IDIOM – RULE OF THUMB

Meaning –  the general rule or guideline, a measurement or method based on experience rather than a scientific calculation In Context  –  The rule of thumb at the office is that whoever finishes the coffee has to make the next pot. Origin – It is often thought that this idiom derives from the ancient common law which allowed a man …

IDIOM – TO HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND

Meaning   –   This idiom has 2 meanings: (1) to want to have an argument or discussion about something, (2) to have a personal agenda or hidden motive for doing something In Context  – (1)  I’ve got an axe to grind with you!   That report you filed was full of errors.  (2)  I hope John won’t talk about the Pope …

IDIOM – TO GENERATE BUZZ

Meaning – to draw positive attention and interest in something, to create interest in a product or service In Context  –  The new Google glasses are generating a lot of buzz on the internet. Idioms with a synonymous meaning – to cause a stir.  The new Google glasses are causing quite a stir on the internet. Idioms with a antonymous …

IDIOM – TO BITE YOUR TONGUE

Meaning – to stay silent, to stop yourself from saying something, to prevent yourself from commenting on something.   We typically use this expression when we have to keep or prevent ourselves from saying something that would cause trouble in some way or hurt someone’s feelings. Idiom In Context  – I had to bite my tongue about the mess he …

IDIOM – SCAPEGOAT

Meaning – a person who takes the blame for something they didn’t do In Context  – The managing director was fired after the scandal.  He became the company’s scapegoat. Origin – This idiom has its roots in Judaism.  In the Old Testament of the Bible,  a goat was cast out into the desert during the traditional ceremonies which took place …

IDIOM – TO DRUM UP

Meaning – to promote or try to increase business In Context  – The company will advertise the service on T.V. to drum up business QUOTES WITH ‘TO DRUM UP’ If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity …

DAILY IDIOM – A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW

Meaning – a situation or piece of news that is unpleasant or difficult to accept.  This idiom is often shortened to ‘ a bitter pill’. In Context  – The news that the company was bankrupt was a bitter pill to swallow. Different Forms of the Idiom – hard or tough  (pill) to swallow / take / digest  Idioms with a …

IDIOM – DOWN TO THE WIRE

Meaning – to be resolved, finalised at the final moment In Context  – We are so late on this project, it’s going to come down to the wire. Origin – This expression has its origins in horse racing.  A wire was placed across the finish line.  The horse that hit the wire first won the race.  If two horses are …

IDIOM – TO CHEESE SOMEONE OFF

Meaning – to annoy or irritate someone   In Context  – He really cheesed me off when he said I don’t do my work correctly.   Idioms with a synonymous meaning – piss someone off or to bug someone.   Please note that both these idioms are slang and should not be used in polite or formal company. IDIOMS IN CONTEXT: …

Stupid Idioms

Idioms Meaning Stupid in English There are many, many ways to call someone stupid in English.  Here are a few Idioms & Similes which you can use. weak in the head as thick as a brick to be an airhead to be a dumb bunny to be a few bricks short of load to be as daft as a brush