A TO Z IDIOMS

Idioms beginning with H

  • Hail Mary (n. or adj.)

    Meaning: A desperate, last-ditch attempt

  • Hair of the Dog (That Bit You)

    Meaning: A small amount of the alcoholic beverage that caused your hangover

  • Hands are Tied

    Meaning: You are prevented from doing something. It is not within your power

  • Hands Down

    Meaning: Undoubtedly

  • Hang It Up

    Meaning: To retire, to end an activity one has pursued for a long time

  • Hang Tough

    Meaning: Maintain one’s resolve

  • Hanging by a Thread

    Meaning: In great danger of elimination or failure

  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    Meaning: If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.

  • Hard Nut to Crack

    Meaning: A difficult problem or a difficult person

  • Has the Cat Got Your Tongue?

    Meaning: Why are you not saying anything?

  • Hat Trick

    Meaning: Scoring three goals in hockey or soccer (football), or accomplishing three of anything.

  • Hatchet Job

    Meaning: A strong attack on someone’s reputation; intentionally destructive criticism; calumny

  • Haul Over the Coals

    Meaning: To scold someone severely

  • Have (one’s) head in the clouds

    Meaning: Not know what is happening around you or out of touch with reality

  • Have A Ball

    Meaning: To have a very enjoyable time

  • Have a Bone to Pick (with Someone)

    Meaning: To want to discuss something someone has done that has angered or annoyed you.

  • Have a Bone to Pick (with Someone)

    Meaning: To want to discuss something someone has done that has angered or annoyed you.

  • Have a Chip on One’s Shoulder

    Meaning: To harbor resentment; to have an angry attitude

  • Have a Dog in the Hunt (Fight, Race)

    Meaning: To support a certain person in a competition

  • Have a Lead Foot

    Meaning: A tendency to drive very fast

  • Have a Lot on One’s Plate

    Meaning: Be busy, be in the middle of many ongoing tasks

  • Have a Lot Riding On (Something)

    Meaning: Be depending on the successful outcome or development of something

  • Have a Nose for (Something)

    Meaning: To have natural ability at something, a talent for finding something

  • Have a Screw Loose

    Meaning: Be slightly unbalanced or crazy

  • Have a Tough Row to Hoe

    Meaning: Be faced with a task that is difficult because of unfavorable conditions

  • Have A Whale of A Time

    Meaning: To enjoy yourself very much

  • Have an Ace Up One’s Sleeve

    Meaning: To have a hidden advantage

  • Have Bigger Fish to Fry

    Meaning: Have more important things to do

  • Have Egg on Your Face

    Meaning: They are made to look foolish or embarrassed

  • Have Foot-in-Mouth Disease

    Meaning: To embarrass oneself through a silly mistake

  • Have Hand of Aces/Hold All the Aces

    Meaning: To be in a very strong position in a competition

  • Have It Out with Someone

    Meaning: To have an argument with someone in order to settle a dispute

  • Have One Foot in The Grave

    Meaning: To be near death (usually because of old age or illness)

  • Have One Over the Eight

    Meaning: A person is slightly drunk.

  • Have One Too Many

    Meaning: Drink too much alcohol

  • Have One’s Cake and Eat It, Too

    Meaning: To want two incompatible things (usually used in the negative)

  • Have Skin in the Game

    Meaning: Be risking something in an undertaking

  • Have Something in the Bag

    Meaning: Be certain to win

  • Have the Hots for (Somebody)

    Meaning: To be (sexually) attracted to somebody

  • Have the Hots for Somebody

    Meaning: Finding somebody extremely attractive

  • Have The Time of Your Life

    Meaning: If you have the time of our life, you enjoy yourself very much.

  • Have the Time of Your Life

    Meaning: To have a very fun, exciting, or enjoyable time

  • Have Your Nose in the Air

    Meaning: Have a snobbish or disdainful attitude

  • Have Your Say

    Meaning: Express your opinion on something

  • Have Your Thumb Up Your Ass

    Meaning: Have nothing to do

  • He Who Laughs Last Laughs Best

    Meaning: Being victorious is often a matter of simply surviving a conflict

  • He Would Put Legs Under A Chicken

    Meaning: He will talk your head off; he is very talkative

  • Head (Go) South

    Meaning: Decline, get worse

  • Head and Shoulders Above

    Meaning: Far superior to

  • Head and Shoulders

    Meaning: Above Far superior to

  • Head Start

    Meaning: An advantage over everyone else

  • Heads Up (excl.)

    Meaning: Get ready! Be prepared

  • Heads Up!

    Meaning: Be careful!

  • Heads Will Roll (Are Going to Roll)

    Meaning: People will be fired

  • Heads Will Roll (Are Going to Roll)

    Meaning: People will be fired

  • Hear (Something) Through the Grapevine

    Meaning: To learn something via gossip

  • Heart and Soul

    Meaning: With all one’s energy or affection

  • Heavens Open

    Meaning: Start to rain heavily

  • Heavy Hitter

    Meaning: A powerful, influential person

  • Helicopter Parenting

    Meaning: Overattentive child-raising

  • Hell for Leather

    Meaning: Very fast, as fast as possible

  • High as a Kite

    Meaning: Strongly under the influence of drugs or intoxcants

  • High as a Kite

    Meaning: Strongly under the influence of drugs or intoxcants

  • High as a Kite

    Meaning: Strongly under the influence of drugs or intoxcants

  • Hightail It (Out of There)

    Meaning: Flee

  • Highways and Byways

    Meaning: You take large and small roads to visit every part of the country.

  • Hit a Wall

    Meaning: suddenly stop making forward progress

  • Hit It Out of the Park

    Meaning: Succeed brilliantly

  • Hit the Books

    Meaning: To study (generally said of students

  • Hit the Ground Running

    Meaning: To begin a job or project with no learning or training period needed

  • Hit the Hay

    Meaning: To go to bed

  • Hit the Jackpot

    Meaning: Do something that brings great success

  • Hit the Nail on the Head

    Meaning: To be absolutely correct (said of an utterance)

  • Hit the Road

    Meaning: To leave

  • Hit the Roof

    Meaning: Explode in rage; become extremely angry

  • Hit the Roof

    Meaning: To become very angry

  • Hit the Sack

    Meaning: To go to bed

  • Hit the Spot

    Meaning: Be very satisfying (said of something eaten)

  • Hive Mind

    Meaning: The knowledge of humans as a group

  • Hobson’s Choice

    Meaning: A choice among bad options

  • Hold One’s Liquor

    Meaning: Be able to drink a large amount without being affected

  • Hold One’s Peace

    Meaning: Be silent

  • Hold the Phone

    Meaning: Wait a moment (whether you’re on the phone or not)

  • Hold the Phone

    Meaning: Wait a moment (whether you’re on the phone or not)

  • Hold Your Horses (generally excl.)

    Meaning: Stop; restrain yourself; don’t be so excited

  • Home Away from Home

    Meaning: A habitual hangout; a place one frequents often and where one feels welcome

  • Home Truths

    Meaning: Honest, often painful criticism

  • Honor System

    Meaning: A system of payments that relies on the honesty of those paying

  • Hot Mess

    Meaning: Something or someone in a state of extreme disorder

  • Hot on the Heels (of)

    Meaning: In close pursuit

  • Hot on the Heels (of)

    Meaning: In close pursuit

  • Hot Potato

    Meaning: A controversial subject or difficult project that is best avoided