Of the Essence

Meaning of Idiom ‘Of the Essense’ When something is of the essence it is the most important thing; crucial; critical; absolutely necessary for success. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,4Ayto, … Read more

Off the Top Of My Head

Meaning of Idiom ‘Off the Top of My (or one’s) Head’ Off the top of one’s head means to say something spontaneously, without much thought or consideration as to whether one is correct; to give a quick guess or to estimate something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary … Read more

Off The Shelf

Also: Off the Rack Synonyms: Ready-to-wear Ready-made Meaning of Idiom ‘Off the Shelf’ Off the shelf refers to a product that is ready-made for use and able to be used without any set-up or alteration. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010., 3Spears, … Read more