Smoking Gun

Meaning of Idiom ‘Smoking Gun’ A smoking gun is something that is indisputable evidence of a crime or other wrongdoing. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Examples Of Use “Although most people expect a smoking gun, most criminal cases are decided on … Read more

In the Crosshairs

Meaning of Idiom ‘In the Crosshairs’ To be in the crosshairs means be the object of intense observation or scrutiny, usually as a result of some wrongdoing or unpopular opinion, etc., or to be in a position to be attacked or criticized (Source). Compare to caught in the crossfire. Examples Of Use The idiom is always … Read more

Hang Fire

This rarely heard idiom has existed since the early 1800’s. Meaning As an idiom, to hangfire (or hang fire) means to delay an action or to be delayed in an accomplishment or action; to come to no distinct result; to fail to achieve an expected result. Origin The literal meaning of hangfire or hang-fire comes … Read more

Flash in the Pan, a

A flash in the pan is a common idiomatic expression which has its origins in the 16th century. Meaning of Flash in the Pan When we say something is a flash in the pan, we mean that it is a sudden success or effort that which is brief and unlikely to happen again. Usually, the expression is … Read more

Caught In The Crossfire

Also: Caught in the Middle Cross in the Crosshairs Meaning of Idiom ‘Caught in the Crossfire’ To be caught in the crossfire means to suffer harm because of a dispute between two other individuals or entities even though you yourself are not a part of the dispute. Caught in the crossfire means much the same as ‘caught … Read more