American Idioms and Expressions

Behind Schedule Idiom

This database is a comprehensive collection of all the American idioms and slang available. American Idioms are many and varied. We hope you enjoy our collection. We are adding more all the time. .

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behind schedule
What does behind schedule mean?
to fail to do something by the time on the scheduleThe trains were behind schedule because of the accident early in the morning.
behind schedule
What does behind schedule mean?
unable to do something by the time on the schedule, after the time on a schedule The trains were behind schedule because of the accident early in the morning.


Some Random Idioms
alive and well/kicking
What does "alive and well/kicking" mean?
to be well and healthyMy aunt is 87 years old and she is very much alive and kicking.
hard to stomach (someone or something)
What does "hard to stomach (someone or something)" mean?
be unable to accept something or do something that you think is unpleasant or wrongI find some of my classmates and their attitude to studying hard to stomach.
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.
meat and potatoes
What does "meat and potatoes" mean?
basic and strong, have simple tastes in food and other thingsMy friend's taste in food and life is one of a basic meat-and-potatoes approach.
Dead as a door nail
What does "Dead as a door nail" mean?
To be dead, with no chance for recovery.You might as well junk that car, the engine is dead as a door nail.
Nails were once hand tooled and costly. When an aging cabin or barn was torn down the valuable nails would be salvaged so they could be reused in later construction.
When building a door however, carpenters often drove the nail through then bent it over the other end so it couldn't work its way out during the repeated opening and closing of the door. When it came time to salvage the building, these door nails were considered useless, or "dead" because of the way they were bent.
from dawn to dusk
What does "from dawn to dusk" mean?
from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun The farmworkers worked from dawn to dusk everyday in order to pick the lettuce crop.

John Henry/John Hancock
What does "John Henry/John Hancock" mean?
one's signature"Please sign your John Henry here and we will process your order right away."
follow in (someone's) footsteps
What does "follow in (someone's) footsteps" mean?
to do what someone else has done (especially to do the same job as one's father or mother)The young man followed in his father's footsteps and decided to become an accountant.
get caught in the crossfire
What does "get caught in the crossfire" mean?
to be trapped between two lines of enemy fire, to be caught between two arguing people or groups I do not want to get caught in the crossfire between my boss and the sales manager.

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