The Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home

Also: The lights are on but no-one’s home. Meaning of Idiom ‘The Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home’ The lights are on but nobody’s home is an expression used to describe someone who is not very intelligent or who is considered stupid; it is also used in when someone does not react when spoken to, … Read more

Lump In Your Throat

Meaning of Idiom ‘Lump in Your (or one’s) Throat A lump in one’s throat is a feeling of tightness, constriction, or dryness in the throat caused by strong emotions such as grief; strong emotions that make it difficult to speak. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Last Resort

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last Resort’ The last resort is a final action or effort to achieve something when everything else fails; a coarse of action to be taken only when nothing else succeeds; a final hope. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton … Read more

Loudmouth, be a

Also: Have a loud mouth Meaning of Idiom ‘Loudmouth’ A loudmouth is a person who talks too loudly, often boastfully, offensively and continually; one who talks indiscreetly; a gossip. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Cambridge Academic Content … Read more

Let Bygones Be Bygones

Meaning of Idiom ‘Let Bygones Be Bygones’ To let bygones be bygones is to forget about unpleasant things that have happened in the past; to stop holding a grudge, quarreling or seeking revenge over past actions; to forgive and forget. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. … Read more

Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, a

Also: A leopard doesn’t change its spots You can’t change a leopard’s spots A Tiger can’t change its stripes Meaning of Idiom ‘A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots’ A leopard can’t change its spots means that a person cannot change their inner character or nature, especially if it is bad. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Last One In is a Rotten Egg

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last One In is a Rotten Egg’ Last one in is a rotten egg is used by children (or by adults with humor) as a way to urge others to join in. It especially refers to jumping into water. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This … Read more

Leave Holding the Bag

Also: Be Left Holding the Bag Meaning of Idiom ‘Leave (someone) Holding the Bag’ To leave someone holding the bag is to abandon them so that they are forced to bear the responsibility for something or the consequences of your actions. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the … Read more

Life of the Party

Also: Life and soul of the party Meaning of Idiom ‘Life of the Party’ A person who is the life of the party is very outgoing, energetic, enthusiastic, amusing, entertaining, etc. and who helps make the party fun. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. … Read more

Life Of Riley

Also: Life of Reilly Meaning of Idiom ‘Life Of Riley’ The life of Riley is an easy, carefree, comfortable life of luxury. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010., 2Jarvie, Gordon.  Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009., 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples Of Use “I love … Read more