Conk Out

Also: Conk off Meaning of Idiom ‘Conk Out’ (phrasal verb) 1. To conk out means to suddenly stop functioning or to fail, as a mechanical or electronic device. 2. To fall asleep. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 3. … Read more

Chicken Out

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Chicken Out’ To chicken out means to refuse to do something because of fear or cowardice. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Usage To chicken out usually has the connotation of refusing to do something, … Read more

Couch Potato

Meaning of Idiom ‘Couch Potato’ A couch potato is a physically inactive person who spends much of their time sitting and watching television and eating junk food. A couch potato does not exercise or engage in regular physical activity. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

Can’t Stand Someone or Something

Meaning of Idiom ‘Can’t Stand (Someone or Something) When you can’t stand someone or something, your srongly dislike them or it; be unable to tolerate being around someone or something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This idiom is always used in the negative. We never say “I … Read more

Cry Wolf

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cry Wolf’ To cry wolf means to raise a false alarm; to warn of a danger that doesn’t really exist; to cry for help when you do not actually need help; to complain about something needlessly. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, … Read more

Cross Someone’s Path

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross Someone’s Path’ To cross someone’s path is to accidentally encounter them or meet them casually. 1Jarvie, Gordon.  Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage When someone crosses your path or you cross paths with someone, then meeting them was … Read more

Call It Quits

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call it Quits’ 1. To call it quits means to stop doing something; to give up on trying to accomplish something; to abandon a goal in order to not risk further loss. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, … Read more

Cut and Run

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cut and Run’ To cut and run means to depart suddenly or quickly to avoid an awkward or dangerous situation; to run away as quickly as possible. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012. Examples Of … Read more

Cross Your Fingers

Also: Keep your fingers crossed I’ll keep my fingers crossed Had my fingers crossed (white lie) Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross Your (or one’s) Fingers 1. Cross your fingers means to hope for success or good luck. The variant keep your fingers crossed has the same meaning. 2. Based on the same idiom and superstition is … Read more

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Meaning of Idiom ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’ Curiosity killed the cat is used to express the idea that showing too much interest in the affairs of other people can get you in trouble, or even be dangerous. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms]. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. … Read more