American Idioms and Expressions

Hold your feet to the fire

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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 placesWe went here and there during our holidays.
dress up
What does "dress up" mean?
to wear one`s best clothesI 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 somewhereWe 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 publicont Size=3>- to be willing to say what one thinks in public

The union members thought that they should stand up and be counted before management took away their benefits.
throw up
What does "throw up" mean?
to vomitThe 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 advantageMy boss always comes to work early because he believes that the early bird catches the worm.
hairy
What does "hairy" mean?
risky; difficult; tricky
lapse into a coma
What does "lapse into a coma" mean?
go into a comaThe 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 timeI checked the park inch by inch to try and find my watch.
in a rush
What does "in a rush" mean?
in a hurryThey 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, okayIt 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 somewhereThe man has never darkened the door of the library in his town.
beef up (something)
What does "beef up (something)" mean?
to make something strongerThe police beefed up the security around the convention site.
unrequited love
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.

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