Exercise: Jumbled words (Idioms)

In this exercise, idioms are given. Arrange the words to form the idioms. Capitalise wherever necessary. The italic sentence following the hyphenation is the meaning of the idiom, which remains unchanged.


Example:
in a blessing disguise – A good thing that seemed bad at first
A blessing in disguise – A good thing that seemed bad at first


1 in a blessing disguise- A good thing that seemed bad at first
2 a a dime dozen- Something common
3 beat the bush around – Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
4 never late better than – Better to arrive late than not to come at all
5 the bite bullet – To get something over with because it is inevitable
6 a break leg – To wish Good luck
7 day it a call – To end or stop working on something
8 corners cutting – Doing something poorly in order to save time or money
9 easy it does – Slow down
10 out hand of get- Get out of control
11 system your of out get something – Do the thing you’ve been wanting to do so you can move on
12 together get act your- Work better or leave
13 doubt of the the someone benefit give- Temporarily trusting someone, assuming that the doubt is positive rather than negative
14 board back the go to drawing – Start over again
15 there in hang – Don’t give up
16 sack hit the – Go to sleep (colloquial = used in speaking and not used in writing)
17 science not it’s rocket – It’s not complicated (colloquial)
18 hook off someone let the – To not hold someone responsible for something
19 story long short a make- Tell something briefly
20 boat miss the – It’s too late
21 gain pain, no no – You have to work for what you want
22 leg pull someone’s – To joke with someone
23 together yourself pull – Calm down
24 far good so so – Things are going well so far
25 devil devil and the the of appears think – The person who was thought or spoken about, appears at that time.
26 straw the that’s last – My patience has run out
27 worlds both best the of – gaining the maximum from two circumstances or events
28 fun you’re when flies having time- You don’t notice how long something lasts when it’s fun
29 shape bent get of to out- To get upset
30 worse to matters make- Make a problem worse
31 weather under the – feeling not good, or sick
32 come we when cross bridge we’ll that it to – Let’s not talk about that problem right now, we’ll handle it when it comes
33 around something head your wrap- Understand something complicated
34 again say can you that- Affirming that something is true.
35 mine good your guess as as is – Having no idea at all about something
36 bush bird in in worth a the the hand is two – What you have is worth more than what you might have later
37 your for thoughts penny a – Tell me what you’re thinking
38 penny penny earned saved a is- Money you save today you can spend later
39 storm perfect a- the worst possible situation
40 words a picture a thousand is worth- Better to show than tell
41 actions words than louder speak- what people do shows more than what they say
42 injury insult add to – To make a bad situation worse
43 tree the wrong up barking- To be mistaken, to look for solutions in the wrong place
44 birds feather together flock a of- People who are alike are often friends (this idiom is generally used in a negative sense. For example, “It came as no surprise that both the criminals shared a strong bond; after all, birds of a feather flock together.”)
45 can you than chew more bite off – Take on a project that you cannot finish
46 ice the break – Make people feel more comfortable
47 teeth skin your of the by- Just barely
48 apples oranges to comparing- Comparing two things that cannot be compared
49 leg arm costs a an and – Very expensive
50 the at a drop hat something do of – Do something without having planned beforehand
51 do do you you unto unto others have would as them – Treat people fairly. Also known as “The Golden Rule”
52 hatch before they your count don’t chickens- Don’t count on something good happening until it’s happened.
53 milk cry spilt don’t over cry- There’s no reason to complain about something that can’t be fixed
54 job your day give up don’t – You’re not very good at this (a negative sense; nonetheless, a polite way of saying that since you are not good at this, you should not quit your present job, so that if you are sacked then you can continue in your present job)
55 Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – Putting everything one has at a single place. Another way of saying that the risk is maximised.
56 lining cloud a has every dark silver – Even in bad times, there is always a glimmer of a good time.
57 medicine your of taste own a get – Being treated the way you’ve been treating others (used in a negative sense)
58 shoulder the someone give cold – Ignore someone
59 a on goose go chase wild- To do something pointless
60 wait those come things who good to- Being patient has its rewards
61 fry fish bigger has to he- He has bigger things to take care of
62 block a the off he’s chip old- The son is like the father
63 the the on head hit nail- Get something exactly right
64 is bliss ignorance- You’re better off not knowing
65 sings over the till ain’t fat over lady it – This isn’t over yet (colloquial)
66 one one know it to takes- You’re just as bad as I am
67 cake piece a of it’s- It’s easy
68 cats dogs raining and it’s- It’s raining hard
69 stone one birds two with kill – Get two things done with a single action
70 bag cat the the let of out – reveal a secret
71 and learn live – learning from a mistake (colloquial)
72 leap look you before- Take only calculated risks
73 ice on thin- On delicate ground. If you make another mistake, there may be trouble.
74 moon a in once blue- Rarely
75 advocate the play devil’s- To argue the opposite (colloquial)
76 ice something put on- Put a project on hold
77 someone’s on parade rain- To spoil something
78 day saving rainy a for- Saving money for later
79 race steady wins slow the and – Perseverance always wins
80 the spill beans- reveal a secret
81 salt grain of it a with take- Don’t take it too seriously
82 is in ball the court your- It’s your decision
83 to ever that me the happened thing ever best – Some happening that you consider as the best.
84 the the in is details devil- It looks good from a distance, but when you look closer, there are problems
85 worm the the bird early gets- The first people to arrive gets the best
86 room the the in elephant – A big issue, the problem people are avoiding
87 nine whole the yards- Everything, all the way. A similar idiom is “to leave no stone unturned or upturned”.
88 the fish are other sea there in- There are other opportunities also
89 madness method there’s to a his- He seems crazy but actually he’s methodical
90 There’s no such thing as a free lunch- Nothing is entirely free
91 the to caution wind throw- Take a risk
92 bake cake it too can’t you the and eat – You can’t have everything
93 book cover a its by judge don’t- The ‘exterior’ may not give a true picture of the ‘interior’.
94 thing a a is little dangerous learning- People who don’t understand something fully are prone to make mistakes
95 effect snowball a – Something that builds upon itself with additions from outside
96 saves stitch time nine a in- Resolving an issue at the right time creates no problems later on
97 a a in teacup storm- A big fuss about a small problem. A similar idiom is “Much ado about nothing” or “Making a mountain out of a molehill”.
98 away the keeps day a an doctor apple- Doing an activity regularly that produces beneficial results
99 pound cure of of worth a an is ounce prevention- You can prevent a problem with little effort. Fixing it later is harder. Similar idiom: A stitch in time saves nine.
100 a the from bolt blue – A surprise. Something that happened without warning
101 bridges burn- Destroy relationships/options
102 the the before storm calm- Something bad is coming, but right now it’s calm. Used to give a sense if imposing danger.
103 rain shine come or- No matter what
104 the killed cat curiosity- Asking too many questions may be dangerous
105 horse a dead beat don’t- Going on doing something that is no longer required.
106 his has day dog every- Everyone gets a chance
107 contempt familiarity breeds – The better you know someone the less you like him
108 a as fiddle fit- In good health
109 the favours brave fortune – taking risks. Generally used with entrepreneurs.
110 something wind of get – Hear news of something secret
111 in down go flames – Fail spectacularly
112 waste makes haste – You’ll make mistakes if you rush through something
113 loudest last laughs laughs who he – getting even with someone in a satisfying way
114 horse’s straight mouth from something hear the- Hear something from the person involved
115 the sitting he’s fence on – He can’t make up his mind
116 blames tools workman poor his a – If you can’t do the job, don’t blame it on others
117 before the the always is it dawn darkest – Things will get better. Used in a positive sense to encourage.
118 tango to two takes it – One person alone isn’t responsible.
119 the jump bandwagon on – Follow a trend, do what everyone else is doing
120 is the way which blowing know wind- Understand the situation. Similar idiom, “Look before you leap”.
130 stone leave unturned no – Look everywhere, do everything
140 dogs let lie sleeping – Not reopening an issue that has already been closed/ resolved.
141 bicycle like a riding- Something you never forget how to do
142 in like two pod peas a – Being always together, inseparable
143 sun hay the make shines while – Taking advantage of a good situation
144 on nine cloud – Very happy
145 twice bitten shy once – Being more cautious after being hurt
146 the the and into of out frying fire pan – Things are going from bad to worse
147 the like run wind- Run very fast
148 up out or shape ship – Work better or leave (colloquial)
149 under snowed – being very busy (colloquial)
150 sailed ship has that – It’s too late
151 throw live who glass those in shouldn’t stones houses- People who are morally questionable shouldn’t criticize others
152 and through thin thick – staying together, in good times and in bad times
153 money time is – to equate the value of time with the value of money
154 not not want waste – Don’t waste things and you’ll always have enough
155 eye eye seeing to – agreeing
156 storm the weather – Going through something difficult
157 half is begun done well work a – A good start is advantageous
158 it it pours rains when – When everything goes wrong simultaneously
159 you you more with with than honey vinegar flies catch can can – used for opportunists who employ flattery to gain opportunities
160 water drink you you can can’t a to horse him lead make but – You can’t force someone to make a decision, or to take any action
161 a pill bitter – A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
162 a a dozen dime – Anything that is common, inexpensive, and easy to get or available anywhere.
163 hot a potato – A controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.
164 a a of picnic short sandwich short – something lacking to make something complete
165 the a in ace hole- A hidden or secret strength
166 heel Achilles’- A metaphor for a small but fatal weakness in spite of overall strength.
167 ears all – Listening intently; fully focused or awaiting an explanation.
168 thumbs all – Clumsy, awkward.
169 leg arm a an and give – Very expensive or costly; a large amount of money.
170 of discord apple – Anything causing trouble, discord, or jealousy.
171 a the at hat of drop – Without any hesitation; instantly.
172 the board to back drawing – Revising something (such as a plan) from the beginning, typically after it has failed.
173 ball is in his/her/your court- It is up to him/her/you to make the next decision or step.
174 the up tree wrong barking- Looking in the wrong place.
175 a beating horse dead- To uselessly dwell on a subject far beyond its point of resolution.
176 the beat bush around- To treat a topic but omit its main points, often intentionally, or to delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
177 of roses bed- A situation or activity that is comfortable or easy.
178 brain bird- A person who is not too smart; a person who acts stupid.
179 can than one more bite chew off- To take on more responsibility than one can manage.
180 bullet the bite- To endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable.
181 the dust bite- An euphemism for dying or death.
182 leg a break- A saying from the theatre that means “good luck”.
183 oil the burn midnight- To work late into the night.
184 of seat by pants the one’s- To achieve through instinct or to do something without advance preparation.
185 one’s by teeth the skin of- Narrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.
186 a a spade spade call- To speak the truth, even to the point of being blunt and rude.
187 day a it call- To declare the end of a task.
188 nap cat- A nap.
189 chips cheap as- Inexpensive; a good bargain.
190 armour chink one’s in- An area of vulnerability.
191 up clam- To become silent; to stop talking; to shut up.
192 shoulder a cold give – To display aloofness and disdain.
193 potato couch- A lazy person.
194 tears crocodile- Fake tears or drama tears; fake crying.
195 in one’s dig heels- to oppose, to resist, to stop, to oppose
196 they before count hatch chickens don’t- Don’t make plans for something that may not happen; alternatively, don’t make an assumption about something that does not have a definite predetermined outcome.
197 room elephant the in- An obvious, pressing issue left unaddressed due to its sensitive nature.
198 fiddle fit a as- In good physical health.
199 song a for- Almost free; very cheap.
200 Z from A to- Covering a complete range; comprehensively.
201 scratch from- To make from original ingredients; to start from the beginning with no prior preparation.
202 blast a have- To have a good time; to enjoy oneself.
203 head back the in eyes of have one’s – To be able to perceive things and events that are outside of one’s field of vision.
204 heels head over – smitten, infatuated, in love.
205 grapevine it the through heard – To have learned something through gossip, hearsay, or a rumour.
206 ceiling the hit – To become enraged, possibly in an overreaction.
207 head nail the the on hit- 1. To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem; 2. To do or say exactly the right thing or to find the exact answer; 3. To do something in the most effective and efficient way; 4. To be accurate or correct about something.
208 cards the hold- To control a situation; to be the one making the decisions.
209 and sinker hook line- To be completely fooled by a deception.
210 ship jump- To leave a job, organization, or activity suddenly.
211 bucket kick the- An euphemism for dying or death.
212 habit kick the- To stop engaging in a habitual practice.
213 stone with birds one two kill – To accomplish two different tasks at the same time and/or with a single action.
214 bag out cat let of the the – To reveal a secret.
215 horse mouth gift look a the don’t in – Not to find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favour.
216 the in bud nip- To stop something at an early stage, before it can develop into something of more significance (especially an obstacle or frustration).
217 hook the off – To escape a situation of responsibility or obligation or danger
218 moon once blue a in – Occurring very rarely.
219 black the pot the calling kettle- Used when someone making an accusation is equally as guilty as those being accused.
220 cake piece of- A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
221 the to choir preaching- To present a side of a discussion or argument to someone who already agrees with it; essentially, wasting your time.
222 leg somebody’s pull- To tease or joke by telling a lie.
223 raining cats and dogs- Raining very hard or strongly.
224 boat the rock- To do or say something that will upset people or cause problems.
225 beans the spill- To reveal someone’s secret.
226 the the horns by bull take – To deal bravely and decisively with a difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant situation; to deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it.
227 salt grain of a take with- To not take what someone says too seriously; to treat someone’s words with a degree of scepticism.
228 thin thick and through- In both good and bad times.
229 nose thumb one’s- To express scorn or disregard.
230 on one tie- To get drunk.
231 thunder steal to someone’s- To take credit for something someone else did.
232 yards the nine whole – Everything; all the way.
233 chase goose wild- A frustrating or lengthy undertaking that accomplishes little.
234 again say you can that- an expression of wholehearted agreement.

ANSWERS

A blessing in disguise- a good thing that seemed bad at first
A dime a dozen- Something common
Beat around the bush- Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
Better late than never- Better to arrive late than not to come at all
Bite the bullet- To get something over with because it is inevitable
Break a leg- To wish Good luck
Call it a day- Stop working on something
Cutting corners- Doing something poorly in order to save time or money
Easy does it- Slow down
Get out of hand- Get out of control
Get something out of your system- Do the thing you’ve been wanting to do so you can move on
Get your act together- Work better or leave
Give someone the benefit of the doubt- temporarily trusting someone, assuming that the doubt is positive rather than negative
Go back to the drawing board- Start over again
Hang in there- Don’t give up
Hit the sack- Go to sleep (colloquial)
It’s not rocket science- It’s not complicated (colloquial)
Let someone off the hook- To not hold someone responsible for something
Make a long story short- Tell something briefly
Miss the boat- It’s too late
No pain, no gain- You have to work for what you want
Pull someone’s leg- To joke with someone
Pull yourself together- Calm down
So far so good- Things are going well so far
Think of the devil and the devil appears- The person who was thought or spoken about, appears at that time.
That’s the last straw- My patience has run out
The best of both worlds- gaining the maximum from two circumstances or events
Time flies when you’re having fun- You don’t notice how long something lasts when it’s fun
To get bent out of shape- To get upset
To make matters worse- Make a problem worse
Under the weather- feeling not good, or sick
We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it- Let’s not talk about that problem right now, we’ll handle it when it comes
Wrap your head around something- Understand something complicated
You can say that again- Affirming that something is true.
Your guess is as good as mine- Having no idea at all about something
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush- What you have is worth more than what you might have later
A penny for your thoughts- Tell me what you’re thinking
A penny saved is a penny earned- Money you save today you can spend later
A perfect storm- the worst possible situation
A picture is worth a thousand words- Better to show than tell
Actions speak louder than words- what people do shows more than what they say
Add insult to injury- To make a bad situation worse
Barking up the wrong tree- To be mistaken, to look for solutions in the wrong place
Birds of a feather flock together- People who are alike are often friends (this idiom is generally used in a negative sense. It came as no surprise that both the criminals shared a strong bond; after all, birds of a feather flock together.)
Bite off more than you can chew- Take on a project that you cannot finish
Break the ice- Make people feel more comfortable
By the skin of your teeth- Just barely
Comparing apples to oranges- Comparing two things that cannot be compared
Costs an arm and a leg- Very expensive
Do something at the drop of a hat- Do something without having planned beforehand
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you- Treat people fairly. Also known as “The Golden Rule”
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch- Don’t count on something good happening until it’s happened.
Don’t cry over spilt milk- There’s no reason to complain about something that can’t be fixed
Don’t give up your day job- You’re not very good at this (a negative sense; nonetheless, a polite way of saying that since you are not good at this, you should not quit your present job, so that if you are sacked then you can continue in your present job)
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket- Putting everything one has at a single place. A way of saying that the risk is maximised.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining- Even in bad times, there is always a glimmer of a good time.
Get a taste of your own medicine- Being treated the way you’ve been treating others (used in a negative sense)
Give someone the cold shoulder- Ignore someone
Go on a wild goose chase- To do something pointless
Good things come to those who wait- Being patient
He has bigger fish to fry- He has bigger things to take care of than what we are talking about now
He’s a chip off the old block- The son is like the father.
Hit the nail on the head- Get something exactly right
Ignorance is bliss- You’re better off not knowing
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings- This isn’t over yet (colloquial)
It takes one to know one- You’re just as bad as I am
It’s a piece of cake- It’s easy
It’s raining cats and dogs- It’s raining hard
Kill two birds with one stone- Get two things done with a single action
Let the cat out of the bag- reveal a secret
Live and learn- learning from a mistake (colloquial)
Look before you leap- Take only calculated risks
On thin ice- On delicate ground. If you make another mistake, there may be trouble.
Once in a blue moon- Rarely
Play the devil’s advocate- To argue the opposite (colloquial)
Put something on ice- Put a project on hold
Rain on someone’s parade- To spoil something
Saving for a rainy day- Saving money for later
Slow and steady wins the race- Consistency is more important than intensity (in most cases)
Spill the beans- reveal a secret
Take it with a grain of salt- Don’t take it too seriously
The ball is in your court- It’s your decision
The best thing that ever happened to me- Some happening that you consider as the best.
The devil is in the details- It looks good from a distance, but when you look closer, there are problems
The early bird gets the worm- The first people to arrive gets the best
The elephant in the room- A big issue, the problem people are avoiding
The whole nine yards- Everything, all the way. A similar idiom is “to leave no stone unturned or upturned”.
There are other fish in the sea- There are other opportunities also
There’s a method to his madness- He seems crazy but actually he’s methodical
There’s no such thing as a free lunch- Nothing is entirely free
Throw caution to the wind- Take a risk
You can’t have your cake and eat it too- You can’t have everything
Don’t judge a book by its cover- The ‘exterior’ may not give a true picture of the ‘interior’.
A little learning is a dangerous thing- People who don’t understand something fully are prone to make mistakes
A snowball effect- Something that builds upon itself with additions from outside
A stitch in time saves nine- Resolving an issue at the right time creates no problems later on
A storm in a teacup- A big fuss about a small problem. A similar idiom is “Much ado about nothing” or “Making a mountain out of a molehill”.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away- Doing an activity regularly that produces beneficial results
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure- You can prevent a problem with little effort. Fixing it later is harder. Similar idioms: A stitch in time saves nine.
Bolt from the blue- A surprise. Something that happened without warning
Burn bridges- Destroy relationships/options
The calm before the storm- Something bad is coming, but right now it’s calm. Used to give a sense if imposing danger.
Come rain or shine- No matter what
Curiosity killed the cat- Asking too many questions may be dangerous
Don’t beat a dead horse- Going on doing something that is no longer required.
Every dog has his day- Everyone gets a chance
Familiarity breeds contempt- The better you know someone the less you like him
Fit as a fiddle- In good health
Fortune favours the brave- taking risks. Generally used with entrepreneurs.
Get wind of something- Hear news of something secret
Go down in flames- Fail spectacularly
Haste makes waste- You’ll make mistakes if you rush through something
He who laughs last, laughs loudest- getting even with someone in a satisfying way
Hear something straight from the horse’s mouth- Hear something from the person involved
He’s sitting on the fence- He can’t make up his mind
A poor workman blames his tools- If you can’t do the job, don’t blame it on others
It is always the darkest before the dawn- Things will get better. Used in a positive sense to encourage.
It takes two to tango- One person alone isn’t responsible.
Jump on the bandwagon- Follow a trend, do what everyone else is doing
Know which way the wind is blowing- Understand the situation. Similar idiom, “Look before you leap”.
Leave no stone unturned- Look everywhere, do everything
Let sleeping dogs lie- Not reopening an issue that has already been closed/ resolved.
Like riding a bicycle- Something you never forget how to do
Like two peas in a pod- Being always together, inseparable
Make hay while the sun shines- Taking advantage of a good situation
On cloud nine- Very happy
Once bitten, twice shy- Being more cautious after being hurt
Out of the frying pan and into the fire- Things are going from bad to worse
Run like the wind- Run very fast
Shape up or ship out- Work better or leave (colloquial)
Snowed under- being very busy (colloquial)
That ship has sailed- It’s too late
Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones- People who are morally questionable shouldn’t criticize others
Through thick and thin- staying together, in good times and in bad times
Time is money- to equate the value of time with the value of money
Waste not, want not- Don’t waste things and you’ll always have enough
seeing eye to eye agreeing
Weather the storm- Going through something difficult
A work well begun is half done- A good start is advantageous
When it rains it pours- When everything goes wrong simultaneously
You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar- used for opportunists who employ flattery to gain opportunities
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink- You can’t force someone to make a decision, or to take any action
A bitter pill- A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
A dime a dozen (US)- Anything that is common, inexpensive, and easy to get or available anywhere.
A hot potato- A controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.
A sandwich short of a picnic- something lacking to make something complete
Ace in the hole- A hidden or secret strength
Achilles’ heel- A metaphor for a small but fatal weakness in spite of overall strength.
All ears- Listening intently; fully focused or awaiting an explanation.
All thumbs- Clumsy, awkward.
Give an arm and a leg- Very expensive or costly; a large amount of money.
Apple of discord- Anything causing trouble, discord, or jealousy.
At the drop of a hat- Without any hesitation; instantly.
Back to the drawing board- Revising something (such as a plan) from the beginning, typically after it has failed.
Ball is in his/her/your court- It is up to him/her/you to make the next decision or step.
Barking up the wrong tree- Looking in the wrong place.
Beating a dead horse- To uselessly dwell on a subject far beyond its point of resolution.
Beat around the bush- To treat a topic but omit its main points, often intentionally or to Delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
Bed of roses- A situation or activity that is comfortable or easy.
Bird brain- A person who is not too smart; a person who acts stupid.
Bite off more than one can chew- To take on more responsibility than one can manage.
Bite the bullet- To endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable.
Bite the dust- An euphemism for dying or death.
Break a leg- A saying from the theatre that means “good luck”.
Burn the midnight oil- To work late into the night.
By the seat of one’s pants- To achieve through instinct or to do something without advance preparation.
By the skin of one’s teeth- Narrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.
Call a spade a spade- To speak the truth, even to the point of being blunt and rude.
Call it a day- To declare the end of a task.
Cat nap- A nap.
Cheap as chips- Inexpensive; a good bargain.
Chink in one’s armour- An area of vulnerability.
Clam up- To become silent; to stop talking; to shut up.
Give a cold shoulder- To display aloofness and disdain.
Couch potato- A lazy person.
Crocodile tears- Fake tears or drama tears; fake crying.
Dig one’s heels in- to oppose, to resist, to stop, to oppose
Don’t count chickens before they hatch- Don’t make plans for something that may not happen; alternatively, don’t make an assumption about something that does not have a definite predetermined outcome.
Elephant in the room- An obvious, pressing issue left unaddressed due to its sensitive nature.
Fit as a fiddle- In good physical health.
For a song- Almost free; very cheap.
From A to Z- Covering a complete range; comprehensively.
From scratch / make from scratch- To make from original ingredients; to start from the beginning with no prior preparation.
Have a blast- To have a good time; to enjoy oneself.
Have eyes in the back of one’s head- To be able to perceive things and events that are outside of one’s field of vision.
Head over heels- smitten, infatuated, in love.
Heard it through the grapevine- To have learned something through gossip, hearsay, or a rumour.
Hit the ceiling- To become enraged, possibly in an overreaction.
Hit the nail on the head- 1. To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem; 2. To do or say exactly the right thing or to find the exact answer; 3. To do something in the most effective and efficient way; 4. To be accurate or correct about something.
Hold the cards- To control a situation; to be the one making the decisions.
Hook, line and sinker- To be completely fooled by a deception.
Jump ship- To leave a job, organization, or activity suddenly.
Kick the bucket- An euphemism for dying or death.
Kick the habit- To stop engaging in a habitual practice.
Kill two birds with one stone- To accomplish two different tasks at the same time and/or with a single action.
Let the cat out of the bag- To reveal a secret.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth- not to find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favour.
Nip in the bud- To stop something at an early stage, before it can develop into something of more significance (especially an obstacle or frustration).
Off the hook- To escape a situation of responsibility or obligation or danger
Once in a blue moon- Occurring very rarely.
The pot calling the kettle black- Used when someone making an accusation is equally as guilty as those being accused.
Piece of cake- A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
Preaching to the choir- To present a side of a discussion or argument to someone who already agrees with it; essentially, wasting your time.
Pull somebody’s leg- To tease or joke by telling a lie.
Raining cats and dogs- Raining very hard or strongly.
Rock the boat- To do or say something that will upset people or cause problems.
Spill the beans- To reveal someone’s secret.
Take the bull by the horns- To deal bravely and decisively with a difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant situation; to deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it.
Take with a grain of salt- To not take what someone says too seriously; to treat someone’s words with a degree of scepticism.
Through thick and thin- In both good and bad times.
Thumb one’s nose- To express scorn or disregard.
Tie one on- To get drunk.
To steal someone’s thunder- To take credit for something someone else did.
The whole nine yards- Everything; all the way.
Wild goose chase- A frustrating or lengthy undertaking that accomplishes little.
You can say that again- an expression of wholehearted agreement.


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