By and Large

Meaning of Idiom ‘By and Large’ By and large means generally; usually; everything considered; speaking broadly. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See synonyms: On the Whole For the Most Part Examples Of Use “By and large, the fundraiser was successful.” “By … Read more

By the Skin of My (or one’s) Teeth

Meaning of Idiom ‘By the Skin of My (or one’s) Teeth’ By the skin of one’s teeth means barely, narrowly; by the thinnest of margins. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005. Examples Of Use “I missed having a car … Read more

By the Same Token

Meaning Of Idiom ‘By the Same Token’ By the same token means in the same way, following the same argument, or for the same reason. Examples Of Use “I understand that you want Mike to apologize but, by the same token, you said some pretty nasty things to him.” “Business is not increasing but, by the … Read more

By the Numbers

Also: By Numbers (UK) Paint by numbers Meaning of Idiom ‘By the Numbers’ When something is done by the numbers it is done in a precise and orderly sequence that is already determined. The idiom alludes to doing things by rote, or mechanically, according to a laid-out plan, without any thought or creativity; following exact rules. 1Ammer, Christine. American … Read more

By the Book

Meaning of Idiom ‘By the Book’ When something is done by the book it is done strictly according to the existing rules, regulations, or laws. Usage “The detective had always done things by the book, but for this case, he had to throw the book away.” “He doesn’t do everything by the book, but he gets results.” … Read more