McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary

By Richard A. Spears

Form up your English with hundreds of thousands of idioms

Whether you're a learner of English who's having hassle figuring out expressions in daily speech or a local speaker who desires to extend your written or spoken variety, you wish a accomplished reference for idioms, universal words, and sayings of yankee English. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary exhibits you the ropes of English and is helping you:

Expand your English-speaking talents with those 14,000-plus expressions, proverbs, and customary sayings, indexed alphabetically
Use American idioms properly via following the numerous precious examples
Easily locate the perfect word by way of one in every of its key words
Some examples of the colourful English language, as spoken by way of Americans:

at peace secure and happy

every trick within the booklet each misleading process known

Johnny-on-the-spot a person who's within the correct position on the correct time

make a killing to have a good luck, in particular in making money

nine-to-five task a role with basic daylight hours hours

scream bloody homicide to bitch bitterly

take a powder to depart; to depart city

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Name back. Fig. Please stopover at this store back someday. (Said by means of shopkeepers and shop clerks. ) “Thank you,” acknowledged the clerk, smiling, “Call back. ” name (all) the pictures Fig. to settle on the plan of action; to be accountable. Why should you name the entire photographs? name at a few position 1. to go to a few position. I known as on the druggist’s for a few medication. 2. [for a boat] to place into port at a spot. Our send will name at seven ports through the voyage. name recognition to so/sth to reason an individual, together with oneself, or anything to be spotted or saw. i feel he attire like that just to name consciousness to himself. name so’s recognition to sth and make contact with sth to so’s cognizance Fig. to deliver anything to someone’s discover; to make a person realize a few truth. He known as to our consciousness the attention at the wall. name again 1. to name [someone] back at the cell at a later time. name again later, please. i'm going to name again while you're now not so busy. 2. to come back a cellphone name bought past. The be aware says i'm to name again. What did you will have? this is often invoice Wilson calling again. name so’s bluff Fig. to call for that somebody turn out a declare or isn't being misleading. Tom acknowledged, “You’ve made me quite indignant, and I’ll punch you if you happen to come any nearer! ” “Go ahead,” acknowledged invoice, calling his bluff. name so by way of a reputation to handle somebody via a specific form of identify. They name me by way of my first identify. Don’t name me via my nickname! name so down† Fig. to reprimand someone. “I want you wouldn’t name me down in public,” cried Sally. name sth down† (on so) Fig. to invoke a few kind of divine punishment onto somebody. The preacher sounded as if he was once calling down the wrath of God on us. Moses known as down a virus at the Pharaoh. demand so/sth 1. Fig. to wish, require, or call for whatever or the prone of somebody. The recipe demands cups of flour. This activity demands a person with event. 2. to reach to gather or decide up someone or a specific thing. (Used specifically while you are to choose somebody up and are performing as an escort. ) i'm going to demand you approximately 8 this night. The messenger will demand your answer within the morning. three. to shout for or request an individual or anything. I stood at the porch and referred to as for the puppy. name hogs to snore. I couldn’t sleep in any respect final evening, with Cousin Joe calling hogs within the subsequent room. Joe calls hogs so loudly the home windows rattle. name so in (on sth) to ask another individual to come back and aid with an issue, reminiscent of calling in one other health care provider for a moment opinion. My health care provider known as in a expert in this subject. name in in poor health Fig. to name one’s workplace to claim that one is unwell and can't come to paintings. i must name in unwell at the present time. i've got a fever. name sth into query and produce sth into query Fig. to reason whatever to be evaluated; to check or reexamine skills or price. We referred to as Dr. Jones’s skills into query. name it an afternoon Fig. to hand over paintings and cross domestic; to assert day’s paintings has been accomplished. I’m drained. Let’s name it an afternoon. name it an evening Fig. to finish what one is doing at evening and move [home] to mattress.

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