Knock It Off

Meaning of Idiom ‘Knock It Off’ To knock it off means to stop doing something that annoys or irritates you or that is inappropriate or rude. Knock it off means the same as “Stop it.” Usage Usually used as an imperative or order as in “Knock it off, Peter, or I’m going to tell mom.” … Read more

Know Someone from Adam, to not

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Not Know Someone From Adam’ To not know someone from Adam means to not know someone at all, having never met them, or to completely unable recognize them. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage “I don’t know him … Read more

Kiss Ass or Kiss Butt, to

Also: kiss someone’s butt/ass kiss arse asskisser kissass buttkisser Meaning of Idiom ‘Kiss Ass’ To kiss ass or kiss butt is to curry favor by using flattery or affecting a fawning, servile attitude, being overly agreeable, etc. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree … Read more

Keep Your Pants On

Also: Keep your shirt on Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep Your (or one’s) Pants On’ When someone is told to keep their pants on, it means they should be patient and wait calmly. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Usage ‘Keep your pants on’ is usually said to a person who is being … Read more

Keep Your (or one’s) Ear to the Ground

Also: Have one’s ear to the ground Keep an ear to the ground Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep Your Ear to the Ground’ To keep your ear to the ground means to be observant and to pay attention to what is going on around you; to listen to rumors and other discussions so as to be aware of … Read more

Keep an Open Mind

Also: Have an open mind with an open mind The primary idiom is open mind or open-minded but it is often used in these three common expressions. Further usage examples are given below. Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep an Open Mind’ To keep an open mind means to be willing to consider new or different ideas, opinions, suggestions, etc. 1 Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The … Read more

Keep A Straight Face

To keep a straight face is a figure of speech that has existed in English since the late 1800’s Meaning of Keep a Straight Face To keep a straight face means to stop yourself from laughing and look serious even though you are highly amused, or to keep from smiling. More generally, it means to hide … Read more

Keep a Stiff Upper Lip

Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep a Stiff Upper Lip’ To keep a stiff upper lip means to appear calm and to not show your emotions, especially during upsetting or painful situations; to be steadfast and courageous. British people are stereotypically believed to be very good at keeping a stiff upper lip. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: … Read more

Katie Bar the Door

Also: Katy Bar the Door Meaning of Idiom ‘Katy Bar the Door’ When someone says Katy bar the door they mean get ready for trouble; something bad is about to happen. Examples Of Use “If Rebekah catches you messing around with other women it’s Katy bar the door.” “Don’t let Arnie drink more than one beer or it’s … Read more