Day In And Day Out

Also: Day in, day out Meaning of Idiom ‘Day In and Day Out’ When something is day in and day out, it is happening repeatedly over time; occurring every day; continuous. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This idiom is … Read more

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Day Late and a Dollar Short’ When something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too late and too little; delayed too long and ineffective; waiting too long to do something and being unprepared to do it effectively. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010., … Read more

Daily Grind, the

Meaning of Idiom ‘The Daily Grind’ The daily grind is the boring, monotonous routine of each day, most often referring to a person’s job. Examples Of Use “Tired of the daily grind, he decided to move to the country and become a farmer.” “What have you been doing lately?” asked Pete. “Just the same old daily grind,” … Read more

Dark Horse

Meaning of Idiom ‘Dark Horse’ A dark horse is a person, in regards to a certain field, sport, political race etc., whose experience and abilities are unknown but who could unexpectedly win or achieve success over others; an unknown and unexpected winner of a race or other contest. Examples Of Use “Having never won a race, she … Read more

Damocles’ Sword

Also: sword of Damocles Meaning of Idiom Damocles’ Sword Damocles’ sword refers to an impending disaster; a danger or disaster that could occur at any moment. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Want … Read more

Damn With Faint Praise

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Damn With Faint Praise’ To damn with faint praise means praise someone or something in such an ambiguous or slight way that it amounts to no praise at all or even implies disapproval or condemnation; to indirectly condemn someone or something by being unenthusiastic in praise, so that the compliment becomes more hurtful … Read more

Daily Dozen

An idiom with origins in the 1920’s. Meaning of Daily Dozen Idiom Daily dozen, as an idiom, refers to a daily exercise routine or any daily list of tasks or chores habitually performed. It expression usually refers to exercises but need not refer to one dozen exercises done in a series. Instead, it is used … Read more

Daily Bread (One’s)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Daily Bread’ Daily bread refers to one’s daily food or basic essentials of living. It can also mean the money needed to pay ordinary daily expenses. Often, references are made to ‘earning your daily bread,’ which is equivalent to earning one’s living. Examples Of Use “She couldn’t even earn her daily bread, … Read more