Sitting Duck

Also: Like a sitting duck Meaning of Idiom ‘A Sitting Duck’ A sitting duck is an easy target; someone who is easy to attack or criticize; someone in a very vulnerable position; someone easily caught or found. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. … Read more

Sick Joke

Meaning of Idiom ‘Sick Joke’ A sick joke is a joke or anecdote that is in very bad taste or socially inappropriate; a joke that is morbid or perverted; potty humor (jokes about defecation, flatulence, vomiting, etc.) 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin … Read more

Sisyphean Task

Also: Sisyphean labor Sisyphean burden Meaning of Idiom ‘Sisyphean Task, a’ A Sisyphean task is a pointless, fruitless, and unrewarding task that must be repeated over and over again; and endless task.  1Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000.,2Addis, Ferdie. Opening Pandora’s Box: Phrases Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories behind Them. Reader’s Digest Association, … Read more

Silver Lining, a

Short for every cloud has a silver lining. Meaning of Idiom Silver Lining: a positive outcome or aspect of a bad situation; an unseen benefit or element of hopefulness that comes from something bad that happens to you. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Ayto, … Read more