Household Name

Also: Household word Meaning of Idiom ‘Household Name’ A household name is a person, product, company, organization, etc. who is well known by everyone in the public; a very famous person, product, company, etc. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. McGraw-Hill, 2006. Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? … Read more

Hot Under the Collar

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hot Under the Collar’ To be hot under the collar means to be angry, resentful, agitated, or embarassed. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Want to see more … Read more

Holy Cow

Meaning of Idiom ‘Holy Cow’ Holy cow is used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, delight, or even dismay in English. It means ‘what a surprise’ or ‘I am astonished, delighted, etc.’ It can also simply mean wonderful.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “I … Read more

Hornet’s Nest, a

Also: Stir up a hornet’s nest Step in a hornet’s nest Meaning of Idiom ‘A Hornet’s Nest’ A hornet’s nest is a situation or subject that is fraught with trouble or causes a lot of opposition so that many people are extremely angry over it. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Heacock, Paul. … Read more

Horse of a Different Color

Also: Horse of Another Color Meaning of Idiom ‘Horse of a Different Color’ When we say something is a horse of a different color we mean that it is a completely different issue; an unrelated matter.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “I thought you just wanted kitchen … Read more

Horse Around

Meaning of Idiom ‘Horse (horsing) Around’ The idiom horse around or horsing around is probably related to ‘horseplay’ which has long been a term meaning rough, noisy and rowdy play. To horse around, however, doesn’t necessarily mean to engage in rough play. It usually refers to playing or being silly when you are supposed to … Read more

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Also: Swallow something hook, line, and sinker Fall for something hook, line, and sinker Meaning of Idiom ‘Hook, Line, and Sinker’ Hook, line, and sinker means completely and without doubt or reservation; to be completely tricked or believe a lie or deception. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary … Read more

Hold Your Horses

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold Your (or one’s) Horses’ Hold your horses is one of the most common English idioms. When we say “hold your horses” to someone we are telling them to slow down and wait. Usually, the idiom is applied to someone who is over-excited and is rushing ahead before it is sensible to … Read more

Hold Water

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold Water, to’ To hold water means to be correct, valid, sound, or reasonable and to stand up to scrutiny. This idiom has many synonyms or near-synonyms such as hold up, carry weight, stack up, airtight, etc.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage The idiom and its synonyms … Read more

Hold All the Cards

Used metaphorically since the 1900’s. Meaning of Hold All the Cards To hold all the cards means to have all the resources or advantages needed to be in control of a situation. To be the dominant person in a group, to be in the strongest position, to have an edge, or to have everything in … Read more