Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots, a

Also: A leopard doesn’t change its spots You can’t change a leopard’s spots A Tiger can’t change its stripes Meaning of Idiom ‘A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots’ A leopard can’t change its spots means that a person cannot change their inner character or nature, especially if it is bad. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Under the Aegis Of Someone

Also: Under the auspices of Meaning of Idiom ‘Under the Aegis of (Someone or Something)’ To be under the aegis of someone means to have their financial or moral support or to be sponsored or protected by them. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Usage … Read more

Adonis, an

Meaning of Idiom ‘An Adonis’ An Adonis is a young man of unusual physical beauty; an extremely sexually attractive young man, one who is well built and handsome. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. [http://amzn.to/2ve0F4R The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms]. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. , 2Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000. Examples Of Use “Wow, that guy … Read more

Rise From the Ashes

Also: Rise like a Phoenix from the ashes Meaning of Idiom ‘Rise from the Ashes’ To rise from the ashes means to be rebuilt or renewed and to return as new after being destroyed. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This idiom can … Read more

Pandora’s Box

A mythological idiom in use since the late 1500’s. Meaning of Pandora’s Box Opening Pandora’s box is the same as opening a can of worms. It refers to a process which, once began, results in many unforeseen problems which were previously covered up. To open Pandora’s box is to let things get out of control. Want … Read more

Midas Touch, the

Meaning of Idiom ‘The Midas Touch’ The Midas touch is the ability to make money no matter what idea one tries; a gift for easily making money or being financially successful. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Want to see more videos … Read more

Carry a Torch (for someone)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Carry a Torch’ To carry a torch for someone means to continue to feel love for someone who does not return your love, and to suffer the pain of this unrequited love. Examples Of Use “There is no use trying to fix Bobby up with anyone. He’s still carrying a torch for … Read more

Call a Spade a Spade, to

To call a spade a spade is a very old expression that has roots in ancient Greek. This idiom is often thought to have racist origins, but, as you will read below, this is not true. Meaning of Idiom ‘Call a Spade a Spade’ To call a spade a spade is to speak plainly and truthfully, even … Read more

Beware Of Greeks Bearing Gifts

Meaning of Idiom ‘Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts’ When someone says “beware of Greeks bearing gifts” they mean that you should not trust enemies or opponents who are being friendly, showing kindness or being generous, as they may have an ulterior motive. 1Ayto, John.  Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more