McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary

McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary

Richard A. Spears

Language: English

Pages: 1583

ISBN: 2:00242284

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Shape up your English with thousands of idioms

Whether you are a learner of English who is having difficulty understanding expressions in everyday speech or a native speaker who wants to expand your written or spoken range, you need a comprehensive reference for idioms, common phrases, and sayings of American English. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary shows you the ropes of English and helps you:

Expand your English-speaking abilities with these 14,000-plus expressions, proverbs, and common sayings, listed alphabetically
Use American idioms correctly by following the many helpful examples
Easily find the right phrase by one of its key words
Some examples of the colorful English language, as spoken by Americans:

at peace relaxed and happy

every trick in the book every deceptive method known

Johnny-on-the-spot someone who is in the right place at the right time

make a killing to have a great success, especially in making money

nine-to-five job a job with normal daytime hours

scream bloody murder to complain bitterly

take a powder to leave; to leave town

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clothing. make cracks about so/sth Fig. to make jokes or smart remarks about someone or something. Stop making cracks about my cousin. make do (with so/sth) Fig. to do as well as possible with someone or something. You’ll have to make do with less money next year. The economy is very weak. make so eat crow Fig. to cause someone to retract a statement or admit an error. Because Mary was completely wrong, we made her eat crow. make (enough) time (for so/sth) AND save (enough) time (for so/sth);

flesh crawl AND make so’s skin crawl to cause some one’s skin to feel funny or get goose pimples through fright. Just to hear the story of the killings made my flesh crawl. make free with so/sth Go to take liberties with so/sth. make friends with so Fig. to work to become a friend of someone. I want to make friends with all the people I am going to be working with. make fun of so/sth to ridicule someone or something. Are you making fun of me? make sth good Go to set sth right. make good as

something. Everyone is asked to take part in the celebration. take sth personally Fig. to interpret a remark as if it were mean or critical about oneself. Don’t take it personally, but you really need a haircut. take one’s pick (of so/sth) AND have one’s pick of so/sth to be able to have one’s choice of someone or something. Can I take my pick of anyone in the group? take pity (on so/animal) AND have pity (on so/animal) Fig. to feel sorry for someone or an animal. She took pity on the little

hepped (up) herd like herding cats ♦ like herding frogs here the buck stops here. ♦ downhill from here on ♦ Fancy meeting you here! ♦ from here on (in) ♦ Get out (of here)! ♦ get one right here ♦ Get your ass over here! ♦ Get your buns over here! ♦ Get your butt over here! ♦ have had it (up to here) ♦ Having a wonderful time; wish you were here. ♦ the here and now ♦ here and there ♦ Here goes nothing. ♦ Here (it) goes. ♦ here, there, and everywhere ♦ Here we go again. ♦ Here you are. ♦ Here you

(only) stands to reason. ♦ know sth only too well ♦ my one and only ♦ the one and only ♦ (only) a matter of time ♦ the only game in town ♦ only have eyes for so ♦ the only way to go ♦ (the) Lord only knows ♦ You are only young once. ooze ooze (out) (from so/sth) ♦ ooze with sth open blow sth wide open ♦ bust sth wide open ♦ catch so out in the open ♦ come out in(to) the open ♦ come out in(to) the open with sth ♦ crack a bottle open ♦ crack the door (open) ♦ crack the window (open) ♦ crack sth

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