American Idioms and Expressions

Once In A While Idiom

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once in a while
What does once in a while mean?
occasionally; from time to time.A: "Would you like coffee or tea?"B: "Coffee, please. I drink tea once in a while, but Igenerally drink coffee."
once in a while
What does once in a while mean?
occasionallyWe like Japanese food so we go to that restaurant once in a while.
once in a while
What does once in a while mean?
occasionally, infrequentlyWe only go to that small Mexican restaurant once in a while.
once in a while
What does once in a while mean?
occasionally, infrequently We only go to the small Mexican restaurant once in a while.

once in a while
What does once in a while mean?
occasionally We like to go to a Japanese restaurant once in a while.


Some Random Idioms
grub
What does "grub" mean?
food; meal
shoot up (someone or something)
What does "shoot up (someone or something)" mean?
to shoot at someone or something recklesslyIn many western movies the outlaws come into town and shoot up everything.
make amends for (something)
What does "make amends for (something)" mean?
do something to compensate for an error/injury/lossI was forced to do some extra work to make amends for my mistake of last week.
stuff a sock in it
What does "stuff a sock in it" mean?
be quiet; shut up; stop stalking
Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage
What does "Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage" mean?
If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. 'Sell your soul for a mess of pottage' is an alternative form.
come back (to someone)
What does "come back (to someone)" mean?
to return to one`s memory The strange events of last year are slowly coming back to me.

Blood is worth bottling
What does "Blood is worth bottling" mean?
(AU) If an Australian says to you "Your blood is worth bottling", he/she is complimenting or praising you for doing something or being someone very special.
at the hands of (someone or something)
What does "at the hands of (someone or something)" mean?
something bad happens because of someone/something elseWe were at the hands of nature as we waited for the severe windstorm to end.
if the shoe fits wear it
What does "if the shoe fits wear it" mean?
ont Size=3>- if what is being said in general describes you then it probably means youYou should not criticize others for something that you would do yourself. Remember, if the shoe fits wear it.
birthday suit
What does "birthday suit" mean?
complete nakednessThe little boy was running through the park in his birthday suit.

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