Blow Off Steam

Also: Let off steam Meaning of Idiom ‘Blow Off Steam’ To blow off steam means to do something that helps relieve stress, tension, anger, or strong emotions; to get out one’s pent up feelings by complaining or talking loudly, or by some energetic activity; to play or work off excess energy, especially children. 1Heacock, Paul. … 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

Black Out

Also: Blackout (noun) Blackout drunk Meaning of Idiom ‘Black Out’ 1. When all the electricity fails and the lights go out. 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. Usage When used as a noun, a blackout refers to a city losing all … Read more

Black and Blue

Meaning of Idiom ‘Black and Blue’ To be black and blue means to be badly bruised and discolored. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Usage This idiom is used as an adjective. For example, one might say, “I tripped on the stairs … Read more

Blow a Hole in

Also: Make a Hole (in one’s budget or money) Meaning of Idiom ‘Blow a Hole in (something)’ 1. To blow a hole in something means to its effectiveness or show that it is incorrect, corrupt, etc. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. 2. … Read more

Blow Your Own Horn

Also: Blow your own trumpet Toot your own horn/trumpet Meaning of Idiom Blow You (or one’s) Own Horn’ To blow your own horn means to boast or brag about your achievements or talents. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage … Read more

Blue Blood

Also: Blue Blooded Meaning of Idiom ‘Blue Blood’ The term blue blood refers to someone of aristocratic or noble birth. Generally used to mean someone who is a member of “high society.”  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use “Most American politicians are typical blue bloods, even the ones … Read more

Blind Leading the Blind

Meaning of Idiom ‘Blind Leading the Blind’ The blind leading the blind refers to a situation in which an inexperienced, inept, or ignorant person is instructing, advising, or guiding a person who is equally inexperienced, unknowledgeable, or inept. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013.,3Ayto, … Read more

Blessing In Disguise

Meaning of Idiom ‘Blessing in Disguise’ A blessing in disguise is something that at first seems to be a misfortune but turns out to be fortunate. Examples Of Use “Ted was upset about having to start a new school but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. His new school is a much better fit … Read more