Bells and Whistles

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bells and Whistles’ Bells and whistles are additional features that are added to a product but that are not essential to its basic function; fancy but nonessential add-ons or gadgets. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Spears, Richard … Read more

Behind Closed Doors

Meaning of Idiom ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Behind closed doors means in secret, privately, away from public view or any observation. 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.,3Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.  Want to … Read more

Blow Smoke

Also: Blow smoke in someone’s face Meaning of Idiom ‘Blow Smoke’ To blow smoke is to exaggerate or boast about oneself, usually with no means to back up what one is saying; to intentionally deceive or mislead; to speak in a way meant to conceal the truth and confuse others; to talk confidently about something even … Read more

Blow Smoke Up Someone’s Ass

Meaning of Idiom ‘Blow Smoke Up Someone’s Ass’ To blow smoke up someone’s ass means to insincerely compliment someone to get something from them or get them to do something; to manipulate someone with flattery; to exaggerate about something in order to make it seem better than it is. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: … Read more

Bet the Farm

Also used: Bet the ranch Sell the farm Meaning of Idiom ‘Bet the Farm’ To bet the farm means to risk everything one’s own on something one is certain of, such as an idea, investment, business venture or bet. 1Heacock, Paul.  Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. ,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English … Read more

By and Large

Meaning of Idiom ‘By and Large’ By and large means generally; usually; everything considered; speaking broadly. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See synonyms: On the Whole For the Most Part Examples Of Use “By and large, the fundraiser was successful.” “By … Read more

Break the Ice

Meaning of Idiom Break the Ice To break the ice means to do something to initiate conversation or get something started in a very tense or formal situation; to overcome the initial shyness or relieve tension in a new social situation such as when people first meet; to make it possible, or pave the way, … Read more

Big of You (or one)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Big Of You (or one)’ When an action is big of you, it is generous, good, helpful, or kind. 1McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This idiom is used in response to something someone does … Read more

Big Mouth, have a

Also: be a big mouth big mouth Meaning of Idiom ‘Have a Big Mouth’ To have a big mouth means to be talkative and prone to revealing secrets or to be verbally tactless; to talk too much and too loudly, often in an obnoxious or boastful way. To be a big mouth is to be … Read more

Bite One’s Nails

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite One’s Nails’ To bite one’s nails is to show signs of nervousness, anxiety, impatience, etc. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,3Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Usage Although … Read more