American Idioms and Expressions

Make Life Miserable For (someone) Idiom

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make life miserable for (someone)
What does make life miserable for (someone) mean?
make someone unhappy over a long period of timeThe manager of the apartment made life miserable for the young couple with the baby.

Some Random Idioms
rap
What does "rap" mean?
chat; talk; discuss something
go by the book
What does "go by the book" mean?
follow the rules exactlyThe court clerks always go by the book when they are dealing with court matters.
pile up
What does "pile up" mean?
to accumulate, to put things on top of each otherI piled up the magazines on top of the small table.
have (something) hanging over one's head
What does "have (something) hanging over one's head" mean?
have something worrying oneI want to finish my final essay so I don't have it hanging over my head.
for the sake of (someone or something)
What does "for the sake of (someone or something)" mean?
for the good of someone or something My father decided to quit his job for the sake of his health.

at heart
What does "at heart" mean?
basically, fundamentally The woman is a nice person at heart although many people dislike her.

take (someone's) pulse
What does "take (someone's) pulse" mean?
to measure the frequency of the beats of a person's pulse The ambulance driver took the pulse of the woman.

bitten by (some kind of) bug
What does "bitten by (some kind of) bug" mean?
to become interested and excited about a particular activity and want to start doing it The man has been bitten by a gold bug and he only thinks about gold.

fall back
What does "fall back" mean?
to move back, to go back The runner fell back from the other runners during the race.

Put all your eggs in one basket
What does "Put all your eggs in one basket" mean?
If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.

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