American Idioms and Expressions

Make A Note Of (something) Idiom

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make a note of (something)
What does make a note of (something) mean?
write something downI made a note of the people that I was going to phone on the weekend.

Some Random Idioms
down on one's luck
What does "down on one's luck" mean?
to be unlucky, to have no money The man was down on his luck and did not have a place to live.

hick
What does "hick" mean?
person from a small, rural town and possessing little education or manners
absence makes the heart grow fonder
What does "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mean?
being away from someone makes you like him or her even more being away from someone makes you like him or her even moreAbsence makes the heart grow fonder and when the young man went away to university he missed his girlfriend even more.
vivor
What does "vivor" mean?
survivor
out of order
What does "out of order" mean?
to be not workingThe public telephone was out of order.
to peter out
What does "to peter out" mean?
to die down gradually, to grow less strongThe large crowd from the football game has begun to peter out and the streets around the stadium are quiet now.
boys in the backroom
What does "boys in the backroom" mean?
a group of men making decisions behind the scenesThe boys in the backroom told us that the factory will close next year.
give (someone) a free hand
What does "give (someone) a free hand" mean?
to allow someone to do something in the way that they choose The senior managers give their employees a free hand to make their work schedule.

Spanner in the works
What does "Spanner in the works" mean?
(UK) If someone puts or throws a spanner in the works, they ruin a plan. In American English, 'wrench' is used instead of 'spanner'.
all in a day's work
What does "all in a day's work" mean?
to be part of what is expectedIt was all in a day's work when the firefighters rescued the cat.
speed
What does "speed" mean?
amphetamine

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