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.
|on and off|
What does on and off mean?
| intermittently, now and then||It has been raining on and off since early this morning. |
Some Random Idioms
|make a mountain out of a molehill|
What does "make a mountain out of a molehill" mean?
| to make something that is unimportant seem important||You are making a mountain out of a molehill when you talk about the mistake.|
|be all ears|
What does "be all ears" mean?
| be eager to hear what someone has to say.||A: "I just got an e-mail message from our old friendSally."B: "Tell me what she said. I'm all ears!"|
|have an eye for (something)|
What does "have an eye for (something)" mean?
| have good taste in something, be able to judge correctly||She has an eye for nice furniture and her apartment is absolutely beautiful.|
What does "hang back" mean?
| stay some distance behind or away, hesitate or be unwilling to do something||He lacks self-confidence and always hangs back when his boss asks for volunteers.|
What does "Avowed intent" mean?
| If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.|
|catch you later|
What does "catch you later" mean?
| good-bye for now; see you soon|
|a new deal|
What does "a new deal" mean?
| a complete change, a fresh start, another chance||The player was given a new deal by the team although the previous year he had not played well.|
|go belly up|
What does "go belly up" mean?
| fail; perform poorly|
|scream one's head off|
What does "scream one's head off" mean?
| to scream a lot and for a long time||The girl screamed her head off after the accident.|
What does "on faith" mean?
| without question or proof||I took it on faith that my friend would help me when I had extra work to do.|
|make the most of (something)|
What does "make the most of (something)" mean?
| use something to one's greatest advantage||He made the most of his time in Europe and visited many art galleries. |
What does "whole enchilada" mean?
| everything, all of something||I decided to buy the whole enchilada when I looked at the set of dishes and kitchen goods.|
|build a fire under (someone)|
What does "build a fire under (someone)" mean?
| to stimulate someone to do something||We keep trying to build a fire under our friend but he refuses to study or look for a job.|