American Idioms and Expressions

On Any Account 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 any account
What does on any account mean?
for any purpose, for any reasonI am not going to talk to that woman on any account.
on any account
What does on any account mean?
for any purpose, for any reason I am not going to talk to that woman on any account.


Some Random Idioms
thrill (someone) to pieces/death
What does "thrill (someone) to pieces/death" mean?
to please or excite someone very muchThe music that they played at the wedding thrilled me to pieces.
have butterflies in one`s stomach
What does "have butterflies in one`s stomach" mean?
to have a feeling of fear or anxiety in one's stomachI had butterflies in my stomach on the day that I received the award.
iron fist in a velvet glove
What does "iron fist in a velvet glove" mean?
kind and gentle on the outside but determined and ruthless on the insideThe government committee used an iron fist in a velvet glove to get the information that they wanted.
nine times out of ten
What does "nine times out of ten" mean?
almost alwaysNine times out of ten if you have a computer problem it is something small that can be easily fixed.
a low blow
What does "a low blow" mean?
a big disappointment. A: "Fred seems depressed. Is he OK?" B: "He's OK, but not good. It was a low blow for him to belaid off from his job."
Note
What does "Note" mean?
This expression is used in the same way as "until hell freezes over."
open (something) up
What does "open (something) up" mean?
to make something less congestedWe opened up the yard by cutting down some trees.
face the music
What does "face the music" mean?
to receive punishment or judgement for something wrong or illegal that you have done The young man was forced to face the music for the crimes that he had committed.

cover for (someone)
What does "cover for (someone)" mean?
to do someone else's workWe always cover for each other when someone at work is sick.
get a rise out of (someone)
What does "get a rise out of (someone)" mean?
to provoke a response from someone We got a rise out of the teacher when we opened the window in the cold weather.

sparky
What does "sparky" mean?
radio operator

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