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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A person's weak spot is their Achilles' heel.
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.
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.
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'.
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
Someone who is all heart is very kind and generous.
When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
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.
If something is completely disorganized or confused, it is all over the place.
If something is completely disorganized or confused, it is all over the shop.
This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.
If someone won't do something for all the tea in
If something's all-singing, all-dancing, it is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.
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.
A lawyer who encourages people who have been in accidents or become ill to sue for compensation is an ambulance chaser.
Some use 'Amen' or 'Amen to that' as a way of agreeing with something that has just been said.
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.
If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.
If something could be done by any Tom, Dick or Harry, it could be done by absolutely anyone.
Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.
If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
If people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons.
If you do something as a rule, then you usually do it.
This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion.
If someone is as cool as a cucumber, they don't get worried by anything.
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.
This idiom means tidy and clean.
If people do something as one man, then they do it at exactly the same time or in complete agreement.
This idiom is used to describe the shortest possible distance between two places.
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.
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.
If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
If people are at loggerheads, they are arguing and can't agree on anything.
If you are at odds with someone, you cannot agree with them and argue.
If things are at sea, or all at sea, they are disorganized and chaotic.
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.
If you would do something at the drop of a hat, you'd do it immediately.
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.
If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.
Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way.
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.
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