A TO Z IDIOMS

Idioms beginning with A

  • A Bit Much

    Meaning: More than is reasonable; a bit too much

  • A Bite at The Cherry

    Meaning: A good opportunity that isn’t available to everyone

  • A Busy Bee

    Meaning: A busy, active person who moves quickly from task to task.

  • A Cat Has Nine Lives

    Meaning: Cats seem to get away with dangerous things

  • A Cat in Gloves Catches No Mice

    Meaning: You can’t get what you need if you’re too careful.

  • A Cat Nap

    Meaning: A short sleep during the day

  • A Cold Day In July

    Meaning: (Something that) will never happen

  • A Cold Fish

    Meaning: Someone who is not often moved by emotions, who is regarded as being hard and (unfeeling.

  • A Cut Above

    Meaning: Slightly better than

  • A Cut Below

    Meaning: Inferior to; somewhat lower in quality than

  • A Day Late And A Dollar Short

    Meaning: Too delayed and insignificant to have much effect

  • A Dog in The Manger

    Meaning: A person who selfishly prevent others from using, enjoying or profiting (from something even though he/ she cannot use or enjoy it himself.

  • A Few Sandwiches Short Of A Picnic

    Meaning: Abnormally stupid, not really sane

  • A Good Deal

    Meaning: To a large extent, a lot

  • A Great Deal

    Meaning: To a very large extent

  • A Guinea Pig

    Meaning: Someone who is part of an experiment or trial

  • A Hair’s Breadth

    Meaning: A very small distance or amount

  • A Home Bird

    Meaning: Somebody who prefers to spend his social and free time at home.

  • A Hundred And Ten Percent

    Meaning: More than what seems to be the maximum

  • A Lame Duck

    Meaning: A person or enterprise (often a business) that is not a success and that has to be (helped.

  • A Leg Up

    Meaning: An advantage, a boost

  • A Lemon

    Meaning: A vehicle that does not work properly

  • A Life Of Its Own

    Meaning: An indepdendent existence

  • A Little Bird Told Me

    Meaning: I don’t wish to divulge where I got the information

  • A Little Bird Told Me

    Meaning: I got this information from a source I cannot reveal.

  • A Little from Column A, a Little from Column B

    Meaning: A course of action drawing on several different ideas or possibilities

  • A Lone Wolf

    Meaning: Someone who is not very social with other people

  • A Lot on One’s Plate

    Meaning: A lot to do

  • A Million and One

    Meaning: Very many

  • A Notch Above

    Meaning: Superior to; higher in quality

  • A Penny for Your Thoughts

    Meaning: What are you thinking?

  • A Penny Saved is A Penny Earned

    Meaning: Every small amount helps to build one’s savings

  • A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

    Meaning: A visual presentation can communicate something very (effectively

  • A Plum Job

    Meaning: An easy and pleasant job that also pays well

  • A Rare Bird

    Meaning: Somebody or something of a kind that one seldom sees.

  • A Scaredy-Cat

    Meaning: Someone who is excessively scared or afraid.

  • A Second Bite At The Cherry

    Meaning: A Second chance to do something

  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

    Meaning: Someone that you’re pleased to see

  • A Sitting Duck

    Meaning: A person or object in a vulnerable position that is easy to attack or injure.

  • A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

    Meaning: Little to no likelihood of occurrence or success

  • A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

    Meaning: Fix something quickly, because if you don’t, it will just get more (difficult to fix

  • A Stone’s Throw

    Meaning: A very short distance

  • A Storm in a Teacup

    Meaning: Unnecessary anger or worry about an unimportant or trivial matter

  • A Tall Order

    Meaning: A difficult task

  • A Week Is A Long Time In _____

    Meaning: In the field mentioned, the situation may change rapidly

  • About Time

    Meaning: Far past the desired time

  • About To

    Meaning: On the point of, occurring imminently

  • Above And Beyond

    Meaning: More than is expected or required

  • Above Board

    Meaning: Openly, without deceit. Honestly, reputably.

  • Above The Law

    Meaning: Exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.

  • Above The Salt

    Meaning: Of high standing or honor

  • Above Water

    Meaning: Not in extreme difficulty. Especially said of finances

  • Accident Of Birth

    Meaning: Luck in something due to family good fortune

  • Accident Waiting To Happen

    Meaning: A dangerous way of setting up or organizing something

  • According To Hoyle

    Meaning: Properly, in accordance with established procedures

  • Ace In The Hole

    Meaning: A hidden advantage

  • Ace Up One’s Sleeve

    Meaning: A surprise advantage of which others are not aware.

  • Acid Test

    Meaning: A crucial event that determines the worth of something

  • Acknowledge The Corn

    Meaning: Admit to a mistake, especially a small one; point out one’s own (shortcomings, or another’s

  • Acquired Taste

    Meaning: Something one learns to appreciate only after trying it repeatedly

  • Across The Board

    Meaning: In relation to all categories, for everyone

  • Across The Pond

    Meaning: On or to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Act High and Mighty

    Meaning: Be arrogant, presume that one is better than others

  • Act Of Congress

    Meaning: Hard to get, said of authorization

  • Act One’s Age

    Meaning: To be mature, not childish

  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words

    Meaning: One’s character and intentions are shown more accurately by one’s actions than by one’s words.

  • Achilles’ Heel

    Meaning: The weak point of an otherwise powerful person or organization

  • Add Fuel To The Fire

    Meaning: Worsen already existing tension

  • Add Insult To Injury

    Meaning: Compound a defeat with humiliation or mockery

  • Add Insult to Injury

    Meaning: Humiliate someone in addition to doing damage to him or her

  • After One’s Own Heart

    Meaning: Similar in a pleasing way

  • After The Fact

    Meaning: Too late; after something is completed or finalized

  • After The Lord Mayor’s Show (UK)

    Meaning: Anticlimactic; occurring after something impressive

  • Against The Clock

    Meaning: Forced to hurry to meet a deadline

  • Against the Clock

    Meaning: In a very limited amount of time; with a shortage of time being the main problem.

  • Against The Grain

    Meaning: Contrary to one’s natural inclinations

  • Against The Run Of Play

    Meaning: A typical of the way a game has been going

  • Age Before Beauty

    Meaning: Something said by a younger woman to an older one, for instance allowing her (to pass through a doorway

  • Agree To Disagree

    Meaning: Accept or set aside a disagreement

  • Agreement In Principle

    Meaning: In a negotiation, an agreement in which not all details have been (worked out

  • Aha Moment

    Meaning: Sudden realization, the point at which one suddenly understands something

  • Ahead Of One’s Time

    Meaning: Offering ideas not yet in general circulation; highly creative

  • Ahead Of The Curve

    Meaning: Innovative, devising new ideas in advance of others

  • Ahead Of The Curve

    Meaning: Offering ideas not yet in general circulation; highly creative

  • Ahead Of The Game

    Meaning: Making faster progress than anticipated; ahead of schedule

  • Air Rage

    Meaning: Angry behavior inside an airplane

  • Airy Fairy

    Meaning: whimsical, nonsensical, impractical

  • Albatross Around One’s Neck

    Meaning: Something from one’s past that acts as a hindrance

  • Alive and Kicking

    Meaning: In good health despite health problems

  • All Along

    Meaning: For the entire time something has been happening

  • All And Sundry

    Meaning: Everyone(separately) Each one.

  • All Bark And No Bite

    Meaning: Tending to make verbal threats but not deliver on them

  • All Bets Are Off

    Meaning: What seemed certain is now unclear

  • All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go

    Meaning: Prepared (with clothing or otherwise) for an event that does not occur

  • All Ears

    Meaning: Listening willingly, waiting for an explanation

  • All Eyes And Ears

    Meaning: Attentive

  • All Eyes Are On

    Meaning: Watching alertly or attentively. Having prominent eyes. Everyone is paying (attention to

  • All Fur Coat And No Knickers

    Meaning: Superficially attractive, physically or otherwise

  • All Hands on Deck

    Meaning: Everyone must help.

  • All Hat And No Cattle

    Meaning: Pretentious, full of bluster

  • All Hell Breaks Loose

    Meaning: The situation becomes chaotic.

  • All In A Day’s Work (Excl.)

    Meaning: That’s what I’m here for; although I have accomplished something, (it is part of what I’m expected to do

  • All In Good Time

    Meaning: Eventually; at a more favorable time in the future. This phrase encourages one to be patient.

  • All in One Piece

    Meaning: Safely

  • All It’s Cracked Up To Be

    Meaning: As good as claims or reputation would suggest

  • All Mouth And No Trousers

    Meaning: Superficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance

  • All Over But The Shouting

    Meaning: Certain to end in a specific way

  • All Over Hell’S Half Acre

    Meaning: All over the place; everywhere.

  • All Over The Board

    Meaning: Everywhere, in many different locations

  • All Over The Map

    Meaning: Everywhere; in many different locations

  • All Over The Place

    Meaning: Everywhere; in many different locations

  • All Rights Reserved

    Meaning: Said of a published work; all reproduction rights are asserted by the (copyright holder

  • All Roads Lead to Rome

    Meaning: There is more than one effective way to do something; many different (methods will produce the same result

  • All Set

    Meaning: Ready, prepared, finished

  • All Sizzle And No Steak

    Meaning: Failing to live up to advance promotion or reputation

  • All Talk and No Trousers

    Meaning: Prone to empty boasts

  • All Told

    Meaning: With everything taken into consideration

  • All That Jazz

    Meaning: Similar things, similar qualities, et cetera

  • All The Marbles

    Meaning: The entire prize or reward

  • All The Rage

    Meaning: Very fashionable

  • All the Rage

    Meaning: Very much in fashion

  • All The Same

    Meaning: Anyway; nevertheless; nonetheless.

  • All The Tea In China

    Meaning: Great wealth, a large payment

  • All Things Being Equal

    Meaning: In the event that all aspects of a situation remain the same

  • All Things Considered

    Meaning: Taking all factors into consideration

  • All Thumbs

    Meaning: Clumsy

  • All Very Well

    Meaning: True to a certain extent

  • All Wet

    Meaning: Completely mistaken

  • Along The Lines Of

    Meaning: In general accordance with, in the same general direction as

  • Amateur Hour

    Meaning: A display of incompetence

  • Amber Gambler

    Meaning: Someone who accelerates to try to cross an intersection before a traffic light (turns red

  • Amber Nectar

    Meaning: Beer

  • American Dream (The)

    Meaning: The belief among Americans that hard work leads to material success

  • An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    Meaning: Eating healthy foods will keep one from getting sick (and (needing to see a doctor)

  • An Axe

    Meaning: To Grind A grievance, a disagreement with someone that justifies confrontation.

  • An Early Bird

    Meaning: A person who gets up early in the morning, or who starts work earlier than (others.

  • An Eye for an Eye

    Meaning: Justice in which reparation or vengeance exactly matches the harm caused to (the victim

  • An Offer One Can’t Refuse

    Meaning: An extremely attractive offer

  • Ancient History

    Meaning: Something, such as a disagreement, that happened long ago and ought to be (forgotten

  • And Counting

    Meaning: And the number just mentioned is increasing (or decreasing)

  • And Change

    Meaning: And an additional amount of money that’s less than the next round number

  • And His Mother

    Meaning: An intensifier for an inclusive noun or phrase such as everyone, everybody

  • And So Forth

    Meaning: Indicates that a list continues in a similar manner, etc.

  • And So On

    Meaning: Indicates that a list continues in a similar manner, etc.

  • And The Like

    Meaning: And other similar items, etc.

  • And Then Some

    Meaning: And even more than what has just been mentioned

  • Another Nail In One’s Coffin

    Meaning: Something that leads to someone’s death, literally or (figuratively.

  • Answer Back

    Meaning: Respond impertinently; to talk back.

  • Ants In Your Pants

    Meaning: Restlessness

  • Any Port in a Storm

    Meaning: If you’re in trouble, you’ll turn to anything that improves the situation.

  • Any Tom, Dick or Harry

    Meaning: Any ordinary person

  • Angel’s Advocate

    Meaning: Someone who takes a positive outlook on an idea or proposal

  • Angle For

    Meaning: Aim toward something, try to obtain something, often indirectly or secretly

  • Apple of One’s Eye

    Meaning: A favorite person or thing, a person especially valued by someone

  • Apple of Someone’s Eye

    Meaning: The person that someone loves most of all and is very proud of

  • Apples and Oranges

    Meaning: Of two different classes, not comparable

  • Apples and Oranges

    Meaning: Of two different classes, not comparable

  • Arm Candy

    Meaning: An attractive woman accompanying a powerful or famous man at a social event

  • Armed to the Teeth

    Meaning: Carrying many weapons

  • Around the Clock

    Meaning: At all times

  • As American as Apple Pie

    Meaning: Very or typically American

  • As Far as I Can Throw (someone)

    Meaning: Only slightly

  • As Fit as A Fiddle

    Meaning: To be healthy and physically fit

  • As Pale as A Ghost

    Meaning: Extremely pale

  • As Pale as Death

    Meaning: Extremely pale

  • As Poor as a Church Mouse

    Meaning: Very poor

  • As Red as A Cherry

    Meaning: Very red

  • Asleep at the Wheel (Switch)

    Meaning: not paying attention to one’s work; not doing one’s job diligently.

  • At Death’s Door

    Meaning: Very near death

  • At Each Other’s Throats

    Meaning: Constantly and strongly arguing

  • At Loggerheads

    Meaning: In a state of persistent disagreement

  • At Loggerheads

    Meaning: In a state of persistent disagreement.

  • At Sixes and Sevens

    Meaning: Someone is in a state of confusion or not very well organized.

  • At the Drop of a Hat

    Meaning: Spontaneously, suddenly

  • At the Eleventh Hour

    Meaning: It happens when it is almost too late.

  • At the End of One’s Rope (Tether)

    Meaning: Running out of endurance or patience

  • At the End of the Day

    Meaning: In the final analysis; when all is said and done

  • At Wit’s End

    Meaning: Frustrated because all measures to deal with something have failed