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

Bitter Pill to Swallow, a

Also: Tough pill to swallow Bitter pill Meaning of Idiom ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow’ A bitter pill to swallow is something unpleasant that is difficult to accept, such as a disappointment or setback, that must be accepted and endured. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of … Read more

A Bit Much

Also: A bit too much Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Bit Much’ When something is a bit much it is unreasonable, unfair, and excessive. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Usage Although a bit much often refers to incidents or actions, it … Read more

Bite the Dust

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite the Dust’ To bite the dust is to be defeated or killed, especially in battle; to be successful; to be eliminated or to cease existing. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Examples Of Use “When the company bit the … Read more

Bite the Bullet

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite the Bullet’ To bite the bullet is to accept or confront a difficult situation with courage and stoicism; to accept the truth of a situation; to bravely pay the price of a bad situation; to force yourself to do something you dislike. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American … Read more

Bite Someone’s Head Off

Also: Snap someone’s head off Meaning of Idiom ‘To Bite Someone’s Head Off’ To bite someone’s head off means to reply or speak to someone in a very sharp and angry way; to scold harshly. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth … Read more

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite Off More Than You Can Chew’ To bite off more than you can chew is to take on more responsibility than you can handle; to try to do a job that is too big for you.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to my YouTube channel! Usage This idiom is … Read more

Big Deal

Meaning of Idiom ‘Big Deal’ A big deal is something that is very important, special, or a matter of great interest. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. This idiom can also be used to mean “who … Read more