American Idioms and Expressions

Off One`s High Horse Idiom

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off one`s high horse
What does off one`s high horse mean?
to be not acting proud and scornful, to be not acting like you are better than othersWe got our boss off his high horse when he admitted that he had made many mistakes with the new product launch.

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wine and dine (someone)
What does "wine and dine (someone)" mean?
to treat someone to an expensive meal, to entertain someone in a lavish mannerMy uncle often has to wine and dine his important business clients.
What does "ESP" mean?
Extrasensory Perception Extrasensory PerceptionThe movie was about a small boy who had the ability of ESP.
on a fool's errand
What does "on a fool's errand" mean?
to be involved in a useless journey or taskI was on a fool's errand as I looked for a store that sold international road maps.
X factor
What does "X factor" mean?
The dangers for people in the military that civilians do not face, for which they receive payment, are known as the X factor.
a ripple of protest
What does "a ripple of protest" mean?
a small amount of quiet protestThere was only a ripple of protest when the government raised the gasoline tax.
at the expense of (someone or something)
What does "at the expense of (someone or something)" mean?
to be to the harm of (someone or something) The man was very successful but it was at the expense of his family and health.

have a good head for (something)
What does "have a good head for (something)" mean?
to have the mental ability for something, to find it easy to learn somethingMy uncle has a good head for numbers.
lose face
What does "lose face" mean?
to be embarrassed or ashamed by an error or failure, to lose self-respectThe manager lost face when the person who she hired was a terrible worker.
go down
What does "go down" mean?
be accepted or received


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