American Idioms and Expressions

On Line 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 line
What does on line mean?
connected to a remote computerThe editor is able to do most of his work on line.
on line
What does on line mean?
connected to a computer The editor is able to do most of his work on line.


Some Random Idioms
(not one's) cup of tea
What does "(not one's) cup of tea" mean?
something that one does not enjoy or do well (usually used in the negative) Going to art galleries is not my cup of tea so I think that I will stay home this evening.
in sight
What does "in sight" mean?
able to be seenThere were no birds in sight so we went back to the hotel and stopped bird watching for the day.
by means of
What does "by means of" mean?
with the use of somethingWe were able to enter the old building by means of a small window in the back.
Headstrong
What does "Headstrong" mean?
A headstrong person is obstinate and does not take other people's advice readily.
turn out all right/good
What does "turn out all right/good" mean?
to end satisfactorilyAt first we thought that the weather would be terrible but it turned out fine.
keep books
What does "keep books" mean?
keep records of money gained and spent, do the work of a bookkeeperMy first job was to keep books for a small company in my hometown.
ease up on (someone or something)
What does "ease up on (someone or something)" mean?
to put less pressure on someone or something, to relax The boy was having problems at school so the teacher eased up on him.

hit the road
What does "hit the road" mean?
leave - usually in a carWe should hit the road early tomorrow morning if we want to reach the seashore before evening.
Broad church
What does "Broad church" mean?
If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas.
clear the air
What does "clear the air" mean?
to calm down and remove bad feelings We tried to clear the air after our argument.

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