Have an Axe to Grind

Also: Have no axe to grind with an/no axe to grind without an axe to grind Meaning of Idiom ‘Have an Axe to Grind’ To have an axe to grind means to have a hidden personal and often selfish motive for one’s behavior; to have a hidden opinion or a hidden agenda.  1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The … Read more

Loudmouth, be a

Also: Have a loud mouth Meaning of Idiom ‘Loudmouth’ A loudmouth is a person who talks too loudly, often boastfully, offensively and continually; one who talks indiscreetly; a gossip. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Cambridge Academic Content … Read more

Big Mouth, have a

Also: be a big mouth big mouth Meaning of Idiom ‘Have a Big Mouth’ To have a big mouth means to be talkative and prone to revealing secrets or to be verbally tactless; to talk too much and too loudly, often in an obnoxious or boastful way. To be a big mouth is to be … Read more

Have Someone in the Palm of One’s Hand

Also: Be in the palm of one’s hand Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Someone in the Palm Of One’s Hand’ To have someone in the palm of one’s hand is to have control or influence over someone; to have someone in one’s power; to be able to get someone to do as you wish. 1Ayto, John. Oxford … Read more

Not Have A — Bone In One’s Body

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not Have a — Bone in One’s Body This character idiom can be positive, negative, or neutral depending on the adjective used, such as lazy, honest, selfish, kind, etc. It means that the person being referred to absolutely does not possess the quality named. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford … Read more

Last Word, the

Also: ‘Have the last word’ ‘Get the last word’ ‘Be the last word’ ‘Be/Say One’s Last word (about something) Meaning of Idiom ‘the Last Word’ The last word is used in two idioms which can have several meanings. “To have the last word” means to have the right or to take the right to have the … Read more

Have Something Down to a Fine Art

Also: Get something down to a fine art Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Something Down to a Fine Art’ To have something down to a fine art means to have achieved a very high level of skill or proficiency in a certain activity, usually through long experience. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See: Fine … Read more

Have No Stomach for Something

Meaning of Idiom “Have No Stomach For…” To ‘have no stomach for something’ means to find it unacceptable, intolerable, or unpleasant. When we have no stomach for something, it means we are determined not to do it, experience it, etc. Although the expression is often used in regards to something obviously unpleasant or distasteful, it … Read more

Have Money to Burn

Meaning of Idiom ‘Have Money to Burn’ To have money to burn means to have so much money you can spend it on whatever you want, even on unnecessary luxuries or foolish things; to have more money than you need to survive. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. … Read more

Have Itchy Feet, to

Also: Get itchy feet Give (one) itchy feet Rarely: Get/Have an itchy foot Meaning of Idiom ‘Have Itchy Feet’ To have itchy feet is to have a marked desire to travel or move from one place to another; to have the desire to leave a place. Also, to be eager to make a change or start something new; … Read more