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 Usage The less emphatic version ‘it will be a cold day in hell’ is sometimes heard. When we say ‘It will … 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 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 Hill, 2008. Examples of Use “When it comes to elections, I usually … 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

When the Chips are Down

Idioms reveal the popularity of a perennially popular activity throughout the world and especially in the U.S. It’s not baseball or billiards. It’s gambling. It is surprising how many common idioms come from gambling. When the chips are down is just one of many American idioms. They didn’t spring up only after Las Vegas became a gambling … Read more