American Idioms and Expressions

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vanish into thin air
What does "vanish into thin air" mean?
disappear without leaving a traceThe university student vanished into thin air and was never seen again.

variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
life is made more interesting by doing new or different thingsMy grandmother believed that variety is the spice of life and is always starting new projects.

vent one's spleen
What does "vent one's spleen" mean?
get rid of one's angry feelingsI was able to vent my spleen at the manager of our apartment for the problems that she was causing.

verge on (something)
What does "verge on (something)" mean?
come close or approach somethingThe accident verged on becoming a major disaster but luckily it was not.

very last
What does "very last" mean?
the end of somethingWe were able to buy the very last tickets to the concert.

very thing
What does "very thing" mean?
the exact thing that is requiredThe new sofa was the very thing that we needed to make our house comfortable.

very well
What does "very well" mean?
agreed, all right"Very well, if you want me to go I will go with you."

vicious circle
What does "vicious circle" mean?
unbroken sequence of cause and effect with bad resultsHe had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more.

vim and vigor
What does "vim and vigor" mean?
energy and enthusiasmOur great aunt is always full of vim and vigor when we see her.

vote down
What does "vote down" mean?
defeat in a voteThe proposal to extend the opening hours of nightclubs was voted down in the election.

vote of confidence
What does "vote of confidence" mean?
a vote to see if a person or political party still has the majority's supportThe government received a vote of confidence when everyone supported their new proposal.

vote of thanks
What does "vote of thanks" mean?
a speech expressing appreciation and thanks to a speaker or organizerThe speaker received a vote of thanks from the audience.

vent one's spleen
What does "vent one's spleen" mean?
get rid of one's feelings of anger by attacking someone or somethingI went for a coffee with one of my coworkers and she spent the whole time venting her spleen about her job.

variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
differences and changes make life interestingVariety is the spice of life and I enjoy doing different things in my free time.

VCR
What does "VCR" mean?
Video Cassette Recorder Video Cassette RecorderWe bought a new VCR after our old one began to have problems.

VDU
What does "VDU" mean?
Video Display Unit Video Display UnitThe VDU at work was beginning to cause problems with my eyes so I went to an eye doctor.

VHF
What does "VHF" mean?
Very High Frequency Very High FrequencyThe television wasn't working because of a problem with the VHF connection.

VIP
What does "VIP" mean?
Very Important Person Very Important PersonThe football player was given the VIP treatment when he went to visit his hometown.

VP
What does "VP" mean?
Vice-President Vice-PresidentAfter serving faithfully as vice-president for many years my father was appointed to the position of company president.

VTR
What does "VTR" mean?
Video Tape Recorder Video Tape RecorderThe VTR in the classroom was missing because someone was using it for a meeting.

vote with one's feet
What does "vote with one's feet" mean?
to express one's dissatisfaction with something by leaving or walking awayThe students were voting with their feet when they began to withdraw from the science course.

vicarious liability
What does "vicarious liability" mean?
the liability of one person through the act of anotherIt was a case of vicarious liability when the man was charged because of his friend's behavior.

variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
life is made more interesting by doing new or different thingsThe three women believe that variety is the spice of life and they are always traveling to new places and trying new things.

V.S.A.
What does "V.S.A." mean?
S.A. abbr. vital signs absent; dead; deceased

vanilla
What does "vanilla" mean?
ordinary; dull; plain

VB
What does "VB" mean?
Victorian Bitter (brand of beer in Australia)

V-ball
What does "V-ball" mean?
volleyball

veg
What does "veg" mean?
relax; take it easy; do very little

veg out
What does "veg out" mean?
relax; take it easy; do very little

veggies
What does "veggies" mean?
vegetables. Some veggies with your steak?

vest
What does "vest" mean?
bulletproof vest; Kevlar vest. He was wearing a vest, so he survived the gunshot.

vette
What does "vette" mean?
Corvette car

vibes
What does "vibes" mean?
atmosphere; feelings; sense of what's what (short for "vibrations")

vic
What does "vic" mean?
convict

vic
What does "vic" mean?
victim

vid
What does "vid" mean?
video tape

vinyl
What does "vinyl" mean?
phonograph record(s) (so called because they are made from vinyl)

vivor
What does "vivor" mean?
survivor

VPL
What does "VPL" mean?
visible panty lines. Hey girfriend, VPL.

Vicar of Bray
What does "Vicar of Bray" mean?
(UK) A person who changes their beliefs and principles to stay popular with people above them is a Vicar of Bray

Vent your spleen
What does "Vent your spleen" mean?
If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.

Volte-face
What does "Volte-face" mean?
If you do a volte-face on something, you make a sudden and complete change in your stance or position over an issue.

Virgin territory
What does "Virgin territory" mean?
If something is virgin territory, it hasn't been explored before.

Vale of tears
What does "Vale of tears" mean?
This vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings.

vent one's spleen
What does "vent one's spleen" mean?
to get rid of one's feelings of anger by attacking someone or something I went for a coffee with one of my coworkers who spent the whole time venting her spleen about her job.


variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
differences and changes make life interesting Variety is the spice of life and I enjoy doing many different things.


vicarious liability
What does "vicarious liability" mean?
the liability of one person through the act of another It was a case of vicarious liability when the man was charged because of his friend's behavior.


vote with one's feet
What does "vote with one's feet" mean?
to express one's dissatisfaction with something by leaving or walking away The students were voting with their feet when they began to withdraw from the science course.


vanish into thin air
What does "vanish into thin air" mean?
to disappear without leaving a trace The university student vanished into thin air and was never seen again.


variety is the spice of life
What does "variety is the spice of life" mean?
life is made more interesting by doing new or different things My grandmother believes that variety is the spice of life and is always starting new projects.


vent one's spleen
What does "vent one's spleen" mean?
to get rid of one's angry feelings I was able to vent my spleen at the manager of our apartment for the problems that she was causing.


verge on (something)
What does "verge on (something)" mean?
to come close or approach something The accident verged on becoming a major disaster.


very last
What does "very last" mean?
the end of something We were able to buy the very last tickets to the concert.


very thing
What does "very thing" mean?
the exact thing that is required The new sofa was the very thing that we needed to make our house comfortable.


very well
What does "very well" mean?
agreed, all right "Very well, if you want me to go I will go with you."


vicious circle
What does "vicious circle" mean?
an unbroken sequence of cause and effect with bad results The man had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more.


vim and vigor
What does "vim and vigor" mean?
energy and enthusiasm Our great aunt is always full of vim and vigor when we see her.


vote down (something) or vote (something) down
What does "vote down (something) or vote (something) down" mean?
to defeat something in a vote The proposal to extend the opening hours of nightclubs was voted down in the election.


vote of confidence
What does "vote of confidence" mean?
a vote to see if a person or political party still has the majority's support The government received a vote of confidence when everyone supported their new proposal.


vote of thanks
What does "vote of thanks" mean?
a speech expressing appreciation and thanks to a speaker or organizer The speaker received a vote of thanks from the audience.


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