American Idioms and Expressions

Kick Up One`s Heels Idiom

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kick up one`s heels
What does kick up one`s heels mean?
have a good time, celebrateWe kicked up our heels at the farewell party that we attended last week.
kick up one`s heels
What does kick up one`s heels mean?
to have a good time, to celebrateWe kicked up our heels last night and had a great time at the party.

Some Random Idioms
No good deed goes unpunished
What does "No good deed goes unpunished" mean?
This means that life is unfair and people can do or try to do good things and still end up in a lot of trouble.
so quiet you can hear a pin drop
What does "so quiet you can hear a pin drop" mean?
very quietIt was so quiet you could hear a pin drop when the woman stood up to speak about her cancer operation.
washboard abs
What does "washboard abs" mean?
well defined stomach muscles
take the chequered flag
What does "take the chequered flag" mean?
finish first in a race (from the flag that is used in car racing when the winner finishes the race) finish first in a race (from the flag that is used in car racing when the winner finishes the race)The Brazilian driver took the chequered flag for the third time this year.
take stock
What does "take stock" mean?
to count the items of merchandise or supplies in stock, to take inventoryThe department store closes for three days every March in order to take stock.
break (something) to (someone)
What does "break (something) to (someone)" mean?
to tell bad news to someone The man broke the bad news to his sister.

open Pandora's box
What does "open Pandora's box" mean?
to uncover more problems/issues than you expected or wantedThe investigation of the company was like opening Pandora's box. Many other problems were discovered.
dump someone
What does "dump someone" mean?
end a relationship by telling someone that you don't want to see him or her end a relationship by telling someone that you don't want to see him or herThe woman dumped her boyfriend after they began to have many fights.
cut back
What does "cut back" mean?
to use fewer or less of somethingThe company has been cutting back on entertainment expenses recently.
nudge
What does "nudge" mean?
a nag; a critical, irritating person
Gather steam
What does "Gather steam" mean?
If something gathers speed, it moves or progresses at an increasing speed.
as scarce as hen's teeth/scarcer than hen's teeth
What does "as scarce as hen's teeth/scarcer than hen's teeth" mean?
very scarce or nonexistentCheap hotels in this city are as scarce as hen's teeth.
the responsible party
What does "the responsible party" mean?
the party that is legally or morally obliged to do something or accept the blame for somethingThe responsible party was forced to compensate the victims of his crimes.

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