Give Someone a Break

Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Someone a Break’ 1. To give someone a break means to stop putting pressure on them, stop criticizing them, or being unkind to them. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002 2. Alternatively, to give someone a … Read more

Give Me a Break

Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Me A Break’ Give me a break is a statement of exasperation used when you do not believe what someone tells you, or you disagree with it and find it ridiculous, unfair, or upsetting. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American … Read more

Give Your Right Arm (for something)

Also: give your right arm to do something Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Your (or one’s) Right Arm’ If you would give your right arm for something you would sacrifice a lot or go to great lengths to obtain it; to want something very much. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, … Read more

Give Your Eye Teeth (for something)

Also: give your eye teeth to do something Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Your (one one’s) Eye Teeth’ If you would give your eye teeth for something you would go to great trouble in order to obtain it; to want something very much. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Heacock, Paul. … Read more

Flip Someone Off

Also: Flip someone the bird Give someone the finger Give someone the bird Give someone the one-finger salute Meaning of Idiom ‘Flip Someone Off’ To flip someone off means to hold up one’s hand with the palm facing towards you and with the fist closed, raise the middle finger. The general meaning is meant to … Read more

Give Someone the Benefit of a Doubt

Also: Give Someone the Benefit of the Doubt Meaning of Idiom ‘Give Someone the Benefit of a Doubt’ To give someone the benefit of a doubt is to assume they are telling the truth or they are innocent because you cannot be sure they are not; to decide to believe or trust someone until you … Read more

Arm and a Leg, an

Also: Cost and arm and a leg Charge an arm and a leg Pay and arm and a leg Give and arm and a leg Meaning of Idiom ‘An Arm and a Leg’ An arm and a leg is a very large amount of money; a very high price. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: … Read more

Give Someone a Mouthful

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Give Someone a Mouthful’ To give someone a mouthful is to speak to them in a very rude, harsh, abusive, or critical way; to shout or yell at someone; to curse at someone. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United … 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

Give Someone A Black Eye

Also: Have a black eye Get a black eye Meaning Give Someone a Black Eye 1. To cause a discolored dark bruise of the periorbital region ( the area surrounding the eye) by delivering a blow to the area. Although this seems to be a literal use, it is still idiomatic in that the expression … Read more