American Idioms and Expressions

On Consignment 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 consignment
What does on consignment mean?
being sold in a store by someone who still owns the goodsWe went to the store to buy some baby furniture that was on consignment.
on consignment
What does on consignment mean?
being sold in a store but owned by someone who is trying to sell the item in the store We went to the store to buy some baby furniture that was being sold on consignment.


Some Random Idioms
do unto others as you would have others do unto you
What does "do unto others as you would have others do unto you" mean?
treat other people the way that you would like them to treat you"Don't hurt the feelings of your friend. Remember, do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
cross out (something)
What does "cross out (something)" mean?
to eliminate something by drawing a line through itI crossed out my name from the list of volunteers.
shoulder to shoulder
What does "shoulder to shoulder" mean?
side by side, with a shared purpose The children were standing shoulder to shoulder during the exercise class.

break one`s back (to do something)
What does "break one`s back (to do something)" mean?
to do all one possibly can, to work very hard to do something I broke my back trying to help my friend with his project.

read someone's mind
What does "read someone's mind" mean?
know what someone is thinking.A: "I'll be you're thinking of what you're going tohave for dinner."
bad egg
What does "bad egg" mean?
a bad person, a bumMy neighbor is a bad egg and you should avoid him if you can.
mineral rights
What does "mineral rights" mean?
the right to take minerals or money from the minerals on one's propertyThe farmer owned all of the mineral rights on his property.
trick (someone) into (doing something)
What does "trick (someone) into (doing something)" mean?
to fool someone, to cheat someoneThe salesman tricked the customer into buying something that he did not need.
Dressed to the nines
What does "Dressed to the nines" mean?
Dressed flamboyantly, dressed well.New years eve is the one day of the year when people like to go out dressed to the nines.
Common lore has it that a tailor making a high quality suit uses more fabric. The best suits are made from nine yards of fabric. This may seem like a lot but a proper suit does indeed take nine yards of fabric. This is because a good suit has all the fabric cut in the same direction with the warp, or long strands of thread, parallel with the vertical line of the suit. This causes a great amount of waste in suit making, but if you want to go "dressed to the nines", you must pay for such waste.
at the latest
What does "at the latest" mean?
no later thanThe tour was going to start at noon at the latest.

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