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Common Idioms

Common Idioms
The Idiom and what we interpret it to mean.

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  • Idioms
    Carol Wolff
  • What is an idiom?
    An idiom is an expression that has a meaning apart from the meanings of its individual words.
    An idiom has no fixed form.
  • it is on the cards
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    possible or likely to happen.
  • beat around the bush
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information.
  • in my book
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    in my opinion. According to me…
  • no smoke without fire
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    something that you say which means that if people are saying that someone has done something bad but no one knows whether it is true, it probably is true.
  • up in the air
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    undecided about someone or something; uncertain about someone or something.
  • time flies
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
     time passes very quickly.
  • naked truth
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    the complete, factual truth.
  • not for all the world
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    Not at any price.
  • set the world on fire
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to do exciting things that bring fame and glory.
  • cook the books
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to record false information in the accounts of an organization, especially in order to steal money.
  • best of both worlds
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    a situation wherein one can enjoy two different opportunities
  • to be in a world of ones own
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    In deep thought or concentration.
  • read between the line
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to try to understand what is meant by something that is not written explicitly or openly.
  • making a mountain out of a mole hill
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to exaggerate the importance of something.
  • miss the mark
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    To fail to reach the result that was intended.
  • too big for your boots
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    Someone behaves as if they are more important or more clever than they really are.
  • head over heels
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to demonstrate one's excitement. Normally used when you are madly in love.
  • to stick to your guns
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to remain firm in one's belief; to stand up for one's rights.
  • name dropping
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    To mention casually the names of famous people in order to imply that one is on familiar terms with them, intended as a means of self-promotion.
  • to get wind of
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to learn of something; to hear about something.
  • to jump the gun
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to do something too soon, especially without thinking carefully about it.
  • give your best shot
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to do something as well as you possibly can.
  • to see which way the wind blows
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    To understand what is happening in changing circumstances and to be able to anticipate the future.
  • from the bottom of my heart
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    with sincere feeling.
  • read someone like a book
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    know exactly what they are feeling or thinking without having to ask.
  • in someone’s good books
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    they are pleased with you
  • by the book
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    Correctly; according to the rules.
  • change your mind
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to have a different opinion or intention than you had before.
  • change your tune
    Literal meaning
    We interpret it to mean that
    to change your opinion completely, especially because you know it will bring you an advantage .