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American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time.
What does on ice mean?
| to be away for safekeeping or later use, to be postponed||The city have put the plans for the new stadium on ice while they try to raise more money.|
Some Random Idioms
|tell (someone) to his or her face|
What does "tell (someone) to his or her face" mean?
| to tell something to someone directly||I plan to tell my friend to his face about the problems that he has caused.|
What does "a kick-off" mean?
| a start||The kick-off for the no smoking campaign will start next week. |
|(in) high gear|
What does "(in) high gear" mean?
| at top speed, full activity||The preparations for his visit have been in high gear all week.|
|a lost cause|
What does "a lost cause" mean?
| a hopeless matter||Trying to change the work habits of our secretary is a lost cause. She will never change.|
|guest of honor|
What does "guest of honor" mean?
| the special person for whom a party or ceremony is held||My father was the guest of honor at the company banquet.|
|land in one's lap|
What does "land in one's lap" mean?
| additional work comes to you and you now have to deal with it||Several resignations from our company landed in the lap of the personnel director last Friday. |
|take the roll|
What does "take the roll" mean?
| call the names of students in an attendance book and expect them to answer if they are there||The teacher took the roll and then we started the lesson.|
|free and clear|
What does "free and clear" mean?
| without owing any money||The couple finally owned their house free and clear.|
|hammer away at (someone or something)|
What does "hammer away at (someone or something)" mean?
| be persistent in trying to do something||I worked all weekend to hammer away at my final essay for university.|
|lose one`s shirt|
What does "lose one`s shirt" mean?
| to lose all or most of one`s money||The man lost his shirt gambling and now he is in serious financial difficulty.|
What does "come on!" mean?
| please, hurry, go faster||"Come on, I only have a few minutes before I must go." |
|risk one's neck (to do something)|
What does "risk one's neck (to do something)" mean?
| risk harm in order to do something||The fireman risked his neck to save the young child. |
|in deep water|
What does "in deep water" mean?
| in a serious situation, in trouble||The boy is in deep water because of his problems at school. |