him at the coffee shop.
kewl
What does "kewl" mean?
good; great; excellent (alternate spelling for "cool")

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