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

Brain Freeze

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Brain Freeze’ 1. A brain freeze, in regards to eating ice cream or drinking milkshakes or frozen beverages too fast, is a sudden intense pain in the head. 2. Being temporarily unable to recall facts one should easily know, such as the name of a close friend, or important personal facts. Usage … Read more

Brown Nose, to

Also: Brown Noser (brown-noser) Brownnosing (brown nosing, brown-nosing) Meaning of Idiom ‘Brown Nose’ To brown nose is to obsequiously and shamelessly try to gain someone’s favor by being sycophantic and affecting a subservient attitude, being overly agreeable, flattering, etc. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of … Read more

Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed’ To be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed means to be wide awake, energetic, eager, and alert. 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.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.  Want to see … Read more

Bright and Early

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bright and Early’ Bright and early means very early in the morning; early enough to be able to do something that is to occur very early in the morning. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2010.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of … Read more

Breathe a Word (to not)

Variations: (not) breathe a word about (something) (not) breathe a word of (something) Meaning of Idiom ‘To Not Breathe a Word’ To not breathe a word about something means to keep a secret and not tell anyone about it; to not reveal something. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of … Read more

Break Up (with someone)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Break Up (with someone)’ To break up with someone is to end a marriage or a romantic relationship. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2010.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Used as a noun, breakup refers to an act or instance of breaking up. Synonyms Split up … Read more