American Idioms and Expressions

Take A Spill Idiom

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take a spill
What does take a spill mean?
to have a fall, to tip overThe little boy took a spill when he was trying to learn how to ride his bicycle.
take a spill
What does take a spill mean?
to fall, to tip over The little boy took a spill when he was learning how to ride his bicycle.


Some Random Idioms
finger in the pie
What does "finger in the pie" mean?
a part ownership of something or responsibility for something My uncle has his finger in the pie of many small companies in our town.

code
What does "code" mean?
go into cardiac arrest and require resuscitation
keep the ball rolling
What does "keep the ball rolling" mean?
maintain the momentum of an activity maintain the momentum of an activityMy friend is always able to keep the ball rolling when we are gathered for dinner and everyone becomes silent.
Prim and proper
What does "Prim and proper" mean?
Someone who is prim and proper always behaves in the correct way and never breaks the rules of etiquette.
rain or shine
What does "rain or shine" mean?
no matter whether it rains or the sun shinesWe plan to go to the beach tomorrow rain or shine.
for all intents and purposes
What does "for all intents and purposes" mean?
practically speaking For all intents and purposes, the meeting was finished and everybody went home.

one and all
What does "one and all" mean?
everyoneOne and all were invited to the party.
A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire
What does "A Burnt Child Dreads the Fire" mean?
One does not repeat a painful lesson twice.I've tried to get little Johnny to quit running and jumping on the furniture before he hurts himself, but only a burnt child dreads the fire.
Very similar in meaning to another proverb, "Once bitten, twice shy," today's proverb is an old one. It appeared in English literature as early as 1320, in "The Proverbs of Hendyng." Another proverb, which is similar, comes from the French: "A scalded dog fears cold water" carries an even stronger message; that those who have experienced a great deal of difficulty or pain will not only avoid it in the future, but will be afraid even where there is no cause.
Other languages also have like proverbs, such as, "One bitten by a serpent is afraid of a rope's end" (Jewish), "A man who has received a beating with a firebrand runs away at the sight of a firefly" (Singhalese), and "A dog which has been beaten with a stick fears its own shadow" (Italian).
Fly by the seat of one's pants
What does "Fly by the seat of one's pants" mean?
If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.
have a screw loose
What does "have a screw loose" mean?
act in a strange way, be foolishHe is a very strange person. I think that he has a screw loose somewhere.
show-and-tell
What does "show-and-tell" mean?
to present something interesting to a class (in elementary school)The little boy took a starfish from the ocean to his school for show-and-tell.

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