Hors d'oeuvres # 012
The Powerful and Maybe Forgotten American Idioms
- ABOUT FACE: A sudden change of course, or to an opposite decision:--"His choice of that house was about face from his original intention."
- ABOVE BOARD: Straightforward, honest, open, sometime expressed "Open and Above Board':-- "All his business dealings were above board."
- ACE, WITHIN AN ACE: Within a very short distance of:--"The car came within an ace of hitting the child."
- AD LIB: Improvise,interpolate while speaking:--"When the actor forgot his lines, he add libbed convincingly."
- AFTER ONE'S OWN HEART: To like someone because of kindred interests:--"With his love for the great outdoor he is a man after my own heart."
- AGAIN,AS MUCH AGAIN: Twiced as much,double:--"These shoes cost me as much as again as the last pair I bought."
- AGAINST THE GRAIN: Irritating, contrary to one's natural inclinations:--It goes against the grain to has to pay him such poor job.
- AIR-MINDED: Advocating travel by air:-- "America has became air-minded during the past decade."
- AIR-HOT AIR: Exagerated talk,without substance or foundation:--"Don't pay any attention to him; what he told was a lot of air."
- AIR, GIVE ONESELF AIR: Art in a superior conceited manner--" Ever since her husband was elected Mayor Mrs. Allenn's neighbors resent the way she gives herself airs.
- ALIVE WITH: Full of, infested with:--"When we opened our picnic basket, our lunch was alive with ants."
- ALL AT SEA: Completely confused:--"When I try to compute my income tax,I am all at the sea."
- ALL TOLD: Counting everything:--"He owns fifteen horses all told."
- ANTE UP: To pay--Usually unwillingly:--When his wife was awarded alimony by the court, Kerr have to ante up."
- APPLE, BE THE APPLE OF ANOTHER'S EYE:To be greatly treasured, valued highly:--She is the apple oh her mother's eye."
- APPLECART, UPSET THE APPLECART: Spoil through clumsiness, cause to fail:--"The moment he referred to that incident last summer, he upset the applecard and the whole deal fell through."
- APPLE-PIE ORDER: In neat and perfect condition:--"Before her guests arrived, the hostess had put her house in apple-pie order."
- APPLESAUCE: Pretense, not to be , hot air:-- "A lot of those campaign promises to lower taxes were so much applesauce."
- ARM, GIVE ONE'S RIGHT ARM: To sacrifice, give something of great value:--"During the long sermon I would have given my right arm for a smoke.".
- ARM'S LENGHT: Keep at a distance, away from one:--"She kept him at arm's length, thinking that he might try to kiss her."
- ARMS,UP IN ARMS: Angry, annoyed, ready to fight:--"Everyone was up in arms about the new parking restrictions."
- AS IT WERE:In other words, so to speak:--"He became, as it were, a kind of hero from a strange land."
- AXE, GET THE AXE: Be discharged from one job:--"Henry got the axe when he arrived late from work three days in succession."
- AXE, HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND: Have an interested or selfish motive:--"In suggesting the sale the building he had an axe to grind, because it meant a big commission for him."
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Whitford, H. C. & Dixson, R. J. ( 1953). Handbook of american idioms and idiomatic usage. New York, N.Y:Regents Publishing Co., Inc.