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.
What does on occasion mean?
| occasionally||We go to my favorite restaurant on occasion.|
Some Random Idioms
|Look before you leap|
What does "Look before you leap" mean?
| This idiom means that you should think carefully about the possible results or consequences before doing something.|
|to hunger for (something)|
What does "to hunger for (something)" mean?
| to have a strong desire for something||The men were hungering for adventure when they began their tour of Africa.|
What does "something's up" mean?
| something is going on||I do not know what the children are doing but I think that something's up.|
What does "dog-eat-dog" mean?
| ready or willing to fight and hurt others to get what one wants||It is a dog-eat-dog world in our company.|
What does "muscle" mean?
|power in a car|
|a shot in the arm|
What does "a shot in the arm" mean?
| something inspiring, something that gives someone energy||The latest opinion polls were a shot in the arm for the mayor's re-election campaign.|
|publish or perish|
What does "publish or perish" mean?
| university professors often have to publish books or articles in journals or they will not be successful in their jobs at the university||As a university professor his father wrote many scientific papers. He was forced to publish or perish.|
What does "beans" mean?
|nonsense.|| Oh, beans.|
|run away with (someone)|
What does "run away with (someone)" mean?
| to go away with someone, to elope with someone||The girl ran away with her boyfriend and got married.|
|melt in one's mouth|
What does "melt in one's mouth" mean?
| to taste very good||The pastry melted in my mouth.|
|Drop into your lap|
What does "Drop into your lap" mean?
| If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)|
|lift/raise a finger/hand|
What does "lift/raise a finger/hand" mean?
| to do something to help someone||My niece will never lift a finger to help anyone. |
|As much use as a chocolate fire-guard|
What does "As much use as a chocolate fire-guard" mean?
| A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'.|
What does "crap-list" mean?
|list of worthless or troublesome people|