Can’t Stand Someone or Something

Meaning of Idiom ‘Can’t Stand (Someone or Something) When you can’t stand someone or something, your srongly dislike them or it; be unable to tolerate being around someone or something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This idiom is always used in the negative. We never say “I … Read more

Call It Quits

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call it Quits’ 1. To call it quits means to stop doing something; to give up on trying to accomplish something; to abandon a goal in order to not risk further loss. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, … Read more

Caught With Your Pants Down

This expression is one of a surprising number of idioms with the word pants in them. Meaning To be caught with your pants down means to be caught unawares in a situation to which you are completely unable to respond, react, etc. This expression means much the same as being a “deer in the headlights” except that the situation … Read more

Caught with Your Hand In The Cookie Jar

Also: Have one’s hand in the cookie jar Meaning of Idiom ‘Caught with Your (or one’s) Hand in the Cookie Jar’ To be caught with one’s hand in the cookie jar means to be caught in the act of doing something wrong or forbidden, especially stealing money from one’s employer. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton … Read more

Caught Red-Handed

Also: Catch Red-Handed Meaning of Idiom ‘Caught Red-Handed’ To be caught red-handed means to be caught while doing something wrong or illegal; to be caught committing a crime with all the evidence available.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use “She was caught red-handed while shoplifting.” “I tried to … Read more

Caught In The Crossfire

Also: Caught in the Middle Cross in the Crosshairs Meaning of Idiom ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ To be caught in the crossfire means to suffer harm because of a dispute between two other individuals or entities even though you yourself are not a part of the dispute. Caught in the crossfire means much the same as ‘caught … Read more

Catch Your Death (You’ll)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Catch Your Death’ To catch your death is an exaggerated way of saying to catch a severe cold. The idiom can be extended to any similar illness associated with cold weather, such as flu.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage Most often the expression is used … Read more

Catch Some Rays

Also: Catch a few rays Meaning of Idiom ‘Catch Some Rays’ To catch some rays means to go outside in the sun for some period of time, usually to sunbathe, or lay outside under the sun for the purposes of getting a suntan. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. … Read more

Cat Got Your Tongue

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cat Got Your (or one’s) Tongue’ This is usually expressed as a question to someone who is being unusually quiet or refusing to speak, as in “Has the cat got your tongue?” 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe … Read more

Cash On the Barrelhead

Also: Cash on the Nail (British) Meaning of Idiom ‘Cash on the Barrelhead’ Cash on the barrelhead is an American idiom with the same meaning as the British expression cash on the nail(or nail head), meaning immediate payment up front before any goods or services are received. When you are expected to put cash on the barrelhead you are … Read more