Closed Book, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Closed Book’ A closed book is someone or something about which you know nothing or which you do not understand; a secret or mystery; a subject that someone does not want to talk about or be asked about. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of … Read more

Clock In and Clock Out

Also: Punch in Punch out Meaning of Idioms ‘Clock In’ and ‘Clock Out’ To clock in is to record your time of arrival at work, usually by punching a time clock; to begin work. To clock out is to record your time of departure from work; to end work. Usage Although this idiom often refers literally to punching a … Read more

Clear the Air

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clear the Air’ To clear the air is to talk openly and frankly about a situation, misunderstanding, disagreement, etc. in order to alleviate suspicion, tension, fear, confusion, worry, etc. Usage “When Frank found out that Warren was angry with him, he invited him to lunch to try to clear the air.” “Willis is still … Read more

Clean Up Your Act

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clean Up Your (or one’s) Act’ To clean up your (his/her) act means to improve your behavior and begin acting in a more acceptable way. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage “I got back together with Anthony,” said Laura. “He’s … Read more

Clean as a Whistle

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clean as a Whistle’ Clean as a whistle means extremely clean, squeaky clean, clear, spotless. There are other possible meanings are less common in modern use: 1. Completely, thoroughly. 2. Innocent, guilt-free, free from wrongdoing. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Clean as a Hound’s Tooth

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clean as a House Tooth’ Clean as a hound’s tooth means very clean, highly polished, etc.; innocent and honest. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Price, Steven D. Endangered Phrases: Intriguing Idioms Dangerously Close to Extinction. Skyhorse Pub., 2011. Compare clean as a whistle. Examples Of Use “They were all freshly … Read more