Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

Also: Don’t cry over spilled milk No use crying over spilt spilled milk Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk’ Don’t cry over spilt (or spilled) milk means don’t be upset about something that has happened and cannot be changed, undone, or rectified. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury … Read more

Don’t You Dare

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t You Dare’ Saying “don’t you dare” is a way of telling someone not to do something, and if they do, you will be angry or annoyed at them. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013. Usage The idiom is often … Read more

Don’t Start

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t (You) Start’ Also: Don’t start with me Don’t start on me Don’t start up on me Don’t start is an expression used to tell someone not to complain, lecture, or scold you. Usually, the idiom is reserved for those who often annoy you with criticisms or complaints. Usage The idiom can be … Read more

Don’t Mind Me

Also: Pay me no mind Pretend I’m not here Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Mind Me’ The expression ‘don’t mind me‘ is used to tell another person in the same room with you to not pay any attention to you and to not let you interrupt them or distract them from what they are doing. The … Read more

Don’t Mention It (Thank You Response)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Mention it’ Don’t mention it is one of the many idiomatic responses to “Thank You.” When someone thanks you for something and you say “Don’t mention it,” you are saying that there is no need to thank you and, in fact, there is no need to even mention it. This is a … Read more

Don’t I Know It

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t I Know It’ ‘Don’t I know it‘ is a response to someone telling you something that you already know quite well, or a way of expressing your awareness of a certain fact or situation. Often, it means “Unfortunately, I’m aware” or “I’m all too aware of it.” Other times, it is … Read more

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job

Also: Don’t quit your day job. Meaning The idiom ‘Don’t give up your day job’ is used in a humorous way to tell someone you do not think they are very good at something.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use Although this expression is supposed to … Read more

Don’t Get Me Started

Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Get Me Started’ We say “don’t get me started” when someone brings up a topic about which we have a lot to say and are passionate about, usually in a negative way. Not to be taken literally, the idiom is more of an expression of strong feelings, whether negative or positive. … Read more

Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You

Also: Never bite the hand that feeds you Used as an idiom as early as 600 B.C. and in English since at least the 16th century. Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite the Hand That Feeds You’ To bite the hand that feeds you is to attack, harm, show ingratitude toward, or otherwise turn against someone who is helping you.  … Read more

Can’t (or don’t) Judge a Book by Its Cover

Also: Don’t judge a book by its cover Meaning of Idiom ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover’ You can’t judge a book by its cover means you should not make decisions or form opinions based solely on outward appearance without knowing more about someone or something. Usage Both variants, using can’t and don’t are common. Examples Of Use … Read more