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ClicheMeaning
eager beaverEager beaver is an idiom term used to describe someone who is very enthusiastic about a project and who works very hard and quickly. Someone who is enthusiastic about one project in particular or who simply works very hard in general is known as an eager beaver. Calling someone an eager beaver is common when they show to be going above and beyond to finish a task and try to do it quickly.
ear to the groundEar to the ground is an idiom that describes someones devote attention to watching or listening for clues as to what is about to happen. You will hear this cliche in different types of movies and television shows such as crime shows or those with private investigators. Someone with their ear to the ground is being quiet and listening very closely or watching intently to see what will happen next.
early bird catches the wormEarly bird catches the worm is a phrase used for proposing that success comes to people who prepare well and put in the effort. The idiom is often used for people who will get up early or arrive early to work on a special day in order to have the best chance at succeeding or being chosen for a big project. Early bird catches the worm is a common phrase used for anyone who does a lot of preparation for something.
early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wiseEarly to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise is an idiom which is not so often used but has become a cliche due to being used in a variety of books and other forms of media. This phrase is referring to the fact that when you have hard, diligent work it is encouragement for being happy, healthy and wise in life. The phrase dates back to the 1700s in Benjamin Franklins annual journal, the Poor Richards Almanack.
earned his wingsEarned his wings is an expression that is given to someone who has proven themselves reliable in their work. It is usually spoken about someone who has worked hard and shown that they can be trusted and reliable in the work that they do, typically after some type of probation period where their superiors keep a close eye on them. If you have earned your wings, you have proven yourself to others about your competency.
ears open, mouth shutEars open, mouth shut is an idiom which is expressing the importance of remaining completely alert and watchful for someone or something while remaining extremely quiet. If you have your ears open and your mouth shut, you are to not speak a word with your mouth, but remain alert and watchful with your eyes. It is typically used when you are trying to find something out or watch someone without being suspected.
easier said than doneEasier said than done is an extremely common phrase which means that a task may seem easy when you talk about it, but it isnt as simple when you get down and do it. This cliche refers to a wide variety of situations where when you talk about something you are going to do, it seems easy but in reality the task or thing you are to do can be much more difficult. It is therefore, easier said than done.
easy as 1-2-3Easy as 1-2-3 is an idiom which is describing something that is incredibly easy. This phrase expressed how simple a task is to complete due to the simplicity of learning your numbers 1, 2 and 3. Learning numbers 1, 2 and 3 are one of the first things a young child will learn and often the easiest to remember. Therefore, when this phrase is used about something you are asked to do or have already done, it means it was very easy to do.
easy as pieEasy as pie is another way of saying something is very easy whether it is spoken about a task being explained and they want to say that it will be a simple project, or if you are taking past-tense about something you did and want to convince others how easy it was. Pie isnt necessarily easy to make, therefore the origin of the idiom easy as pie is fairly unclear. However, it is widely known that something easy as pie is in fact, incredibly easy to do.
easy peasyEasy peasy is a slang term which is used to explain that something is very easy to do. The idiom originated from a British TV commercial in the 1970s for Lemon Squeezy detergent in which a little girl points out the dirty dishes to an adult and shows the detergent. She says Easy peasy lemon squeezy. The phrase quickly became a cliche due to how often it was used, and now simply means something is very easy to use or to do.
eat crowTo eat crow means to show total humility, primarily when you are shown that you have done something wrong. Eat crow is a common idiom used when someone is forced to eat crow because they were insistent that the way they were doing something or what they were saying was factual, but then they were proven it was not indeed true. This person eats crow when they realize they were wrong.
eat dirtEat dirt is an expression used when someone is to accept another persons insults or bad treatment. If you are eating dirt, you are doing something unpleasant for whatever reason. If you are taking someones insults, criticism or otherwise bad treatment that is unwarranted, it makes no sense that you are willing to accept it, as you would if you were eating dirt in a literal sense.
eat drink and be merryEat drink and be merry is an idiom which means that as humans, we should enjoy life as much as possible because you never know when it will be over. The original saying Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die is based on verses from the biblical books of Ecclesiastes and Isaiah where they were to die soon and wanted to enjoy what little of life they had left. It is often used more casually as a way to encourage someone to enjoy a party or celebration.
eat humble pieEat humble pie is the idiom used when someone is to act submissively and apologetically after admitting an error in judgment, doing something wrong, or being proven that what they were saying is wrong. Eating humble pie is typically for someone who was insistent that they were right in the situation, but ended up being proven wrong and are therefore submissive and apologetic about the error, and more humble.
eat my dustEat my dust is a way to show a competitor you have won and somewhat of a mockery of the fact that they lost. It is a phrase often spoken to a rival after you beat them in something, such as in a sport, game or other type of competition or activity. It is somewhat of an in-your-face type of mockery in which you will stand up to your opponent after you have won, and tell them eat your dust as you face them and stand closely to them.
eat your heart outEat your heart out is an expression for the overwhelming feeling of sorrow, jealousy, longing or grief. While it can be used for many different types of feelings, it is most commonly used when you win some type of competition and want your rival to be jealous over your victory. Eat your heart out is often spoken as a type of mockery for winning while pointing out that your rival lost. Sometimes it is also used for other types of jealousy such as at work or school.
enough alreadyEnough already is an idiom used when you want to tell someone to stop what they are doing or saying, that what they have done or said is sufficient enough. It is most commonly spoken to someone who seems to be exaggerating a point or doing something over and over again, when their point has already been made and they do not need to continue to do it. Enough already is another way of saying you understand, so they can stop now.
E-ticketAn E-ticket began as a ticket given out as Disney World (in Florida) and Disneyland (in California) where you would purchase a book of tickets to ride the carnival rides; the tickets were labeled between A and E, with E tickets being the most exciting and wild rides. When the term E-ticket was used, it meant something was very exciting or thrilling. However since the Internet, E-ticket is often used in relation to a ticket which is purchased on the Internet and printed out.
even a broken clock is right twice a dayEven a broken clock is right twice a day is a phrase for indicating that just because someone has gotten lucky, does not mean they deserve praise and recognition, because it doesnt prove they deserve the reward or recognition they are being given. It is often used when someone becomes successful, not by hard work, but by mere luck. When a clock breaks, it will stay at the time when it broke, and no matter what time it was will still come around twice in a day.
even moneyEven money is the idiom used when talking about having equal stakes in betting with no odds either way. It is another way of saying the statistics of this betting game point out that no matter what you choose to bet on, you have an equal opportunity at winning and it becomes merely a luck game. There are no odds whatsoever in a betting game that is called even money.
every cloud has a silver liningEvery cloud has a silver lining in the expression used when referring to a bad situation having some sort of positive angle to it. It is a way to say that no matter how bad something is, there will be a good side of it and is a way to think about things in a more positive and optimistic way. Every cloud has a silver lining is a proverb often said as encouragement to something overcome with difficulty and want to encourage them to seek the positive side in order to move forward.
every dog has its dayEvery dog has its day is a phrase which refers to the fact that everyone will have a successful period in their life, even if it seems like everything has gone wrong so far. The phrase indicated that no matter whom you are, what you have done or how you have failed in the past, you will find success in something. Every dog has its day is often spoken to someone who is worried about their lack of success and will give them hope their day is coming.
every fiber of my beingEvery fiber of my being is a phrase which is indicating that you feel or think a certain way with everything you have. It is usually in response to someone asking if what you say is true or if your feelings are genuine, such as With every fiber of my being which is telling them that you completely feel or think that way with everything you have. It is also used in reference to having love or strong feelings for someone; that you love them with every fiber of your being, or every part of you.
every man for himselfEvery man for himself is a proverb which is referring to the fact that every person has to fight for their own survival; it is often used in competitive situations where each component must fight their own battle themselves and not rely n others. Every man for himself can also be used in more extreme cases where you must fend for yourself, not ask for help, and not help others because it is up to them to fight their own battle.
every man has his priceEvery man has his price is an idiom for saying that its possible to bribe anyone as long as you know the right amount to bribe with or have something they would certainly want. It is often spoken in popular media such as television shows and movies where the character insists that someone in the story can easily be bribed if you just figure out the right price or way to bribe that person.
every rose has its thornEvery rose has its thorn is a cliche term that comes from a popular rock song, which is indicating that even something beautiful can cause pain. It is usually in reference to a person who isnt perfect, that even if he or she seems beautiful and good and caring, they can still have a bad trait about them that causes pain or suffering. It can also be used generally as to say nothing in life is perfect.
every which way but looseEvery which way but loose is an idiom that means someone will do anything for you except leave you. Every which way in this cliche means that they will do practically anything and everything in the given situation, while loose is referring to setting something loose such as leaving the person. It is usually spoken from one person to another in regards to their friendship or relationship, but can also be a general way of saying doing everything but leaving.
everything but the kitchen sinkEverything but the kitchen sink is an expression used when you want to respond to someones query and say yes, almost everything you can think of. It is typically spoken to someone who asks them a question about if they remembered everything, or if they have finished every aspect of a project. In this situation, by saying everything but the kitchen sink, you are saying practically everything has been done.
everythings coming up daisies/rosesEverythings coming up roses, or everythings coming up daisies, is a way to say that the current situation is successful in every way possible. By saying everything is coming up roses (or another pleasant flower) you are saying that all the details of the given situation whether it is a project or other type of situation, are going smoothly and it will be successful in each and every way.
everythings copaseticEverythings copasetic is a phrase used when reassuring someone that everything is going satisfactorily and they need not worry. Copasetic is the word used when describing something that is very good and excellent with no issues or problems to speak of. Everythings copasetic is most commonly used in response to someones query about a specific situation and finding out if all is well.
everythings hunky doryEverythings hunky dory is another way of saying that everything is fine, good, and satisfactory. Hunky dory is an expression from the 1800s and was commonly used in that century, but not as often in this one. It is sometimes used simply to say that the given situation in satisfactory, that everything is going just fine and a way to reassure someone that there is no reason to worry.
existential angstExistential angst is an idiom which is also known as dread, anxiety or anguish that is very common to many existentialist thinkers. It is generally known as a negative feeling that will arise from the experience of human freedom and responsibility. Existential thinkers look at life and the world around them in a different way than other people do out of personal experience; therefore they feel more anxiety and anguish over the realities.
eyeball to eyeballEyeball to eyeball is an idiom generally referring to being eyeball to eyeball with an enemy where you are dealing with this person in a direct, upfront way. The phrase eyeball to eyeball can be used for other situations aside from with your enemy, where you are blunt, upfront and direct about something. However, it is most commonly used when you are confronting someone that you have been arguing with.
eyes in the back of his headTo have eyes in the back of your head means to be able to sense what is going on around you or something outside your field of vision. This is generally a phrase which is used by a parent or teacher who claims to have eyes in the back of their head, so their children and students should assume they can be seen and should then behave. Many young children believe this because it seems like their parent always knows what theyre up to.