Down the Road

Meaning of Idiom ‘Down the Road’ The idiom down the road has a literal meaning and a figurative one. 1. Literally, down the road means farther along this same road. Up the road is a synonym accept up the road has no figurative meaning. 2. Figuratively, down the road means in the future; at a … Read more

Down To the Wire

This is another in a long line of idioms that come from horse racing. If a horse race goes down to the wire, it is a very close race and we don’t know who the winner is until the very last moment. When a race goes down to the wire, it means that the first … Read more

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

Also: Don’t cry over spilled milk No use crying over spilt spilled milk Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk’ Don’t cry over spilt (or spilled) milk means don’t be upset about something that has happened and cannot be changed, undone, or rectified. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury … Read more

Down to Earth

Meaning of Idiom ‘Down to Earth’ 1. (To be brought or to come) down to Earth means to be brought back to reality; to become realistic or alert to the actual events going on around one. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, … Read more

Doubting Thomas, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Doubting Thomas’ A doubting Thomas is a person who almost always doubtful and refuses to believe anything without strong proof or evidence; a skeptic. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. … Read more

Don’t You Dare

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t You Dare’ Saying “don’t you dare” is a way of telling someone not to do something, and if they do, you will be angry or annoyed at them. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013. Usage The idiom is often … Read more

Don’t Start

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t (You) Start’ Also: Don’t start with me Don’t start on me Don’t start up on me Don’t start is an expression used to tell someone not to complain, lecture, or scold you. Usually, the idiom is reserved for those who often annoy you with criticisms or complaints. Usage The idiom can be … Read more

Don’t Mind Me

Also: Pay me no mind Pretend I’m not here Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Mind Me’ The expression ‘don’t mind me‘ is used to tell another person in the same room with you to not pay any attention to you and to not let you interrupt them or distract them from what they are doing. The … Read more

Don’t Mention It (Thank You Response)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Mention it’ Don’t mention it is one of the many idiomatic responses to “Thank You.” When someone thanks you for something and you say “Don’t mention it,” you are saying that there is no need to thank you and, in fact, there is no need to even mention it. This is a … Read more

Don’t I Know It

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t I Know It’ ‘Don’t I know it‘ is a response to someone telling you something that you already know quite well, or a way of expressing your awareness of a certain fact or situation. Often, it means “Unfortunately, I’m aware” or “I’m all too aware of it.” Other times, it is … Read more