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|of one's own accord/free will|
What does of one's own accord/free will mean?
| by one's own choice||The supervisor decided to leave her job of her own free will and was not fired.|
Some Random Idioms
What does "high" mean?
| intoxicated from alcohol or drugs|
|feel (something) in one's bones|
What does "feel (something) in one's bones" mean?
| sense something, have an intuition about something||I feel it in my bones that I am not going to get the job that I want. |
|gone with the wind|
What does "gone with the wind" mean?
| to be gone||The woman is gone with the wind and we will probably never see her again.|
|in (someone's) shoes/place|
What does "in (someone's) shoes/place" mean?
| seeing or experiencing something from someone else's point of view||I wish that my father could see some of my difficulties at work in my shoes. |
What does "take minutes" mean?
| to write down the proceedings of a meeting||I usually take minutes at the monthly club meetings.|
|blood, sweat, and tears|
What does "blood, sweat, and tears" mean?
| great personal effort||
We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into fixing our old house.
What does "funny bone" mean?
| the place at the back of the elbow that tingles when hit||
I hit my funny bone today and it still hurts.
|bet on the wrong horse|
What does "bet on the wrong horse" mean?
| to misjudge a coming event, to misread the future||I think that he bet on the wrong horse by investing all of his money into the new stock.|
|the one and only|
What does "the one and only" mean?
| a famous and talented person, the unique and only "somebody"||Yesterday the newspaper published an interview with the one and only inventor of the new DVD player.|
|cook (something) up or cook up (something)|
What does "cook (something) up or cook up (something)" mean?
| to cook something, to make some kind of plan||
I plan to cook up some fish tonight.
I do not know what my girlfriend is cooking up for the weekend but we will probably do something interesting.
|alive and kicking|
What does "alive and kicking" mean?
| to be well and healthy||
My aunt is ninety years old and she is very much alive and kicking.