Down the Road

Meaning of Idiom ‘Down the Road’ The idiom down the road has a literal meaning and a figurative one. 1. Literally, down the road means farther along this same road. Up the road is a synonym accept up the road has no figurative meaning. 2. Figuratively, down the road means in the future; at a … Read more

Down To the Wire

This is another in a long line of idioms that come from horse racing. If a horse race goes down to the wire, it is a very close race and we don’t know who the winner is until the very last moment. When a race goes down to the wire, it means that the first … Read more

Hunker Down

On March 15th, 2020 the director of the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, quoted in Slate in response to the Covid-19 or coronavirus crisis, used an idiom that was quite familiar to me but caused a huge uptick in searches for this not so often heard idiom. He said Americans as … Read more

Throw Down the Gauntlet

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Throw Down the Gauntlet’ To throw down the gauntlet means to issue a challenge to an opponent. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples … Read more

When the Chips are Down

Idioms reveal the popularity of a perennially popular activity throughout the world and especially in the U.S. It’s not baseball or billiards. It’s gambling. It is surprising how many common idioms come from gambling. When the chips are down is just one of many American idioms. They didn’t spring up only after Las Vegas became a gambling … Read more

Jump Down Someone’s Throat

Also: Jump on Someone Jump all Over Someone Meaning of Idiom ‘Jump Down Someone’s Throat’ To jump down someone’s throat is to suddenly, with little provocation, speak to them in an angry, critical and aggressive way, usually in response to something they said or something that happened; to attack someone verbally over something they did before giving … Read more

Have Something Down to a Fine Art

Also: Get something down to a fine art Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Something Down to a Fine Art’ To have something down to a fine art means to have achieved a very high level of skill or proficiency in a certain activity, usually through long experience. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See: Fine … Read more

Go Down In Flames

To go down in flames is a common English idiom that has several versions, including go up in flames, go up in smoke, and go down in smoke. The expression is also interesting in that, while most idioms don’t share any real-world cognates, go down in flames could easily be confused with a literal event, describing a building being destroyed by fire. … Read more

Get Something Down

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Get Something Down’ To get something down means to become skilled or proficient at something; to memorize something; to eat, drink, or swallow something; to write something down. 1get (something) down. (n.d.) Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. (2015). Retrieved August 19 2017 from Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to … Read more

Get Down to Brass Tacks

Get down to brass tacks is an idiom used in English since the late 19th century. Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Down to Brass Tacks’ To get down to brass tacks means to start discussing the most important and crucial aspects of or facts of a problem or situation; to skip over pleasantries or unimportant details or … Read more