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|on one's best behavior|
What does on one's best behavior mean?
| being as polite as possible||The little boy was on his best behavior when he went to the meeting with his teacher.|
Some Random Idioms
|bad blood (between people)|
What does "bad blood (between people)" mean?
| unpleasant feelings between people||There was much bad blood between the three brothers.|
|make sense out of (someone or something)|
What does "make sense out of (someone or something)" mean?
| understand or interpret someone or something||I tried very hard to make sense out of the terrible tragedy at the hotel.|
|lay down one's life (for someone or something)|
What does "lay down one's life (for someone or something)" mean?
| sacrifice one's life for someone or something||The young man layed down his life trying to protect the property of his company.|
|wolf down (something)|
What does "wolf down (something)" mean?
| to gulp down something, to eat something quickly||I wolfed down my dinner and left the house for the movie.|
|have a ball|
What does "have a ball" mean?
| have a good time||She had a ball at the party last night. |
|hurl an insult (at someone)|
What does "hurl an insult (at someone)" mean?
| direct/make an insult to someone||The young boys stopped to hurl an insult at the older boy.|
|wink at (something)|
What does "wink at (something)" mean?
| allow and pretend not to know about something (a law or rule being broken)||The school librarian sometimes winks at the rule about borrowing a maximum of three books.|
|under one`s thumb|
What does "under one`s thumb" mean?
| to be obedient to someone, to be controlled by someone||The woman has her husband under her thumb and she never gives him any freedom at all.|
What does "OK" mean?
| (3) in satisfactory condition; well.||A: "You look awfully pale. Are you OK?"B: "Actually, I'm not. I have a terrible headache. "|
What does "hoops" mean?
|basketball (the game, not the ball itself)|
|take one's mind off (something)|
What does "take one's mind off (something)" mean?
| to stop from worrying or thinking about a problem||I went to a movie to take my mind off my problems at work.|
|see (someone) to (somewhere)|
What does "see (someone) to (somewhere)" mean?
| to escort someone to a place safely||I saw my friend to the door when he decided to go home.|