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tackle my homeworkTackle my homework is a phrase often used as a way to say they are about to do their homework. By using the term tackle in reference to doing their homework, it often refers to either having no interest in it, not wanting to procrastinate anymore, or homework projects or assignments which they know beforehand are going to be somewhat difficult or more work than a typical homework assignment would be.
take a hikeIf someone uses the term take a hike, they mean to ask someone to leave, usually in a rude way. This phrase is most commonly used in an impolite manner in order to tell somebody to leave your presence or leave where they currently are. When someone tells someone to take a hike, they mean to say take a walk in other words, to leave the place they are currently at; usually this is a person not very well liked by the person who says it.
take a long walk off a short plankTo take a long walk off a short plank is a way to tell someone to leave in a very impolite manner. By telling them to take a walk off a short plank, they are referring to pirate ships where the person would walk off a plank to die as they would either die on impact or drown in the water. This is a slightly rude or even cruel way to tell someone you want them to leave and stay gone permanently.
take him to taskTake him to task is another way to say you have scolded or reprimanded someone. It is usually spoken to someone who you feel should scold someone else for doing something wrong or against the rules, not necessarily when speaking in past tense, however it can be spoken during both occasions. It is simply another way to say you want someone to be reprimanded for something they did that was not allowed.
take it and run with itTake it and run with it is a phrase used when you want to make it a point that you should not wait for something better or try to change what is available now, because it may not be possible in the future. You should just appreciate what you have and work with what you have in the present rather than waiting for something better in the future. This is another way to simply take what you have and make it work for the current situation.
take it at face valueTo take it at face value means to accept someone or something exactly as it appears or to believe that the way things appear or are shown to you, is the way they really are. By telling someone to take it at face value, you are telling them to see how things currently appear and know that this is how they truly are and you should appreciate that whether it is a person, thing or other type of situation.
take it easyTo take it easy means to settle into a comfortable sitting position in a literal sense, but is also used figuratively. When someone tells you to take it easy, they mean to tell you to relax and make yourself at home. It can also be said sarcastically to someone who seems to over-exaggerating a situation or making a big deal out of things which shouldnt be a big deal to most people. Take it easy is most commonly referring to relaxing.
take it like a manTo take it like a man means to respond to pain, adversity, stress or hardship with an aggressive, typical or often stereotypical manner. The stereotype of taking something like a man means to handle some type of stressful or problematic situation without crying, questioning, or complaining about it in a more collected way than others and without becoming overly emotional. The phrase can be used for both men and women.
take it on the lamTake it on the lam is a phrase that means to get out of town immediately or to run away from something. This is usually as a negative phrase which describes someone who is running from something or someone, typically because they have done something illegal or against the rules. However it is also used as a more casual phrase when describing someone wanting to run away from where they are very quickly.
take it or leave itTake it or leave it is another way of saying your only choices are to take what you are being given or offered, or have nothing at all. The phrase is used in a variety of situations, whether from a parent to their child or between co-workers or peers. The basic use of the phrase is when there is only one choice to offer someone and rather than them complaining about it, you tell them its this or nothing at all.
take it to the limitTake it to the limit is a common idiom which refers to doing as much as possible, usually pushing yourself to work the very hardest with as much endurance as you currently have. Taking it to the limit is about pushing yourself to the limit, as in that you work as much as humanly possible for the given situation. You would typically use this phrase for someone who has proven that they have done their very best work.
take one for the teamTo take one for the team means to sacrifice yourself in order to benefit others through an act you are willing to do in order for their benefit. This phrase may used for various situations which range from casual acts to those which are more serious and often life threatening. If you have taken one for the team, you have chosen to volunteer to take the blame for something, or done something unpleasant for the sake of others.
take the bull by the hornsTake the bull by the horns is what some people say as a way to tell them to confront a problem head-on and deal with the problem openly and honestly. By grabbing a bull by the horns, you are accepting that the current problem could be very tricky (or dangerous) but you know that the quickest way to get it resolved is to just grin and bear it, be courageous, and confront this problem in a way that you can deal with it openly and in an upfront manner.
take the plungeTo take the plunge means to do something important or very difficult that you have been thinking about doing for quite a long time. If you are taking the plunge, you are aware beforehand of the possible consequences or ramifications as it has been on your mind for a long time, and you are finally able to do it. This is a common phrase for individuals who have decided to get married, knowing it might be difficult but it is important for them to do it.
take the scenic routeTo take the scenic route means to go the wrong way or the long way around. By taking the scenic route, you are not necessarily choosing this way for the aesthetic pleasure of seeing more of nature or scenic things, but you have probably taken a wrong turn and your path has become longer; it is a way to sort of make fun or make light of the fact that you have chosen a path which is much longer than what you originally intended.
take this job and shove itTake this job and shove it is somewhat of a colorful phrase that individuals use when they want to tell someone they no longer want their job and they are quitting. It is a rude and impolite way to tell someone you dont like their job anymore, but is most often said not to your boss but to your friends or family as a way to show your disinterest. What began as a popular line from a country music song, has become a cliche over the years.
take your fate into your own handsTo take your fate into your own hands means to do something yourself, without relying on other people to help you or give you things or do things for you. You are taking your fate into your own hands by handling the various details about any given situation yourself. This is usually referring to your life as a whole, where it may have gotten more stressful or difficult lately and you want to make it known you will handle it yourself.
taken with a grain of saltIf something is taken with a grain of salt it means something you were just told such as an explanation or a story is heard by you by you have considerable doubt. While you are trying to acknowledge what was said and you want to give them the benefit of the doubt, you definitely dont agree with it entirely and have many doubts about what was said. You dont necessarily disagree, but you are keeping your mind open to the possibility it is not true or meaningful.
takes its toll on youIf something takes its toll on you, it means that some kind of loss or damage has occurred through an accident or other type of disaster. This may be a physical disaster of some sort like an earthquake which has taken its toll on you in a more literal sense because you now have to deal with the ramifications. Another more figurative way to use this phrase is when something is affecting you in a more emotional or psychological way.
takes one to know oneIt takes one to know one is a very common phrase which is used as an expression to others to criticize them for judging others for the same type of faults they have. In other words, its another way to say something is acting like a hypocrite because they are looking down on someone else for the very things they themselves have. For instance, if they judge someone based on their poor language, that person probably also has poor language skills.
taking his pound of fleshTaking his pound of flesh is a phrase used when a payment or punishment that involves some type of suffering and sacrifice on the part of the person who is being punished. This has to do with someone who is being punished for doing something bad to someone else, or possibly illegal, and having to sacrifice something or go through pain and suffering during his punishment; this pain and suffering might be physical or mental.
talking behind his backTalking behind his back is another way to say someone is speaking about someone else secretly behind their back or without their knowledge, or possibly by simply keeping a secret from someone. If you are talking about someone, whether it is good or bad, and that person does not know you are talking about them even after the fact; that is known as talking behind their back. It is usually in reference to bad things being spoken about someone.
talking out of your headTalking out of your head means to be speaking too much about someone or something. If you are told you are talking out of your head, this typically means you are saying too much or explaining more than what is necessary. Perhaps this person thinks you dont need to go into such a long rant or explain the situation so thoroughly; by talking out of your head, you are literally speaking everything you are thinking.
tall, dark and handsomeTall, dark and handsome is a cliche term used for a man who is attractive with these specific traits. In the past, a man who is tall, dark and handsome in the literal sense, is known as a very attractive man that many women go for. It is now used as a cliche for a man who is ideal for almost any woman, as this type of appearance in a man is liked by many women. The cliche is used in a variety of different situations.
tarred and featheredTarred and feathered is a way to say that you are punished in a very cruel way which is also highly embarrassing and usually done in the public eye where others can see you. This originates from when people would be punished by being smeared with tar all over their body and face and then covered with feathers as a punishment that would be done in front of the rest of the town or village.
tear into itTear into it is a common phrase used for attacking with great vigor or violence. This is obviously a figurative term as you are not really tearing into someone, but the term tearing is often used as a cliche for beating someone or attacking someone with physical brute force in a very severe way. Someone who is tearing into someone else is not having many inhibitions and fighting with anger and not holding back in the slightest.
tell your story walkingTo tell your story walking has different definitions which might be positive or negative, also known as the friendly and unfriendly version. If it is said in a friendly way, it usually means the story being told should be shared while they are in route, usually if they are in a hurry to get some place. However when spoken in a negative and unfriendly way, it means that whatever they have to say, do it while they are leaving.
tempest in a teacupA tempest in a teacup is a phrase used when referring to an argument or a disagreement which has taken place about a minor matter. This is another way to say that the thing you are disagreeing on, or arguing and fighting about, is not a big deal. This thing which you intend on arguing about so angrily is only a very minor matter, and more important things should be focused on rather than these meaningless fights.
testing ones mettleTesting ones mettle means to be prepared to accept a challenge and do your best during the challenge. If you are testing someones mettle, you are telling them to be as prepared as possible to accept this challenge or other type of problematic situation, and once they have made their preparations, they should do their very best during the challenge in order to have a successful outcome.
thank God its Friday (TGIF)Thank God its Friday (TGIF) is a very common phrase which means that you are very glad it is Friday because that marks the beginning of the weekend which is usually when you have no work or school and are able to enjoy yourself with other types of activities. This idiom is usually abbreviated and spoken as TGIF to which most people know means Thank God Its Friday; the phrase is commonly used for a variety of situations.
that and a quarter will get you a cup of coffeeThat and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee is a phrase that is used to describe something which is deemed or seems to be worthless. This is often said to someone who you feel is doing or saying something that is completely worthless and meaning nothing to you. By referring to it as that and a quarter buying you a cup of coffee, they mean to day that what you are talking about isnt worth much at all.
that argument doesnt hold waterThat argument doesnt hold water is another way of saying that the current argument is not correct or true and that it is not able to be proved. This is often said in reference to an actual argument which is the literal part of this phrase; if you have said something that the listener does not agree with whatsoever, they might tell you that your argument does not hold water because they dont feel that it could possibly be true.
that burns me upThat burns me up is a common idiom which is an expression for when something upsets or angers you. By using the phrase burning up, this person is making a point that burning means to make their cheeks burn in a way that shows the physical way in which someone is very angry. It is a cliche said in a variety of different occasions to someone who is doing or saying something that is making them very upset.
that chaps my hideThat chaps my hide is a cliche which means to displease or irritate someone which is either said to the person who said or did something irritating, or perhaps to a third party when speaking about someone else. Chapping your hide is something that happens when you ride on a horse and get irritating and unpleasant sores on your hide; figuratively this means that someone is doing or saying something equally unpleasant.
that gets my goad (goat)That gets my goad (goat) is another way of saying something that has happened or something someone has done or said has made you very angry or annoyed with them or with the situation. When someone says that something gets their goad, they mean that it has angered them greatly based on details of the situation or because you expected more for them. This situation is used in a variety of different situations where someone is very annoyed.
that hits the spotTo say that hits the spot is a way to say something was pleasing, as expected, refreshing or to be exactly right in reference to what you were expecting. It is most commonly used for something you were eating or drinking when you were hoping it would be pleasing to the taste and ended up being exactly how you imagined it would be. It if hits the spot, it means it was just how you wanted it to be and was refreshing to you.
that oughta tide you overThat oughta tide you over is a phrase used when you want to say that should be enough for now and may pertain to a wide variety of things. This is used when you want to make a point that you have had plenty of whatever it is which may be a certain item like a food or drink, may be someone doing something for you in which they have done enough, or even someone explaining something to you which you have heard enough of.
that really brings it homeThat really brings it home is a common idiom used to make something more clearly understood, and is usually spoken directly to the person who has done this thing for you or said something that made things more clear. If something is easier to understand after you have asked someone to explain it to you with as much detail as possible, you might say that is really brings it home for you.
that sucksThat sucks is a very common slang cliche term which means that it is unpleasant, regretful or worthless. Something sucking is a negative connotation of the word in which someone does not like what has happened, is on the agenda, or something that somebody has said. Saying something sucks is simply another way of saying you dont like it or agree with it for one reason or another and that it is displeasing in some way.
that was cold-bloodedThat was cold-blooded is an expression used by someone who is speaking about someone doing something which means to be hateful and spiteful in a way that seems to be their character because they tend to do things so heartless they almost seem inhuman. It is a generic term referring to the characters which determine an animals thermophysiology and is used figuratively to describe someones actions.
thatll be the dayThatll be the day is a phrase used when referring to something that will never happen or that is far out of reach. When you use this expression to someone else, it is usually in response to something they have said they hope will happen someday or might happen but you want to make it a point that it is very unrealistic and you truly believe it can never happen for whatever reason.
thats a load off my mindIf someone says thats a load off my mind they mean to say that this something is much more relaxing and they can now be less stressed or frustrated about something. It is a cliche used when speaking about something that has been bothering them for quite a while and causing them undue stress, such as bills to pay or a big project to finish, and once it has been resolved, they will say it is a load off their mind.
thats a wrapIf someone says thats a wrap they mean to say that something has been successfully completed. While it is more common to hear this spoken when a movie production has been completed or possibly a stage production, it is also used for other situations in which it was a long process or a long road, but is finally completed and in a very successful and pleasant way. Any task you complete can have the phrase thats a wrap after completion.
thats about the size of itThats about the size of it is an expression used when you want to say that is the way it is, or that someone has done or said something you agree with and want to reassure them they are correct about it. This usually pertains to the way something is or the way a situation typically goes; by saying thats about the size of it, they mean to agree with you that it is a pretty typical way it usually goes in this particular occurrence.
thats all folksThats all folks is a popular catch phrase which has become a cliche over the years due to how often it is used. The phrase thats all folks started during the Looney Tunes cartoons when it said Thats All Folks on the banner at the end of every episode. It is now commonly said or used in a variety of situations where someone wants to say that is all such as the end of a big project or presentation.
thats easy for you to sayThats easy for you to say is another way of telling something they can easily say that because what is being discussed does not really affect them the way it affects others. This is typically spoken to someone who seems to be talking about judgment of others for not doing something a certain way, but in actuality they dont have personal experience with it so they dont really know how this thing is done as others probably do.
thats icing on the cakeThats icing on the cake is a phrase used when something good is added to something else that is good, so that it is twice as good as it began. By saying icing on the cake, the cake is referring to one good (sweet) thing and when you add icing, it is just better but doesnt mean it wasnt pleasant and acceptable to begin with. When used, this typically refers to something already successful and something else just makes it that much better.
thats it in a nutshellThats it in a nutshell is an idiom which refers to something being concisely right, or another way to say that they are correct in a few words. When something is spoken and they have gotten it right in a nutshell, it means that they have successfully explained something or summarized a certain type of conversation or situation in such a way that it required very few words to explain it successfully.
thats just the tip of the icebergThats just the tip of the iceberg is another way to say that that is just a very small part of something that is much larger or more important than what they are referring to. This is most commonly said in response to someone speaking of just one small detail but not seeing the big picture. In a dilemma or issue which is very large and important, the small details or the tip of the iceberg because the dilemma is much bigger than those details.
thats old hatThats old hat is a phrase which sounds to be used in incorrect English, but is actually exactly how this idiom is used. What an old hat is referring to is anything that is not new or modern any longer and has become outdated. For instance if someone refers to a certain trend or style that was modern in the 1980s, in the 2000s it is no longer modern and is quite outdated; this is known as old hat.
thats par for the courseThats par for the course is a common cliche which is used to refer to something being very typical and expected, such as someone or something that is highly predictable and what has just been said or something that has happened is exactly what everyone expected would be said or would happen. This can be used in a variety of different types of situations in which something was said or done that most others find to be very typical.
thats the $64,000 questionThats the $64,000 question is a cliche due to the same dollar amount being used in most cases of when this phrase is spoken. What this idiom means is that it is a question that is the most important and most difficult question to answer concerning a particular problem or situation. It is usually spoken to the person who seems to pinpoint the most difficult question to answer in whatever situation or problem it is pertaining to.
thats the long and short of itThats the long and short of it is another way of saying that they have said everything completely, in sum, or the very heart of the matter. It is also a way of telling someone they have surely told it all because they have told the long and the short of it which means they must have covered absolutely everything there was to be covered.
thats the way lady luck dancesThats the way lady luck dances is a phrase which is often used when somebody has decided to accept the outcome of a situation as being inevitable. The cliche is very commonly used to explain the idea that there are some things we arent able to control and that once they have happened, we therefore have no other choice but to live with the results.
thats the way the ball bouncesThats the way the ball bounces is a cliche term which means that you cant always control everything that happens to you and you should learn how to accept the bad things that do happen. It is another way of saying just to learn to accept things that happen to you, both good and bad because sometimes there is just nothing you can do about it.
thats the way the cookie crumblesThats the way the cookie crumbles is a phrase which means that occasionally bad things are going to happen to you in a way that you could not have known beforehand and nothing you could have done would have prevented it. In this way, you should simply accept it rather than be upset over it or wish you had done more to prevent it from happening. The phrase was made popular again after the movie Bruce Almighty came out.
thats water under the bridgeThats water under the bridge is a phrase used when something has happened and you cant change the results. Many times bad things will happen to you and you will often be very upset or regretful over the situation. However, the past should remain the past because even if is still causes you frustration, regret or anger, there is nothing you can do about it and you cant go back and change the events.
the acorn doesnt fall far from the treeThe acorn doesnt fall far from the tree is a phrase most often used when a child acts very similar to their parents in one way or another. They might show very similar traits either physically, emotionally, intellectually or creatively. This originates from an acorn falling from a tree and remaining close to that tree, which refers to children not moving very far from where they grew up or from their parents, therefore they pick up many of their traits.
the belle of the ballWhen someone refers to another person as being the belle of the ball, what they mean is that this is the most attractive woman at a social gathering. It doesnt necessarily have to be a ball, but this is where it originated at the belle of the ball was always the most attractive and sought after woman at the ball. Nowadays it can be in reference to any type of social gathering such as a party, dance, or another occasion.
the best thing since sliced breadThe best thing since sliced bread is a very common idiom that most everyone has heard of at least once in their life. When something is referred to being the best thing since sliced bread, they mean to say that this person or thing is extremely good, often much better than they really are. It refers to sliced bread being one of the most popular inventions in history, but really have bread pre-sliced isnt much better than regular loafs of bread, though some people see it as being superior.
the bigger they are the harder they fallThe bigger they are the harder they fall is another way of saying that someone who is very prominent or superior and they fail, their failure will then be more dramatic. This is true of anyone who is considered prominent which may be the fact that they are a public figure or well known in another way, someone in the public eye often, or someone who is a president or CEO of a large corporation; the phrase is true of anyone who holds some type of leadership.
the birds and the beesThe birds and the bees is a very common cliche which is referring to the explanations of the basic information about sex and reproduction to children. Typically when parents or other adults get to the point where they need to explain sex and reproduction to their children, it is a very awkward experience. This is often referred to as the birds and the bees because it has to do with explaining how everything works.
the blind leading the blindThe blind leading the blind is a common idiom which is referring to uninformed and incompetent people leading others who are similarly incapable. This is usually spoken to someone in a negative way about a situation which does not have a good success rate because someone incapable is trying to teach or lead another person or group of people who are also incapable; it leaves some room for error and mistakes along the way.
the bottom lineIf someone refers to something as being the bottom line, they mean to say that it is the most important fact in the current situation being discussed. The bottom line is usually the most important aspect of any type of situation where the rest of the details are merely minute details and not as important. Usually someone will say something is the bottom line in reference to everyone listening and paying attention at least to this important point.
the buck stops hereThe buck stops here is another way of saying that responsibility is not passed on beyond this point, as this is where everything stops. In this phrase, buck is used as a way to speak of buck as in a dollar, or money in general; however it can also be used for any type of responsibility as a more figurative use of the word. Any situation where someone wants to say this is the stopping point, they might say the buck stops here.
the butler did itWhen someone says the butler they did it, they mean to say that the current situation happened just the way it always happens. This is another way of saying that something resolved itself in just the same way it usually does, and it came as no surprise to anyone. This can be used in a positive or negative way, though it is most commonly spoken as something negative, such as something always seeming to go badly.
the calm before the stormThe calm before the storm is the quiet period just before some type of excitement, great activity or catastrophe occurs. There always seems to be a moment of silence and peace and tranquility before something disastrous happens, whether it is literal or figurative. The phrase originated as literally being the calm before a big storm, but is now used for other situations such as if something exciting might be about to happen.
the cats meowYou have most likely heard the phrase the cats meow but may have never actually known what it meant. The cats meow is usually a label given to someone who is very admired or even a thing or object which is very admired and liked by many. By saying something or someone is the cats meow, this person means to refer to them as being superior, admired, talented, skilled, or simply someone or something everyone seems to adore.
the cats pajamasThe cats pajamas is another common idiom which is used often even by individuals who arent entirely familiar with its meaning or origin. When someone refers to someone or something as the cats pajamas, they means to say this person or think is very special, incredible or great. It often indicates some kind of stylish in a person or innovation in a new object invented by someone with a lot of talent and skill.
the check is in the mailThe check is in the mail is a catch phrase which is often used by people or organizations to appease their creditors so that they will stop being harassed. This has become a cliche because of how often it is used in order to get creditors off their back. Typically individuals who owe money to creditors, will respond to their request for payment by saying the check is in the mail as a way to convince them they will pay them soon; whether this is true or not.
the cream of the cropThe cream of the crop is a phrase used when speaking about the best of all or the best of everything when you have a collection of things to choose from. This idiom can be used and is used in a variety of situations where it becomes relevant. Any time there is a selection of things or people to choose from, the cream of the crop will be considered the best one whether form physical appearance, talent or skills, intellect or other important details.
the devil is in the detailsThe devil is in the details is a phrase people often use which means that small things in plans and schemed are very often overlooked and this can cause many problems later down the line. This is a negative phrase which insists that if you ignore all of these small, yet important details, the situation or scheme may turn around to not be what you expected and in fact turn out badly; as is symbolized by the devil in this cliche.
the devil made me do itThe Devil made me do it is a common phrase used by someone who intends to point the blame of something they did that they got caught doing. This can be pertaining to any type of situation and may be spoken by someone of any age, including children, teens and adults. The devil made me do it is a cliche because of how often it is used in order to escape the blame for doing something wrong.
the dog ate my homeworkThe dog ate my homework is an extremely common cliche used as an excuse for not completing something on time; it is typically seen as a joke and somewhat of a poor excuse that is merely a cliche and not used as a literal reason for not completing homework or a work duty. When someone says their dog ate their homework, they most likely are making fun of the fact that they did not complete their homework.
the early bird gets the wormThe early bird gets the worm is a phrase that means if you wake up and get to work early, you will succeed far more than someone who wakes up and gets to work late in the day. This is sometimes used as a remark about someone who is awake and working surprisingly early, but often said to this person in a sarcastic way as in relation to them trying to get ahead of all the other people at their job.
the earth movedTo say the earth moved is often an expression used for describing how good a certain experience was, most commonly used for sexual experiences with others. By saying the earth moved, no matter what type of situation it is referring to, means that something happened during this experience that they felt something they have never felt before; something that seemed surreal and like a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
the exception that proves the ruleThe exception that proves the rule is a common phrase used for something that doesnt follow a rule showing that the rule exists. If someone or something is the exception to the rule, it means that they are the one person or the one thing where the rules dont apply because something about them is different than what the rule insists is true of all people or things in relation to them.
the eyes are the windows to the soulThe eyes are the windows to the soul means that if you look into someones eyes you can read them better and sometimes literally see through to their soul where you can feel or sense the kind of person they are. It comes from Hiram Powers who was an American sculptor and said The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for mans intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye.
the fair-haired oneThe fair-haired one is a cliche term which is used to label someone as being a liked, pleasant or favored person. This is spoken when someone favors fair haired people over those with darker shades of hair like brown or auburn, but prefers men or women with blonde hair. It is an older phrase that is now used more as a cliche or even slang term for fair-haired people being superior to other hair colors.
the fickle finger of fateThe fickle finger of fate is a phrase which refers to being fickle as meaning changeable and not steady. The fickle finger of fate means that something ominous or that may happen in the future without determination of a specific time frame. In other words, the fickle finger of fate is something that may happen at any time in the future and there is no way to guess when that might be.
the final analysisThe final analysis is a phrase which means to say something in truth, when all the facts are known and when the truth becomes known. The final analysis is usually said when someone has been speculating about what the final outcome will be and has then proved the outcome because the facts are known and they have been able to figure out the finished outcome.
the full montyThe full monty is a phrase used for the whole thing or something being complete. It is often used when describing any type of thing or situation where absolutely everything is concluded and something is complete which may be the situation. This idiom can be used for a wide variety of situations and instances in which you are talking about the full monty as meaning the whole entire thing.
the girl next doorThe girl next door is a cliche which refers to anyone who is ordinary, normal, not rich and famous, or nobody in particular that is exciting to someone else. Rather than being a literal term for a girl who lives next door to you, this term is used for any girl (or boy in boy next door) that seems very ordinary, such as the person living next door to you and not in some elaborate mansion or that has a lot of money and power.
the gospel truthThe gospel truth is the phrase used for the undeniable truth, or some type of fact that is undisputable by anyone because it is guaranteed to have happened. The gospel truth may be spoken or used in a variety of different situations or conversation where the person wants to make the point that what has just been shown or spoken is the absolute, guaranteed truth that cannot be denied.
the grass is always greener on the other sideThe grass is always greener on the other side is a phrase used to refer to the way people tend to look at other peoples lives in envy and often think other people have better things than they do. It is another way to speak about the jealousy people tend to have about what others have in regards to where they live, their finances, jobs, material possessions and even the types of families they have.
the greatest thing since sliced breadThe greatest thing since sliced bread is a common idiom used when someone or something acts if they are superior to others, are extremely good in every way, but are usually better than they really are. Someone who sees themselves as being the greatest thing since sliced bread is typically very egotistical in the way they view their own talents and skills, but are often not as good as they seem.
the hair of the dogWhen someone speaks about the hair of the dog, they are referring to a very small measure of drink, usually intended to cure a hangover. This is sometimes referred to as the hair of the dog that bit you, in that in order to cure a hangover, you would drink a very small amount of the same type of alcoholic beverage that caused the hangover in the first place; this originates from the fact that people used to think applying the hair of the dog that bit you to your wound, it would heal.
the hand that rocks the cradleThe hand that rocks the cradle is a cliche which means women are very powerful because they often have the most influence over the way in which children will develop into adults. This is referring to the hand that is rocking the cradle as the mother, or perhaps the babys nanny or other caregiver. It is to say that whoever raises the child has the most influence on the way they turn out.
the left hand doesnt know what the right hand is doingThe left hand doesnt know what the right hand is doing is a very common idiom which is a biblical verse that refers to the fact that one part of an organization usually does not know what another part of the organization is doing. While most commonly referring to a company or group of people in an organization, this phrase can be used for a variety of other situations with a large number of aspects that dont always know about each other.
the life of the partySomeone who is referred to as the life of the party is usually a person who is very lively and helps to make a party more fun and exciting. This person is usually the center of attention during the party, and no matter how dull or boring a social occasion might be, they will keep it fresh, fun and exciting for everyone. This person is usually invited to most parties because they tend to excite others and make it enjoyable for everyone.
the lights on but nobodys homeThe lights on but nobodys home is a phrase used when someone thinks another person is stupid or lacking intelligence or when somebody does not react to something they have seen or heard because they are thinking about something else. A lot of the times, it is used more in reference to someone who doesnt seem to be paying attention to what is going on, because they have other things on their mind.
the long and short of itThe long and short of it is a cliche due to how often this idiom is used in everyday conversation. When someone speaking about the long and short of something, they are referring to the most important point of something or the summary and completion of the matter currently under discussion. This usually refers to something, or some type of situation, in which there is one important detail that summarizes everything.
the long arm of the lawThe long arm of the law is a very common phrase used to speak about the police, the cops, or the law of which they work to enforce. The long arm of the law is an older phrase that may not be used as often as calling them police or cop, but it does mean the same thing. Most often, it is used when someone wants to speak about laws in general, such as one that seems to be strict would be referred to as the long arm of the law.
the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh awayThe Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away is a biblical verse that means there is nothing God gives you that people on Earth can take from you. If you have material possessions or money taken from you that has nothing to do with God because you earned it it was not given to you. However if you are worried your faith, religion, belief system, health, or soul will be taken from you; dont be worried because people cant take those things.
the lord moves in mysterious waysThe lord moves in mysterious ways is a way of expressing confidence that a conundrum has a solution despite the fact that the solution may not be obvious or completely apparent. It can also mean that what seems like an unfortunate or unpleasant situation or change may actually end of being beneficial to you later on. By referring the lord as working in mysterious ways, it means things that do or do not happen have a meaning, even if you cant see it yet.
the low man on the totem poleThe low man on the totem pole is a phrase used for the least important or the lowest ranking person of any group or organization. This is often used for someone who has just started at a new company; since they are the newcomer, they are the low man on the totem pole, but with time and experience, they will slowly move up the figurative totem pole as other new employees start at the bottom.
the luck of the drawIf something is referred to as being the luck of the draw, it means that it is the result of chance or fate and that you have absolutely no control over it. Something being the luck of the draw, is purely by fate and chance such as the lottery; you cant decide what numbers will be chosen, but you try your best and hope that the numbers chosen will be yours, but you can only rely on luck.
the melting potThe melting pot is known as the place where people of different races and backgrounds and who are from a variety of countries live together in unison. This is a way to describe any type of gathering or situation where people from all walks of life, including different country origins, backgrounds, races, religions, beliefs and political views all come together and work together and live together.
the more the merrierThe more the merrier is a phrase which means that the more people there are, the happier and better off the situation will be. This is usually spoken casually when someone asks if they can join your group or gathering. When people think that more people will actually make it more enjoyable or benefit the group in some way, they will tell the person, the more the merrier.
the more things change, the more they stay the sameThe more things change, the more they stay the same is an ancient proverb which has slowly become a cliche due to how often it is used in books, movies, and other forms of media as well as in personal conversations. The phrase is making the observation that turbulent changes do not always affect reality on a deeper level than to prove the status quo. In other words, just because something seems to be changing, doesnt mean everything will.
the more we learn, the less we knowIf someone says the more we learn, the less we know, they mean to say that the more we learn, the more we tend to understand how much we have yet to learn. Rather than being a literal phrase where you learn new things and then forget new things, the phrase means quite the opposite. If you begin becoming wiser to the way the world works, and understand more things, you will then be able to understand how much you still have to learn.
the nail that sticks up gets hammered downThe nail that sticks up gets hammered down id another way to say that someone or something that sticks out in an obvious way is usually the one who will get an example made out of them. Someone who is very noticeable or stands out in some way, whether physically or literally, they are often noticed by everyone including someone who will be punishing a group of people. This person tends to be the one to be hammered down.
the night is young and so are weThe night is young and so are we is a common idiom which is often used to describe being young of age or feeling young and wanting to go out and enjoy the night. This phrase is most commonly said to a group of likeminded people, often a group of friends or co-workers, who feel young and lively and energetic and want to use that energy by going out on the town and enjoying themselves.
the old ball and chainThe old ball and chain is a jocular phrase used to describe someones spouse, or somebody as being somewhat of a burden to them, such as in the case of a job. However while it can be used in various other situations, someone typically says this person is their ball and chain when it is their spouse; usually the wife. For many years, a wife has been the stereotype for nagging and telling the husband what to do, making them a ball and chain.
the one that got awayThe one that got away is a phrase used for someone who got away, such as a romantic involvement with someone who you let get away. The phrase originated from fisherman who would talk about the big fish that got away from them. However it is more commonly said as a way to speak fondly and regretful about someone a person had romantic interest in, but for whatever reason they never got involved in a relationship with them.
the only game in townThe only game in town is a phrase usually referring to there being just one of its type, no matter what it is referring to. This isnt necessarily used as a literal term for an actual game or sport, though sometimes it is used to describe the only game or sport in town. Typically, it is used figuratively in that no matter what you are referring to, it is the only one. It might be another type of recreational activity or something entertaining for people in town.
the patter of little feetThe patter of little feet is a phrase used to describe the sound of young children through the house because you often hear the pitter patter of their feet walking across the ground. This idiom is commonly used in reference to there being children in the household and is often used when speaking adoringly about the fact that a couple or a family has small children in their home as a positive expression.
the pen is mightier than the swordThe pen is mightier than the sword is a phrase that was originally coined in 1839 by Edward Bulwer-Lytton who wrote the play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. The phrase refers to the fact that the words you say or write are much more powerful than fighting in the physical way. It shows the importance of being a writer, or being truthful when speaking of it literally, rather than physical violence.
the pick of the litterThe pick of the litter is a phrase used for someone or something being the best of a group. This phrase comes from a litter of kittens or puppies, where the best one is literally the pick of the litter. It can be used in a variety of other situations, and is more commonly used when speaking figuratively. This phrase is used for occasions when you are speaking about a person or thing that is the best one of a group.
the place was crawling with copsThe place was crawling with cops is another way of saying this certain place had a lot of cops. By saying it is crawling with cops, they mean to say there were a large number of police; so many in fact, it seemed like everywhere they looked, there was another cop or cop car. The phrase is used literally for most situations, when speaking of a certain situation where there is literally a lot of cops in the area.
the pot calling the kettle blackThe pot calling the kettle black is a phrase used as the notion of a criticism a person makes of another person that could apply to themselves as well. The phrase refers to the fact that both the pot and the kettle are black so if the pot is calling the kettle black (someone criticizing someone else) they mine as well not because it is could just as easily be turned around on themselves.
the pot of gold at the end of the rainbowThe pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a cliche used for the fact that after a long journey you are rewarded. By saying this, the idiom is used as somewhat of a metaphor that after you have spent your life working hard and going on a difficult journey, you can be glad to know there will be a nice reward after all is said and done, even if it feels impossible to you.
the proof is in the puddingThe proof is in the pudding is a phrase which indicates the fact that this is person is very unintelligence because this thing has to be experienced or utilized in order to prove exactly how good it is. The original saying was somewhat different but gradually was shortened into the proof is in the pudding. Originally, the phrase read the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
the quick and the deadThe quick and the dead, as the living and the dead, is a phrase which refers to something being so loud it would wake the quick and the dead. Quick has often been used for the word living, since the 19th century, but nowadays it is only used in this particular idiom. When someone says the quick and the dead, what they mean is that something happened which was so startling and loud it would wake those dead and alive.
the quiet before the stormThe quiet before the storm is a phrase used for the undeniable truth that before something horrible goes wrong, like a catastrophic event, everything tends to be very quiet. People often view this moment of calm as being a foretelling of what is about to occur and it causes them to be very frightened over what seems inevitable. It has been shown that many times before a big storm, everything becomes quiet.
the real McCoyThe real McCoy is a phrase used when describing something that is not the real thing or something someone is trying to use as a valid substitute but is widely known by everyone else this isnt real. People generally use this idiom when describing a situation where something or someone has been used in place of someone or something else, but they have figured out it isnt a very good substitute.
the road to hell is paved with good intentionsThe road to hell is paved with good intentions is a phrase that refers to the fact that even when people seem to be doing something that seems bad or wrong to you, or maybe even unintelligible, they probably have good intentions. Many of the things which some people deem to be evil have some sort of good intention behind it, even if these intentions are not agreed upon by everyone.
the same old storyThe same old story is something people say when there is a bad situation that has happened to the same person over and over again. The same old story is usually said in pertaining to a bad or unpleasant situation, but can also be used for more positive or optimistic situations in which something good has happened over and over again to someone.
the school of hard knocksThe school of hard knocks is an idiom which means the education a person gets from lifes negative experiences, even when painful, is often contrasted with formal education. What the phrase basically is referring to is the difference between education learned in formal education at school or education learned on the street as in stuff people learn through life experiences.
the shirt off his backThe shirt off his back is a phrase which refers to someone giving things people ask for, usually with a lot of sacrifice and asking for nothing in return. When someone says this idiom, it is usually like he would give him the shirt off his back which refers to someone who is so generous to others that this person would give everything he had to other people, including the shirt off his own back.
the shoes on the other foot nowThe shoes on the other foot now is a phrase used by someone who wants to say that a situation has now been reverse or is the opposite of what it was before. This is usually pertaining to an individual, but also can be used for different types of situations. Primarily, Someone who has been overly negative or judgmental of others will be said the shoe is on the other foot now when they are now in the same position.
the show must go onThe show must go on is a very common idiom which is often used in show business which means no matter what happens, the show will still be put on for the audience who paid for tickets and is waiting for their show. It is common to hear this phrase spoken when something goes wrong, such as a set breaking, costume adjustments, or even the star not showing up due to illness; no matter what, the show must go on.
the skys the limitThe skys the limit is another way of saying that there is no apparent limit whatsoever; that something is endless. When there is no limit to a certain situation, or no limit as to how far someone will go to get what they want, this is referred to as being the skys the limit. The skys the limit is a phrase also used when in particular situations such as describing no limit as to how much a person can take, such as an item of some kind.
the squeaky wheel gets the greaseThe squeaky wheel gets the grease is a phrase used when someone wants to say that the person who complains the most of protests the loudest is usually the one that will attract the most attention. This may be used in a positive or negative light; someone constantly complaining may be able to get something done more quickly, but people protesting the loudest will be the first to be prosecuted for it.
the straw that broke the camels backThe straw that broke the camels back is typically the last in a series of unpleasant events that make someone feel they cannot continue to accept this bad situation. It usually is said after a long string of bad things happening, typically done intentionally by somebody or other types of unpleasant situations. The straw that broke the camels back is usually the one (possibly light or meaningless) thing that pushed someone over the edge.
the stronger the breeze the stronger the treesThe stronger the breeze the stronger the trees means that the trees are typically strong enough to hold any type of strong breeze. What the saying means in the figurative sense, is that the harder or stronger something bad happens to a person, the harder they work and in turn, the stronger they will become in order to get through the bad events.
the stuff that dreams are made ofThe stuff that dreams are made of is a phrase used when speaking about something that is very good and worth dreaming about. When you are talking about something which is so amazingly good that it is practically non-existent, it is known as being stuff dreams are made of, because it is something so fantastic and whimsical that most people dont get to discover it, only dream about it.
the tables have turnedThe tables have turned is a common idiom used when the current situation has changed and given the advantage to the group who had previously been at a disadvantage. This is often used when during some sort of competition, business meeting or even a game of some kind, one team or group of people had been losing or at some sort of a disadvantage but then when the tables are turned, the losing team all of a sudden begins winning.
the tail that wagged the dogThe tail that wagged the dog is a phrase which is used to describe a situation where a small part of it is controlling the whole of something. In the idiom, the tail that wagged the dog, the example is used as a tail for a dog rather than the other way around, because the tail of a dog tends to be a big part of any dog when it is wagging and almost controlling the dogs motions.
the tale of the tapeThe tale of the tape is an idiom used when you are comparing things to see which is better, bigger, longer or more superior. This is most commonly used when comparing sports teams and originated in boxing where the fighters would be measured literally with a tape measure before a fight. It may be used in a variety of situations and used in both literal and figurative connotations.
the teachers petThe teachers pet is a common idiom used when speaking about a teachers favorite student. This phrase is often used as modern slang to speak about someone who seems to be trying to win favoritism from the teacher, which is often used as an insult to this person. Typically someone who is called a teachers pet, will be someone who tries extra hard not only to do their own work, but help out the teacher as well.
the third times the charmThe third times the charm is a highly common phrase which refers to the third time you achieve something, being the lucky and successful attempt. Many people use this idiom due to how common it has been in history that the first two tries of failing at doing something, will actually bring you luck the third time around.
the tides beginning to turnThe tides beginning to turn is an idiom which means a reversal has been caused in the direction of events, or possibly to cause a reversal in public opinion. When someone uses this phrase, what they mean is that the way things have been going in any particular situation, have now suddenly changed due to some unforeseen event, and everything about the situation is now being reversed.
the tip of the icebergThe tip of the iceberg is when a small minute detail, part, or aspect of something is largely hidden or when the truth about something is only a small detail of it, and should not be counted as the main problem. In the case of an iceberg, the size and possible damage of the entire iceberg is what makes it so dangerous, not the tip of the iceberg which on its own is bad, but not compared to the rest of the iceberg.
the truth hurtsThe truth hurts is a common idiom which refers to telling someone thing that they may not want to hear and can hurt them if told. By saying the truth hurts, this person is admitting that while telling the whole truth may be painful, it is necessary in some way but they agree the truth hurts. This is often said to someone after saying something brutally honest to them, and wanting to say the truth hurts.
the twilight yearsThe twilight years are known as the last years before death, or before someone is expected to die. When someone refers to the twilight years of someone, they are speaking of their last years, typically between 2 and 5 years before they are expected to pass. If someone gets a fatal illness when they are older (or younger in some cases) that time period before they died is known as the twilight period.
the whole ball of waxThe whole ball of wax is another way of explaining the whole of something, such as the whole matter or the whole affair, or the entire affair or organization. This idiom is used in a variety of different situations and instances, such as the whole ball of wax referring to the entire project, rather than just small details of it. If a person is referred to is being the whole ball of max, it usually means this person has all of the necessary traits.
the whole kit and kaboodleThe whole kit and caboodle is a phrase used when describing a collection of things, primarily a finished collection. As many other idioms describe the whole of something, this phrase means much the same thing. It can be used for a variety of different situations or connotations, where it may be used literally or figuratively. Generally, someone will speak of the whole kit and caboodle as it relates to a particular instance.
the whole nine yardsThe whole 9 yards is a phrase which is speaking about all of something or in full measure. Nine yards is the length of a typical sports field, usually a football field, therefore when someone refers to someone as being the whole 9 yards, they mean the whole field. Of course the phrase can be used literally, but that is rare. Most often, people use this idiom when speaking figuratively about something which pertains to the whole of something, or to say that all of something exists.
the whole shootin matchThe whole shootin match is a phrase most commonly used to describe the whole of something and may include everything or everyone that is connected to it. This idiom is often used when speaking of all or the whole of something and can be used in a wide variety of situations and connotations. While it can be used literally, it is most commonly said as a figurative expression for describing all of something and everything connected to it.
thems fightin wordsThems fightin words is a common idiom often used when describing something just said that can potentially lead to a fight. This usually means that the words or phrase just spoken were in a negative context, insulting, or judgmental in a way that they could be construed as leading to some kind of argument or altercation. This is somewhat of a literal term because it is used to say that the words may lead to fighting.
there are plenty of fish in the seaTo say there are plenty of fish in the sea means there are a lot of possible people to be in relationships with, often referring to a boyfriend or girlfriend or potential spouse. This phrase is most commonly used in reference to someone just being dumped by their boyfriend or girlfriend or being bummed out about not getting into a relationship with someone they were interested in; it is a common expression to let the person know there are plenty of other people out there to be interested in.
there are starving children in AfricaThere are starving children in Africa is a phrase used when you want to make a point that you should not waste food or resources because there are children in under-developed countries like Africa where children are starving and would love to have the food you are eating. It is also used as a way to describe the reasons why children in developed countries should not complain because in other countries, children are much worse off.
there but for the grace of God go IThere but for the grace of God go I, often simply as There but for the grace of God is a phrase which means someone might have done the same bad thing or experienced the same thing if God has not been watching over them. They say this as an expression which means that something bad might have happened to them if they did not believe in God; but because they do, they tend to have things go their way.
there for the takingIf someone says it is there for the taking, they mean that something is within reach or an opportunity is present. This phrase can be used both literally and figuratively, depending largely on the connotations and the current situation. When something is within reach, it is being used as a literal term. When used figuratively, it usually means some type of opportunity has become available that you have the chance of taking.
there is plenty to go roundThere is plenty to go round is another way of saying there is plenty for everyone. This is usually said in a large group of people or perhaps a party of some kind. Someone will say there is plenty to go around as a way to express that even if there are a large number of people, go ahead and take one (piece of cake, snacks, drinks, other types of items) because there is definitely enough for everyone to have one.
there is something rotten in the state of DenmarkIf there is something rotten in the state of Denmark it means that there is something wrong in a certain situation or some type of corruption. This phrase originates from William Shakespeares play Hamlet in which an officer of the palace guard says there is something rotten in the state of Denmark after the ghost of the dead king appears and begins walking over the palace walls.
there now, that wasnt so bad, was it?There now, that wasnt so bad, was it? Is a common idiom which is often said after someone seems to freak out about something, or over-exaggerating a situation which will then turn out okay. It is an expression said to the person who did the freaking out, as a way to reassure this person that everything is just fine as was just proven by everything working out just fine.
there ought to be a law against thatThere ought to be a law against that is a phrase which indicated some type of disapproval of a situation. This can be used in a variety of situations where the person does not agree about the situation at hand, whether it be something going on, something they heard, or some type of plan other people have agreed upon. It can be used in a casual way or be referring to something more serious and detrimental.
there will be hell to payWhen someone says there will be hell to pay they mean to say that they are very angry at something that has just happened and that when they find out who did this thing, they plan to punish them. By saying there will be hell to pay, this person means to hint that they will be going through hell, such as through verbal or physical punishment. It is usually spoken to a third party, not necessarily the person who has done the wrong thing.
theres a first time for everythingTheres a first time for everything is an idiom which is spoken to refer to the fact that just because something has not yet been done or happened before does not mean it will never happen in the future. It is most commonly said after someone has denied that something exists or denied the possibility of something specific happening; by saying theres a first time for everything, you are given the hope that maybe you will be the one to see it happen for the very first time.
theres a sucker born every minuteTheres a sucker born every minute is a phrase which is most often used to describe how many gullible people there are in the world. By referring to one being born every minute, this is a way to show just how many there are in the world. It is not a literal phrase but a way to exaggerate the point of there seeming to be a lot of gullible, in this case suckers in the world to where it seems like they must be born every minute.
theres more than one way to skin a catTheres more than one way to skin a cat is a colorful and slightly unpleasant phrase which means that there is always more than one way to do something or to get something done. While the phrase is not commonly used as much as when it originated, you will sometimes hear certain individuals referring to being able to choose from different ways to do something, as there being more than one way to skin a cat.
theres more where that came fromTheres more where that came from is an idiom which is used to say that it is easy to find another person or another similar very similar to the one in question. This is often spoken to someone who has lost something or gone without someone, and they are upset; a way to reassure them it isnt too big of a deal is to tell them there are plenty more where that came from.
theres no such thing as a free lunchTo say that theres no such thing as a free lunch is referring to the fact that you dont get anything for free, because even if monetary value isnt asked, there will also be something you must do first in order to receive something. The economic theory of this is that whatever goods or services are provided, are paid for in some way by someone, even if it is not paid by you.
theres no time like the presentTheres no time like the present is a phrase used as an expression to show you think it is a good idea to do something immediately without pause. By saying there is no time like the present; the person is referring to present time and day, as in right now. In whatever they are referring to, they mean to respond to something asking when it should be done by saying it is acceptable to do this thing right now.
theres nothing new under the sunTheres nothing new under the sun is another way of saying that everything that is happening right now has happened before. This is a biblical verse that says theres nothing new under the sun which is the same it is used in modern English language. The phrase has become a cliche because of how often it has been used to describe a current situation or the current actions being done have definitely been done before.
theres one in every crowdTo say theres one in every crowd means that you will find one of every type of person in any group of people you come across. This could be pertaining to any specific type of person or trait about a person whether good or bad. It is most commonly used as something specific about someone, where you make a general statement about the fact that you are not surprised you have come across them because there is usually one in every crowd.
theres something fishy about thatTheres something fishy about that is a phrase used when you want to say that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Another definition for this phrase is that what is currently happening or being discussed seems very suspicious to others. This may be in relation to any sort of situation where someone suspects somebody of lying or hiding the whole truth from everyone else.
theres something Ive been meaning to tell youTheres something Ive been meaning to tell you is an expression often spoken to someone else where you want to speak about something very important or a certain private matter that you feel is important to discuss with them. This has been used most often in relation to coming out as a homosexual to your children or other members of your family, but can be used in any sort of situation where you are telling something you have been keeping a secret.
these things happenThese things happen is an expression which implies that the action causing the saying was so hopelessly terrible to the person who spoke it, that they dont have anything to say and use it as a means of justifying this terrible event. By saying these things happen, it is often simply the only thing you can think to say in response to something which you do not believe has many other explanations.
they gave him carte blancheTo say they gave him carte blanche means that they give the authority to do whatever you think is right under the current circumstances. This means that the other person now has the right and the authority to use their own judgment calls on certain details of the situation at hand because you trust this person and for whatever reason, are unable to handle these things yourself. This usually means that you are typically the leader, but must pass the responsibilities to someone else, temporarily.
they threw the book at himThey threw the book at him is when someone is charged or convicted with as many crimes as possible. The book in this phrase is in reference to the book of law, not the bible which some people tend to think is the case. What it means to have the book thrown at you means when you are convicted of one crime, the jury, judge and lawyers try their best to charge and convict you with many other crimes at the same time.
theyre getting hitchedIf someone says that theyre getting hitched it usually means these people are going to get married in the future. Being hitched has been used as the term for being married for a long period of time now, so much so that is has become a common cliche for speaking about someone getting married. Theyre getting hitches as a phrase is most often used when speaking about two people who plan to get married.
thick as a brickIf someone is thick as a brick is means that they have taken a certain position in a situation which seems idiotic because in actuality, it shows the stupidity of the position they have taken. Most commonly, being thick as a brick is another way of saying someone is dumb or without much intelligence; it can be used in a variety of different situations, but commonly used to describe someone who seems unable to see the real truth about something.
thick as pea soupSomething that is thick as pea soup is typically used as anything which is very thick in texture or thickness itself. It may be referring to something with a texture similar to pea soup such as another type of soup, drink or food product with similar thickness. It can also be for an item with a lot of density, or that is thick in relation to how many inches thick it is. Occasionally it is used figuratively to describe a person who is very thick.
thick as thievesIf people are called thick as thieves, it means that they are very close friends who dont have any secrets from each other. This is usually in reference to a group of people who are so close they dont keep anything from each other, no matter how private or even inappropriate the information might be. In the past, thieves were often very close (thick in this phrase) to each other because it was necessary in order to do their job well.
things are not always as they seemThings are not always as they seem is a phrase which means that the very first appearance of someone or something deceives many people. This is an idiom used often as a way to say that the current situation which is being discussed is not factual and that there are many details about the situation which are false and that may seem a certain way to you, but you are being intentionally deceived by someone.
things that go bump in the nightThings that go bump in the night is the phrase which is used for any sort of scary and supernatural thing, being, monster or event that often occurring after the sun has gone down. Traditionally, most scary or frightening things happen at night so this phrase is speaking about that cliche in that things that go bump in the night are things which often scare people but are supernatural. For example, a ghost or vampire comes out at night but is imagined while a murderer would not be the same thing because they are not supernatural.
think outside of the boxThink outside of the box is a phrase used when you are asking someone to think more creatively, and get away from somewhat conventional constraints. Forget about traditional ideals about whatever you are currently thinking about or discussing, and try to think more creatively and outside of the box in a way you think of possibilities that may be somewhat unorthodox but could also be very possible.
this could be the start of something bigThis could be the start of something big is the expression used by someone who is being very optimistic about the current situation. To say this could be the start of something big, means the person speaking these words has high hopes for what is about to occur and truly believes it will be ending well and very positively. They mean to speak only positivity and optimism and typically dont have many negative things to say about this situation.
this day and ageWhen someone uses this day and age in a phrase or sentence, they mean to say that it happens a different way now or in these modern times. It is typically in reference to something which happened a certain way in the old days but now in the modern times it happens a completely different way. It can be referring to any type of situation where things change over the years such as jobs, school, habits, personal traits, money, cars or styles.
this hurts me worse than it does youThis hurts me worse than it does you is usually said from a parent or guardian to their child after punishing them. What the phrase means is that while the punishment is hurting them (even just emotionally) it is hurting them too because they hate to punish their child, but sometimes it has to be done. It is a way to say that the punishment is for their own good, not because they enjoy doing it.
this is for the birdsWhen someone says this is for the birds, they mean whatever is currently being discussed is only of interest to very gullible people, is worthless or is trivial. This can be a physical item, a person or some other type of thing that is deemed worthless or trivial. Typically someone says this is for the birds when other people seem to be acting very interested in something but the other person knows it isnt very impressive.
this is the last strawThis is the last straw is a phrase often used when someone has gotten exceedingly more angry at someone who continues to make mistakes over and over again. The last straw is typically the last problem that makes someone lose their temper or the problem that finally brought down the collapse of something. It originated from an Arabic story where a camel was loaded with straw until a single straw placed on the load broke its back.
this point in timeThis point in time is a phrase which literally refers to something that does or does not happen in the current time, such as the present. This is often used in either the positive or negative whether to say it will happen at this point in time, or more commonly; speaking of something that is not able to happen in this point in time. The phrase is more often used when describing right now it wont happen but possibly some time in the future.
this towns not big enough for the two of usTo say this towns not big enough for the two of us it means that there are two people in the public eye, or who have some kind of superiority over the rest of the people, that in the small town (or large) two people of the same stature cant be in the same town. The idiom originated as a line from the 1948 animated film Bugs Bunny Rides Again and continues to be used as a way to say every town is only large enough for one superior person.
this wont hurt a bitThis wont hurt a bit is a common idiom which is often used to explain to children that a certain thing wont hurt them. It is very common to use when speaking to children about pending medical procedures, such as a shot; while a shot hurts, it still helps to tell them it will not hurt very much. While more commonly used when speaking to a child who is worried about the possible pain of something, it may also be used in situations with adults.
three sheets to the windThree sheets to the wind is an idiom which means to be very drunk. The origin of the phrase is unknown, but many people believe it originated shortly after drinking became legal again when drinking was at its highest for many towns across the United States. What the idiom means is that someone is very drunk, because they have three sheets to the wind; commonly used in reference to someone so drunk they have passed out.
three strikes and youre outThree strikes and youre out is a phrase that originates from baseball, where literally hitting three strikes makes that player out. Figuratively, the idiom is used as a cliche for describing a situation where someone has three chances until they are finished. This idiom is used in a variety of different kinds of situations which may pertain to a person getting three chances at something, or three strikes in another way.
threw a curve ballIf someone says they threw a curve ball it usually means that they confused someone by doing something surprising, unexpected, or even tricky. This phrase originates from baseball where a curve ball will throw off the other players in the game causing them to be both surprised and confused. When used as a figurative phrase, this idiom can be pertaining to any situation in which someone does something unexpected.
threw a wet blanket on my ideaThrew a wet blanket on my idea is a phrase typically spoken by someone when they want to make it a point that someone else has ruined or destroyed their idea, by throwing a wet blanket on it. This idiom will most commonly be used in response to someone being displeased by the fact that they introduced a new idea to a group, typically during a work meeting, and another person squashed their idea immediately.
threw up my hands in disgustThrew up my hands in disgust is usually something a person will say in response to something that has just happened or been said in front of them. Typically this is an action done by someone who gives up, or who is so flabbergasted by something that has just occurred; they arent sure what else to do about it. Throwing your hands up in disgust primarily means to be giving up under the current circumstances.
throw caution to the windTo throw caution to the wind means to become very careless and take more risks in your life. This is usually a general statement spoken by someone who intends to make some big life choices and choose to live their life with more risks and not caring as much about things like safety precautions or responsibility. Someone throwing caution to the wind no longer becomes cautious about much of anything.
throw in the towelThrow in the towel means you are signaling that you intend to quite or that you admit defeat. This action originated from situations where a towel was literally thrown in which shows that you quit; where before that, a white flag stood as the symbol for giving up. However when the idiom is used in everyday conversation, it is used figuratively in that someone is admitting they are throwing in the towel.
throw out the baby with the bathwaterThrow out the baby with the bathwater is a phrase which is used to suggest that an error could have been avoided if someone good was eliminated while trying to get rid of something bad. In other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential. This can be used in a variety of circumstances where in order to get through an issue or problem, you must eliminate both the good and the bad.
tickle the ivoriesTo tickle the ivories means to play the piano. The keys on a piano are also called ivories or ivory keys because when pianos were first invented, the keys were literally made from ivory. While this is no longer the case in most traditional piano sets, it still remains the cliche. So when someone talks about tickling the ivories, they are referring to the keys of a piano.
tickled pinkTickled pink is an idiom used when someone is very delighted by something that has just occurred or possibly by something they have recently been told. The cliche for being happy or excited about something has been referred to as being tickled pink for many years, and this still reigns true in the modern day language. If a person says they are tickled pink about something, they are delighted about it.
tie one onTo tie one on means to get drunk or to start drinking before the hangover from the previous night has worn off. Usually this phrase is used when someone is trying to battle the symptoms of a hangover by drinking the same type of alcohol that they got drunk with, as to battle some of the nastier side effects. It may also be used simply for someone who wants to remain drunk and intoxicated.
tied up right nowIf someone says they are tied up right now, they are most likely not speaking literally; usually someone being tied is when something is keeping them from being available, such as being busy with work or a school assignment or some other type of responsibility. If a person is unable to help you or unable to spend time with you, they might answer by saying they are tied up.
tighter than a drumTo be tighter than a drum means to be very constipated as the figurative phrase for it. Sometimes the idiom is used for other instances where something is very tight, but is usually referring to the feeling of constipation. The phrase originates from when original drums included the drum skin stretched tight across the end of a hollowed log so that anything inside would be locked away securely.
till death do us partTill death do us part, which you most likely have heard during wedding ceremonies, is a very common phrase spoken by the bride and the groom during a Christian wedding. The idiom indicated a togetherness and commitment to each other. By saying till death do us part, they are promising to stay together until death, as in that they commit their lives to each other for as long as they both shall live.
till the cows come homeTill the cows come home is an idiom which refers to a very long length of time in whatever it is referring to. This can be for how long a person plans to be gone for and some other type of situation in which something will not happen for a long stretch of time. If someone says this thing wont happen till the cows come home, they mean for so long, the time may be indefinite.
time and time againThe phrase time and time again is often referring to something happening over and over again in a repeated fashion. This may be a certain type of occurrence, whether good or bad, and may intentional or accidental. For instance, a certain type of harsh storm happening time and time again is not literal, but someone bringing up the past is definitely deliberate.
time flies when youre having funTo say time flies when youre having fun is a way of saying that you are having so much fun enjoying yourself that you lose track of time as when you are not paying attention to the time passing due to the distractions, it will pass very quickly. This is often used in a humorous way when talking about an activity that was particularly enjoyable, where it was very easy to lose track of time.
time heals all woundsTime heals all wounds is a phrase which is used as a more figurative way of saying that the negative feelings you have will eventually fade away. It is not necessarily used in the literal sense, where all of your wounds, whether mental or physical, will heal completely over time. Rather, it is a way of showing the importance of having patience and understanding you wont always feel this much pain or misery.
time is moneyTime is money is an idiom which is used to refer to a speech spoken by previous U.S. president Benjamin Franklin in which he referred to the notion that time is valuable and money is wasted when someones time and hard work is not used productively. This phrase means to say that you should always be spending your time hard at work, no matter what that work is, being every minute of your life is valuable.
time is of the essenceTime is of the essence is a popular idiom which refers to the importance of keeping with your hard work and deadlines, and is most often used in the business world or seen in contractual agreements. To say time is of the essence means that the deadlines must be met and are not only essential, but required. By keeping to these deadlines set forth by a superior or leader of the project, it will turn out to be successful.
time stands stillWhen someone refers to time as standing still, they are referring to the fact that sometimes everything seems to slow down or stop moving altogether. This is especially true when you are waiting for something to happen and are becoming impatient; in this instance, it literally feels like time is standing still, though of course it isnt. The phrase time stands still is used in a variety of situation where it relates to how slow time moves on occasions.
time to pay the piperTime to pay the piper is a phrase which refers to the importance of facing the results of your actions and to receive punishment for those actions. This is another way of saying that when you do something wrong, you should be responsible for paying the consequences. When someone tells you to pay the piper, they mean that it is time for you to make up for what you said or did or to receive your punishment for your actions.
time waits for no manTime waits for no man is another way of saying that nobody is so powerful that they can actually stop time from passing, or stop the march of time. The original phrase says time and tide wait for no man as a way to say that time passing and the tide (such as the ocean) will not wait or stop going naturally no matter what man does to try to make this happen. These are two of the definite in the world.
time-honoredTime-honored is known as a respected or adhered to person or thing due to their age or age-old observance. This idiom is used in a variety of situations and most commonly for people but not in every occasion. For instance, you might hear someone speak about a time honored tradition in which they are speaking about an occasion or event which is highly respected and has been for many years.
timing is everythingTiming is everything is another way to speak about a consideration of other events and how they can influence the desired outcome. When someone speaking about the timing being everything, they mean that under the current circumstances, the desired outcome is best found out as long as the certain events are done at the exact right time, which is why they say that timing is everything.
tingling with anticipationTingling with anticipation is an idiom used for when someone is on pins and needles and very anxious about something. This person cant seem to get a grip on their thoughts or feelings because they are so anxious about something, whether it is good or bad. Tingling with anticipation is usually referring to a positive occurrence when someone is waiting for something good that will happen, but can also be referring to anxiously waiting for something unpleasant.
tis the seasonTis the season is a very common idiom that most everyone in the United States has heard at least once in their life. It is often used in the media during the holiday season such as on the news, television, or radio broadcasts. Tis the season means to be happy and jolly, primarily around the Christmas season which is the Season the idiom is referring to. It is speaking about everyone having a special joyous and happy feeling around this time of year.
tit for tatTit for tat is an idiom commonly used in the English language which means equivalent retaliation. It is to say that the punishment or action upon someone who did something to you, is in fact an action which is the same or at least equivalent. It is a sort of revenge by using the same tactics they used, whether it is verbal or physical. This is most commonly used in a negative sense to get back at someone.
to assume makes an ASS out of U and METo assume makes an ASS out of U and ME is a phrase which uses a play on words and is basically a literal term combined with a figurative term that means you should not assume things because you end up looking unintelligible. To assume makes an ASS out of U and ME actually uses all the letters in the word to create the idiom, since ASS, U and ME spell assume when the letters are put together in that order.
to be honest with youTo be honest with you is a phrase usually said in the front of a sentence, but sometimes in the middle or the end. When someone uses this idiom, they mean to add these filler words as a way to sound important about what they are saying and be sure the other person in paying attention and really listens to what you are about to say. These are simply filler words that arent necessary but used often as cliches.
to cry wolfTo cry wolf means to raise a false alarm and is a phrase that originated from lines from the old fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Someone crying wolf is when someone raises an alarm, such as a wolf howling, but instead of being for warning or to let people know of some sort of danger, it is actually a false alarm. The term has long since been used as a way to explain someone raising a false alarm, whether intentional or not.
to each his ownTo each his own is a very common idiom which is often used in modern day language which is to say that every individual person has a right to their own opinions and make individual choices. When someone says to each his own, it is most commonly in response to someone being overly judgmental about something, and in defense of them, you will say to each his own in a way as to be open minded about the way others choose to live.
to err is human, to forgive divineTo err is human, to forgive divine is a phrase which is actually an ancient proverb and speaks about the importance of being open minded about people, even when they make mistakes. The proverb means that when people do things wrong, others should try hard to forgive them for these wrongdoings because all people make mistakes, no matter who they are; it makes people human when they make mistakes but ask for forgiveness.
to feather your nestTo feather your nest means that you are using your position or job for personal gain, such as knowing the boss at your company and using that personal relationship in order to advance further in the company. Typically, this is seen as being a negative thing, because using your position or job or someone you know as personal gain is usually in place of actually doing the work in order to gain.
to lie down with lionsTo lie down with lions is a phrase which is similar to sleeping with the devil as you are getting yourself into a potentially dangerous situation, but doing it anyway. When you do something that is very risky without first thinking about the consequences, it is known as lying down with lions. This is a recipe for disaster which most people would know; of course it is figurative and is used for other types of situations where someone does something very risky.
to live from hand to mouthTo live from hand to mouth is a very common idiom which speaks about having just enough money to live on with absolutely nothing extra. By saying you are living hand to mouth, it means you are literally using your hands to make your money, of which the money earned goes straight to feeding, clothing and housing you and your family, but with nothing to spare for entertainment or frivolous purchases.
to my hearts contentTo my hearts content is a common idiom which means that if you do something that is enjoyable to your hearts content, you will do it as much as you want to. Most often, this phrase is said to someone who is asked if they may do something, such as playing a certain type of game, or another form of entertainment. In response, you might tell them to do it to their hearts content.
to the best of my knowledgeTo the best of my knowledge is a phrase which means as far as I know. This is another way of saying that with all of the knowledge you currently possess about this particular subject, then what was just said to you must be true. It is usually a phrase which is followed by a fact of some kind. When you say, for instance, to the best of my knowledge that is how it happened then you are trying to make a point that you think that happened, as far as you are aware of.
to the victor go the spoilsTo the victor go the spoils means that the spoils of victory go to the person who has won, otherwise known as the victor. Some examples of spoils in the traditional sense might be certain types of bonuses or awards, perks, or treasures found. These types of awards are given to the victor, who is the winner of something for all intents and purposes. A victor is known as the person who has won some sort of competition.
toe the lineToe the line is a phrase used when you are referring to conforming to an established standard or political program. This established standard can be for any sort of situation in which there is a traditional and typical way of doing things. When you stick by this traditional standard way of going about things for this type of instance, which is also known as toeing the line.
tongue-in-cheekTongue-in-cheek is a phrase often used as a figure of speech for implying that a certain type of statement or other production is humorously intended and it shouldnt be taken at face value or considered to be a literal interpretation of the way someone acts. It is usually used when in reference to comedians who tend to use slightly insulting comments about other groups of people, but dont mean it as it seems.
too hot to handleIf someone or something is considered too hot to handle, it means that that thing or person is much too dangerous or possibly too difficult to deal with. In this connotation, hot is used to reference someone who is very difficult to deal with, angry all the time which makes them a pain in handling in certain situation, or a type of situation that is very dangerous and risky, therefore too hot to handle.
Too many chiefs and not enough IndiansToo many chiefs and not enough Indians means that there are too many people in a group that want to be the leader and therefore not enough people who are willing to do the following or do the detail work. When everyone wants to be a leader, such as being the chief of a tribe, then there arent enough people doing the additional detail work in whatever the group is assembled for, such as being the Indians or villagers.
too many cooks in the kitchenIf there are too many cooks in the kitchen it means that there are too many people trying to do a basic task and actually making it much more difficult than was intended in the first place. The phrase refers to the fact that when one person is in charge, they can screw it up but is possible to be fixed. However when a bunch of people try to be in charge of something, it only makes matters worse.
too many cooks spoil the brothToo many cooks spoil the broth is a phrase which means that where there are too many people trying to do the same thing, they will make a big mess out of it. The idiom is extremely similar to there being too many cooks in the kitchen and when used figuratively, means virtually the same thing. No matter the situation, when there are a lot of people all trying to do one thing, whether a basic or complex task, that only increases the chances of something being messed up.
too numerous to mentionToo numerous to mention is very much a literal idiom which is referring to there being too many in quantities or numbers than you can possibly mention. Numerous is a word used for numbers which may be any number between minus infinity to infinity and back. By saying they are too numerous to mention, it is not literal but in fact is exaggerating how many there are in whatever situation this phrase is pertaining to.
too rich for my bloodToo rich for my blood means that a certain type of item is too expensive for someones budget, or may possibly be used as being too high in fat content for a persons diet. While these two occurrences are the most common connotations of the phrase, it can be used for other types of situations where something is simple too much for them, in whatever it is referring to. However speaking about something which is too expensive for them is the most typical use of the phrase.
took me to the cleanersTook me to the cleaners or take me to the cleaners is another way of saying someone has been cheated by someone else, typically in a way they were swindled and had money stolen from them in a very deceitful way. This is also used when you are defeated or bested by someone. Most often, taking someone to the cleaners means to trick or swindle someone out of large amounts of money for your own personal gain.
took off like a shotIf someone took off like a shot is usually means they have gone away or left a place very quickly. Taking off like a shot is relating to a gun shot, because a bullet moves so quickly from a gun which is how it causes so much damage. By saying someone or something has taken off like a shot, it means it has gone so quickly it was hardly noticeable, or possibly just to simply do something at a very quick pace.
tooth and nailTooth and nail is a popular idiom which refers to using a lot of effort in order to oppose someone or to achieve something. When you try to do something tooth and nail it means you have tried very hard in put in all of your possible effort in order to achieve something, but most commonly in reference to opposing someone such as fighting them tooth and nail. This may be used in a variety of different circumstances where you put in a lot of effort.
top of the morning to youTop of the morning to you is a phrase which comes straight from an old saying in New Zealand. While many people believe this is an Irish phrase, it actually originates from New Zealand. What top of the morning means is that they want to say good morning as a very pleasant expression and often said by people who believe that they are at the top of the world, and not the bottom of the world.
torn asunderTo be torn asunder means to be torn into separate parts or pieces and may be referring to anything in which this seems like an option. Torn asunder is often used for areas of violence when bombs or explosions of some kind are used in order to blow things (or people in violent movies) up into a lot of different parts or pieces. You may hear this phrase used in a wide variety of scenarios where something is torn or blown to shreds.
touchy feelyTouchy feely is a phrase which is marked by or emphasizing physical closeness and emotional openness with another person. Most often this idiom is used to describe the trait of someone who tends to be overly touchy feely in general, such as someone who is constantly wanting to be physically close to others without being shy about it. It may also be used to describe a specific situation in which someone seemed closer than was expected.
tough as nailsTo be tough as nails means to be very strong and determined and may pertain to a variety of scenarios or situations. This may be referring to a person which is most common, who is overly strong and determined and works as hard as they have to in order to get the job done. However it is not always in reference to a person; any type of thing or situation can be as tough as nails when spoken about figuratively.
tough luckTough luck is an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes; in other words, when something happened which is seen as being very unlucky, someone might refer to that as being tough luck. This is usually in relation to something happening which is just very unfortunate under the current circumstances and was quite unexpected in how unfavorable the outcome became.
tough row to hoeA tough row to hoe is another way of saying that it is a very difficult task to carry out or a heavy set of burdens. By saying something is a tough row to hoe, it is referring to farming in which a certain row of dirt or soil might be very difficult to how, thus making it tough. Figuratively, the idiom means to refer to any sort of situation or even a person which is difficult to carry out and carries a lot of burdens with it.
tow the lineTow the line is a common phrase which means that a person is going with what they are ordered to or expected to do. Tow the line may be seen as a negative thing because this person is usually simply doing what they were told or expected to, without much resistance. However it can also be positive when simply describing that everything is going according to plan and everyone is doing what they were ordered to do.
toxic asssetA toxic asset is a common phrase used for certain types of financial assets where the value has fallen significantly and there is no longer a functioning market for those assets; these assets can no longer be sold as a satisfactory price to the holder. This idiom became popular during the financial crisis in the late 2000s in the United States, and continues to be used in the financial market.
traditional family valuesTraditional family values is a cliche which is defined based on each individuals perception of which values are traditional for their family. However there are some standards that a larger group of people stand by whereas this phrase is commonly used in certain religious or social groups and use the term family values to promote their idea of traditional morality or Christian values.
train of thoughtA train of thought is an idiom which refers to the sequence of ideas someone will have during a certain discourse or thought which comes as a long string of thoughts, also known as a train of thought. Other idioms used for this string of thoughts is a stream of thought, chain of thought, and trail of thought. Often times when you think about one thing it leads to a variety of other related thoughts which is a train of thought.
treated like a dogTo be treated like a dog means to be worked very hard but not reaping many benefits or treated very well. Although most dog owners treat their animals very well, being treated like a dog has long since been the way of describing how you badly treat someone. It isnt very literal in the modern day, but still recognized as working someone hard but treating them badly in the process.
trials and tribulationsTrials and tribulations is the phrase used when you are speaking of the tests of a persons patience or endurance as it is used in the most traditional sense. However trials and tribulations can be used in a variety of different situations where someone is put to the test; not necessarily in a competition, but it can also be used for school or work duties where they go through a variety of tests of their endurance and efforts.
tried and trueTried and true is a common idiom used when something is tested and proved to be very reliable, whether there were doubts of the validity or not. It is often used in the sentence a tried and true method among others, which mean that this particular method of doing something has been done before, proven to be successful and is therefore recommended as a reliable method to others.
trim the fatTo trim the fat means to remove certain people or things from your life and is used in a variety of situations where you want to get rid of people or things that are not benefiting you in some way. Most recently, it is a term used for deleting people from your social connections such as Facebook or Twitter, because you no longer get along with this person or they offer you nothing of importance.
trip down memory laneTrip down memory lane, such as in I am taking a trip down memory lane is a way to say that you are going through memories of the past, usually with material possessions that remind you of that person like photographs or letters, or possibly to revisit places that were important to you in the past, or to talk about past events which remind you of certain things. Another way to phrase this is taking a stroll down memory lane.
trip the light fantasticTrip the light fantastic is a common idiom which means to dance very nimbly or lights or to move in a pattern to musical accompaniment. Trip the light fantastic is a term used in many night clubs or by individuals that spend their time dancing to music, even on video games where they dance lightly. This is not a constructed dance, but rather a very nimble and graceful way to move to music.
trouble with a capital `TTrouble with a capital `T is a cliche which is shown to say just how much trouble someone or something is. This may be pertaining to a person who is in a lot of trouble or causing a lot of trouble for other people, or possibly to describe a certain type of troubling and worrisome situation. By saying trouble with a capital T, they are trying to show just how much trouble it is by capitalizing the word.
true blueTrue blue is a phrase used to describe someone who supports something or something completely. Typically calling someone true blue is in regards to a very specific cause or situation in which this person is an avid supporter of the cause or of the person leading the group or organization. A true blue person is a complete supporter who believes in the cause 100 percent and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the cause succeed.
truth is stranger than fictionTruth is stranger than fiction is a literal phrase which is referring to the fact that things which are true in nature are actually stranger than those which are fictional, or not true. As fiction is the word used for stories which are made up by a persons imagination, rather than a factual event, this phrase is referring to this fact and saying things that truly happen are actually weirder in nature than things a person can dream up.
try as I mightTry as I might is a common idiom phrase which acts as an expression of regret or failure in an introductory way. This is typically in the beginning of a statement where someone regrets that they have not been able to fulfill their obligations or what was expected of them and unfortunately they have failed at their quest. Try as I might is another way of saying this person tried their best at something, but for whatever reason, it did not work out in the end.
try your hand at ________Try your hand at ________ means to try to do something for the very first time, and this will be the first occasion of you putting forth the effort at this thing. The sentence is of course finished by a certain word or phrase to describe what it is pertaining to, such as try your hand at playing poker or try your hand at cooking. This can be used for absolutely anything someone is going to try for the very first time and usually uses their hands for part of the work.
trying to put a square peg in a round holeTrying to put a square peg in a round hole is a figurative phrase where someone does not belong in a particular situation or is very uncomfortable in a certain place because they dont fit in very well. As a square peg does not fit into a round hole, this person is trying to combine two things which do not go together or fit with each other. Figuratively, it usually refers to a person being in a place they feel they dont fit in.
turn over a new leafTo turn over a new leaf means to begin again from scratch, start fresh, or to reform your life and start it over again. Figuratively, this might mean turning to a fresh page whether it is a page of your life or used in another situation. Most often, someone is turning over a new leaf after they have made a variety of mistakes in the past and want to start fresh again. The new leaf is symbolic for starting with something fresh, such as a fresh piece of paper.
turn the other cheekTurn the other cheek is an idiom which is used in Christian doctrine and refers to responding to someone who is being aggressive but you respond to them without violence. This is a way that many individuals, including many of the Christian religion, do not believe in violence even when someone is being violent to them. Turning the other cheek is another way of saying to respond without the same aggressive manner.
turn your frown upside-downTurn your frown upside-down is another way of describing the way someone is smiling and acts as a literal term. If you think of a face when someone is frowning, the lines of their lips are literally turned down. By telling someone to turn their frown upside down, it is another way to ask them to smile because when they smile, the lines of their lips will turn upside down, which will be up in the form of a happy expression.
twice as strong as an ox and half as smartTwice as strong as an ox and half as smart is an idiom which refers to someone not being very smart, even though they have the build or muscle capacity to be intimidating. The ox is an animal which is nothing but brute force; they may be able to knock down smaller animals in the wild, but are often outsmarted by smaller and inferior animals which have much more cunning traits and intelligence.
twiddling your thumbsTwiddling your thumbs, or to twiddle your thumbs, means to be doing an action which is not at all useful to the current situation but that you do as a way to pass the time. Twiddling your thumbs literally can be to pass the time or simply as something to keep your hands busy while you anxiously wait for something to happen. However sometimes the phrase is not literal, but a way to say someone is biding their time until something occurs.
twist of fateTwist of fate is a phrase used for a fateful event in which something unexpected and unanticipated has happened, usually as a change in a sequence of events. By saying it is a twist of fate, it means a certain type of situation which was supposed to go one way has completely changed and gone another direction based on one or a variety of events which were a big surprise; this is known as a twist of fate.
twists and turnsIf something has a lot of twists and turns, it means that it includes a lot of different directions and the phrase may be used for a variety of different types of situations. Twists and turns can be literal such as when you are driving and you have taken the scenic route which is a longer way and has many twists and turns. The idiom can be used figuratively to describe a situation where you get pulled in many different directions.
two heads are better than oneTwo heads are better than one is an idiom which refers to the fact that some problems can be solved more easily and effectively with two or more people working together on a certain problem or project than just one person working alone. In many different situations, the work can go faster and much more easily when there is more than one person adding their efforts and ideas to this dilemma, problem or project.
two left feetIf someone has two left feet, it is another way of saying they are very clumsy, as someone would be if they literally had two left feet. This is not a literal phrase, but used figuratively to describe someone who never seems to walk or dance very gracefully. It is most often used in relation to someones lack of dancing abilities or even someone who is not good at certain sports where their feet are essential such as in soccer.
two of a kindTwo of a kind is an idiom relating to people or things that are of the same type and very similar in some trait of theirs such as their physical appearance, character, attitude or other traits. This phrase can be used both positive and negatively. For instance, two of a kind may describe two friends who are alike in how they act and look while in the negative, two people who seem to cause trouble in the same way may be considered two of a kind.
two sides of the same coinTwo sides of the same coin is a situation in which two things are different but have closely related features of one idea. For instance one coin is the same entity and the features of each side are somewhat similar to each other, but not exactly the same. When the phrase is used figuratively, it means something may also be the same thing with closely related ideals or details, but they are still different.
two wrongs dont make a rightThe phrase two wrongs dont make a right is a literal type of phrase which is often used in the English language and some other countries. What it means is that just because one wrong thing was done, does not mean someone should do another thing which is considered wrong as some sort of revenge or to get back at them. It is the misconception that people thing two wrong things cancel each other out, but the phrase suggests otherwise.
twos company, threes a crowdTwos company, threes a crowd is an idiom which refers to the fact that two people spending time together is often seen as being enjoyable but when you add a third person, it gets too crowded because one person in the group ends up being left out or acting like the third wheel. The phrase is often spoken to the third person when you want them to leave because you want to be alone with the other person.