Couldn’t Agree More (I, somebody)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Couldn’t Agree More’ When someone says ‘I couldn’t agree more’ it means they agree very strongly; to completely agree; to share someone’s opinion. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook]. Wiley, 2003. Usage This idiom is mostly used in the … Read more

Shut Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Shut Up’ 1. Stop speaking. Often spoken as a command (imperative). (Early 1800s) Usage note: When shup up is used as a command, it is rude and abrupt. 2. To shut someone up means to cause them to stop speaking. 3. Close completely, especially windows or shutters. (Early 1500s) 4. Imprison or … Read more

You Can’t Miss It

Meaning of Idiom ‘You Can’t Miss It’ You can’t miss it means it is easy to find; impossible not to see or notice. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Usage This idiom is spoken almost always when giving driving directions to a building … Read more

Not Rocket Science

Also: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (to understand) You don’t have to be a rocket scientist Not brain surgery You don’t have to be a brain surgeon Meaning of Idiom ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ When something is not rocket science, it’s not very complicated and easy to understand; obvious. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American … Read more

X Marks the Spot

X marks the spot was recorded in print as early as 1813 but is probably much older, in use as long as an ‘X’ has been used to mark particular spots on maps. It is especially associated with treasure maps, where X marks the spot where the treasure is buried. Meaning X marks the spot as an … Read more

To (until, till) The Bitter End

Meaning of Idiom ‘To the Bitter End’ To the bitter end means to the very end, however unpleasant or ruinous; all the way to death or ruin. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Examples of Use “The movie was long and boring, but we stayed … Read more

Fair and Square

Meaning of Idiom ‘Fair and Square’ Fair and square means completely fair and just; within the rules of a game or competition; straight, directly and with great accuracy (rare). 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.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: … Read more

Drop A Dime (on someone)

Also: Drop the dime Meaning of Idiom ‘Drop a Dime’ To drop a dime (on someone) means to inform on them or betray them, usually to the police. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage The expression drop a dime usually refers to informing … Read more

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job

Also: Don’t quit your day job. Meaning The idiom ‘Don’t give up your day job’ is used in a humorous way to tell someone you do not think they are very good at something.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use Although this expression is supposed to … Read more

Call the Shots

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call the Shots’ To call the shots means to be in charge or in control; to make the important decisions; or to have authority. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,3Henry, Jean. How to Play the Game: American English Sports & Games … Read more