American Idioms and Expressions

Make Overtures To (someone) Idiom

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make overtures to (someone)
What does make overtures to (someone) mean?
approach someone in a friendly way to begin talking about something or dealing with something, make a formal proposal or offerThe woman made overtures to her friend to try and solve some of their recent problems.

Some Random Idioms
Bat an eyelid
What does "Bat an eyelid" mean?
If someone doesn't bat an eyelid, they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked, etc.
sweat it out
What does "sweat it out" mean?
to wait patiently until something bad or unpleasant ends We had to sweat it out with no food while our car was being repaired.

Throat Idioms

Keep your fingers crossed
What does "Keep your fingers crossed" mean?
If you are keeping your fingers crossed, you are hoping for a positive outcome.
put out about (something)
What does "put out about (something)" mean?
to be inconvenienced or irritated about somethingMy friend was put out that her sister did not call her when she was in town.
break down
What does "break down" mean?
to lose control of one's emotionsThe woman broke down while the lawyer questioned her at the trial.
My hands are full
What does "My hands are full" mean?
If your hands are full, you have so much to do that you cannot take on any more work, responsibilities and so on.
in stock
What does "in stock" mean?
having something ready to sell or useThe store didn`t have any computer discs in stock so we bought some over the Internet.
have one`s heart set on (something)
What does "have one`s heart set on (something)" mean?
to want something very muchThe little boy has his heart set on getting a dog for his birthday.
do the dishes
What does "do the dishes" mean?
to wash and dry dishesWe did the dishes soon after eating dinner.


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