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Number of Idioms: 233
1 Tables are turned When the tables are turned, the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage.
2 Tackle an issue If you tackle an issue or problem, you resolve or deal with it.
3 Take a hike This is a way of telling someone to get out.
4 Take a leaf out of someone's book If you take a leaf out of someone's book, you copy something they do because it will help you.
5 Take a nosedive When things take a nosedive, they decline very quickly and head towards disaster.
6 Take a punch If somebody takes a blow, something bad happens to them.
7 Take a raincheck If you take a rain check, you decline an offer now, suggesting you will accept it later. ('Raincheck' is also used.)
8 Take a straw poll If you take a straw poll, you sound a number of people out to see their opinions on an issue or topic.
9 Take by the scruff of the neck If you take something by the scruff on the neck, you take complete control of it.
10 Take for a test drive If you take something for a test driver, you try something to see if you like it.
11 Take for granted If you take something for granted, you don't worry or think about it because you assume you will always have it. If you take someone for granted, you don't show your appreciation to them.
12 Take forty winks If you take 40 winks, you have a short sleep.
13 Take guts If something takes guts, it requires courage in the face of danger or great risk. It takes guts for firemen to enter a burning building to save someone.
14 Take it in your stride If you take something in your stride, you deal with it even though it is difficult or unpleasant without letting it bother or upset you.
15 Take it on the chin If you take something on the chin, something bad happens to you and you take it directly without fuss.
16 Take no prisoners If people take no prisoners, they do things in a very aggressive way, without considering any harm they might do to achieve their objectives.
17 Take sand to the beach Doing something that is completely pointless or unnecessary is like taking sand to the beach.
18 Take someone down a peg If someone is taken down a peg (or taken down a peg or two), they lose status in the eyes of others because of something they have done wrong or badly.
19 Take someone for a ride If you are taken for a ride, you are deceived by someone.
20 Take someone to task If you take someone to task, you scold them for something they have done wrong.
21 Take someone to the woodshed If someone is taken to the woodshed, they are punished for something they have done.
22 Take someone under your wing If you take someone under your wing, you look after them while they are learning something.
23 Take the biscuit (UK) If something takes the biscuit, it is the absolute limit.
24 Take the bull by its horns Taking a bull by its horns would be the most direct but also the most dangerous way to try to compete with such an animal. When we use the phrase in everyday talk, we mean that the person we are talking about tackles their problems directly and is not worried about any risks involved.
25 Take the chair If you take the chair, your become the chairman or chairwoman of a committee, etc.
26 Take the fall If you tall the fall, you accept the blame and possibly the punishment for another's wrongdoing, with the implication that the true culprit, for political or other reasons, cannot be exposed as guilty (accompanied by a public suspicion that a reward of some sort may follow).
27 Take the fifth (USA) If you do not want to answer a question you can take the fifth, meaning you are choosing not to answer. ('Plead the fifth' is also used.)
28 Take the flak If you take the flak, you are strongly criticised for something.('Take flak' is also used.)
29 Take the floor Start talking or giving a speech to a group
30 Take the heat If you take the heat, you take the criticism or blame for something you didn't do, normally to protect the guilty person.
31 Take the Mickey (UK) If you take the Mickey, you tease someone. ('Take the Mick' is also used.)
32 Take the plunge If you take the plunge, you decide to do something or commit yourself even though you know there is an element of risk involved.
33 Take the rough with the smooth People say that you have to take the rough with the smooth, meaning that you have to be prepared to accept the disadvantages as well of the advantages of something.
34 Take to your heels If you take to your heels, you run away.
35 Take up the torch If you take up the torch, you take on a challenge or responsibility, usually when someone else retires, or leaves an organisation, etc.
36 Take your breath away If something takes your breath away, it astonishes or surprises you.
37 Take your eye off the ball If someone takes their eye off the ball, they don't concentrate on something important that they should be looking at.
38 Take your hat off If you say that you take your hat off to someone, you are showing your respect or admiration.
39 Take your hat off to somebody If you take your hat off to someone, you acknowledge that they have done something exceptional or otherwise deserve your respect.
40 Taken as read If something can be taken as read, it is so definite that it's not necessary to talk about it.
41 Tale of the tape This idiom is used when comparing things, especially in sports; it comes from boxing where the fighters would be measured with a tape measure before a fight.
42 Talk a blue streak (USA) If someone talks a blue streak, they speak quickly and at length. ('Talk up a blue streak' is also used.)
43 Talk a glass eye to sleep Someone who could talk a glass eye to sleep is very boring and repetitive.
44 Talk is cheap It's easy to talk about something but harder to actually do it.
45 Talk nineteen to the dozen If someone talks very quickly, they talk nineteen to the dozen.
46 Talk of the town When everybody is talking about particular people and events, they are he talk of the town.
47 Talk out of the back of your head If someone is talking out of the back of their head, they are talking rubbish.
48 Talk out of your hat If someone is talking out of their hat, they're talking utter rubbish, especially if compounded with total ignorance of the subject on which they are pontificating. ('Talk through your hat' is also used.)
49 Talk shop If you talk shop, you talk about work matters, especially if you do this outside work.
50 Talk the hind legs off a donkey A person who is excessively or extremely talkative can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
51 Talk turkey When people talk turkey, they discuss something frankly.
52 Talking to a brick wall If you talk to someone and they do not listen to you, it is like talking to a brick wall.
53 Tall drink of water Someone who is very tall and slender is a tall drink of water. ('A tall glass of water' is also used.)
54 Tall order Something that is likely to be hard to achieve or fulfil is a tall order.
55 Tall story A tall story is one that is untrue and unbelievable.
56 Tally ho! (UK) This is an exclamation used for encouragement before doing something difficult or dangerous.
57 Tar baby A tar baby is a problem that gets worse when people try to sort it out.
58 Tar with the same brush If people are tarred with the same brush, they are said to have the same set of attributes or faults as someone they are associated with.
59 Taste blood If someone has tasted blood, they have achieved something and are encouraged to think that victory is within their grasp.
60 Taste of your own medicine If you give someone a taste of their own medicine, you do something bad to someone that they have done to you to teach them a lesson.
61 Teach your grandmother to suck eggs When people say 'don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs', they mean that people shouldn't try to teach someone who has experience or is an expert in that area.
62 Teacher's pet The teacher's favorite pupil is the teacher's pet, especially if disliked by the other pupils.
63 Tear your hair out If someone is tearing their hair out, they are extremely worried or agitated about something.
64 Tears before bedtime (UK) This idiom is used when something seems certain to go wrong or cause trouble.
65 Teeny-weeny If something is teensy-weensy, it is very small indeed.('Teeny-weeny' and 'teensie-weensie' are also used.)
66 Teething problems (UK) The problems that a project has when it is starting are the teething problems.
67 Tell them where the dog died (USA) If you tell them where the dog died, you strongly and sharply correct someone.
68 Tempest in a teapot If people exaggerate the seriousness of a situation or problem, they are making a tempest in a teapot.
69 Tempt providence If you tempt providence, you take a risk that may well have unpleasant consequences. ('Tempt fate' is also used.)
70 Ten a penny (UK) If something is ten a penny, it is very common. ("Two a penny" is also used.)
71 Test the waters If you test the waters, or test the water, you experiment to see how successful or acceptable something is before implementing it.
72 That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee (USA) This is used to describe something that is deemed worthless. "He's got a Ph.D. in Philosophy." "So? That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee."
73 That dog won't hunt (USA) Very common Southern US expression meaning: What you say makes no sense.
74 That is the way the cookie crumbles "That's the way the cookie crumbles" means that things don't always turn out the way we want.
75 That makes two of us A speaker says "that makes two of us" to indicate agreement with what another speaker just said. For example, I can say, "I wish I would win the lottery." A listener who says "That makes two of us" is indicating the he or she wants to win the lottery, too.
76 That ship has sailed A particular opportunity has passed you by when that ship has sailed.
77 That's all she wrote (USA) This idiom is used to show that something has ended and there is nothing more to say about something.
78 The apple does not fall far from the tree Offspring grow up to be like their parents.
79 The ball's in your court If somebody says this to you, they mean that it's up to you to decide or take the next step.
80 The be all and end all The phrase 'The be all and end all' means that a something is the final, or ultimate outcome or result of a situation or event.
81 The bigger they are, the harder they fall This idiom means that the more powerful have more to lose, so when they suffer something bad, it is worse for them.
82 The common weal If something is done for the common weal, it is done in the interests and for the benefit of the majority or the general public.
83 The grass is always greener This idiom means that what other people have or do looks preferable to our life. The complete phrase is 'The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence'.
84 The line forms on the right Something's meaning is becoming clear when the line forms on the right.
85 The more the merrier The more the merrier means that the greater the quantity or the bigger the number of something, the happier the speaker will be.
86 The Mountie always gets his man (Canada) The Mounties are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and they have a reputation for catching criminals they are after.
87 The penny dropped When the penny drops, someone belatedly understands something that everyone else has long since understood.
88 The plot thickens When the plot thickens, a situation become more complicated and difficult.
89 The rough and tumble The rough and tumble refers to areas of life like business, sports, politics, etc, where competition is hard and people will take any advantage that they can.
90 The sands of time The sands of time is an idiom meaning that time runs out either through something reaching an end or through a person's death. It comes from the sand used in hourglasses, an ancient way of measuring time.
91 The short straw If you take the short straw, you lose a selection process, which means that you have to do something unpleasant.
92 The sun might rise in the west When people say this, they mean that they don't expect something to happen.
93 The whole shooting match Everything, the entire object, or all the related parts.
94 The world and his wife If the world and his wife were somewhere, then huge numbers of people were present.
95 Their bark is worse than their bite If someone's bark is worse than their bite, they get angry and shout and make threats, but don't actually do anything.
96 There are many ways to skin a cat This is an expression meaning there are many different ways of doing the same thing.
97 There's never a road without a turning No situation in life stays the same forever.
98 There's no such thing as a free lunch This idiom means that you don't get things for free, so if something appears to be free, there's a catch and you'll have to pay in some way.
99 There's the rub The meaning of this idiom is 'that's the problem'.
100 Thick and fast If things are happening thick and fast, they are happening so fast they seemed to be joined together.
101 Thick as mince (UK) If someone is as thick as mince, they are very stupid indeed.
102 Thick as thieves If people are thick as thieves, they are very close friends who have no secrets from each other.
103 Thick-skinned If a person is thick-skinned, they are not affected by criticism.
104 Thin as a rake A rake is a garden tool with a long, thin, wooden handle, so someone very thin is thin as a rake.
105 Thin blue line (UK) The thin blue line is a term for the police, suggesting that they stand between an ordered society and potential chaos. (Police uniforms are blue.)
106 Thin end of the wedge The thin end of the wedge is something small and seemingly unimportant that will lead to something much bigger and more serious.
107 Thin line If there's a thin line between things, it's hard to distinguish them- there's a thin line between love and hate.
108 Thin-skinned If somebody is thin-skinned, they are very sensitive to any sort of criticism.
109 Think outside the box If you think outside the box, you think in an imaginative and creative way.
110 Think the world of To hold something or someone in very high esteem. To love or admire immensely.
111 Third degree If someone is given the third degree, they are put under a great deal of pressure and intimidation to force them to tell the truth about something.
112 Third rail The third rail of something is dangerous to alter or change. Originally, the third rail is the one carrying the electricity for a train.
113 Third time's the charm This is used when the third time one tries something, one achieves a successful outcome.
114 Thorn in your side A thorn in your side is someone or something that causes trouble or makes life difficult for you.
115 Those who live by the sword die by the sword This means that violent people will be treated violently themselves.
116 Three sheets in the wind (UK) Someone who is three sheets in the wind is very drunk. ('Three sheets to the wind' is also used. 'Seven sheets' is an alternative number used.)
117 Three sheets to the wind If someone is three sheets to the wind, they are drunk.
118 Thrilled to bits If you are thrilled to bits, you are extremely pleased or excited about something.
119 Through gritted teeth If you do something through gritted teeth, you accept or agree with it against your will and it is obvious to others how you really feel.
120 Through the ceiling If prices go through the ceiling, they rise very quickly.
121 Through the floor If prices go, or fall, through the floor, they fall very quickly.
122 Through thick and thin If someone supports you through thick and thin, they support you during good times and bad.
123 Throw a curve (USA) If you throw someone a curve, you surprise them with something they find difficult to deal with. ('Throw' a curveball' is also used.)
124 Throw a monkey wrench into the works (USA) If you throw a monkey wrench into the works, you ensure that something fails.
125 Throw a sickie If you pretend to be ill to take a day off work or school, you throw a sickie.
126 Throw caution to the wind When people throw caution to the wind, they take a great risk.
127 Throw down the gauntlet Throw down the gauntlet is to issue a challenge to somebody.
128 Throw in the towel If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something.
129 Throw pearls to the pigs Someone that throws pearls to pigs is giving someone else something they don't deserve or appreciate. ('Throw pearls before pigs' and 'Cast pearls before swine' are also used.)
130 Throw someone a bone If you throw someone a bone, you give them a small reward or some kind words to make them feel good even if they've not really contributed much.
131 Throw someone a line If someone throws you a line, they give you help when you are in serious difficulties.
132 Throw someone in at the deep end If you are thrown in at the deep end, you have to deal with serious issues the moment you start something like a job, instead of having time to acquire experience.
133 Throw someone to the wolves If someone is thrown to the wolves, they are abandoned and have to face trouble without any support.
134 Throw someone under the bus To throw someone under the bus is to get the person in trouble either by placing blame on that person or not standing up for him.
135 Throw the baby out with the bath water If you get rid of useful things when discarding inessential things, you throw the baby out with the bath water.
136 Throw the book at someone If you throw the book at someone, you punish them as severely as possible.
137 Throw your hat in the ring If someone throws their hat in the ring, they announce that they want to take part in a competition or contest. 'Toss your hat in the ring' is an alternative.
138 Throw your toys out of the pram To make an angry protest against a relatively minor problem, in the process embarrassing the protester. The analogy is with a baby who throws toys out of the pram in order to get their parent to pay attention to them. The implication in the idiom is that the protester is acting like a baby.
139 Throw your weight around If someone throws their weight around, they use their authority or force of personality to get what they want in the face of opposition.
140 Thumb your nose at If you thumb your nose at something, you reject it or scorn it.
141 Thumbs down & thumbs up If something gets the thumbs up, it gets approval, while the thumbs down means disapproval.
142 Tickle your fancy If something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it.
143 Tickled pink If you are very pleased about something, you are tickled pink.
144 Tidy desk, tidy mind A cluttered or disorganised environment will affect your clarity of thought. Organised surroundings and affairs will allow for clearer thought organisation.
145 Tie the knot When people tie the knot, they get married.
146 Tied to your mother's apron strings Describes a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he (or she) cannot do anything on his (or her) own.
147 Tight rein If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.
148 Tight ship If you run a tight ship, you control something strictly and don't allow people much freedom of action.
149 Tighten your belt If you have to tighten your belt, you have to economise.
150 Till the cows come home This idioms means 'for a very long time'. ('Until the cows come home' is also used.)
151 Till the pips squeak If someone will do something till the pips squeak, they will do it to the limit, even though it will make other people suffer.
152 Till you're blue in the face If you do something till you're blue in the face, you do it repeatedly without achieving the desired result until you're incredibly frustrated.
153 Tilt at windmills A person who tilts at windmills, tries to do things that will never work in practice.
154 Time and again If something happens time and again, it happens repeatedly. ('Time and time again' is also used.)
155 Time and tide wait for no man This is used as a way of suggestion that people should act without delay.
156 Time does sail This idioms means that time passes by unnoticed.
157 Time flies This idiom means that time moves quickly and often unnoticed.
158 Time is on my side If time is on your side, you have the luxury of not having to worry about how long something will take.
159 Time of your life If you're having the time of your life, you are enjoying yourself very much indeed.
160 Time-honoured practice A time-honoured practice is a traditional way of doing something that has become almost universally accepted as the most appropriate or suitable way.
161 Tip of the iceberg The tip of the iceberg is the part of a problem that can be seen, with far more serious problems lying underneath.
162 Tipping point Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.
163 Tired and emotional (UK) This idiom is a euphemism used to mean 'drunk', especially when talking about politicians.
164 Tit for tat If someone responds to an insult by being rude back, it's tit for tat- repaying something negative the same way.
165 To a fault If something does something to a fault, they do it excessively. So someone who is generous to a fault is too generous.
166 To a man If a group of people does, believes, thinks, etc, something to a man, then they all do it.
167 To a T If something is done to a T, it is done perfectly.
168 To all intents and purposes This means in all the most important ways.
169 To be as thick as two bricks Someone who is as thick as two bricks is really stupid.
170 To be dog cheap If something's dog cheap, it is very cheap indeed.
171 To err is human, to forgive divine This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.
172 To have the courage of your convictions If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different.
173 To little avail If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
174 To the end of time To the end of time is an extravagant way of saying 'forever'.
175 Toe the line If someone toes the line, they follow and respect the rules and regulations.
176 Tomorrow's another day This means that things might turn out better or that there might be another opportunity in the future.
177 Tongue in cheek If something is tongue in cheek, it isn't serious or meant to be taken seriously.
178 Too big for your boots If someone is too big for their boots, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
179 Too big for your britches If someone is too big for their britches, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
180 Too many chiefs and not enough Indians When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
181 Too many cooks spoil the broth This means that where there are too many people trying to do something, they make a mess of it.
182 Too many irons in the fire This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them.
183 Toot you own horn If someone toot their own horn, they like to boast about their achievements.
184 Top dog The most important or influential person is the top dog.
185 Top notch If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.
186 Touch and go If something is touch and go, the result is uncertain and could be good or bad.
187 Touch base If you touch base with someone, you contact them.
188 Touch wood This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.)
189 Touch-and-go If something is touch-and-go, it is very uncertain; if someone is ill and may well die, then it is touch-and-go.
190 Tough as old boots Something or someone that is as tough as old boots is strong and resilient.
191 Tough cookie A tough cookie is a person who will do everything necessary to achieve what they want.
192 Tough luck Tough luck is bad luck.
193 Tough nut to crack If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. 'Hard nut to crack' is an alternative.
194 Tough row to hoe (USA) A tough row to hoe is a situation that is difficult to handle. ('A hard row to hoe' is an alternative form.)
195 Trade barbs If people trade barbs, they insult or attack each other.
196 Traffucked If you are traffucked, you are stuck in heavy traffic and get where you need to be.
197 Trail your coat If you trail your coat, you act in a provocative way.
198 Train of thought A train of thought is a sequence of thoughts, especially when you are talking to someone and you forget what you were going to say.
199 Tread on someone's toes If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
200 Tread the boards When someone treads the boards, they perform on stage in a theatre.
201 Tread water If someone is treading water, they are making no progress.
202 Tried and tested If a method has been tried and tested, it is known to work or be effective because it has been successfully used long enough to be trusted.
203 True blue A person who is true blue is loyal and dependable, someone who can be relied on in all circumstances.
204 True colours If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are. ('True colors' is the American spelling.)
205 Trump card A trump card is a resource or strategy that is held back for use at a crucial time when it will beat rivals or opponents.
206 Truth will out Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.
207 Tug at the heartstrings f something tugs at the heartstrings, it makes you feel sad or sympathetic towards it.
208 Turf war If people or organisations are fighting for control of something, it is a turf war.
209 Turn a blind eye When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
210 Turn a deaf ear If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don't listen to you.
211 Turn a new leaf If someone turns a new leaf, they change their behaviour and stop doing wrong or bad things.
212 Turn something on its head If you turn something on its head, you turn it upside down or reverse it.
213 Turn the corner To get over a bad run. When a loss making venture ceases to make losses, it has "turned the corner".
214 Turn the crack (Scot) If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.
215 Turn the other cheek If you turn the other cheek, you are humble and do not retaliate or get outwardly angry when someone offends or hurts you, in fact, you give them the opportunity to re-offend instead and compound their unpleasantness.
216 Turn the tables If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
217 Turn turtle If something turns turtle, it turns upside down.
218 Turn up like a bad penny If someone turns up like a bad penny, they go somewhere where they are not wanted.
219 Turn up one's toes to the daisies If someone has turned up their toes to the daisies, it means that the person died.
220 Turn water into wine If someone turns water into wine, they transform something bad into something excellent.
221 Turn your nose up If someone turns their nose up at something, they reject it or look odwn on it because they don't think it is good enough for them.
222 Turn-up for the books A turn-up for the books is an unexpected or surprising event.
223 Twenty-four seven Twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
224 Twinkling of an eye If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
225 Twist someone's arm If you twist someone's arm, you put pressure on them to try to make them do what you want them to do.
226 Twisting in the wind If you are twisting in the wind, you are without help or support - you are on your own.
227 Two cents If you add or throw in your two cents, you give your opinion on an issue.
228 Two heads are better than one When two people work together more things get accomplished.
229 Two left feet A person with two left feet can't dance.
230 Two peas in a pod If things or people are like two peas in a pod, they look very similar or are always together.
231 Two sides of the same coin If two things are two sides of the same coin, there is much difference between them.
232 Two-edged sword If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a two-edged sword sword; it cuts both ways.
233 Two-faced Someone who is two-faced will say one thing to your face and another when you're not there.
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