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|on speaking terms with (someone)|
What does on speaking terms with (someone) mean?
| on friendly terms with someone||My mother is not on speaking terms with her older sister.|
Some Random Idioms
|Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Hatched|
What does "Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Hatched" mean?
|Don't be overconfident and assume success before
you know the outcome of a venture.||In the midst of this daydream, she did toss her curls, sending the pail of milk spilling. The moral of the fable is: Such are the disappointments of those who count their chickens before they are hatched.|
This proverb's use in English began in the second half of the sixteenth century, but its origins are in Aesop's Fables, written in the sixth century B.C. "The Milkmaid and the Pail" is a fable about a young girl on her way home, carrying her pail of milk on top of her head.
She was daydreaming about what she would do with the milk, starting with making cream and butter to sell. Then, she could buy eggs with that money, and the eggs would hatch into chickens. They would lay more eggs, and the process would continue, growing more and more profitable. Later on, she could sell some of the birds and buy herself a dress, drawing attention of the young men in the town. When they took notice, her plan was to ignore their advances wit a toss of her curls.
What does "stiff" mean?
|corpse; dead body.|| Where's the stiff from last night's shootout?|
What does "faff about" mean?
| do something ineffectively|
What does "jack off" mean?
| masturbate (said of men)|
|cut and run|
What does "cut and run" mean?
| to leave as quickly as possible||We cut and run as soon as we had finished delivering the goods.|
What does "green" mean?
| to be inexperienced or immature||The new employee is green and does not know his job very well. |
|a match made in heaven|
What does "a match made in heaven" mean?
| a couple who get along perfectly|| a couple who get along perfectlyWhen the two people finally got together it was a match made in heaven and everyone thought that they would stay together forever. |
What does "chip in" mean?
| to contribute or pay jointly for something||We chipped in and bought our father a birthday present.|
|sum and substance|
What does "sum and substance" mean?
| a summary, the gist of something||The sum and substance of what the speaker said was very interesting.|
|in one's spare time|
What does "in one's spare time" mean?
| in one's free time||My cousin likes to fix old clocks in his spare time. |
|run afoul of (someone or something)|
What does "run afoul of (someone or something)" mean?
| to get into trouble with someone or something||The young man ran afoul of the law and got into much trouble.|
|have a case (against someone)|
What does "have a case (against someone)" mean?
| have much evidence that can be used against someone||The police have a very good case against the man who is selling the stolen cars.|
What does "capish" mean?
| understand (usually as a question).|| This is what you gotta do, capish?|
What does "firsthand" mean?
| directly||I learned the news from my sister firsthand.|