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.
|one's feet are on the ground|
What does one's feet are on the ground mean?
| one has sensible ideas||My father is a good man and always has his feet on the ground.|
Some Random Idioms
|in one`s hair|
What does "in one`s hair" mean?
| annoying someone||The child has been in my hair all morning because she is on holidays now.|
|break fresh/new ground|
What does "break fresh/new ground" mean?
| to deal with something in a new way||The researchers were able to break fresh ground in their search for a cancer cure.|
|down at the heels|
What does "down at the heels" mean?
| to be shabby, to be poorly dressed||The man looked down at the heels after he was fired from his job. |
|up in arms|
What does "up in arms" mean?
| to be very angry and wanting to fight, to be equipped with guns or weapons and ready to fight||The students were up in arms over the school's plan to make them wear uniforms.|
|keep one`s head above water|
What does "keep one`s head above water" mean?
| have the ability to pay one`s bills||He is having trouble keeping his head above water since his salary decreased.|
What does "man-to-man" mean?
| frank or honest, direct||I had a man-to-man talk with my friend about his problem last night.|
|back on one`s feet|
What does "back on one`s feet" mean?
| to recover from sickness or trouble, to become independent again||Our teacher was back on her feet shortly after her accident. |
What does "raise eyebrows" mean?
| to cause surprise or disapproval, to shock people||I raised eyebrows when I arrived at work two hours late this morning.|
|call off (something)|
What does "call off (something)" mean?
| to cancel something||The game was called off because of the rain. |
|pound a beat|
What does "pound a beat" mean?
| to walk a route||The policeman has been pounding a beat for many years now.|
|get at (someone or something)|
What does "get at (someone or something)" mean?
| to attack or hit someone or something||Our dog tried to get at the other dog.|
|smoke (someone or something) out|
What does "smoke (someone or something) out" mean?
| to force someone or something out with smoke||We smoked the rats out of their nests with the black smoke.|
|with an eye to (doing something)|
What does "with an eye to (doing something)" mean?
| with the intention of doing something||The community center built their new building with an eye to renting it to other agencies in order to make money.|