Idioms beginning with E

  • Eager beaver

    Meaning: The term eager beaver refers to a person who is hardworking and enthusiastic, sometimes considered overzealous.

  • Eagle-Eyed

    Meaning: Having sharp vision

  • Early Bird [noun or adjective]

    Meaning: Someone who does something prior to the usual time, or someone who gets up early.

  • Eat Crow

    Meaning: To admit one was wrong, and accept humiliation

  • Eat Humble Pie

    Meaning: To admit defeat or error, to accept humiliation

  • Eat Someone’s Lunch

    Meaning: Defeat someone thoroughly

  • Eat Your Heart Out!

    Meaning: (excl.) Go ahead, be jealous.

  • Eighty-Six (v.)

    Meaning: 1) Discard, eliminate. 2) Throw someone out of a bar or store.

  • Elephant in the Room

    Meaning: A major problem that no one is talking about

  • Elevator Music

    Meaning: Pleasant but boring recorded music that is played in public places.

  • Elevator Pitch

    Meaning: A brief presentation of an idea, one short enough to be delivered in an elevator

  • Eleventh Hour

    Meaning: The last minute

  • Even Steven

    Meaning: Owing nothing; tied (in a game)

  • Every Dog Has His (Its)

    Meaning: Day Everyone has a moment of fame, power, or influence

  • Every Man and His Dog

    Meaning: Many people

  • Every Man for Himself

    Meaning: Pursue your own interests; don’t expect help from others.

  • Excused Boots

    Meaning: Allowed to avoid mandatory tasks