Up to One’s Ears

Also: Up to one’s eyes/eyeballs Up to one’s neck Meaning of Idiom ‘Up to One’s Ears (in/with something)’ To be up to your ears in something means to be extremely busy or preoccupied with it or to have too much of it. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and … Read more

Up The Creek (Without a Paddle)

Also: Up a Creek Up Shit Creek Meaning of Idiom Up the Creek (Without a Paddle) To be up the creek means to be in trouble, in a serious predicament, or an awkward position. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of … Read more

Up in The Air

Up in the air has been used as a figurative idiom in English since at least the 1920’s. Meaning of Up in the Air When something is up in the air, it means that it is undecided, uncertain, or unresolved. This expression refers to plans, solutions to problems, disagreements, etc. Examples Of Use “Our Christmas … Read more

Up In Arms, about something

Up in arms’ started as a literal expression in the sixteenth century which became a more figurative idiomatic expression during the seventeenth century. This old cliche is still quite familiar today. Meaning of being ‘Up in Arms’ To be up in arms means to be angrily protesting something in a quite public manner, or to … Read more

Under the Table

Meaning of Idiom ‘Under the Table’ The idiom under the table means in secret and often illegally. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage This idiom is usually used in regards … Read more

Under the Impression

Meaning of Idiom ‘Under the Impression’ To be under the impression means to think, assume, or believe something is the case, usually mistakenly. 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 “I was under the impression you liked working with John.” “Sorry I … Read more

Under the Aegis Of Someone

Also: Under the auspices of Meaning of Idiom ‘Under the Aegis of (Someone or Something)’ To be under the aegis of someone means to have their financial or moral support or to be sponsored or protected by them. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Usage … Read more

Under One’s Breath

Meaning of Idiom ‘Under One’s (your, his, her) Breath’ Under one’s breath means to speak very softly, in a whisper or undertone. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Usage When someone is said to speak “under their breath” the connotation is usually that … Read more