American Idioms and Expressions

Shoot The Breeze Idiom

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shoot the breeze
What does shoot the breeze mean?
make relaxed, casual conversation. "No, we weren't talking about anything important.We were just shooting the breeze."

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break into (someone's) conversation
What does "break into (someone's) conversation" mean?
to interrupt someone who is speaking The woman was very loud and kept breaking into our conversation.

batten down the hatches
What does "batten down the hatches" mean?
to prepare for difficult times, to close the hatches in a boat before a stormA big storm was coming so we decided to batten down the hatches and stay home.
as flat as a pancake
What does "as flat as a pancake" mean?
very flat The child's toy was as flat as a pancake after the car drove over it.

can of worms
What does "can of worms" mean?
idiom. difficult situation; problem; mess
Hit the airwaves
What does "Hit the airwaves" mean?
If someone hits the airwaves, they go on radio and TV to promote something or to tell their side of a story.
a license to (do something)
What does "a license to (do something)" mean?
the permission/right/chance to do somethingWhen my uncle got the contract to sell food at the stadium it was a license to print money.
in a pickle/in a pretty pickle
What does "in a pickle/in a pretty pickle" mean?
in a mess, in troubleMy friend is in a pickle now that she has lost her job.
run around like a chicken with its head cut off
What does "run around like a chicken with its head cut off" mean?
to run around frantically and with no aim or purpose I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off all morning as I prepared for my trip.

pull (something) off
What does "pull (something) off" mean?
to succeed in doing something difficult or impossibleThe contract seemed impossible to win but we pulled it off through our skillful negotiating.

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