Throw Someone Under the Bus

Meaning of Idiom ‘Throw Someone Under the Bus’ To throw someone under the bus is to make someone a scapegoat; to publicly betray an ally or colleague; to let someone take the blame for something that you were also involved in; to fail to defend someone or to sacrifice their interests, especially to protect your … Read more

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Also: That’s how the cookie crumbles That’s just the way the cookie crumbles Meaning of Idiom ‘That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles’ That’s the way the cookie crumbles means that’s the way things often turn out; that’s the way things are (and nothing can be done about it); that’s exactly what one would expect to … Read more

Throw Down the Gauntlet

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Throw Down the Gauntlet’ To throw down the gauntlet means to issue a challenge to an opponent. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Examples Of Use “In his op-ed, he threw down the gauntlet, declaring the … Read more

Think Twice

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Think Twice To think twice about something means to evaluate or consider something thoroughly; to think about something very carefully before doing it. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, … Read more

There for Someone, to be

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Be There for Someone’ To be there for someone means to be available to help someone and to provide support, to listen, and help comfort them, especially in times of trouble. 1Walter, Elizabeth. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007. ,2Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012  Examples of … Read more

Throw In the Towel

Also: Throw in the sponge Meaning of Idiom ‘Throw in the Towel’ To throw in the towel means to quit or give up, admitting defeat. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe … Read more

Throw Caution to the Wind(s)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Throw Caution to the Wind’ To throw caution to the wind is to act recklessly or rashly. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage Today, the idiom is most commonly used with a singular ‘wind,’ but the original idiom was throw caution … Read more

Thick As Thieves

Meaning of Idiom ‘Thick as Thieves’ When a group of two or more people are thick as thieves, they are very close friends who are loyal and do not keep secrets from one another; close allies. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage … Read more

There’s No Telling

Meaning of Idiom ‘There’s No Telling’ The phrase “there’s no telling” means it is impossible to know (something); anything could happen. Examples Of Use “Frank is out of control. There’s no telling what he’s going to do next.” “What do you think the jury is going to decide, asked Barry? “There’s no telling,” said Lloyd, … Read more