American Idioms and Expressions

On Occasion Idiom

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on occasion
What does on occasion mean?
occasionallyWe 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 somethingThe men were hungering for adventure when they began their tour of Africa.
something's up
What does "something's up" mean?
something is going onI do not know what the children are doing but I think that something's up.
dog-eat-dog
What does "dog-eat-dog" mean?
ready or willing to fight and hurt others to get what one wantsIt is a dog-eat-dog world in our company.
muscle
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 energyThe 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 universityAs a university professor his father wrote many scientific papers. He was forced to publish or perish.
beans
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 someoneThe 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 goodThe 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 someoneMy 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'.
crap-list
What does "crap-list" mean?
list of worthless or troublesome people

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