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A bit much

If something is excessive or annoying, it is a bit much.

 

A day late and a dollar short

 (USA) If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.

 

A fool and his money are soon parted

This idiom means that people who aren't careful with their money spend it quickly. 'A fool and his money are easily parted' is an alternative form of the idiom.

 

A little bird told me

If someone doesn't want to say where they got some information from, they can say that a little bird told them.

 

A OK

If things are A OK, they are absolutely fine.

 

A poor man's something

Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, but is not as good is a poor man's version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.

 

A1

If something is A1, it is the very best or finest.

 

Abide by a decision

If you abide by a decision, you accept it and comply with it, even though you might disagree with it.

 

About face

If someone changes their mind completely, this is an about face. It can be used when companies, governments, etc, change their position on an issue.

 

Above board

If things are done above board, they are carried out in a legal and proper manner.

 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger.

Achilles' heel

A person's weak spot is their Achilles' heel.

 

Acid test

An acid test is something that proves whether something is good, effective, etc, or not.

 

Across the board

If something applies to everybody, it applies across the board.

 

Against the grain

If doing something goes against the grain, you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in, but you have no real choice.

 

Agony aunt

An agony aunt is a newspaper columnist who gives advice to people having problems, especially personal ones.

 

Ahead of the pack

If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals.

 

Albatross around your neck

An albatross around, or round, your neck is a problem resulting from something you did that stops you from being successful.

 

All along

If you have known or suspected something all along, then you have felt this from the beginning.

All and sundry

This idiom is a way of emphasizing 'all', like saying 'each and every one'.

 

All ears

If someone says they're all ears, they are very interested in hearing about something.

 

All fingers and thumbs

If you're all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. 'All thumbs' is an alternative form of the idiom.

 

All hat, no cattle

 (USA) When someone talks big, but cannot back it up, they are all hat, no cattle.

 

All heart

Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous.

 

All hell broke loose

When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.

 

All mod cons

If something has all mod cons, it has all the best and most desirable features. It is an abbreviation of 'modern convenience' that was used in house adverts.

 

All mouth and trousers

 (UK) Someone who's all mouth and trousers talks or boasts a lot but doesn't deliver. 'All mouth and no trousers' is also used, though this is a corruption of the original.

 

All over the place

If something is completely disorganized or confused, it is all over the place.

 

All over the shop

If something is completely disorganized or confused, it is all over the shop.

 

All road lead to Rome

This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.

 

All skin and bone

If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.

 

All talk and no trousers

 (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.

 

All the tea in China

If someone won't do something for all the tea in China, they won't do it no matter how much money they are offered.

 

All-singing, all-dancing

If something's all-singing, all-dancing, it is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.

 

Alter ego

An alter ego is a very close and intimate friend. It is a Latin phrase that literally means 'other self'.

 

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride

If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc, they crave.

 

Ambulance chaser

A lawyer who encourages people who have been in accidents or become ill to sue for compensation is an ambulance chaser.

 

Amen

Some use 'Amen' or 'Amen to that' as a way of agreeing with something that has just been said.

 

An old flame

An old flame is a person that somebody has had an emotional, usually passionate, relationship with, who is still looked on fondly and with affection.

Ants in your pants

If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.

 

Any port in a storm

This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.

 

Any Tom, Dick or Harry

If something could be done by any Tom, Dick or Harry, it could be done by absolutely anyone.

 

Apple of your eye

Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.

 

Argue the toss

 (UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.

 

Arm and a leg

If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.

 

Armed to the teeth

If people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons.

 

As a rule

If you do something as a rule, then you usually do it.

 

As cold as ice

This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion.

 

As cool as a cucumber

If someone is as cool as a cucumber, they don't get worried by anything.

 

As mad as a hatter

This simile means that someone is crazy or behaves very strangely. In the past many people who made hats went insane because they had a lot of contact with mercury.

 

As neat as a new pin

This idiom means tidy and clean.

 

As one man

If people do something as one man, then they do it at exactly the same time or in complete agreement.

 

As the actress said to the bishop

 (UK) This idiom is used to highlight a sexual reference, deliberate or accidental.

 

As the crow flies

This idiom is used to describe the shortest possible distance between two places.

 

Asleep at the switch

If someone is asleep at the switch, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the wheel' is an alternative.

 

Asleep at the wheel

If someone is asleep at the wheel, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the switch' is an alternative.

 

At a loose end

 (UK) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don't know what to do with it.

 

At death's door

If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.

 

At loggerheads

If people are at loggerheads, they are arguing and can't agree on anything.

 

At loose ends

 (USA) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don't know what to do with it.

 

At odds

If you are at odds with someone, you cannot agree with them and argue.

 

At sea

If things are at sea, or all at sea, they are disorganized and chaotic.

 

At the coalface

If you work at the coalface, you deal with the real problems and issues, rather than sitting in a office discussing things in a detached way.

 

At the drop of a hat

If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately.

 

At the end of your rope

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(USA) If you are at the end of your rope, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.

 

At the end of your tether

 (UK) If you are at the end of your tether, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.

 

At your wit's end

If you're at your wit's end, you really don't know what you should do about something, no matter how hard you think about it.

 

Avowed intent

If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.

 

Awe inspiring

Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way.

 

AWOL

AWOL stands for "Absent Without Leave", or "Absent Without Official Leave". Originally a military term, it is used when someone has gone missing without telling anyone or asking for permission.

 

 

Axe to grind

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If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out.

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