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Number of Idioms: 284
1 Babe in arms A babe in arms is a very young child, or a person who is very young to be holding a position.
2 Babe in the woods A babe in the woods is a naive, defenceless, young person.
3 Baby boomer (USA) A baby boomer is someone born in the years after the end of the Second World War, a period when the population was growing very fast.
4 Back burner If an issue is on the back burner, it is being given low priority.
5 Back foot (UK) If you are on your back foot, you are at a disadvantage and forced to be defensive of your position.
6 Back number Something that's a back number is dated or out of fashion.
7 Back the wrong horse If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something.
8 Back to back If things happen back to back, they are directly one after another.
9 Back to square one If you are back to square one, you have to start from the beginning again.
10 Back to the drawing board If you have to go back to the drawing board, you have to go back to the beginning and start something again.
11 Back to the salt mine If someone says they have to go back to the salt mine, they have to return to work.
12 Back to the wall If you have your back to the wall, you are in a difficult situation with very little room for manoeuvre.
13 Backseat driver A backseat driver is an annoying person who is fond of giving advice to the person performing a task or doing something, especially when the advice is either wrong or unwelcome.
14 Bad Apple A person who is bad and makes other bad is a bad apple.
15 Bad blood If people feel hate because of things that happened in the past, there is bad blood between them.
16 Bad egg A person who cannot be trusted is a bad egg. Good egg is the opposite.
17 Bad hair day If you're having a bad hair day, things are not going the way you would like or had planned.
18 Bad mouth (UK) When you are bad mouthing,you are saying negative things about someone or something.('Bad-mouth' and 'badmouth' are also used.)
19 Bad shape If something's in bad shape, it's in bad condition. If a person's in bad shape, they are unfit or unhealthy.
20 Bad taste in your mouth If something leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you feel there is something wrong or bad about it.
21 Bad workers always blame their tools "A bad worker always blames their tools" - If somebody does a job badly or loses in a game and claims that they were let down by their equipment, you can use this to imply that this was not the case.
22 Bag of bones If someone is a bag of bones, they are very underweight.
23 Bag of nerves If someone is a bag of nerves, they are very worried or nervous.
24 Baker's dozen A Baker's dozen is 13 rather than 12.
25 Bald as a coot A person who is completely bald is as bald as a coot.
26 Ball is in your court If the ball is in your court, it is up to you to make the next decision or step.
27 Ballpark figure A ballpark figure is a rough or approximate number (guesstimate) to give a general idea of something, like a rough estimate for a cost, etc.
28 Banana republic Banana republic is a term used for small countries that are dependent on a single crop or resource and governed badly by a corrupt elite.
29 Banana skin (UK) A banana skin is something that is an embarrassment or causes problems.
30 Bandit territory An area or an industry, profession, etc, where rules and laws are ignored or flouted is bandit territory.
31 Baptism of fire A baptism of fire was a soldier's first experience of shooting. Any unpleasant experience undergone, usually where it is also a learning experience, is a baptism of fire.
32 Bar fly A bar fly is a person who spends a lot of time drinking in different bars and pubs.
33 Bare your heart If you bare your heart to someone, you tell them you personal and private feelings. ('Bare your soul' is an alternative form of the idiom.)
34 Barefaced liar A barefaced liar is one who displays no shame about lying even if they are exposed.
35 Bark is worse than their bite Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
36 Barking up the wrong tree If you are barking up the wrong tree, it means that you have completely misunderstood something or are totally wrong.
37 Barkus is willing This idiom means that someone is willing to get married.
38 Barrack-room lawyer (UK) A barrack-room lawyer is a person who gives opinions on things they are not qualified to speak about.
39 Barrel of laughs If someone's a barrel of laughs, they are always joking and you find them funny.
40 Basket case If something is a basket case, it is so bad that it cannot be helped.
41 Bat an eyelid If someone doesn't bat an eyelid, they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked, etc.
42 Bated breath If someone says they're waiting with bated breath, they're very excited and find it difficult to be patient.('Baited breath' is a common mistake.)
43 Batten down the hatches If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.
44 Battle of nerves A battle of nerves is a situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is willing to back down and is waiting for the other side to weaken. ('A war of nerves' is an alternative form.)
45 Be all ears If you are all ears, you are very eager to hear what someone has to say.
46 Be careful what you wish for If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences.('Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.' and 'Be careful what you wish for; you may receive it.' are also used.)
47 Be on the pig's back If you're on the pig's back, you're happy / content / in fine form.
48 Be out in force If people are out in force, they are present somewhere in large numbers.
49 Be out in left field (USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
50 Be that as it may Be that as it may is an expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner.
51 Be true blue If a person/object/situation is considered to be 'true blue', it is considered genuine.
52 Be up the spout (UK) If a woman is up the spout, she is pregnant.
53 Bean counter A bean counter is an accountant.
54 Bear fruit If something bears fruit, it produces positive results.
55 Bear market A bear market is a period when investors are pessimistic and expect financial losses so are more likely to sell than to buy shares.
56 Bear the brunt People who bear the brunt of something endure the worst of something bad.
57 Beard the lion in his own den If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.
58 Beat about the bush If someone doesn't say clearly what they mean and try to make it hard to understand, they are beating about (around) the bush.
59 Beat someone to the draw (USA) If you beat someone to the draw, you do something before they do.
60 Beat swords into ploughshares If people beat swords into ploughshares, they spend money on humanitarian purposes rather than weapons. (The American English spelling is 'plowshares')
61 Beat the daylights out of someone If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly. ('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
62 Beat the rap If you beat the rap, you escape conviction and punishment for a crime or something you have done wrong.
63 Beat to the punch If you beat someone to the punch, you act before them and gain an advantage.
64 Beat your brains out If you beat your brains out, you think hard about something but cannot solve, understand or remember it.
65 Beating a dead horse (USA) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
66 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.
67 Beauty is only skin deep This idiom means that appearances can be deceptive and something that seems or looks good may turn out to be bad.
68 Beck and call Someone who does everything for you, no matter when you ask, is at your beck and call.
69 Bedroom eyes Someone with bedroom eyes has a sexy look in their eyes.
70 Bee in your bonnet If someone is very excited about something, they have a bee in their bonnet.
71 Bee's Knees If something is the bee's knees, it's outstanding or the best in its class.
72 Beeline for If you make a beeline for a place, you head there directly.
73 Been in the wars (UK) If someone has been in the wars, they have been hurt or look as if they have been in a struggle.
74 Been there, done that People say this when they have already experienced what is being discussed.
75 Beer and skittles (UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self-indulgence and pleasure.
76 Before the ink is dry If people make an agreement or contract and then the situation changes very quickly, it changes before the ink is dry.
77 Before you can say Jack Robinson The term Jack Robinson represents 'a short amount of time'. When you do something before you can say Jack Robinson, you do it very quickly.
78 Beg the question In philosophy "to beg the question" is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked.
79 Beggars can't be choosers This idiom means that people who are in great need must accept any help that is offered, even if it is not a complete solution to their problems.
80 Behind bars When someone is behind bars, they are in prison.
81 Behind closed doors If something happens away from the public eye, it happens behind closed doors.
82 Behind someone's back If you do something behind someone's back, you do it without telling them.
83 Behind the eight ball A difficult position from which it is unlikely one can escape.
84 Behind the times Someone that is behind the times is old-fashioned and has ideas that are regarded as out-dated.
85 Believe in the hereafter A belief in the hereafter is a belief in the afterlife, or life after death. It is, therefore, associated with religions and the soul's journey to heaven or to hell, whichever way being just deserts for the person based on how they led their life.
86 Bells and whistles Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.
87 Bells on (USA) To be somewhere with bells on means to arrive there happy and delighted to attend.
88 Belly up If things go belly up, they go badly wrong.
89 Below par If something isn't up to standard, or someone isn't feeling or doing very well, they are below par.
90 Below the belt If someone says something that is cruel or unfair, it is below the belt, like the illegal punches in boxing.
91 Belt and braces (UK) Someone who wears belt and braces is very cautious and takes no risks.
92 Belt and suspenders (USA) Someone who wears belt and suspenders is very cautious and takes no risks.
93 Bend over backwards If someone bends over backwards, they do everything they can to help someone.
94 Bend someone's ear To bend someone's ear is to talk to someone about something for a long-enough period that it becomes tiresome for the listener.
95 Benjamin of the family The Benjamin of the family is the youngest child.
96 Beside the point If something is beside the point, it's not relevant to the matter being discussed or considered.
97 Beside themselves If people are beside themselves, they are very worried or emotional about something.
98 Beside yourself If you are beside yourself, you are extremely angry.
99 Best of a bad bunch The best that could be obtained from a list of options that were not exactly what was required.
100 Best of both worlds If you have the best of both worlds, you benefit from different things that do not normally go together.
101 Best thing since sliced bread If something is the best thing since sliced bread, it is excellent. ('The greatest thing since sliced bread' is also used.)
102 Bet your bottom dollar (USA) If you can bet your bottom dollar on something, you can be absolutely sure about it.
103 Better half Your better half is your husband or wife.
104 Better late than never This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
105 Better safe than sorry This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
106 Better than a kick in the teeth If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
107 Better than a stick in the eye If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
108 Better the devil you know This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
109 Between a rock and a hard place If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone.
110 Between the devil and the deep blue sea If you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a dilemma; a difficult choice.
111 Between you and me and the cat's whiskers This idiom is used when telling someone something that you want them to keep secret.
112 Beyond a shadow of a doubt If something's beyond a shadow of a doubt, then absolutely no doubts remain about it.
113 Beyond belief If people behave in such a way that you find it almost impossible to accept that they actually did it, then you can say that their behaviour was beyond belief.
114 Beyond our ken If something's beyond your ken, it is beyond your understanding.
115 Beyond the black stump (AU) An Australian idiom idicating that even if you go as far as you can, the black stump is still a little further.
116 Beyond the pale If something's beyond the pale, it is too extreme to be acceptable morally or socially.
117 Big Apple (USA) The Big Apple is New York.
118 Big bucks If someone is making big bucks, they are making a lot of money.
119 Big cheese The big cheese is the boss.
120 Big Easy (USA) The Big Easy is New Orleans, Louisiana
121 Big fish An important person in a company or an organisation is a big fish.
122 Big fish in a small pond A big fish in a small pond is an important person in a small place or organisation.
123 Big girl's blouse A person who is very weak or fussy is a big girl's blouse.
124 Big hitter A big hitter is someone who commands a lot of respect and is very important in their field.
125 Big nose If someone has a big nose, it means they are excessively interested in everyone else's business.
126 Big picture The big picture of something is the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
127 Big time This can be used to with the meaning 'very much'- if you like something big time, you like it a lot.
128 Bigger fish to fry If you aren't interested in something because it isn't important to you and there are more important things for you to do, you have bigger fish to fry.
129 Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
130 Bird's eye view If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.
131 Bird-brain Someone who has a bird-brain, or is bird-brained, is stupid.
132 Birds and the bees If a child is taught about the birds and the bees, they are taught about sex.
133 Birds of a feather flock together This idiom means that people with similar interests will stick together.
134 Birthday suit If you are in your birthday suit, you are naked.
135 Bit between your teeth If you take or have the bit between your teeth, you take or have control of a situation. (Bit = piece of metal in a horse's mouth)
136 Bit part If someone has a small or unimportant role in something, they have a bit part.
137 Bit player A bit player has a small or unimportant role in something.
138 Bite off more than you can chew If you bite off more than you can chew, you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. 'Don't bite off more than you can chew' is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle.
139 Bite someone's head off If you bite someone's head off, you criticise them angrily.
140 Bite the bullet If you have to bite the bullet, you have to accept or face something unpleasant because it cannot be avoided.
141 Bite the dust This is a way of saying that somebody has died, especially if they are killed violently like a soldier in battle.
142 Bite your lip If you have to bite your lip, you have to make a conscious effort not to react or to keep quiet about something that displeases you.
143 Bite your tongue If you bite your tongue, you refrain from speaking because it is socially or otherwise better not to.
144 Bits and bobs Bits and bobs are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'odds and ends'.
145 Bitter end If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are.
146 Bitter pill to swallow A bitter pill to swallow is something that is hard to accept.
147 Black and blue This means bruised, either physically or metaphorically.
148 Black and white When it is very clear who or what is right and wrong, then the situation is black and white.
149 Black as Newgate's knocker (UK) If things are as black as Newgate's knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.
150 Black hole If there is a black hole in financial accounts, money has disappeared.
151 Black sheep Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is not good enough.
152 Blackball If you vote against allowing someone to be a member of an organisation or group, you are blackballing him or her.
153 Blank cheque If you are given a blank cheque, you are allowed to use as much money as you need for a project.
154 Bleeding edge Similar to 'cutting edge', this implies a technology or process that is at the forefront or beyond current practices. However, because it is unproven, it is often dangerous to use (hence the 'bleeding').
155 Bleeding heart A bleeding heart is a person who is excessively sympathetic towards other people.
156 Bless your pointy little head This expression is used as to patronise someone, especially when they don't realise that they're not very clever.('Bless your pointes little head' is also used.)
157 Blessing in disguise If some bad luck or misfortune ultimately results in something positive, it's a blessing in disguise.
158 Blind acceptance If people accept thing blindly, they accept them without questioning them at all.
159 Blind as a bat If you are in total darkness and can't see anything at all, you are as blind as a bat.
160 Blind leading the blind When the blind are leading the blind, the people in charge of something don't know anything more than the people they are in charge of, when they should have greater knowledge.
161 Blink of an eye If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens so fast it is almost impossible to notice it.
162 Blood and thunder An emotional speech or performance is full of blood and thunder.
163 Blood from a turnip It is impossible to get something from someone if they don't have it, just as you cannot get blood from a turnip.
164 Blood is thicker than water This idiom means that family relationships are stronger than others.
165 Blood is worth bottling (AU) If an Australian says to you "Your blood is worth bottling", he/she is complimenting or praising you for doing something or being someone very special.
166 Blood out of a stone If something is like getting blood out of a stone, it is very difficult indeed.
167 Blood, sweat and tears If something will take blood, sweat and tears, it will be very difficult and will require a lot of effort and sacrifice.
168 Blow a gasket If you blow a gasket, you get very angry.
169 Blow by blow A blow-by-blow description gives every detail in sequence.
170 Blow hot and cold If you blow hot and cold on an idea, your attitude and opinion keeps changing; one minute you are for it, the next you are against.
171 Blow me down People say '(well,) blow me down' when you have just told them something surprising, shocking or unexpected. ('Blow me down with a feather' is also used.)
172 Blow off steam (USA) If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration.
173 Blow out of the water If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively.
174 Blow smoke (USA) If people blow smoke, they exaggerate or say things that are not true, usually to make themselves look better.
175 Blow the cobwebs away If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in.
176 Blow the whistle If somebody blows the whistle on a plan, they report it to the authorities.
177 Blow your mind Something that will blow your mind is something extraordinary that will amaze you beyond explanation.
178 Blow your own horn If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
179 Blow your own trumpet If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)
180 Blow your stack If you blow your stack, you lose your temper.
181 Blow your top If someone blows their top, they lose their temper.
182 Blue blood Someone with blue blood is royalty.
183 Blue-eyed boy Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.
184 Bob's your uncle (UK) This idiom means that something will be successful: Just tell him that I gave you his name and Bob's your uncle- he'll help you.
185 Body politic A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
186 Bold as brass Someone who is as bold as brass is very confident and not worried about how other people will respond or about being caught.
187 Bolt from the blue If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.
188 Bone of contention If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.
189 Bone to pick If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.
190 Boot is on the other foot When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength.
191 Born to the purple Someone who is born to the purple is born in a royal or aristocratic family. ("Born in the purple" is also used.)
192 Born with a silver spoon in your mouth If you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you are born into a rich family.
193 Both ends meet If you make both ends meet, you live off the money you earn and don't go into debt.
194 Bottom line In accountancy, the bottom line is net income, and is used idiomatically to mean the conclusion.
195 Bounce ideas If you bounce ideas off someone, you share your ideas with them to know whether they think they would work.
196 Bounce off the walls If someone's bouncing off the walls, they are very excited about something.
197 Bouquet of orchids Id someone deserves a bouquet of orchids, they have done something worthy of praise.
198 Box and dice Box and dice means everything.
199 Box clever (UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit.
200 Boxing and coxing If people are boxing and coxing, they are sharing responsibilities so that one of them is working while the other isn't. It can also be used when couples are sharing a house, but their relationship has broken down and when one is at home, the other stays out.
201 Boys in blue The boys in blue are the police.
202 Brain surgery If something is not brain surgery, it isn't very complicated or difficult to understand or master.
203 Brass monkey If it's brass monkey weather, or cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, it is extremely cold.
204 Brass neck (UK) Someone who has the brass neck to do something has no sense of shame about what they do.
205 Brass tacks If you get down to brass tacks, you get down to the real business.
206 Bread and butter Bread and butter issues are ones that affect people directly and in a very important way.
207 Breadwinner Used to describe the person that earns the most money. For example - She's the breadwinner in the family.
208 Break a leg This idiom is a way of wishing someone good luck.
209 Break even If you break even, you don't make any money, but you don't lose any either.
210 Break ground If you break ground, or break new ground, you make progress, taking things into a new area or going further than anyone has gone before. 'Ground-breaking' is used an adjective.
211 Break the back of the beast If you break the back of the beast, you accomplish a challenge.
212 Break the ice When you break the ice, you get over any initial embarrassment or shyness when you meet someone for the first time and start conversing.
213 Break your duck (UK) If you break your duck, you do something for the first time.
214 Break your heart If someone upsets you greatly, they break your heart, especially if they end a relationship.
215 Breathe down your neck If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
216 Breathe life into If you breathe life into something, you give people involved more energy and enthusiasm again. ('Breathe new life' is also used.)
217 Breathe your last When you breathe your last, you die.
218 Bridge the gap If you bridge the gap, you make a connection where there is a great difference.
219 Bright and breezy When someone is cheerful and full of energy, they are bright and breezy.
220 Bright as a button A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
221 Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
222 Brighten up the day If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.
223 Bring a knife to a gunfight If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
224 Bring home the bacon A person who brings home the bacon earns the money that a family live on.
225 Bring on board To make people embrace the ideas intended by the leader or agree to join a team or project is to bring them on board.
226 Bring someone to book If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong.
227 Bring someone to heel If you bring someone to heel, you make them obey you.('Call someone to heel' is also used.)
228 Bring the house down Something that brings the house down is acclaimed and praised vigorously.
229 Bring to the table If you bring something to the table, you make a contribution or an offer in a discussion or negotiation..
230 Broad church If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas.
231 Broad strokes If something is described or defined with broad stokes, then only an outline is given, without fine details.
232 Broke as a joke and it ain't funny This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
233 Broken record When someone sounds like a broken record, they keep on repeating the same things. ('Stuck record' is also used.)
234 Brown nose When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.
235 Browned off To be tired of or fed up with
236 Brownie points If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
237 Brush under the carpet If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
238 Buggles' turn (UK) If it Buggles' turn, someone gets promotion through length of service rather than ability, especially in the British civil service.
239 Bull in a China shop If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
240 Bull market A bull market is a period when investors are optimistic and there are expectations that good financial results will continue.
241 Bull session If you have a bull session, you have an informal group discussion about something.
242 Bull-headed If you're a bull-headed, you're stubborn or inflexible.
243 Bums on seats The people who have paid to watch a performance are bums on seats.
244 Bun in the oven If a woman has a bun in the oven, she is pregnant.
245 Bundle of nerves Someone who is a bundle of nerves is very worried or nervous.
246 Bur under my saddle A bur under your saddle is something that annoys you or spurs you into action.('Burr' is an alternative spelling.)
247 Burn rubber If you burn rubber, you drive very fast to get somewhere.
248 Burn the candle at both ends Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their health badly.
249 Burn the midnight oil If you stay up very late working or studying, you burn the midnight oil.
250 Burn your bridges If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.
251 Burn your fingers If you burn your fingers, you suffer a loss or something unpleasant as the result of something you did, making you less likely to do it again.
252 Burning question A burning question is something we all want to know about.
253 Burst at the seams To be filled to or beyond normal capacity: This room will be bursting at the seams when all the guests arrive.
254 Bury the hatchet If you bury the hatchet, you make peace with someone and stop arguing or fighting.
255 Bury your head in the sand If someone buries their head in the sand, they ignore something that is obviously wrong.
256 Busman's holiday A busman's holiday is when you spend your free time doing the same sort of work as you do in your job.
257 Bust my chops When someone says that they're not going to bust their chops, it means they are not going to work that hard or make much effort.
258 Busted flush Someone or something that had great potential but ended up a useless failure is a busted flush.
259 Busy as a beaver If you're as busy as a beaver, you're very busy indeed.
260 Busy as a bee If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.
261 Butt naked If someone is butt naked, they have no clothes on at all, often when they can be seen.
262 Butt of a joke If something or someone becomes the butt of a joke it or they are not taken seriously anymore.
263 Butter wouldn't melt in their mouth If someone looks as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouth, they look very innocent.
264 Butterfingers Someone who has butterfingers is clumsy and drops things.
265 Butterflies in your stomach The nervous feeling before something important or stressful is known as butterflies in your stomach.
266 Button your lip If you button your lip, you keep quiet and don't speak. It is also used as a way of telling someone to shut up.
267 Buy the farm When somebody has bought the farm, they have died.
268 By a hair's breadth If a person escapes from some danger by a hair's breadth, they only just managed to avoid it. The breadth is the thickness of a hair, so they probably feel somewhat lucky because the margin between success and what could easily have been failure was so close.
269 By a long chalk (UK) If you beat somebody by a long chalk, you win easily and comfortably.
270 By a whisker If you do something by a whisker, you only just manage to do it and come very near indeed to failing.
271 By and large By and large means usually or generally.
272 By cracky A term used by rural folks in years past to emphasize a matter of importance or urgency. An example: 'By cracky, you need to get out there in the field with that mule and plow and finish the sod-busting before dark.'
273 By dint of This means 'as a result of' or 'because of': It would be good to think he'd risen to position of Chief Executive by dint of hard work.
274 By heart If you learn something by heart, you learn it word for word.
275 By hook or by crook If you are prepared to do something by hook or by crook, you are willing to do anything, good or bad, to reach your goal.
276 By leaps and bounds Something that happens by leaps and bounds happens very quickly in big steps.
277 By the back door If something is started or introduced by the back door, then it is not done openly or by following the proper procedures.
278 By the book If you do something by the book, you do it exactly as you are supposed to.
279 By the by This is used as a way of introducing an incidental topic in a conversation or to say that something is irrelevant. ('By the bye' is also used.)
280 By the numbers If something is done by the numbers, it is done in a mechanical manner without room for creativity.
281 By the same token If someone applies the same rule to different situations, they judge them by the same token: If things go well, he's full of praise, but, by the same token, when things go wrong he gets furious.
282 By the seat of your pants If you do something by the seat of your pants, you achieve something, but only by a narrow margin or do something without advance preparation.
283 By the skin of your teeth If you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just manage to do it and come very near indeed to failing.
284 By word of mouth If something becomes known by word of mouth, it gets known by being talked about rather than through publicity or advertising, etc.
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