American Idioms and Expressions

On One`s Toes Idiom

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on one`s toes
What does on one`s toes mean?
to be alertThe teacher asks the students many questions to keep them on their toes.

Some Random Idioms
put a hold on (something)
What does "put a hold on (something)" mean?
to place a restriction on something to show that it is reserved/delayedI put a hold on several books at the library.
spread one's wings
What does "spread one's wings" mean?
to begin to be independent and try new thingsMy uncle's friend is beginning to spread his wings and try many new things.
far and wide
What does "far and wide" mean?
everywhere, in all directionsWe looked far and wide for the book but could not find it.
straight from the shoulder
What does "straight from the shoulder" mean?
an open and honest way of speakingHe was speaking straight from the shoulder when he told the workers about the possible factory closing.
knock (something) off
What does "knock (something) off" mean?
finish/do something (often in haste or carelessly)The small furniture company is able to knock off many tables very fast.
chicken
What does "chicken" mean?
coward. Don't be chicken, just give it a try.
play second fiddle to (someone)
What does "play second fiddle to (someone)" mean?
to be second in importance to someoneHe has been playing second fiddle to his boss for many years and has finally decided to change jobs.
kick-ass
What does "kick-ass" mean?
appealing; fun; exciting
leak out (something)
What does "leak out (something)" mean?
disclose special/secret information to the pressThe information about the illegal donations were leaked out to the press.
pick (someone`s) brains
What does "pick (someone`s) brains" mean?
to extract ideas or information from someone for one`s own useThey are always picking my brains to get new ideas for their business.
par for the course
What does "par for the course" mean?
what is normal or expected in a given situation (in golf par is the usual number of strokes needed to go around a golf course) what is normal or expected in a given situation (in golf par is the usual number of strokes needed to go around a golf course)A bad attitude at work is par for the course for that supervisor and it is something that management must deal with.
get a clean bill of health
What does "get a clean bill of health" mean?
to be pronounced healthy by a doctorI got a clean bill of health when I went to see the doctor.
honkie
What does "honkie" mean?
of or pertaining to white (Caucasian) behavior, ideas, etc.

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