American Idioms and Expressions

Make The Grade Idiom

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make the grade
What does make the grade mean?
succeed, qualify for somethingHe was not able to make the grade and could not join the football team.
make the grade
What does make the grade mean?
be satisfactory and of an expected levelMy final assignment didn't make the grade and I was forced to do it again.
make the grade
What does make the grade mean?
to be satisfactory and of an expected level My final assignment did not make the grade and I had to do it again.

make the grade
What does make the grade mean?
to succeed, to qualify for something The player was not able to make the grade and he could not join the football team.


Some Random Idioms
pick holes in (something)
What does "pick holes in (something)" mean?
to find all the flaws and falsehoods in an argument, criticize something severelyMy supervisor picked holes in my argument to buy a new computer for the office.
know where somebody is coming from
What does "know where somebody is coming from" mean?
understand or comprehend a person (their ideas, situation, etc.)
by the dozen
What does "by the dozen" mean?
twelve at a time, in a group of twelveThe children were eating the donuts by the dozen.
a slice of the cake
What does "a slice of the cake" mean?
a share of something (money etc.) The government wants a slice of the cake from the new casinos.

put one's finger on (something)
What does "put one's finger on (something)" mean?
to locate something precisely, to identify something as very important I was able to put my finger on the problem and find someone to fix it.

come up in a discussion
What does "come up in a discussion" mean?
to become a subject in a discussionNothing related to the issue of quality came up during the meeting.
Queer fish
What does "Queer fish" mean?
(UK) A strange person is a queer fish.
drive (someone) up a wall
What does "drive (someone) up a wall" mean?
to irritate or annoy someone greatly My neighbor's constant complaining is driving me up a wall.

on pins and needles
What does "on pins and needles" mean?
to be excited/nervousHer daughter has been on pins and needles all day waiting for the contest to begin.
a sharp tongue
What does "a sharp tongue" mean?
a way of talking/speaking to others that is unkind/bad/criticalThe woman has a sharp tongue and she says some very unkind things to others.
make a mountain out of a molehill
What does "make a mountain out of a molehill" mean?
to make something that is unimportant seem importantYou are making a mountain out of a molehill when you talk about the mistake.

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