American Idioms and Expressions

On Call Idiom

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on call
What does on call mean?
to be available to be called to go to workHis job is to repair computers and he is always on call.

Some Random Idioms
As much use as a chocolate teapot
What does "As much use as a chocolate teapot" mean?
Something that is as much use as a chocolate teapot is not useful at all.
not give (someone) the time of day
What does "not give (someone) the time of day" mean?
to dislike someone so strongly that you totally ignore him or herI dislike her and would not give her the time of day.
get one's ducks in a row
What does "get one's ducks in a row" mean?
to put one's affairs in order, to get things readyI got my ducks in a row and was able to find a job easily.
tall in the saddle
What does "tall in the saddle" mean?
proud; pleased; self-satisfied
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
What does "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" mean?
it is easier to prevent something bad than to deal with the resultsAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and I decided to stay home and rest rather than go out in the cold with my sore throat.
in the affirmative
What does "in the affirmative" mean?
saying yesEverybody in the class voted in the affirmative to go golfing for the field trip.
walk all over (an opponent)
What does "walk all over (an opponent)" mean?
win a game easilyThey walked all over the other team at the soccer tournament.
variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
life is made more interesting by doing new or different thingsMy grandmother believed that variety is the spice of life and is always starting new projects.
in a hurry
What does "in a hurry" mean?
moving or acting quicklyHe is very busy and always in a hurry.
the driving force behind (someone or something)
What does "the driving force behind (someone or something)" mean?
the motivating force behind someone or somethingThe potato farmers were the driving force behind the efforts to get people to eat more potatoes.
clutch up
What does "clutch up" mean?
become nervous, tense, or anxious
all manner of (someone or something)
What does "all manner of (someone or something)" mean?
all types of people or thingsThere were all manner of people at the party.

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