Sour Grapes

The Fox and the Grapes, like many Aesop’s Fables, is the source of the English idiom sour grapes. It describes an attitude that is common among all of us. Meaning of Idiom ‘Sour Grapes’ Sour grapes means to disparage something that one wants but cannot have by pretending that it was never desirable at all; … Read more

Cry Wolf

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cry Wolf’ To cry wolf means to raise a false alarm; to warn of a danger that doesn’t really exist; to cry for help when you do not actually need help; to complain about something needlessly. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, … Read more

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Meaning of Idiom ‘All that Glitters is Not Gold’ All that glitters is not gold means that just because something is externally attractive it is not good or desirable. In other words, although something may appear to have high value, it may be worthless. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 2Ayto, … Read more

Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You

Also: Never bite the hand that feeds you Used as an idiom as early as 600 B.C. and in English since at least the 16th century. Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite the Hand That Feeds You’ To bite the hand that feeds you is to attack, harm, show ingratitude toward, or otherwise turn against someone who is helping you.  … Read more

Dog in the Manger

Meaning of Idiom ‘Dog in the Manger’ A dog in the manger is a petty person who tries to keep others from having, using, or enjoying something even though they do not actually want or need it themselves. Examples Of Use “My uncle Paul is a dog in the manger about his swimming pool. He never uses … Read more

Add Insult To Injury

An English idiom with Ancient roots. Meaning To add insult to injury is to make a bad situation become worse by saying or doing something. It is to upset someone once, with some remark or action, and then to do something else which compounds the original insult, or to add to the injury of something … Read more