American Idioms and Expressions

Off The Subject Idiom

This 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. .

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off the subject
What does off the subject mean?
to be not concerned with the subject under discussionOur teacher is often off the subject during our class lectures.
off the subject
What does off the subject mean?
not concerned with the subject under discussion Our teacher often speaks off the subject during our class lectures.


Some Random Idioms
You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
What does "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours." mean?
if you will do me a favor, I will do you a favorThe construction industry is known for its practice of you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
fish for a compliment
What does "fish for a compliment" mean?
to try and get someone to give you a compliment The girl was fishing for a compliment when she asked her friend about her new dress.

avail oneself of (something)
What does "avail oneself of (something)" mean?
to use something that is available We availed ourselves of the office space to prepare for the school festival.

turn beet-red
What does "turn beet-red" mean?
to become red in the face because you are embarrassed The girl turned beet-red when her friend asked about her boyfriend.

What`s the big idea?
What does "What`s the big idea?" mean?
Why did you do that?, What are you doing?"What`s the big idea? Why are you using my bicycle?"
have one's hands full with (someone or something)
What does "have one's hands full with (someone or something)" mean?
to be busy or occupied with someone or something The woman has her hands full with her three children.

thankful for small blessings
What does "thankful for small blessings" mean?
to be grateful for any small benefits or advantages that one hasI am always thankful for small blessings when I think of the health of my friends and family.
bring about (something) or bring (something) about
What does "bring about (something) or bring (something) about" mean?
to make something happen The company president worked hard to bring about change in his company.

criminal law
What does "criminal law" mean?
the law that is concerned with crimes by people against the state/society with the function to punish the offenderThe university law department had one of the best criminal law libraries in the country.
play into (someone's) hands
What does "play into (someone's) hands" mean?
to do something that another person can use against youOur manager played into the hands of the other side during the meeting when he became angry.
put (something) on the line
What does "put (something) on the line" mean?
to speak very firmly and directly about somethingI put my reputation on the line when I supported my friend and his business proposal.
second wind
What does "second wind" mean?
energy that is regained after being tiredAfter we got our second wind we continued on our hike up the mountain.
spring for (something)
What does "spring for (something)" mean?
to buy something, to pay for somethingI decided to spring for a new camera before I go on my vacation.
a few cards short of a deck
What does "a few cards short of a deck" mean?
not smart, a little crazy, simple-minded The man often does very strange things. He is a few cards short of a deck.

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