American Idioms and Expressions

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zilch
What does "zilch" mean?
: nothing.A: "How much money do you have?"B: "Zilch. I'm broke until payday."

Zip your lip!
What does "Zip your lip!" mean?
: keep something secret; promise not to tell what has just been said."What I told you is really important, so zip yourlip!"

zero hour
What does "zero hour" mean?
the exact time when an attack or other military action will startThe air force planes waited until zero hour in order to start out on their bombing mission.

zero hour
What does "zero hour" mean?
the time when an important decision or change is supposed to comeWe waited for zero hour and the time when the new computer system was supposed to begin operating.

zero in on
What does "zero in on" mean?
adjust a gun so that it will hit a target, aim at somethingThe soldiers zeroed in on the target and began to fire their guns.

zero in on
What does "zero in on" mean?
give one`s full attention toWe zeroed in on the problem of what to do with the excess space in our office.

zero-sum game
What does "zero-sum game" mean?
a situation where if one person wins or gains something then another person must loseIt was a zero-sum game with the manager and someone had to win or lose.

zonk out
What does "zonk out" mean?
fall asleep very quicklyAs soon as I got home last night I immediately zonked out.

zap
What does "zap" mean?
impress somebodyShe really zapped me!

zap
What does "zap" mean?
shock somebodyDon't zap me, bro!

zapped
What does "zapped" mean?
fatigued; tired; exhaustedI feel completely zapped

zapper
What does "zapper" mean?
microwave oven.Stick it in the zapper and warm it up.

zapper
What does "zapper" mean?
remote control; TV remoteHand me the zapper, will you, I want to change the channel.

zebra
What does "zebra" mean?
improbable or ridiculous diagnosisThe doctor gave us a total zebra. It's just ridiculous

zero
What does "zero" mean?
person of no valueHe's such a zero. Forget him!

zip
What does "zip" mean?
nothing; nothing at allAfter the poker game, I was left with zip.

zip
What does "zip" mean?
score of zeroIt was 10 to zip, we won!

zip
What does "zip" mean?
spirit; vigor; energyThose two cups of coffee really gave me some zip!

zit
What does "zit" mean?
pimple.Damn, another zit. Where's my medicine?

zonk
What does "zonk" mean?
fatigue or tire somebodyYou're really starting to zonk me, man! Leave me alone!

zonk out
What does "zonk out" mean?
collapse from fatigueI'm so zonked out, I just need to go to bed.

zonked
What does "zonked" mean?
drunk; intoxicatedHe was so zonked after the night of partying that we couldn't let him drive.

zonked
What does "zonked" mean?
fatigued; tired; exhausted.I'm totally zonked from studying.

zonked out
What does "zonked out" mean?
drunk; intoxicatedI'm so zonked out, I just need to go to bed.

zonked out
What does "zonked out" mean?
fatigued; tired; exhausted.He's really zonked out from studying so much.

Zigged before you zagged
What does "Zigged before you zagged" mean?
If you did things in the wrong order, you zigged before you zagged.

Zip it
What does "Zip it" mean?
This is used to tell someone to be quiet.

Zero tolerance
What does "Zero tolerance" mean?
If the police have a zero tolerance policy, they will not overlook any crime, no matter how small or trivial.

zero hour
What does "zero hour" mean?
the exact time when an attack or other military action will start The air force planes waited until zero hour in order to begin their bombing mission.

zero hour
What does "zero hour" mean?
the time when an important decision or event is supposed to occur We waited until zero hour and the time when the new computer system was supposed to begin operating.


zero in on
What does "zero in on" mean?
to adjust a gun so that it will hit a target, to aim at something The soldiers zeroed in on the target and began to fire their guns.


zero in on
What does "zero in on" mean?
to give one`s full attention to something We zeroed in on the problem of what to do with the extra space in our office.


zero-sum game
What does "zero-sum game" mean?
a situation where if one person or organization wins or gains something then the other person or organization must lose It is a zero-sum game with the manager. Someone has to win or lose.


zonk out
What does "zonk out" mean?
to fall asleep very quickly When I got home last night I immediately zonked out.


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