Just Fell Off the Turnip Truck

Also: Just Fell off the Cabbage Truck Meaning of Idiom ‘Just Fell off the Turnip Truck’ Someone who just fell off the turnip truck is naive, gullible, inexperienced, easily fooled, ignorant, unsophisticated, etc. Usage This chiefly rural idiom is often given as fall off the turnip truck but it is most often used in the … Read more

Jig Is Up, the

Also: The game is up. Meaning of Idiom ‘The Jig is Up’ The jig is up is used to mean that the deception or scheme has been exposed and is over. It is an often tongue-n-cheek way of saying “it’s over; I’m caught.” Examples Of Use “Since the jig is up, I may as well tell you, … Read more


Johnny-come-lately is an American expression which has been used since at least the 1890s. Meaning Of Idiom ‘Johnny-Come-Lately’ The idiomatic term Johnny-come-lately is meant to express disapproval. A johnny-come-lately is a person who joins something after it has already started and is more successful than warranted or expresses knowledge or expertise that their limited experience does … Read more

Jump the Shark

Meaning of Idiom ‘Jump the Shark’ 1. When a television series reaches a point where it includes unlikely, ridiculous or far-fetched events in a desperate attempt to stay entertaining or maintain novelty. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. 2. To do something ridiculous or questionable out of desperation to get attention … Read more

Jump In With Both Feet

An idiom in use since the late 1800’s. Also: Dive in with both feet. Meaning of Jump in With Both Feet To jump in with both feet means to become involved with something very quickly, enthusiastically, and completely. To commit completely to something without carefully thought about the situation beforehand. The opposite of look before you leap, dip … Read more

Jump Down Someone’s Throat

Also: Jump on Someone Jump all Over Someone Meaning of Idiom ‘Jump Down Someone’s Throat’ To jump down someone’s throat is to suddenly, with little provocation, speak to them in an angry, critical and aggressive way, usually in response to something they said or something that happened; to attack someone verbally over something they did before giving … Read more

Join the Club

Join the club is an idiom that is used in the imperative mood. Its figurative use appears to be somewhat modern. Meaning of Join the Club We say “join the club’ to someone when they tell us they are in a certain unfortunate situation that we are already in ourselves. It means the same as … Read more

Johnny On The Spot

Johnny on the Spot (sometimes spelled Johnny-on-the-spot) is an idiom which has been in use in the United States since the 1890’s. Meaning A ‘Johnny on the spot’ is a person who is always available and willing to do whatever needs to be done. He or she is always in the right place when they … Read more

Jack Up, to

Meaning of Idiom ‘Jack Up (Something)’ To jack up something means to raise it or increase it. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Usage This idiom can be used in the active or passive sense. Something can be jacked up or one can jack up something. It is … Read more