Wild Goose Chase

Meaning of Idiom ‘Wild Goose Chase’ A wild goose chase is a pointless, foolish and futile search or pursuit that is bound to result in failure. 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.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: … Read more

When Hell Freezes Over

Also: Not till hell freezes over It will be a cold day in hell (when) Meaning of Idiom ‘When Hell Freezes Over’ When hell freezes over means never; not at all. See: Freeze Over Usage The less emphatic version ‘it will be a cold day in hell’ is sometimes heard. When we say ‘It will … Read more

What (why, who, how, where) On Earth

Also: (What, how, who, where) in the world (What, how, who, where) in (God’s) creation Meaning of Idiom ‘What On Earth’ On Earth is used as an intensifier after what (or who, where, and how) to mean in any conditions or ever. Or, when used with the word ‘where’ it means ‘in all possible places.’ … Read more

Worried to Death

Also: Worry oneself to death Meaning of Idiom ‘Worried to Death’ To be worried to death means to be extremely worried or anxious.  1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  See worried sick. Examples Of Use “The hurricane is about to make landfall. Do you think everyone got out okay?” … Read more

Worried Sick (about someone or something)

Also: Worry oneself sick Meaning of Idiom ‘Worried Sick’ To be worried sick about someone or something means to be very worried or anxious. 1Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. … Read more

Writer’s Block

Meaning of Idiom ‘Writer’s Block’ When someone has writer’s block, it means they are temporarily unable to think of something to write; something in the mind that acts as a ‘mental block’ preventing a writer from creating a new piece of writing. 1Walter, Elizabeth. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007.,2Spears, Richard A.  McGraw-Hill’s … Read more

When it Comes to Something

Also: When it comes to that Meaning of Idiom ‘When It Comes to Something’ When it comes to something means as for something, in regards to something, speaking of something, when a situation involves something. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Examples of Use “When it comes to elections, I usually … Read more

Wipe the Floor with Someone

Also: Mop (up) the floor with someone Meaning of Idiom ‘Wipe the Floor With Someone’ To wipe the floor with someone means to inflict a humiliating and thorough defeat on them; to have an overwhelming victory. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Kirkpatrick, … Read more