Strong Stomach (have a)

Meaning of Idiom ‘To have a strong stomach’ To have a strong stomach means that you can handle disgusting or disturbing things without being made sick or extremely upset. This can refer to smelling, seeing, and also tasting unpleasant things, but can also refer to more any experience which is risky, dangerous, etc. The idiom … Read more

Straw Poll

Also: Straw Vote. Meaning of Idiom ‘Straw Poll’ A straw poll (or vote) is an unofficial poll or vote used to see how people feel about an issue, candidate, etc. This term was originally used to describe an informal and non-binding “vote” taken in a small organization or group, used to help predict what would happen in the … Read more

Strapped for Cash

Also: Strapped for money, or just strapped. Meaning To be strapped for cash means to not have any money available. This idiom has a similar meaning to broke, hard up, short on money, and down to one’s last cent. Usage There are many English idioms which mean out of money and the way they are used depends on the circumstances. Being strapped … Read more

Stop On A Dime

Meaning of Idiom ‘Stop on a Dime’ To stop on a dime means to stop very quickly or suddenly; to come to a complete and immediate halt. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010., 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 3Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Usage Although … Read more

Stoop To

Also: Stoop to (doing something) Stoop to (someone’s level) Meaning of Idiom ‘Stoop To’ To stoop to something means to do do something that degrades one, is beneath one’s dignity, or that one finds reprehensible. 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.,3Editors of the American … Read more

Stone’s Throw, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Stone’s Throw’ A stone’s throw means a very short distance. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage The idiom ‘a stone’s throw’ is usually followed from or away. Examples Of Use “His college is only a stone’s throw away from his parent’s … Read more

Stinks To High Heaven

This is one of a number of exaggerated idioms which take mundane situations and describe them in quite implausible ways. Also: Smells to high heaven. Meaning To stink to high heaven means to have a very bad or unpleasant odor. Alternatively, it can sometimes mean to be highly corrupt, dishonest, unpleasant, or simply bad. Usage The … Read more

Stick to Your Ribs

Also: Stick to the ribs Meaning of Idiom ‘Stick to Your Ribs’ To stick to your ribs, referring to food, means to be filling or substantial or to food that keeps you from being hungry again quickly; to be sustaining. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of … Read more

Stick In Your (or one’s) Throat

Also: Stick in your craw. stick in your gizzard. Stick in your gullet. Meaning Stick in your throat: Refers to something that is impossible to accept or that continues to annoy you; to be unable to say something or to have great difficulty saying it. All the variations are interchangeable but the more colorful variants … Read more

Step Outside

Also Step Out Meaning of Idiom ‘Step Outside’ To step outside means to go outside for a brief period. Step out can also mean to go out for the evening. To step out with someone is to go out with someone on a date. Both these uses are rare today. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, … Read more