American Idioms and Expressions

On Active Duty 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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on active duty
What does on active duty mean?
to be in battle or ready to go into battleThe soldiers were on active duty when the hurricane reached the shore.
on active duty
What does on active duty mean?
doing full-time service (usually used in the military when someone is doing full-time service) The soldiers were on active duty when the hurricane reached the shore.


Some Random Idioms
set about to (do something or go somewhere)
What does "set about to (do something or go somewhere)" mean?
to begin/start something, to prepare to go somewhereWe set about to prepare the office for the move to a bigger building.
wing it
What does "wing it" mean?
to do the best in a situation that one is not prepared forI forgot to study so I had to wing it on the test.
whore
What does "whore" mean?
a female prostitute; a contemptible, disreputable woman
give a dog a bad name (and hang him)
What does "give a dog a bad name (and hang him)" mean?
it is difficult to regain a reputation that has been lostIt is easy to give a dog a bad name but now it will take a long time for the store to regain their good reputation after the scandal.
under one`s nose
What does "under one`s nose" mean?
within sight of someone, easily seen or foundHe found his driver`s license right under his nose where he had left it.
on schedule
What does "on schedule" mean?
to be at the expected or desired timeThe train arrived on schedule and we found our friend easily.
stock up on (something)
What does "stock up on (something)" mean?
to build up a supply of somethingWe are trying to stock up on wood before the winter.
draw blood
What does "draw blood" mean?
to make someone bleed, to get blood from someoneThe doctor decided to draw blood from the patient to check his blood sugar level.
out of sight, out of mind.
What does "out of sight, out of mind." mean?
if you do not see something then you will not think about itThe chocolates were out of sight, out of mind and nobody thought about them.
flip
What does "flip" mean?
go crazy; go nuts
stones
What does "stones" mean?
testicles; balls
test the water
What does "test the water" mean?
check to see if a plan will work before you start check to see if a plan will work before you startThe fruit juice company tested the water before they began to sell the lemon fruit juice.

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