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ClicheMeaning
keep a stiff upper lipTo keep a stiff upper lip means to remain resolute and unemotional in the face of adversity or tragedy. Keeping a stiff upper lip is a phrase often used in relation to some sort of tragedy or dilemma, where one needs to remain courageous and not show any type of extreme emotion including fear, sadness or anxiety about the given situation. You remain completely resolute and like you have no emotions about the matter.
keep an eye on youKeep an eye on you is an expression often used by someone who wants to say they will look out for you, watch you attentively and usually continuously. Anytime someone says they will keep an eye on something or someone, they are trying to make a point that they will look out for you, whether they mean literally to watch someone or more figuratively in that they will help if you seem to need it.
keep em flyingKeep em flying is an older phrase which is not commonly used in todays cultures, especially not during everyday conversation. However, this idiom means to keep them going the way they are going in a sense. When someone says they will keep
keep em in stitchesTo keep em in stitches means to cause someone to laugh very loud and very hard for an extended period of time. Being in stitches has been used as a way to describe someone laughing for a long time, as when you laugh you bend over and it literally makes your stomach hurt which is where this term originated. To keep
keep it downKeep it down is a cliched term used when you want to either prevent someone from growing or accomplishing something, to hold under control at a lower level, or to refrain from vomiting; the phrase is used in many different situations as you can see. It is often used more literally when in reference to keeping something down such as food or water while someone is ill, or more figuratively in that you keep someones mood down.
keep it simple, stupidKeep it simple, stupid is an idiom often used in reference to someone who is trying to make complexities out of something that should be simple. It has to do with ideas and situations that are best confronted and conveyed by keeping it simple which keeps away doubt from other people. The phrase began to include the word stupid at the end in order to make a point, but it is more commonly used simply as saying keep it simple.
keep on your toesKeep on your toes or to keep you on your toes means to keep you alert and keep you in the best condition possible in preparation for a possible dilemma or issue that may arise. This is usually used before a situation where being alert and keeping your eyes open and being prepared for something is open such as in a competition where to keep on your toes means to be prepared for anything.
keep the home fires burningKeep the home fires burning is a phrase used when you need to keep your home pleasant and in good order while people who live there are away, especially in the case of a war. This was first used when family members (usually the father and sons) went off to war, and asked their wives and daughters to keep the home fires burning, which meant to keep it pleasant and comfortable while waiting for their return.
keep up with the JonesesKeep up with the Joneses is an older idiom which was used when they wanted to speak about the importance of socializing and being in good standing with your neighbors by being equals. The phrase means to try to own all the same things as people you know in order to seem as good as them nowadays. The Joneses are considered any type of neighbor which often has fine things you would also want to have.
keep your cards close to vest Keep your cards close to vest is a figure of speech which is referring to the fact that you should keep to yourself or be cautious when dealing with other people, such as if you were playing cards and dont hint at the cards you have. While it began as a phrase used literally in card games like Poker, it is now used as a figure of speech while showing the importance of keeping important details to yourself.
keep your chin upKeep your chin up is another way to say you should remain cheerful and happy and hopeful while in the middle of a difficult situation. This is important because while in a very difficult situation or dilemma, many people remain anxious and negative about it. If you keep your chin up in this dilemma, you can be the one to support everyone and be positive for a hopeful outcome.
keep your eye on the ballKeep your eye on the ball is a phrase used when you want someone to watch or follow the ball carefully and follow the details of the game very carefully. Figuratively, the phrase is referring to always being aware of any given situation. It was originally used as a literal term for a sports game such as Baseball, but is now used figuratively when talking about any situation where you should be alert.
keep your eyes peeledKeep your eyes peeled is another way of saying you should be watching very carefully for someone or something and to keep an eye out for any possible problems. This is typically used in reference to someone who you need to watch and warn others of a potential problem which could range from mild to severe. You might also be keeping your eyes peeled for any other type of situation.
keep your fingers crossedTo keep your fingers crossed means to wish for luck for someone or something by the act of crossing your fingers (this part is optional) to hope for a good outcome for someone or something. It is a very common and often used phrase when you want to urge someone to remain positive for a positive outcome and continue hoping for something good to happen.
keep your nose to the grindstoneKeep your nose to the grindstone is an idiom which refers to applying yourself conscientiously to your work. If you are keeping your nose to the grindstone, you are committing to your work whether at your job or school or even housework at home. You are concentrating on that work and trying your best not to waver or get distracted by other things.
keep your shirt onKeep your shirt on is the figure of speech used when you want to advise someone to remain patient and calm until the current situation is resolved. This is usually spoken to someone who seems to be losing their temper or getting very anxious and worked up over a dilemma. By telling them to keep their shirt on, you are asking them to relax and calm down until a solution can be made.
keep your shoulder to the wheelTo keep your shoulder to the wheel means to exert yourself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or possibly out of necessity. If you are literally keeping your shoulder to the wheel this means to be working very hard like if you are pushing your car or preventing a big problem. Mentally, keeping your shoulder to the wheel is any time you need to improve something and use hard work to improve it.
keep your thoughts to yourselfWhen you are asked to keep your thoughts to yourself, you are being asked to literally keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself. This means to remain silent, and not speak so bluntly out loud to others. It is usually said to someone after they begin chatting or talking about things that should be kept private, or who begin ranting about things that are in appropriate under the current circumstances.
keeping the world safe for democracyKeeping the world safe for democracy was first said by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 in order to justify his call for a declaration of war on Germany. The words implied that Germanys militarism threatened democracy everywhere. Today it is most commonly used slightly literally where the actions we do will save our democracy, though not in the same way as to justify war.
kick buttTo kick butt means to punish someone or defeat someone using a lot of force. In the literal sense, kicking butt is to literally kick someones butt in the middle of a fight with other forms of physical violence. Aside from a physical altercation, you can also kick someones butt in another way such as defeating someone in a race or competition.
kick em when theyre downKick em when theyre down is a figure of speech used when someone does or says something to someone else who is already in a bad situation or that something bad happened to, and they are now making it worse for them. This can be literal in that someone is on the ground after a fight, and you continue to beat him. In the figurative sense, it means to cause emotional harm to someone already going through a bad time.
kick the bucketKick the bucket is another way to say someone has dies. This phrase has been used for several decades and is still commonly used today simply as another way to phrase the fact that someone has died. The origin of kick the bucket is about who first said it is mostly unknown because the cliche is so commonly used, but most people understand it to be slang for someone who has died.
kick up your heelsKick up your heels is the idiom used when you want to describe someone partying or celebrating something, or simply to relax. Kicking up your heels has two meaning depending on the person. Some feel kicking up your heels means to sit down and relax where you put your feet up, but it is most commonly known as dancing and partying in order to celebrate something good that has happened.
kick you to the curbIf someone kicks you to the curb, they have asked you to leave a home or business or other type of place in which you were figuratively kicked out and probably asked to not return. Literally, kicking someone to the curb means to throw them out of their home or place of business where they would most likely end up on the curb. This phrase is used as a figure of speech for asking someone to leave.
kick your feet upWhen someone tells you to kick your feet up, what they mean is for you to relax and unwind by literally putting your feet up. When you relax in the physical sense you typically sit back and put your feet up such as on a chair or a coffee table; figuratively, the phrase means about the same thing where kicking your feet up means to relax and unwind, usually after a long and tiring day.
kill em with kindnessKill em with kindness is the phrase commonly used when you want to refer to the concept of being overly nice and kind to someone unpleasant or who is one of your enemies as a way to prevent further judgment or unkindness from them. You would usually kill someone with kindness when they are being very unpleasant to you and instead of acting the same way, you choose to be the better person by acting like a more nice and kind person to them.
kill two birds with one stoneTo kill two birds with one stone means to complete two things with one act, most commonly when you are able to solve two different problems with just one action. This phrase has been used for a long time as a way to describe a solution which will not only fix one problem but two problems. It is another way of saying you should choose a solution which will solve more than one problem.
Kings EnglishKings English is the English speech or usage considered to be standard or accepted, or someone who has received standard English instruction. This phrase is not commonly used in the modern day language or typically everyday conversation, but when it is you can know what it means. The Kings English is another way of saying the standard, proper way to speak and write.
kings ransomA Kings ransom is the phrase usually saved for a very large amount of money or to pay an amount as large as one night have had to pay to get back a king who was held for ransom. This dates back to the day when a King was held for ransom because his ransom would be the highest amount of money a kingdom could come up with; in everyday conversation it means a very large sum of money.
kiss and tellTo kiss and tell means to publicly discuss information which should have been kept private, usually to someone this person knows well and trusts with the information. This can be used literally where you kiss or are intimate with someone and go on to discuss it with other people, or more figuratively in relation to anything that is private but you speak about in public.
kiss assA kiss ass is someone who tries very hard (too hard) to please someone in order to benefit themselves somehow like financial gain, job promotion or other type of instance. It usually involves doing something unpleasant in a way most people dont agree with. This is usually someone looked down upon because if you are a kiss as, you are willing to flatter someone or show undue praise in order to get ahead.
kiss of deathA kiss of death is an act or relationship that has potentially fatal or disastrous consequences and can be used for a variety of different situations and circumstances. The kiss of death is a phrase most commonly used figuratively as a way to say this action which you are considered could potentially ruin you whether emotionally, physically or even related to your occupation.
knock em deadKnock em dead is a phrase used when you want to wish someone good luck before they have something to do in which they might be nervous such as a performance, interview, competition or other type of situation. It is something you will tell someone most likely who are about to go on stage for a competition when you want to tell them good luck and to do a great job impressing the audience.
knock it offKnock it off is an expression used when you wants someone to stop doing what they are doing. It is usually spoken to someone who is annoying you or irritation you with either their actions or words and you will tell them to knock it off. Sometimes the phrase is spoken in a sarcastic tone where someone just tends to be overly irritating in basically everything they do and you tell them to knock it off.
knock it out of the parkKnock it out of the park is a figure of speech which is a term coming from the game of baseball where a player that knocks the ball out of the park is one of the best most skilled players in the game because it is so hard to do. When used as an idiom, the phrase knock it out of the park is referring to doing an amazing, excellent and stellar job in whatever this phrase is referring to.
knock on woodTo knock on wood means to increase your good luck, primarily after saying something that could potentially have negative results and is commonly used as a superstition. There is a superstition which says that if you say something bad has not yet happened that it could now happen because you brought it up. By knocking on a piece of wood (literally) you can stave off the bad luck and hope it doesnt happen.
knock yourself outKnock yourself out is an idiom which is referring to please begin doing whatever it is you are talking about or asking if you can do. As opposed to being knocked out which means to include physical altercations which cause you to become unconscious, someone will tell you to knock yourself out when you want to do something and they are basically telling you to go ahead and do it.
know him from AdamKnow him from Adam is a commonly used phrase which means to have met someone and know things about them. However, the phrase is most often used in the negative where you say you dont know him from Adam who is of course another way of saying you dont know anything about him. It is usually in reference to someone asking you a question about someone, and since you dont know him, you will say that you dont know him from Adam.
know the ropesIf you know the ropes of something it means that you have knowledge of how to do something or how to work something. A person who knows the ropes knows basically every piece, part and detail of something whether it is an electronic instrument, complex idea or even a place. Sometimes it is used in reference to showing someone the ropes where you show them around and teach them about how everything works.
know the scoreTo know the score of something or someone means to know all of the facts whether it means an actual sports game, a situation or all of the facts about life and its difficulties. There are many different situations where this phrase is valid such as two people who seem to be in an argument and knowing the score would be which person seems to be winning the argument, or knowing the score of your own life in regards to various difficulties.
knows it chapter and verseKnows it chapter and verse is an idiom used when you want to speak of something which you know inside and out with a lot of detail, basically to know everything there is to know about something. When someone uses the phrase chapter and verse, it is most commonly a source of information such as a book or an Internet-related informational source of some kind that you have read and know everything about.
knows which side his bread is buttered onIf someone warns you to know which side his bread is buttered on they are trying to tell you to be careful not to upset people who you know can help you. The reason for this idiom is to say that if there is someone who can aid you or help you or provide a benefit to you in some way, you should not judge, insult or upset them otherwise they will not help you in return.
knuckle downTo knuckle down means to work very hard doing something and getting it accomplished. This phrase is often used in reference to someone who has a large project or job to get completed either at work or in school and in order to get all of the work done in a short amount of time; they must knuckle down and do it. The word knuckle is used in a variety of idioms as a way to describe trying something with a large amount of effort.
knuckle sandwichA knuckle sandwich is the term used when you want to describe a proverbial punch to the mouth, whether it was warranted or not. Usually a knuckle sandwich is a punch to the mouth or other place on the face, but most typically the mouth in the middle of a fight. Since you usually punch someone with your knuckles and a sandwich relates to the mouth, this is where the origin of the phrase comes from.
knuckle underTo knuckle under means to give way, give in or submit to someone or something else. Knuckle is often used in phrases which involve physical altercation so by using knuckle but with the word under it is trying to say the opposite of something physical or abuse. To knuckle under is when someone is submitting to someone else or giving in to something that they previously stood up for.