Couch Potato

Meaning of Idiom ‘Couch Potato’ A couch potato is a physically inactive person who spends much of their time sitting and watching television and eating junk food. A couch potato does not exercise or engage in regular physical activity. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

Not For All the Tea in China

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not For All the Tea in China’ Not for all the tea in China means not for any price or reward; never; not at all. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: … Read more

Not My Cup of Tea

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not My (or one’s) Cup of Tea’ When something is not your cup of tea, it is not something you like or prefer; not something one would choose. 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.  Want to see … Read more

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

Eat Humble Pie

Meaning of Idiom ‘Eat Humble Pie’ To eat humble pie is to be forced to admit one’s error or wrongdoing and to be humiliated, abased or “humbled.” 1Troy, Eric. “Eating Humble Pie: How Did This Expression Come About?” Culinary Lore, 29 May 2018, ., 2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010., 3Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of … Read more

Sell Like Hot Cakes

Also: Go like hot cakes Move like hot cakes Meaning of Idiom ‘Sell Like Hot Cakes’ To sell like hot cakes means to sell quickly and in large quantities; to be quite commercially successful. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,3Ayto, … Read more

Last One In is a Rotten Egg

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last One In is a Rotten Egg’ Last one in is a rotten egg is used by children (or by adults with humor) as a way to urge others to join in. It especially refers to jumping into water. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This … Read more

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

Flavor of the Month

Also: Flavor of the week (rare) Meaning of Idiom ‘Flavor of the Month’ The flavor of the month is someone or something that suddenly becomes very popular, but only for a short time; a temporary fashion or fad. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more