Not For All the Tea in China

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not For All the Tea in China’ Not for all the tea in China means not for any price or reward; never; not at all. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: … 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

Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

Meaning of Idiom ‘Put All Your Eggs in One Basket’ To put all your eggs in one basket means to risk losing everything by having only one plan or idea and depend entirely on it for your success. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, … Read more

Put All Your Cards On the Table

Also: Lay your cards on the table. As an idiom, in use since the early 1900’s. Meaning of Put All Your (or one’s) Cards On the Table To put all your cards on the table is to be truthful and reveal your true intentions or plans without holding anything back; to be transparent, especially in business … Read more

Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Also: Not as good as it’s cracked up to be Not what it’s cracked up to be Meaning of Idiom ‘Not all it’s Cracked up to be’ When something is not all it’s cracked up to be it is not as good as its reputation suggests or as good as people generally think it to … Read more

Hold All the Cards

Used metaphorically since the 1900’s. Meaning of Hold All the Cards To hold all the cards means to have all the resources or advantages needed to be in control of a situation. To be the dominant person in a group, to be in the strongest position, to have an edge, or to have everything in … Read more

Hold All The Aces

Also: Hold all the trumps. Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold All the Aces’ To hold all the aces means to have all the advantages over others (opponents, rivals, etc.); to be likely to win. Compare to hold all the cards.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “Right now there is … Read more

All Thumbs

Meaning of Idiom ‘All Thumbs’ To be all thumbs means to be physically awkward and clumsy, especially with one’s hands. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. 2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage “I dropped an … Read more

All Ears (to be)

Meaning of Idiom ‘All Ears’ To be all ears means to be listening closely; to be eager to hear something; to pay close attention when being told something or to be willing to pay close attention.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage The most common use of the idiom is … Read more