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

Last One In is a Rotten Egg

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last One In is a Rotten Egg’ Last one in is a rotten egg is used by children (or by adults with humor) as a way to urge others to join in. It especially refers to jumping into water. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This … Read more

Runs in the Family

Also: Runs in the blood Meaning of Idiom ‘Runs in the Family’ A characteristic or trait that runs in the family is one that is shared by many members of a family, being pass on from one generation to the next. 1McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002, 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Day In And Day Out

Also: Day in, day out Meaning of Idiom ‘Day In and Day Out’ When something is day in and day out, it is happening repeatedly over time; occurring every day; continuous. 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 is … Read more

In For It (or Something), to be

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Be In For It ( or something)’ To be in for something means to be certain to experience it, usually referring to something unpleasant. Usage The simple form “in for it” is used so often for this idiom that it can be considered a standard variant. For example: “Mom found out … Read more

In the Worst Way

Meaning of Idiom ‘In the Worst Way’ In the worst way means very much; desperately; to an extreme degree. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012. Usage … Read more

Rub Salt in the Wound

Also: Pour salt on the wound Rub it in Meaning of Idiom ‘Rub Salt in (or into) the Wound’ To rub salt in someone’s wound is to make a bad or painful situation worse, such as by pointing out a person’s mistakes or shortcomings, teasing, or reminding them of how bad a situation is. When someone rubs … Read more

Like Something The Cat Dragged In

Also: Like something the cat brought in Meaning of the Idiom ‘Like Something the Cat Dragged In’ A person who looks like something the cat dragged in is messy, bedraggled, dirty, or exhausted looking. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage The expression is … Read more

In the Doghouse

Meaning of Idiom ‘In the Dog House’ When someone is in the doghouse, someone else is angry, annoyed, irritated, or displeased with them; to be in trouble, disfavor, or disgrace. 1Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary … Read more

In the Dark

Meaning of Idiom In the Dark: 1. To be uninformed or unknowledgeable about something or someone. 2. In secret, hidden. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage Other than “to be in the dark” this idiom has several standard phrasal variations … Read more