What’s the Catch?

Understanding how the word catch is used in this expression makes it easy to comprehend. It has nothing to do with the catch of the day! While normally catch is a verb meaning to capture or take hold of someone or something, as well as some other related meanings, here it is a noun. It … Read more

When Push Comes to Shove

Also used: If Push Comes To Shove Meaning of Idiom ‘When Push Comes To Shove’ When push comes to shove means when all the easy solutions haven’t worked and something must be done about a problem; when things become so bad that you are forced to make a decision, do something difficult, or solve a … Read more

When the Cat’s Away, the Mice Will Play

Meaning of Idiom ‘When the Cat’s Away, The Mice Will Play’ When the cat’s away, the mice will play is a proverbial saying that means when the person in charge or authority is not present, people will take advantage of their newfound freedom to behave as they please, and thus will disregard and break the … Read more

When the Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going)

When the going gets tough, the tough get going is a common English saying or slogan. However, ‘when the going gets tough (or rough) is itself an idiom that can be used alone. Meaning of Idiom ‘When the Going Gets Tough’ When the going gets tough (or rough) means when a situation becomes difficult or unpleasant; … Read more

White Elephant

Meaning of Idiom ‘White Elephant’ A white elephant is an unwanted, useless, and troublesome possession or item that is too expensive or too much work to maintain and which is not worth the effort. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

When Hell Freezes Over

Also: Not till hell freezes over It will be a cold day in hell (when) Meaning of Idiom ‘When Hell Freezes Over’ When hell freezes over means never; not at all. See: Freeze Over Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage The less emphatic version ‘it will be a … Read more

What (why, who, how, where) On Earth

Also: (What, how, who, where) in the world (What, how, who, where) in (God’s) creation Meaning of Idiom ‘What On Earth’ On Earth is used as an intensifier after what (or who, where, and how) to mean in any conditions or ever. Or, when used with the word ‘where’ it means ‘in all possible places.’ … Read more

When it Comes to Something

Also: When it comes to that Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Meaning of Idiom ‘When It Comes to Something’ When it comes to something means as for something, in regards to something, speaking of something, when a situation involves something. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw … Read more

Whole New Ball Game, a

Also: A different ball game Meaning of Idiom ‘A Whole New Ballgame’ A whole new ball game is a completely changed situation or set of circumstances. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube … Read more

Who Cares?

Meaning of Idiom ‘Who Cares”‘ When someone says “who cares?” they mean I don’t care; it doesn’t matter to me; it doesn’t bother me; I am not interested (in something). 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Examples Of Use “The principal made me … Read more