American Idioms and Expressions

On One's Guard Idiom

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on one's guard
What does on one's guard mean?
to be cautious/watchfulI was on my guard when I went into the meeting with my boss.

Some Random Idioms
Put a bug in your ear
What does "Put a bug in your ear" mean?
If you put a bug in someone's ear, you give him or her a reminder or suggestion relating to a future event.
crash the gate
What does "crash the gate" mean?
to enter someplace without a ticket or without payingMany people did not have a ticket for the concert so they decided to crash the gate.
Going overboard
What does "Going overboard" mean?
If you go overboard with something, then you take something too far, or do too much.
keep (something) down
What does "keep (something) down" mean?
keep food in one's stomach (without vomiting it up when sick)The child was sick and found it difficult to keep his food down.
come on strong
What does "come on strong" mean?
to overwhelm others with a strong personality The man came on too strong during the job interview.

first off
What does "first off" mean?
the first thing First off, the policeman told us that we had been driving too fast.

What does "ball" mean?
to hell and gone
What does "to hell and gone" mean?
very much gone, gone to hellThe situation was already to hell and gone when the manager arrived at the office.
a setback
What does "a setback" mean?
a delay or handicapThe bad weather was a setback in our efforts to get the material delivered on time.
What does "numbnuts" mean?
dumb, worthless person
nothing to complain about
What does "nothing to complain about" mean?
everything is all rightI told my boss that I had nothing to complain about regarding my job.
the way to a man's heart is through his stomach
What does "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" mean?
a woman can win a man's love if she gives him the food that he likesThe woman believed that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and she spent a lot of time cooking for her husband.


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