Bundle of Nerves, a

Also: A Bag of Nerves Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Bundle of Nerves’ A bundle of nerves is a very anxious, nervous, anxious, tense, fearful or jittery person. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms … Read more

Buzz Off

Meaning of Idiom ‘Buzz Off’ To buzz off means to leave; go away. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Usage Buzz off is usually spoken as a command, similar to beat it. Examples: “You’re not going to believe what Bobby said to the new … Read more

Butterflies In Your Stomach

Meaning of Idiom ‘Butterflies in Your Stomach’ To have butterflies in your stomach means to feel nervous or anxious and have a queasy or ‘fluttering’ feeling in your gut. This idiom may describe nervous anticipation, such as felt before going on stage to perform. In fact, it is often used to describe ‘stagefright.’ There are … Read more

Bury One’s Head In The Sand

Also: Hide one’s head in the sand Have one’s head in the sand Meaning of Idiom ‘Bury One’s Head in the Sand’ To bury (your, his, her) head in the sand means to ignore obvious problems or dangers; to refuse to face unpleasant realities by pretending not to see them or know about them. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s … Read more

Burn the Midnight Oil

Meaning Burn the midnight oil: to work very late, past the end of the regular work day, and late into the night, especially to study; to work very hard. Usage The idiom often suggests working late at night and in this sense, it is especially applied to studying, as for exams. However, it just as … Read more

Burn One’s Bridges

Meaning of Idiom ‘Burn One’s Bridges To burn your bridges means to take an irrevocable step that makes it impossible to go back to a previous position, situation, etc. Specifically, it means to behave in such a way as to ruin your relationship with someone, making it very difficult to have a productive relationship with … Read more

Built Like a Brick Shithouse

Meaning of Idiom ‘Built Like a Brick Shithouse’ To be built like a brick shithouse, said of a man, means to be very solidly built and muscular. When a woman is said to be built like a brick shithouse, it means she has a very shapely figure. Usage In North America, this slang expression was … Read more