Have an Axe to Grind

Also: Have no axe to grind with an/no axe to grind without an axe to grind Meaning of Idiom ‘Have an Axe to Grind’ To have an axe to grind means to have a hidden personal and often selfish motive for one’s behavior; to have a hidden opinion or a hidden agenda.  1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The … Read more

Happy as a Clam

Also: Happy as a clam at high tide Happy as a clam at full tide Happy as a clam in the mud Happy as a cleam in the mud at high tide Meaning Of Idiom ‘Happy as a Clam’ To be happy as a clam means to be very happy, cheerful, glad, etc. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary … Read more

Happy-Go-Lucky

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ A person who is happy-go-lucky is carefree and happy all the time; a person who does not worry about anything. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002 Examples Of Use “My brother has always been so happy-go-lucky. That’s why it surprised … Read more

Have Someone in the Palm of One’s Hand

Also: Be in the palm of one’s hand Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Someone in the Palm Of One’s Hand’ To have someone in the palm of one’s hand is to have control or influence over someone; to have someone in one’s power; to be able to get someone to do as you wish. 1Ayto, John. Oxford … Read more

Hard-Headed

Also: hardheaded hard head Meaning of Idiom ‘Hard-Headed’ 1. To be hard-headed usually means to be stubborn and inflexible; to not be willing to change one’s opinion or position; to be extremely willful. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003., 2”hardheaded.” Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. 2015. Farlex, Inc 26 Sep. 2018 https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hardheaded 2. … Read more

Happy Camper

Meaning of Idiom ‘Happy Camper’ A happy camper is someone who is happy in their situation; a contented or satisfied person. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002 Examples Of Use “Give me a beer and a good movie to watch … Read more

Hamlet without the Prince

Also: Hamlet without the prince of Denmark Hamlet without Hamlet Meaning of Idiom ‘Hamlet Without the Prince’ Hamlet without the prince refers to a performance or event taking place without the most important performer or central figure, such as the lead speaker. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Knowles, Elizabeth. What … Read more

Head Of The Class

Meaning of Idiom ‘Head of the Class’ To be at the head of the class means to be the best student in the class or the leader in a particular field or industry. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Usage When head of the class is used to refer to a student, it can refer … Read more

Have Something Down to a Fine Art

Also: Get something down to a fine art Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Something Down to a Fine Art’ To have something down to a fine art means to have achieved a very high level of skill or proficiency in a certain activity, usually through long experience. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See: Fine … Read more

Have No Stomach for Something

Meaning of Idiom “Have No Stomach For…” To ‘have no stomach for something’ means to find it unacceptable, intolerable, or unpleasant. When we have no stomach for something, it means we are determined not to do it, experience it, etc. Although the expression is often used in regards to something obviously unpleasant or distasteful, it … Read more