American Idioms and Expressions

On The Average Idiom

This database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available. American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time. .

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on the average
What does on the average mean?
generally, usuallyOn the average I get about eight hours of sleep every night.
on the average
What does on the average mean?
generally, usually On the average, I get about eight hours of sleep every night.


Some Random Idioms
fall out of use
What does "fall out of use" mean?
to be no longer used CD players have fallen out of use recently.

out of a clear blue sky
What does "out of a clear blue sky" mean?
suddenly, without warningThe orders from our boss came out of a clear blue sky and everyone was surprised.
pot calls the kettle black
What does "pot calls the kettle black" mean?
someone criticizes somebody for a fault that they have themselvesMy friend always criticizes me for being late but that is like the pot calling the kettle black. He himself is the one who is usually late.
salt (something) away or salt away (something)
What does "salt (something) away or salt away (something)" mean?
to save or gather money or some other item I am salting away much money from my new job.

put one`s finger on (something)
What does "put one`s finger on (something)" mean?
to locate something precisely, to remember something exactlyI was unable to put my finger on the exact date of my friend's arrival.
Drop into your lap
What does "Drop into your lap" mean?
If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)
Better than a stick in the eye
What does "Better than a stick in the eye" mean?
If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
mineral rights
What does "mineral rights" mean?
the right to take minerals or money from the minerals on one's propertyThe farmer owned all of the mineral rights on his property.
white sale
What does "white sale" mean?
the selling of towels or sheets at a reduced price We went to the white sale at the department store to buy some new sheets.

on campus
What does "on campus" mean?
to be on the grounds of a college or universityWe often go to a small coffee shop on campus after our classes.
find one's feet
What does "find one's feet" mean?
to become used to a new situation or experienceMy uncle is finally finding his feet in his new job.
Eat your heart out
What does "Eat your heart out" mean?
If someone tells you to eat your heart out, they are saying they are better than you at something.

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