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Idiomatic Expressions - List in Alphabetical Order


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List of idioms in alphabetical order

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A list of English idioms with definitions and examples:

oceans of
A large amount of something.

Oceans of guests were at the party.

Category | Nature

odd duck
An unusual person, especially an individual with an idiosyncratic personality or peculiar behavioral characteristics.

This boy is an odd duck in many ways. Unlike his peers, he has no hobbies.

Category | Animals

odds and ends
various often worthless small items.

I have to get rid of a few odds and ends before moving to the new house.

Category | General

of a certain age
Said about people who are not young.

This shop sells clothes for women of a certain age.

Category | Age

of advanced age
The phrase of advanced age or advanced years describes someone as old.

The conference is about the effect of advanced age on fertility and pregnancy in women.

Category | Age

of age
Old enough to be considered an adult.

He's of age now, he can buy his own car.

Category | Age

of the first water
of the best.

She is of the first water, a fine lady indeed.

Category | Nature

off the beaten track
To a place or places not commonly visited.

His trip was altogether off the beaten track which had never been traversed any European.

Category | Travel

off the shelf
ready made for purchase; in a form that is ready to be used.

It is often cheaper to buy off the shelf goods.

Category | Furniture

old wives' tale
a wrong traditional theory or belief, often about health.

The idea of drinking alcohol to relieve you from flu is an old wives' tale.

Category | Men and women

on all fours
On all fours mean on one's hands and knees.

He was on all fours, with his daughter on his back.

Category | Numbers

on in years
Old; advanced in age.

My wife is dead and I am getting on in years.

Category | Age

on the face of it
on the surface.

On the face of it, she seems innocent. But when the police investigated her case, they discovered that she was guilty.

Category | Parts of the body

on the horns of a dilemma
To face a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives.

I found myself on the horns of dilemma and I didn't know which direction to choose.

Category | Music

on the run
Fleeing or running from the police.

The murderer is still on the run.

Category | Crime

on the same wavelength
thinking in the same pattern or in agreement.

They've done a good job because they were on the same wavelength.

Category | Technology and Science

On the table
being discussed or considered.

Everybody agreed to leave the plan to build a new school in our town on the table.

Category | Furniture

on the take
This idiom is used to describe a person who is in a position of authority and takes or seeks to take bribes or illegal income.

This is a country where many officials are on the take.

Category | Crime

on the wagon
To abstain from drinking any alcoholic drink, usually in the sense of having given it up

No, thank you! No alcohol for me I am on the wagon.

Category | Travel

once bitten, twice shy
If someone is said to be once bitten, twice shy, it means that once someone was hurt by something or someone, they will be afraid to try it again.

Since Leila broke up with her boyfriend, she has become very cautious about starting any new relationship. Once bitten, twice shy, you know!

Category | Numbers

one-off
Occurring once; one-time.

It is a one-off event.

Category | Numbers

out of the blue
something which is totally unexpected.

She sent him a letter, out of the blue, telling him that she was in love with another guy.

Category | Colors

over my dead body
If you say something will happen over your dead body, you mean that you will not allow it to happen.

He says he will become our boss. Over my dead body!

Category | Parts of the body

over my dead body
Under no circumstances; absolutely not.

He wants to get all the money for himself. Well, it will be over my dead body!

Category | Death

over the hill
too old to perform as well as before.

You say you are over the hill, but see how you run as fast as your son!

Category | Age

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