American Idioms and Expressions

Off The Beam Idiom

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off the beam
What does off the beam mean?
to be wrong/mistakenWhat he said about the new policy was off the beam and should be ignored by everybody.
off the beam
What does off the beam mean?
wrong or mistaken What the man said about the new policy was off the beam and should be ignored by everybody.


Some Random Idioms
a wildcat strike
What does "a wildcat strike" mean?
a strike spontaneously arranged by a group of workersThere was a wildcat strike at the factory and over 100 people stopped work.
not a dry eye in the house
What does "not a dry eye in the house" mean?
everybody in an audience feels sad and begins to cry There was not a dry eye in the house when the manager gave the farewell speech.

let up on (someone or something)
What does "let up on (someone or something)" mean?
stop working too hard, take the pressure off someone or somethingHe was told by his doctor to let up on his work schedule or he will become sick.
blow (someone) away or blow away (someone)
What does "blow (someone) away or blow away (someone)" mean?
to overcome someone emotionally The performance was so wonderful that it blew me away.

brewsky
What does "brewsky" mean?
beer; a (bottle, can, glass) of beer
set (something) to music
What does "set (something) to music" mean?
to write a piece of music that is related to some written materialThe composer has worked hard to set many great stories to music.
Man Friday
What does "Man Friday" mean?
From 'Robinson Crusoe', a 'Man Friday' refers to an assistant or companion, usually a capable one. The common feminine equivalent is 'Girl Friday'. (Also, 'right-hand man'. )
flub something up
What does "flub something up" mean?
mess up; make mistakes; do something incorrectly
YMCA
What does "YMCA" mean?
Young Men's Christian Association Young Men's Christian AssociationThe English classes at the YMCA were recommended to the students last year.
Foot in mouth
What does "Foot in mouth" mean?
This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
catch one's eye
What does "catch one's eye" mean?
attract one's attention/interest."This brochure about Tahiti caught my eye whenI was at the travel agency."
scum
What does "scum" mean?
semen
pull one's punches
What does "pull one's punches" mean?
to hold back in one's criticism, for a boxer to hit with light punchesThe manager was not pulling his punches when he began to criticize his workers.

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