Armed to the Teeth

Meaning of Idiom ‘Armed to the Teeth’ To be armed to the teeth means to be carrying many deadly weapons or other military equipment; to be excessively armed; to be over-equipped or excessively over-prepared for something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge … Read more

Elbow Grease

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Elbow Grease’ Elbow grease means vigorous and strenuous physical effort, especially with one’s arms and hands when cleaning something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,3Helterbran, Valeri R. Exploring Idioms: a Critical-Thinking Resource … Read more

Elbow Room

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Elbow Room’ 1. Elbow room means enough space to move around in without unreasonable obstruction. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002,3Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005. 2. … Read more

Blow Smoke Up Someone’s Ass

Meaning of Idiom ‘Blow Smoke Up Someone’s Ass’ To blow smoke up someone’s ass means to insincerely compliment someone to get something from them or get them to do something; to manipulate someone with flattery; to exaggerate about something in order to make it seem better than it is. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: … Read more

Give Your Right Arm (for something)

Also: give your right arm to do something Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Your (or one’s) Right Arm’ If you would give your right arm for something you would sacrifice a lot or go to great lengths to obtain it; to want something very much. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, … Read more

Give Your Eye Teeth (for something)

Also: give your eye teeth to do something Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Your (one one’s) Eye Teeth’ If you would give your eye teeth for something you would go to great trouble in order to obtain it; to want something very much. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Heacock, Paul. … 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

Five-finger Discount

Meaning of Idiom ‘Five-finger Discount’ A five-finger discount refers to an act of shoplifting or stealing from a retail shop. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.  Usage Five-finger discount is usually reserved for acts of shoplifting but it … Read more

Secondhand (Second-hand, second hand)

Also: At secondhand Secondhand information Secondhand account Secondhand knowledge Secondhand belonging (car, clothing, etc.) Secondhand merchandise Meaning of Idiom ‘Secondhand’ or ‘Secondhand Information’ 1. Secondhand information is information that comes from someone who heard it from the firsthand source. This means that the information has come through two people, making it less reliable than firsthand … Read more

Firsthand (first-hand, first hand)

Also: At firsthand Firsthand information Firsthand account Firsthand knowledge Firsthand evidence Meaning of Idiom ‘Firsthand’ or ‘Firsthand Information’ Firsthand information is informaton is information that comes directly from the source or origin, without any intermediary source. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. … Read more