15 Jan 2016

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Idioms/Phrase List with Alphabet A

Idioms/Phrase List with Alphabet A




 





























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Idiom/Phrase



Meaning


A bad businessAn unfortunate event
A baker’s dozenThirteen
A bear gardenA place or scene of tumult
A bee in bonnetAn obsession about something
A big shotImportant person
A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush:Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.
A Blessing In Disguise:Something good that isn't recognized at first.
A bread and butter letterAn appointment letter
A brown studyAbsorbed in reading
A cast of the eyeA squint
A cat’s pawTo make somebody a tool
A chip off the old blockCharacteristics of one’s ancestors
A Chip On Your Shoulder:Being upset for something that happened in the past.
A close fisted manA mean or stingy man
A cuckoo in the nestA child whose parentage is doubtful and may therefore not belong by blood to the family
A curtain lectureThe scolding of a husband by his wife in private
A damsel in distressA helpless woman
A Dime A Dozen:Anything that is common and easy to get.
A dog’s chanceNo hope at all
A Doubting Thomas:A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.
A Drop in the Bucket:A very small part of something big or whole.
A drug in the marketCommodities no in demand
A fair crack of the whipA period of importance
A fifth columnistTraitor
A fly in the ointmentA problem in a situation
A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted:It's easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money.
A fool’s errandA useless undertaking
A gone coonOne whose case is hopeless
A grass widowA women whose husband is temporarily away from her
A green hornAn inexperienced man
A hill of beansA thing of little value
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand:Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.
A jaundiced eyeprejudice
A lady’s manA lover of woman company
A latchkey childA child who returns from school etc. To and empty house because both parents working
A laughing stockLooking ridiculous
A left handed complimentAn insincere
A Leopard Can't Change His Spots:You cannot change who you are.
A lick and a promiseA feeble attempt
A man about townA man who spends much time at fashionable parties, clubs, theatres
A man before the mastA common sailor
A man of meansA rich man
A man of partsA man of ability
A man of weightA man of importance
A month of SundaysA long period of time
A nig-nogA fool
A past masterAn expert
A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned:By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little).
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words:A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
A Piece of Cake:A task that can be accomplished very easily.
A pig in pokeAnd article which was brought without previous inspection and which turns out to be worth less than what one paid for it.
A pipe dreamAn impractical plan
A rolling stoneOne who is never constant to one’s work
A scarlet womenA whore , a prostitute
A Skelton in the cupboardA past event which is kept secret by a family/ something embarrassing or shameful
A Slap on the Wrist:A very mild punishment.
A sop to CerberusRansom to an enemy
A sore pointSomething which hurt
A tall orderA task difficult to perform
A Taste Of Your Own Medicine:When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.
A Toss-Up:A result that is still unclear and can go either way.
A wild cat strikeIllegal strike
A Windfall:a sum of money that you win or receive from someone unexpectedly or from a bank that floats on the stockmarket.
a/the sixty four dollar questionAn important question that is very difficult to answer
Acquainted withTo meet someone
Act on /uponHave and effect on/upon
Actions Speak Louder Than Words:What you do is more meaningful than what you say.
Ad hockFor the special purpose
Adam’s aleWater
Add Fuel To The Fire: & Add fuel to the flameTo worsen the situation.
Advise ofAcquainted with
Aegean stableTo remove on evil
Against The Clock:Rushed and short on time.
All agogRestless
All and sundryEverything without distinction
All Bark And No Bite:When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight.
All Greek to me:Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be.
All In The Same Boat:When everyone is facing the same challenges.
All the better toSame to
All the sameNevertheless , but yet
All the sameYet
Allow forIncluding something when you are calculating something or planning something
Allow ofMake possible
An Arm And A Leg:Very expensive. A large amount of money.
An armchair jobA regular job which is considered easy and well-paid
An Axe To Grind:To have a dispute with someone.
An eye on the main chanceLooks after his won welfare
An eye to the main chanceObject to make money
An ivory towerA place or state of life that is out of touch with people and reality
An old flameSweat heart
Answer froBe responsible
Apple of My Eye:Someone who is cherished above all others.
Argus eyeObservant
As a ruleUsually
As fit as fiddleStrong and healthy
As High As A Kite:Anything that is high up in the sky.
As snug as a bug in the rugVery cosy and snug
As the crow fliesIn a straight line
As thick as thievesVery friendly
As ugly as sinExceptionally ugly
Assumes airsTo pretend to superiority
At a loose endUnoccupied , idle
At a lose endNothing to do
At a lossTo be confused
At a lossTo be puzzled
At a lossTo be unable to decided
At a low keyAt reducing
At a premiumValued highly
At a rate of knotsSluggishly
At all eventsPositively
At back and callAt disposal
At caseEasily
At close quartersClose examinations
At cross purposesMisunderstanding of each other’s purposes
At easeEmbarrassed
At homeComfortably
At loose endsBadly managed
At oddsIn dispute
At one’s wit’s endTo be completely confused
At seaConfused
At sixes and sevensIn disorder
At stakeIn danger
At the drop of hatWithout delay
At the rate of knotsVery fast
Awkward silenceEmbarrassing silence

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