language learners. This dictionary is a collection of the idiomatic phrases and sentences that occur frequently in American English. The idiomatic expressions in. Idiom Index A a-ok. A-OK about about time crazy about don't know the first thing about it go English I Dictionary of English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions. Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched. This idiom is used to express "Don't make plans for something that might not happen". Don't give up.
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A phrase or sentence of this type is said to be idiomatic. This dictionary is a collection of the idiomatic phrases and sentences that occur frequently in American. understanding of American idioms, and the facility to use them, they are truly a . Each picture below illustrates a common English phrase, idiom, or proverb. to be idiomatic. This dictionary is a collection of the idiomatic phrases and . NTC's American Idioms Dictionary is designed for easy use by lifelong speakers of.
Back to square one To start something over again because a previous attempt failed To make this software finally work, we have to go back to square one. Big picture Everything that is involved with a particular situation Working on all these details, we have lost sight of the big picture. By the book To do things exactly according to the rules or the law We told our auditors that we do everything by the book. Corner the market To dominate a particular market site more or less corners the online retailing market. Cut-throat Very intense, aggressive, and merciless competition Competition in the food retailing business is cut-throat. Game plan A strategy or plan for achieving success What is our game plan for dealing with our new competitor? Get something off the ground To start something e.
I really like that splash of color you have put together with those black pants.
I hear that you and your husband are really moving ahead. Alice: Oh, yes. We have been giving all we got and we spent 2 years really pounding the pavement as we hope to move ahead in the business. We finally made up our minds to move back to the U. We were really having a hard time making ends meet so we thought we would start up the business in the US.
Isabell: Wow, in no time at all you made a business here. I heard that the vodka you sell is out of this world. How has this month been for you? Alice: Its been a wicked crazy month. Between the business and family life I can hardly keep anything straight anymore. Im starting to think that maybe Im spreading myself too thin. Isabell: Oh I am so green with envy.
I do not know how you balance work, family and school and are not tired out all the time. I think of you as a superwoman. I know you had your share of difficulties and it is wonderful to see you moving ahead.
Alice: Yes, you know we worked ourselves to the bone but little by little we made it work. Isabell: You really mapped out things. Alice: Its been great to see you again. Well have to do this more often.
Isabell: Indeed! Should we split the tab, even steven?
John: Its crummy that we didnt make it out sooner. We could have tailgated before the game. Raj: The guy next to us was really raving about this game. He said it was going to be blast so I was really looking forward to this evening. John: You can say that again. I would put money on the Lakers.
I wish they would get this ball rolling. Raj: I had to think twice about whether to come as I had a lot of homework. I put my nose in the books and bit the bullet to get most of it done. John: Did you see that shot? That guy totally traveled. The ref didnt even catch it. Raj: He should have zeroed in on that. He is just taking his time on what to call and is holding up the game. John: Hungry?
I move that we both get a hot dog and a cold one. What do you think? Raj: Right on.
John: This game is just a blowout. These guys sure arent letting the grass grow under their feet. Student Meeting a Friend for Lunch Alice is meeting her old friend Isabel for lunch in a restaurant near campus. In full swing At a stage when the level of activity is at its highest Construction of our new production site is in full swing now.
Learn the ropes Learn the basics of something e. Long shot Something that has a very low probability of happening Winning the lottery is a long shot.
No-brainer Something that is really obvious or easy Making money working for an investment bank is a no-brainer. No strings attached Something is given without involving special demands or limits They will let you try the product for free with no strings attached.
Out in the open Something that is public knowledge and not secret anymore Our financials our out in the open anyway. Put the cart before the horse To do or think about things in the wrong order Trying to find an investor without having a business plan is like putting the cart before the horse. Raise the bar To set standards or expectations higher The iPhone raised the bar for smartphone makers.
Red tape Official rules and processes that seem excessive and unnecessary The new law is going to create a lot of red tape. See something through To continue until something is finished I want to see this project through before taking on another one. Sever ties We had to sever ties with several suppliers due to poor product quality.
Shoot something down To reject something e. The new sales guy at the office has a real chip on his shoulder. I think she likes him! What exactly do you want me to do? It can be a cut throat business. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures! Every cloud…! That Goth at the club freaked me out a bit because he was dressed like a vampire!
You must have had a good day at work. Did you get up on the wrong side of bed, or something? It always leads to an argument. Is that true? Not much time left before my exams! There are pros and cons to all of them. Night night!