Armed to the Teeth

Meaning of Idiom ‘Armed to the Teeth’ To be armed to the teeth means to be carrying many deadly weapons or other military equipment; to be excessively armed; to be over-equipped or excessively over-prepared for something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge … Read more

Anything Doing?

Also used: What’s doing? Meaning of Idiom ‘Anything Doing?’ Anything doing, posed as a question, means is anything special happening?; is there any news? Usage This idiom is often followed by a specific reference to a period of time such as “Is anything doing tonight?” Examples of Use “Is anything doing tonight? Are you going … Read more

Accidentally On Purpose

Meaning of Idiom ‘Accidentally On Purpose’ Something that is done accidentally on purpose seems to be an accident but is actually done intentionally; pretending something is an accident that one actually does deliberately. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary]. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge … Read more

Arm and a Leg, an

Also: Cost and arm and a leg Charge an arm and a leg Pay and arm and a leg Give and arm and a leg Meaning of Idiom ‘An Arm and a Leg’ An arm and a leg is a very large amount of money; a very high price. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: … Read more

Accidents Will Happen

Meaning of Idiom ‘Accidents Will Happen’ Accidents will happen means that no matter how careful you are it is impossible to prevent things from going wrong; you cannot prepare for everything and unexpected events will occur. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Meaning of Idiom ‘All that Glitters is Not Gold’ All that glitters is not gold means that just because something is externally attractive it is not good or desirable. In other words, although something may appear to have high value, it may be worthless. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2Ayto, … Read more

At Hand

Also: Close at hand Near at hand Meaning of Idiom ‘At Hand’ 1. To be at hand means to be nearby; within easy reach and ready to use. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002 2. In reference to time, soon … Read more


Meaning Of Idiom ‘A-OK’ A-OK means fine; functioning perfectly; no problems. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Usage ‘A-OK’ can refer to a thing, situation, circumstance, or person. Examples of Use “I can’t believe my car was A-OK this morning on the way to work and now that it’s time to go home, … Read more

Adonis, an

Meaning of Idiom ‘An Adonis’ An Adonis is a young man of unusual physical beauty; an extremely sexually attractive young man, one who is well built and handsome. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. [ The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms]. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. , 2Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000. Examples Of Use “Wow, that guy … Read more

At Your Fingertips

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Your (or one’s) Fingertips’ When something is at your fingertips it is in a convenient place, is easy to find or is readily available or accessible; easy to get and to use immediately. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge … Read more