American Idioms and Expressions

On Guard 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 guard
What does on guard mean?
to be careful/waryHe has been on guard since he was robbed last month.
on guard
What does on guard mean?
careful or wary The store owner has been on guard since he was robbed last month.


Some Random Idioms
find one's way
What does "find one's way" mean?
to discover the route to a place We were lost for over an hour but we finally found our way.

behind schedule
What does "behind schedule" mean?
unable to do something by the time on the schedule, after the time on a schedule The trains were behind schedule because of the accident early in the morning.

in a flash
What does "in a flash" mean?
quicklyI was finished with the job interview in a flash.
arrow in one's quiver
What does "arrow in one's quiver" mean?
have a number of resources or strategies that one can follow have a number of resources or strategies that one can followHis ability with languages was another arrow in his quiver and helped him in his business life.
bats in the belfry
What does "bats in the belfry" mean?
crazy, eccentric (bats are not birds but are mammals that can fly)I think that my boss has bats in the belfry. His ideas are absolutely crazy.
cop a plea
What does "cop a plea" mean?
plead guilty to a crime or decide not to fight against a charge in order to try and receive a light punishment, the same meaning as plea bargain (usually done in a negotiation between the defendant and his or her lawyer and the prosecutor)The man copped a plea and went to hear what the judge would decide regarding his case.
black eye
What does "black eye" mean?
a bruise near one's eye which makes it appear blackThe man received a black eye when he bumped into the closed door.
go over the books
What does "go over the books" mean?
to check and analyze the accounting records of a companyWe hired an outside accountant to go over our books.
pour oil on troubled waters
What does "pour oil on troubled waters" mean?
to calm down a quarrel, to say something to lessen anger and bring peace to a situationThe teachers tried to pour oil on troubled waters when they noticed the fight among the students.

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