Life Of Riley

Also: Life of Reilly Meaning of Idiom ‘Life Of Riley’ The life of Riley is an easy, carefree, comfortable life of luxury. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010., 2Jarvie, Gordon.  Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009., 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples Of Use “I love … Read more

Light On Your Feet

Meaning of Idiom ‘Light on Your (or one’s) Feet’ To be light on one’s feet means to be able to move quickly and to be agile and nimble. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage Dancers are often said to be light on their feet. The idiom is also often used … Read more

A Likely Story

Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Likely Story’ When someone says “a likely story” they mean that they do not believe what someone else has said; used to express disbelief of a story, excuse, explanation, etc. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. ,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Want to … Read more

A Little Bird Told Me

Also: A little birdie told me Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Little Bird Told Me’ A little bird told me means “I found out this information from a source I cannot or will not reveal.” 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Last Word, the

Also: ‘Have the last word’ ‘Get the last word’ ‘Be the last word’ ‘Be/Say One’s Last word (about something) Meaning of Idiom ‘the Last Word’ The last word is used in two idioms which can have several meanings. “To have the last word” means to have the right or to take the right to have the … Read more

The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

Also: The last straw, The final straw Meaning of Idiom ‘The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back’ The straw that broke the camel’s back refers to a minor happening, circumstance, etc. which, when added to a whole string of other annoyances, is finally too much to bear. When something is the last straw or the … Read more

Last Person (or Thing), the

Meaning of Idiom ‘The Last Person’ The last person or the last thing can have several different meanings, depending on the context. The last person may refer to someone who is very unlikely or unwilling to do something; a person to whom it is very dangerous or inadvisable to do something; or a the least expected or wanted person. … Read more

The (Absolute) Limit

Meaning of Idiom ‘The (Absolute) Limit’ When something (or someone) is the limit it is extreme, very annoying or almost impossible to tolerate; the limit of what one can endure. 1Manser, Martin H. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2006.,2Manser, M. H., and I. McCaig. A Learner’s Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford University Press, 1986. The absolute … Read more

Luck Of The Draw

Meaning of Idiom ‘Luck of the Draw’ Luck of the draw refers to something being the result of chance. When something is the luck of the draw, you have no control over it, and must simply accept it. Examples Of Use “I really wish I wasn’t on guard duty tonight,” said the soldier. “It’s gonna be … Read more

Lovely Weather for Ducks

Also: Fine weather for ducks Nice weather for ducks Great weather for ducks Meaning Lovely weather for ducks: humorous phrase for very wet, rainy weather.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage “It’s been raining for two days straight. Lovely weather for ducks!” “Want to share my umbrella? … Read more