At Hand

Also: Close at hand Near at hand Meaning of Idiom ‘At Hand’ 1. To be at hand means to be nearby; within easy reach and ready to use. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002 2. In reference to time, soon … Read more

At Your Fingertips

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Your (or one’s) Fingertips’ When something is at your fingertips it is in a convenient place, is easy to find or is readily available or accessible; easy to get and to use immediately. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge … Read more

At Your Wit’s End

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Your (or one’s) Wit’s End’ To be at your wit’s end means that you are so confused, puzzled, or upset or have encountered so many difficulties that you have no idea what to do. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

At the End of Your Rope

Also: At the end of your (or one’s) tether (U.K.) Meaning of Idiom ‘At the End of Your (or one’s) Rope To be at the end of your rope means that you have reached the limit of your patience, resources, abilities, energy, etc. and so are unable to deal with a situation any longer. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English … Read more

At the End of the Day

Also: In the end Meaning of Idiom ‘At the End of the Day’ At the end of the day is a quite commonly used and misunderstood idiom since it makes literal sense if used to actually refer to the end of the day. When used as an idiom, it has a similar meaning to the idiom when all … Read more

At Loggerheads

Meaning of the Idiom ‘at Loggerheads’ To be ‘at loggerheads’ means to be engaged in a quarrelsome argument; strongly disagreeing. This somewhat formal idiom tends to carry the connotation of being unable to reach an agreement. Usage “The union has been at loggerheads with management on the benefits package for months now.” “Peace talks are … Read more

At Length

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Length’ At length means in full detail, for a long time. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Usage The idiom is used in regards to speaking or writing about a subject. Examples: “The CEO talked at length … Read more

At Last (or at Long Last)

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Last” or ‘At Last’ The idiom ‘at last’ is used the same way as adverb finally, to mean after a long time or delay. It may have the connotation of something finally occurring after a long period of difficulty or irritation. At long last is a more emphatic version of the same … Read more

At Face Value (to take something)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Something at Face Value’ To take something at face value means to accept it as true based on its outward appearance, without asking questions or giving it further consideration. Usage “I wouldn’t take the reports at face value. If you want to the truth you’ll have to go see for yourself.” … Read more

At Death’s Door

Meaning of Idiom ‘At Death’s Door’ To be at death’s door means to be so ill or so badly injured that you may die; to be at a point where death is imminent. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. 2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Usage To say … Read more