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. Usage This idiom is more often used to describe women but may be used to describe men. Although it is usually humorous, it may be considered insulting … 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

A Little Bird Told Me

Also: A little birdie told me Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Little Bird Told Me’ A little bird told me means “I found out this information from a source I cannot or will not reveal.” 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Running Around Like a Chicken With its Head Cut Off

Also: Running around like a headless chicken (acting like) a chicken with its head cut off Meaning of Idiom ‘Running Around Like a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off’ Someone who is running around like a chicken with its head cut off is rushing about and behaving in a panicked and irrational manner; someone acting … Read more