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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
|on all fours|
What does on all fours mean?
| to be on one's hands and knees||I was down on all fours as I looked for my grandmother's hearing aide.|
Some Random Idioms
|at death's door|
What does "at death's door" mean?
| to be near death||The young woman was at death's door after the accident.|
|Down at heel|
What does "Down at heel" mean?
| Someone who is down at heel is short of money. ('Down in heel' is used in American English)|
What does "balls" mean?
What does "box" mean?
|computer; desktop computer.|| How many boxes do we have in storage now? Do any work?|
|go down on one's knees/on bended knee|
What does "go down on one's knees/on bended knee" mean?
| to show a lot of emotion when you are asking someone for something||I was forced to go down on my knees and ask my supervisor for some free time from work.|
|back out (of something)|
What does "back out (of something)" mean?
| to get out of an agreement, to fail to keep a promise||The property developer backed out of the plan to build the new city hall. |
What does "VP" mean?
| Vice-President|| Vice-PresidentAfter serving faithfully as vice-president for many years my father was appointed to the position of company president. |
|Hot as blue blazes|
What does "Hot as blue blazes" mean?
| If something's as hot as blue blazes, it's extremely hot.|
|count (someone) in|
What does "count (someone) in" mean?
| to include someone in something||I know that my friends will count me in if they go to the zoo.|
|face value (of something)|
What does "face value (of something)" mean?
| the official value or worth of something||Although the face value of the postage stamp was very low it sold at the auction for much money.|
|drop a hint|
What does "drop a hint" mean?
| to casually make a hint or suggestion about something||The clerk dropped a hint that he wanted to transfer to the new department.|
|live within one's means|
What does "live within one's means" mean?
| spend no more money than one has||The young couple work hard to live within their means and they always have lots of money to spend.|
|slow and steady wins the race|
What does "slow and steady wins the race" mean?
| being patient and determined will lead you to success|| being patient and determined will lead you to successSlow and steady wins the race and the man was successful because of his hard work and patient determination. |
What does "word up" mean?
| right; true; right on|