Writer’s Block

Meaning of Idiom ‘Writer’s Block’ When someone has writer’s block, it means they are temporarily unable to think of something to write; something in the mind that acts as a ‘mental block’ preventing a writer from creating a new piece of writing. 1Walter, Elizabeth. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007.,2Spears, Richard A.  McGraw-Hill’s … Read more

Wrong Side of the Tracks, the

Also: From the wrong side of the tracks Living on the wrong side of the tracks Right side of the tracks Meaning Of Idiom ‘The Wrong Side of the Tracks’ The wrong side of the tracks is the poorer side of town; the part of town where people live who are considered of a lower … Read more

Writing On the Wall

Also: Handwriting on the wall The writing is on the wall Meaning of Idiom ‘Writing on the Wall’ Writing on the wall is a warning or sign that something unpleasant or unfortunate is going to happen. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Want … Read more

Wrap Yourself in the Flag

Used as an idiom since at least the early 1900’s. Meaning of Wrap Yourself in the Flag According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms, to wrap yourself in the flag is to make an excessive show of your patriotism, especially for political ends. This is mostly an American idiom. We often use this phrase to refer to … Read more