As the Crow Files

Meaning of Idiom ‘As the Crow Flies’ As the crow flies means in a straight line, without having to follow roads or without any detours; without having to go around any obstacles, such as hills, mountains, lakes, etc. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – … Read more

Go Cold Turkey

Also used: Quit Cold Turkey, Stop Cold Turkey Meaning of Idiom ‘Go Cold Turkey’ To go cold turkey is to end an addiction such as smoking or drinking quickly and completely without cutting down gradually or tapering off; to stop doing something suddenly and completely, all at once without preparation or planning. Want to see more … 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

Wild Goose Chase

Meaning of Idiom ‘Wild Goose Chase’ A wild goose chase is a pointless, foolish and futile search or pursuit that is bound to result in failure. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: … 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

Flip Someone Off

Also: Flip someone the bird Give someone the finger Give someone the bird Give someone the one-finger salute Meaning of Idiom ‘Flip Someone Off’ To flip someone off means to hold up one’s hand with the palm facing towards you and with the fist closed, raise the middle finger. The general meaning is meant to … 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

No Spring Chicken

Meaning of Idiom ‘No Spring Chicken’ A person who is no spring chicken is no longer young; someone who can no longer be considered youthful; an old person. Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage This idiom is more often used to describe women but may be used to … Read more

Eat Crow

Meaning of Idiom ‘Eat Crow’ To eat crow is to be humiliated and shamed after being shown to be wrong or to be forced to admit one’s error and be publicly shamed as a result. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008., 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, … Read more

Ruffle Someone’s Feathers

Meaning of Idiom ‘Ruffle Someone’s Feathers’ To ruffle someone’s feathers means to upset, annoy, or anger them. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Examples Of Use “Boy, that comment you made about deodorant … Read more