Play Russian Roulette

Meaning of Idiom ‘Play Russian Roulette’ To play Russian roulette means to take very large, unpredictable and dangerous risks, potentially fatal; performing any action which, if repeated several times, is likely to have disastrous consequences. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010., 2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3McCarthy, … Read more

Bet the Farm

Also used: Bet the ranch Sell the farm Meaning of Idiom ‘Bet the Farm’ To bet the farm means to risk everything one’s own on something one is certain of, such as an idea, investment, business venture or bet. 1Heacock, Paul.  Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. ,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English … 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

Chip In, to

Meaning To chip in means to contribute some money to a cause, a business, or any other effort requiring money. It can also mean to contribute to an effort in any way, such as with physical help. This usually has the connotation of being a small amount of help or money, where each of a … Read more

Call Someone’s Bluff

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call Someone’s Bluff’ To call someone’s bluff is to make someone do something they threaten to do, in the hopes or assurance that they do not dare, or have the means, to carry out the threat. Usage The ‘someone’ in this idiom is important. Someone else’s bluff is always called. You cannot call … Read more

Best Bet, Your

Meaning of Idiom ‘Your (or one’s) Best Bet’ One’s best bet means the choice or action that is most likely to succeed; the best and most satisfactory choice.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “Your best bet,” said the lawyer, “is to plead guilty and take a … Read more

Back the Wrong Horse

Also: Bet on the wrong horse Meaning of Idiom Back the Wrong Horse: to make the wrong choice concerning who or what you support and to support a person or action that is later unsuccessful; to make a wrong choice; to guess wrongly concerning the final outcome. 1McIntosh, Colin. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge University Press, 2013. … Read more

Against All Odds

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Against All Odds’ Against all odds means despite many difficulties, setbacks, opposition, or seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage ‘Against all odds’ is usually used at the beginning or end of a sentence. 1 Examples of Use “Against all odds, Jane was able … Read more

Ace Up Your Sleeve, an

Sometimes also used as “card up your sleeve.” To have an ace up your sleeve is a familiar idiomatic expression which has been in use since at least the early 1900’s. 1Cresswell, Julia. Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Meaning To have an ace up your sleeve or for someone else to … Read more