Back the Wrong Horse

Also: Bet on the wrong horse Meaning of Idiom Back the Wrong Horse: to make the wrong choice concerning who or what you support and to support a person or action that is later unsuccessful; to make a wrong choice; to guess wrongly concerning the final outcome. 1McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013. … Read more

Back On Your Feet

In use since the 1800’s Meaning This idiom is related to a number of other idioms pertaining to being ‘on one’s feet.’ To be back on your feet is to have made a full recovery from an illness, or to have become fully adjusted to a new situation, such as a move, a new job, … Read more

Back Burner, (Put Something On the)

Also: Front Burner Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Something on the Back Burner’ To put something on the back burner is to give it a lower priority or to delay giving it attention or working on it; Something that is on the back burner is not forgotten, it is simply a lower priority than other things. … Read more

Baby Boomer

Also: Baby boom Baby boom generation Meaning Baby boomer: Someone born after World War II between approximately 1945 to 1965, a period during which there was a large increase or “boom” in the United States birth rate. The period is sometimes called the baby boom and those who were born during it are part of the baby boom … Read more

Babe in the Woods, a

Meaning A babe in the woods is a common idiomatic expression used to describe a person who is young, naive, inexperienced, and innocent. It is often used more specifically to refer to such persons being thrust into situations they are not ready to handle, similar to babe in arms. Sometimes, as well, it is used more pleasantly to … Read more

Babe in Arms, a

A babe in arms literally refers to a very young child or a baby who is not yet able to walk or crawl, and so must be carried in someone’s arms. As an idiomatic expression, though, it doesn’t need to refer to a child or baby at all. Meaning of Idiom ‘Babe in Arms’ Used as an … Read more