American Idioms and Expressions

On Pins And Needles Idiom

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on pins and needles
What does on pins and needles mean?
to be excited/nervousHer daughter has been on pins and needles all day waiting for the contest to begin.
on pins and needles
What does on pins and needles mean?
excited or nervous The girl has been on pins and needles all day waiting for the contest to begin.


Some Random Idioms
drag one's feet
What does "drag one's feet" mean?
: delay; take longer than necessary to do something."Joe should have finished his project a week ago. Whyis he dragging his feet?"
gun bunny
What does "gun bunny" mean?
artilleryman
by the same token
What does "by the same token" mean?
similarly, for the same reason "By the same token, I do not want to go downtown again today."

rims
What does "rims" mean?
wheels (on a car)
cough it up
What does "cough it up" mean?
give something (usually money and usually unwillingly)
alive and well/kicking
What does "alive and well/kicking" mean?
to be well and healthyMy aunt is 87 years old and she is very much alive and kicking.
feel (something) in one's bones
What does "feel (something) in one's bones" mean?
to sense somethingI feel it in my bones that I will win the lottery this month.
engage in small talk
What does "engage in small talk" mean?
to talk about minor things rather than more important things The sales staff engaged in some small talk before the meeting.

cast doubt on (someone or something)
What does "cast doubt on (someone or something)" mean?
cause someone or something to be doubtedThe evidence presented at the trial cast doubt on the truthfulness of the woman's testimony.
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
What does "fools rush in where angels fear to tread" mean?
inexperienced people with little knowledge often become involved in difficult situations that smarter people would avoid inexperienced people with little knowledge often become involved in difficult situations that smarter people would avoidFools rush in where angels fear to tread and when house prices became very high many people decided to buy a house.
UBI
What does "UBI" mean?
unexplained beer injury
rally around (someone or something)
What does "rally around (someone or something)" mean?
to come together to support someone or somethingEverybody in the small town began to rally around the mayor when he was accused of wrongdoing.

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