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.
What does on time mean?
| at the scheduled time.||"It's getting late. You'd better hurry if you want toget to work on time."|
Some Random Idioms
|Fair shake of the whip|
What does "Fair shake of the whip" mean?
| If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.|
|strike it rich|
What does "strike it rich" mean?
| to suddenly become rich or successful||He struck it rich when he got a job at the computer company and was able to buy some stock very cheap.|
|take (something) at face value|
What does "take (something) at face value" mean?
| to take something that is said on its surface||I took my friend's comments at face value.|
|catch some Z's|
What does "catch some Z's" mean?
| sleep; take a nap|
|take (someone) to task|
What does "take (someone) to task" mean?
| to scold someone for a fault or error||The supervisor took me to task for arriving late for work.|
|eat one`s cake and have it too|
What does "eat one`s cake and have it too" mean?
| to use or spend something and still keep it, to have something both ways||The man refuses to give up anything and he always wants to eat his cake and have it too.|
|Give your eye teeth|
What does "Give your eye teeth" mean?
| If you really want something and would be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get it, you would give your eye teeth for it.|
|pay one's own way|
What does "pay one's own way" mean?
| to pay the costs for something by oneself||The young man was forced to pay his own way during college.|
|have an ear out for (something)|
What does "have an ear out for (something)" mean?
| to listen carefully for something||I have an ear out for any business opportunities that may appear.|
|have one's eyes glued to (something)|
What does "have one's eyes glued to (something)" mean?
| to watch something very carefully and not look away from it||Everybody in the airport lobby had their eyes glued to the television screen.|
|On the never-never|
What does "On the never-never" mean?
|(UK) If you buy something on the never-never, you buy it on long-term credit.|
|make a silk purse out of a sow's ear|
What does "make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" mean?
| to create something of value from something of no value||You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and there is no point in trying to teach the woman manners.|
|put (something) in mothballs|
What does "put (something) in mothballs" mean?
| to put something into storage||The old navy ship was put into mothballs by the government. |