American Idioms and Expressions

Make An Exception (for Someone) Idiom

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make an exception (for someone)
What does make an exception (for someone) mean?
suspend a rule for someone for one timeThe security guard made an exception for me and allowed me to enter the parking lot after it was closed.

Some Random Idioms
dead set against (something)
What does "dead set against (something)" mean?
to be determined not to do something The parents are dead set against their son going to Europe for a year.

one and the same
What does "one and the same" mean?
the very same person or thingIt is one and the same if we finish the job today or continue until tomorrow.
send (someone) packing
What does "send (someone) packing" mean?
to tell someone to leave, to dismiss someoneThe company sent the man packing because of his bad attitude to his job.
the time is ripe
What does "the time is ripe" mean?
exactly the right time has comeThe time is ripe to start teaching our child how to brush his teeth.
ESL
What does "ESL" mean?
English as a Second Language English as a Second LanguageThe ESL classes at the college have been held for almost ten years now.
hold all the cards
What does "hold all the cards" mean?
be in a strong or advantageous position (like a winning hand in a card game) be in a strong or advantageous position (like a winning hand in a card game)The company held all the cards when the union decided to go on strike to achieve their goals.
come from far and wide
What does "come from far and wide" mean?
to come from many different places The people came from far and wide to hear the new band.

in ink
What does "in ink" mean?
written or signed with a penWe were asked to write down our names and addresses in ink.

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