Talk Someone’s Ear Off

Also: Talk Someone’s Head Off. Talk Someone’s Leg (or Arm) Off. Talk Someone’s Pants Off. Chew Someone’s Ear Off. Meaning of ‘Talk Someone’s Ear Off’ Idiom To talk someone’s ear off means to talk for a long time in a way that bores or bothers the listener until they are exhausted and sick of listening to you. … Read more

Talk Nineteen to the Dozen

A British idiom but sometimes heard in America as well. Used since at least the mid-1800’s. Meaning of the Idiom ‘Talk Nineteen to the Dozen’ When someone talks nineteen to the dozen they are taking very quickly and incessantly without stopping. Can refer to someone who babbles, or who simply talks a lot, whether or not they … Read more

Talk A Blue Streak

Also ‘talk up a blue streak’ and ‘curse a blue streak.’ Meaning of the Idiom ‘Talk a Blue Streak’ Similar to talk nineteen to the dozen or talk a mile a minute. When someone ‘talks a blue streak’ they are speaking very quickly and at length. This idiom, like other related talk idioms, also has the connotation of exhausting the … Read more

Take Someone to the Cleaners

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Someone to the Cleaners’ To take someone to the cleaners is to take most or all their money or cause them to lose their money through cheating them or some other nefarious means; to “clean someone out” financially either by dishonest means or in a court battle. Occasionally, taking someone to … Read more

Take French Leave

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take French Leave’ To take French leave is to leave without getting permission or without informing anyone; to leave a gathering without saying goodbye to the host; to quit a job without giving notice. Usage This expression is better left unused, as it may be seen as a slur toward the French. … Read more

Take As Gospel

Also: Take as the gospel truth Take for gospel Accept as gospel Meaning of Idiom ‘Take (something) as Gospel’ To take something as gospel means to absolutely believe it to be true. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. See also gospel truth. Examples Of Use … Read more

Take a Joke (be able to)

Meaning of ‘To Be Able to Take a Joke’ To be able to take a joke is to not react negatively when you are teased or to jokes that are about you or against you; to be able to accept others making fun of you with grace and good-humor. Compare to dish it out. Usage It … Read more

Tailgate, to

Also: Ride someone’s bumper Meaning of Idiom ‘Tailgate’ To tailgate means to drive dangerously close behind another car or vehicle on the road. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Burke, David. The Slangman Guide to Street Speak 2: the Complete Course in American Slang & Idioms. Slangman Pub., 2016. Usage When a driver is said to … Read more