database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available.
American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
What does off duty mean?
| to be not working||The police officer was off duty when he saw the bank robbery.|
Some Random Idioms
|as phony as a three-dollar bill|
What does "as phony as a three-dollar bill" mean?
| phony, not genuine||The man who was asking for donations for the charity was as phony as a three-dollar bill. |
|come a long way|
What does "come a long way" mean?
| to make great progress||The manager has come a long way and has learned many things about his new company. |
|plenty of something|
What does "plenty of something" mean?
| lots of something||There was plenty of food to eat at the party.|
|pay the piper|
What does "pay the piper" mean?
| to face the results of one's actions, to receive punishment for something||I was forced to pay the piper when I realized that I had been late with my university essay.|
What does "Mud-slinging" mean?
| If someone is mud-slinging, they are insulting someone and trying to damage that person's reputation.|
What does "un-ass" mean?
| get out of a sitting position; get off (a vehicle)|
|make money hand over fist|
What does "make money hand over fist" mean?
| to make a lot of money||The small ice cream shop has been making money hand over fist since it first opened.|
|get one's foot in the door|
What does "get one's foot in the door" mean?
| to take the first step in doing something||I hope that I can get my foot in the door and join the new company. |
What does "holier-than-thou" mean?
| acting as if one is better than others in goodness or character etc.||I do not like him because he takes a holier-than-thou attitude toward everyone else.|
What does "flea market" mean?
| a place where antiques or secondhand goods are sold||We went to a flea market last Saturday to try and buy some dishes.|
What does "good-for-nothing" mean?
| to be worthless||The man is a good-for-nothing and lazy worker.|
|a pain in the neck/ass|
What does "a pain in the neck/ass" mean?
| an annoying/bothersome thing or person||Dealing with my neighbor is always a pain in the neck.|
|wax and wane|
What does "wax and wane" mean?
| increase and decrease (like the moon)||The boy's interest in soccer is always waxing and waning.|
|sit around (somewhere)|
What does "sit around (somewhere)" mean?
| to sit somewhere and relax and do nothing||I spent the morning sitting around my apartment while I waited for a phone call.|