Good Egg

Also: Good scout Meaning of Idiom ‘Good Egg’ A good egg is a good, nice, and trustworthy person. Good egg is the opposite of a bad egg. Examples Of Use “That Peter is a good egg. He’s always helping out.” “Thanks for taking my shift yesterday. You’re a good egg.” “Be a good scout and fetch … Read more

Bad Egg

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bad Egg’ A bad egg is a person who, although they seem to be good, turns out to be a very bad person; one who cannot be trusted. Bad egg is the opposite of good egg. Examples Of Use “I’m telling you, Robert is just a bad egg. I wouldn’t trust him if … Read more

Show Your True Colors, to

An expression in use since the 1800’s. Meaning To show your true colors means to reveal your true character, feelings, opinions, etc. Usage This idiom is always used in a negative sense, to describe someone who seemed to be a better person than they turned out to be once their ‘true colors’ came out. Examples … Read more

Salt of the Earth, the

Meaning of Idiom ‘The Salt of the Earth’ To be the salt of the earth means to be a very good, honest, worthy and reliable person or persons. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our … Read more

Not Have A — Bone In One’s Body

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not Have a — Bone in One’s Body This character idiom can be positive, negative, or neutral depending on the adjective used, such as lazy, honest, selfish, kind, etc. It means that the person being referred to absolutely does not possess the quality named. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

Heart of Gold, to have a

Meaning of Idiom ‘Have a Heart of Gold’ To have a heart of gold means to be a very gentle, kind, caring, and generous person. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,3Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, … Read more

Give the Shirt Off One’s Back

Meaning of Idiom ‘Give the Shirt Off One’s Back’ To give (someone) the shirt off one’s (your, his, her) back is to give anything or everything you have; to be extremely generous and helpful; to be willing to sacrifice to help others. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms … Read more

Full Of Yourself

Meaning of Idiom ‘Full of Yourself’ (or oneself) To be full of yourself is to be pompous, self-centered, arrogant, conceited, etc.; to have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and to think you are special; to have an inflated opinion of yourself. Usage This expression is entirely negative and when we use it it is because we are … Read more

Fair-Weather Friend

Used since at least the mid-1800’s, but probably originated earlier. Meaning of Idiom ‘Fair Weather Friend’ A fair-weather friend is a friend who is with you during the good times but abandons you when things go wrong. In other words, it is the kind of friend who cannot be relied upon during bad times or … Read more

Bless Your (His/Her) Heart

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bless Your Heart’ Bless your heart is a spoken expression of good wishes, endearment, affection, fondness, sympathy. It can also be a way of saying someone is a good person or did a good thing. In the Southern United States, where it is used most often, it can mean all of these things. … Read more