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Idioms No; 1

Idioms No; 1

Date: Oct 02 2007

Topic: Idioms and Slang

Author: rhyme_reason


Apple of her/his eye

MEANING: someone or something that one likes a lot

EXAMPLE: the little girl is the apple of her grandfather

Bad egg

MEANING: a bad person, bum

EXAMPLE: That man is a bad egg so you should try and avoid him if you can.

Big cheese

MEANING: an important person, a leader

EXAMPLE: He is a big cheese in his company so you should be very nice to him.

Bread and butter

MEANING: basic needs of life (food, shelter, clothing)

EXAMPLE: The voters are worried about bread and butter issues like jobs and taxes.

Bring home the bacon

MEANING: earn your family

EXAMPLE:  Recently he has been working very hard trying to bring home the bacon. He has no time to do anything else.

Butter up

MEANING: flatter someone to try to get their favour or friendship

EXAMPLE:  He spends most of his free time trying to butter up his boss so that he won
have to work so hard.

Carrot and stick

MEANING: promising to reward or punish someone at the same time

EXAMPLE:  The government took a carrot and stick approach to the people who were illegally protesting against the construction of the dam.

Cool as a cucumber

MEANING: calm, not nervous or anxious

EXAMPLE:  He is always as cool as a cucumber and never worries about anything.

Couch potato

MEANING: a very lazy person

EXAMPLE: He is a real couch potato and just sits around watching TV and staying indoors all day.

Cream of the crop

MEANING: best of a group, the top choice

EXAMPLE:  The company is well-known as a good place to work and is always able to hire the cream of the crop of university graduates.

Cry over spilt milk

MEANING: cry or complain about something that has already happened

cry over spilt milk. The past is past and you can do anything to change it.

cup of tea

MEANING: something one enjoys or does well

EXAMPLE: Going to art galleries is not my cup of tea so I think that I will stay home this evening and not go with you.

Eat crow

MEANING: admit one is mistaken or defeated, take back a mistaken statement

EXAMPLE: I was forced to eat crow and had to apologize for the mistake that I made about the restructuring of our company.

eat dirt

MEANING: act humble, accept another
insult or bad treatment

EXAMPLE: We made him eat dirt after he accused us of lying about the salary cut.

eat humble pie

MEANING: be humbled, admit one
error and apologize

EXAMPLE:  Our boss was forced to eat humble pie after everyone realized that he had made the wrong budget estimate for next year.

Eat one cake and have it too

MEANING: use or spend something and still keep it

He refuses to give up anything and always wants to eat his cake and have it too.

Eat one words

MEANING: take back something one has said; admit something is not true

I told my boss that I would be leaving but later I had to eat my words and tell him that I wanted to stay.

Egg on

MEANING: urge someone on

EXAMPLE: Many people at the soccer game were egged on by the drunken fans.

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