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

Get Your Goat

This idiom, which originated in America, is one of the few animal idioms with the word goat and the only one that seems to be somewhat common in spoken English. Its origin is somewhat of a mystery although one theory has it that the source is to do with horse racing. Meaning of Idiom ‘Get … Read more

800-Pound Gorilla

Also: Eight-hundred pound gorilla 800/Eight-hundred lbs gorilla Meaning of Idiom ‘800 Pound Gorilla’ An 800-pound gorilla is an organization, company, or entity that is so powerful it operates with no heed for the rules, laws or the rights of others; a company or organization that is so large and powerful it gets whatever it wants; … Read more

White Elephant

Meaning of Idiom ‘White Elephant’ A white elephant is an unwanted, useless, and troublesome possession or item that is too expensive or too much work to maintain and which is not worth the effort. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Elephant in the Room

Also: elephant in the corner white elephant in the room pink elephant in the room Meaning of Idiom ‘Elephant in the Room’ The elephant in the room is a topic that is sensitive, awkward, or embarrassing and that no one wants to talk about but which is difficult to ignore; a topic that everyone is … Read more

Sitting Duck

Also: Like a sitting duck Meaning of Idiom ‘A Sitting Duck’ A sitting duck is an easy target; someone who is easy to attack or criticize; someone in a very vulnerable position; someone easily caught or found. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. … Read more

Happy Bunny, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Happy Bunny’ A happy bunny is someone who is happy, satisfied, and or content. English Idioms About Happiness Video: Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage This idiom is often, but not always, used in the negative, as in “not a happy bunny.” Examples Of … Read more

Till the Cows Come Home

Also: Until the cows come home Meaning of Idiom “Till the Cows Come Home’ Till the cows come home means a vey long time, perhaps forever; an indefinite but long period of time. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. 3Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,Cresswell, … Read more

Night Owl

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Night Owl’ A night owl is a person who habitually stays up late at night and who prefers to be active during the night. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Examples Of Use “I’ve always been a night … Read more

Chicken Out

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Chicken Out’ To chicken out means to refuse to do something because of fear or cowardice. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Usage To chicken out usually has the connotation of refusing to do something, … Read more