Meaning of Idiom ‘X-factor’ The x-factor, (or x factor) is an unidentifiable or ineffable quality that makes someone very special; a variable in a situation that will have major and often unpredictable consequences or influence. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Usage This idiom is used especially to refer to performers such … Read more


Meaning of Idiom ‘X-rated’ X-rated means sexually explicit, pornographic, indecent, vulgar, obscene, etc. 1 Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage X-rated (or x rated), in the past, specifically referred to film ratings and was used for motion pictures which were not to be viewed by children under the age of 17. It is … Read more

X Marks the Spot

X marks the spot was recorded in print as early as 1813 but is probably much older, in use as long as an ‘X’ has been used to mark particular spots on maps. It is especially associated with treasure maps, where X marks the spot where the treasure is buried. Meaning X marks the spot as an … Read more