American Idioms and Expressions

On A Shoestring Idiom

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on a shoestring
What does on a shoestring mean?
to do something with very little moneyHe started the new company on a shoestring.
on a shoestring
What does on a shoestring mean?
on a very low budget, with very little moneyWe went to Europe on a shoestring and we enjoyed it very much.
on a shoestring
What does on a shoestring mean?
with little money to spend, on a very low budgetMy cousin started his business on a shoestring but now it is very successful.
on a shoestring
What does on a shoestring mean?
on a very low budget, with very little money We went to Europe on a shoestring and we enjoyed it very much.

on a shoestring
What does on a shoestring mean?
with little money to spend, on a very low budget My cousin started his business on a shoestring but now it is very successful.
on a shoestring
What does on a shoestring mean?
with very little money The man started his new company on a shoestring.


Some Random Idioms
read (someone's) mind
What does "read (someone's) mind" mean?
to guess what someone is thinking (as if one has special powers to see someone's thoughts)The girl told her boyfriend that she cannot read his mind and that he must tell her what he wants.
Queen of Hearts
What does "Queen of Hearts" mean?
A woman who is pre-eminent in her area is a Queen of Hearts.
gun
What does "gun" mean?
rev up an engine
keep (something) down
What does "keep (something) down" mean?
keep food in one's stomach (without vomiting it up when sick)The child was sick and found it difficult to keep his food down.
drive at (something)
What does "drive at (something)" mean?
to mean something, to want to say somethingI could not understand what the other negotiators in the meeting were driving at.
free and easy
What does "free and easy" mean?
informalThe man's attitude toward his work is free and easy.
quick on the trigger
What does "quick on the trigger" mean?
to be quick to respond to something, to be quick to draw a gun and shootThe man was too quick on the trigger and should have thought more carefully about what he was going to say.
chute
What does "chute" mean?
straighaway portion of a racetrack
knock down the price of (something)
What does "knock down the price of (something)" mean?
to decrease a priceThe department store has knocked down the price of many of their products.

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