The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

By Christine Ammer

The cat won't ever get your tongue upon getting the yank background® Dictionary of Idioms. This booklet defines approximately 10,000 idioms — expressions including or extra phrases whose mixed that means isn't like the literal which means of the person phrases. each one access has either a definition and a sentence displaying the idiom utilized in context. so much entries supply a proof of the idiom’s starting place and point out while the expression first seemed in English.

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C. 1900] stuck within the center additionally, stuck within the cross-fire. among opposing facets, as within the writers are usually stuck within the heart among editor and writer, who're political rivals, or while mom and dad don’t get alongside, the kids are frequently stuck within the cross-fire. lengthy utilized in army events, those phrases started to be used figuratively within the moment 1/2 the 1800s. stuck brief came upon to be missing whatever one wishes, particularly funds, as in are you able to pay the fee? I appear to be stuck brief. This idiom makes use of brief within the experience of “lacking money,” a utilization relationship from the early 1500s. stuck with one’s pants down, be Be shocked in an embarrassing or in charge posture, as in We spent loads of time getting ready for the inspection; we didn’t are looking to get stuck with our pants down. This word most likely alludes to someone’s pants being reduced to take care of rest room wishes yet isn't really thought of quite vulgar. it's just like OFF safeguard and, if wrongdoing is stumbled on, seize RED-HANDED. [Colloquial; early 1900s] reason → as well as the idioms starting with reason, additionally see misplaced reason. reason a commotion additionally, reason a stir. provide upward thrust to a disturbance, bring up a fuss. for instance, the outlet debate was once so sour it brought on a commotion within the legislature, or Her front regularly brought on a stir. reason raised eyebrows additionally, increase eyebrows. reason shock or disapproval, as in in school his red hair often reasons raised eyebrows. This move of a actual act (raising one’s eyebrows) to the emotions it could actually show happened within the early 1900s. Lytton Strachey used the time period within the Eminent Victorians (1918): “The such a lot steady-going churchman infrequently increases an eyebrow at it now. ” warning → See THROW warning TO THE WINDS. collapse 1. Fall in, cave in, as within the earthquake made the partitions collapse. [Early 1700s] 2. provide in, give up, as within the prosecutor’s questions quickly made the witness collapse. [Early 1800s] three. cave in, faint, or die from exhaustion, as in After a twenty-mile hike I caved in. [Mid-1800s] stop → as well as the idiom starting with stop, additionally see WONDERS won't ever stop. stop and desist cease, depart off doing anything, as in: “Bliss excavated once or more on his personal and Dr. Brand... informed him to stop and desist” (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, the recent Yorker, June 12, 1995). This felony time period is a redundancy, considering that stop and desist suggest nearly a similar factor, yet usually appears to be like in criminal files to prevent attainable misinterpretation. [c. 1920] ceiling → See GLASS CEILING; HIT THE CEILING. cent → See for 2 CENTS; no longer worthy A rattling (RED CENT); installed ONE’S CENTS. middle → as well as the idiom starting with middle, additionally see entrance AND ­CENTER. middle of charm, the whatever or anyone that pulls the main curiosity or interest. for instance, The Ferris wheel is often the heart of charm at our carnival, or Jan is the heart of allure anyplace she is going. This expression comes from physics, the place in view that approximately 1770 it has denoted the purpose to which our bodies have a tendency via gravity or the motion of centripetal strength.

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