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|Hold your feet to the fire|
What does Hold your feet to the fire mean?
|To hold one accountable for a commitment, make
good on a promise.||You made a fair bet with me on the Superbowl and I am going to hold your feet to the fire for payment.|
Pertains to torture used during the Crusade's. As a method for extracting confession for heresy, non-believers were positioned in a manner that allowed the inquisitor to apply flames to the feet of the accused. This was done until the accused confessed or died.
Some Random Idioms
|here and there|
What does "here and there" mean?
| in various places, go to various places||We went here and there during our holidays. |
What does "dress up" mean?
| to wear one`s best clothes||I decided to dress up to go to dinner on Saturday night.|
|stop off (somewhere)|
What does "stop off (somewhere)" mean?
| to stop at a place for a short time while going somewhere||We decided to stop off at the fish store before we went home.|
|stand up and be counted|
What does "stand up and be counted" mean?
| to be willing to say what one thinks in public||ont Size=3>- to be willing to say what one thinks in publicThe union members thought that they should stand up and be counted before management took away their benefits. |
What does "throw up" mean?
| to vomit||The woman threw up several times after eating the bad shellfish.|
|early bird catches the worm|
What does "early bird catches the worm" mean?
| arriving early gives one an advantage||My boss always comes to work early because he believes that the early bird catches the worm.|
What does "hairy" mean?
| risky; difficult; tricky|
|lapse into a coma|
What does "lapse into a coma" mean?
| go into a coma||The woman lapsed into a coma soon after the accident.|
|inch by inch|
What does "inch by inch" mean?
| little by little, one inch at a time||I checked the park inch by inch to try and find my watch. |
|in a rush|
What does "in a rush" mean?
| in a hurry||They did the job in a rush so I am a little worried about the quality. |
|fine and dandy|
What does "fine and dandy" mean?
| all right, okay||It is fine and dandy for me that the sale will be held next Saturday.|
|darken (someone's) door|
What does "darken (someone's) door" mean?
| to visit someone or somewhere||The man has never darkened the door of the library in his town. |
|beef up (something)|
What does "beef up (something)" mean?
| to make something stronger||The police beefed up the security around the convention site.|
What does "unrequited love" mean?
| love that is not returned, one-way love|| love that is not returned, one-way loveThe woman was in love with the president of her company but from the beginning it was a case of unrequited love. |