Toe the Line

Also: Toe the mark (rare) Meaning of Idiom ‘Toe the Line’ To toe the line means to do what you are expected to do or ordered to do; to obey the rules; to stop disobeying the rules; to meet standards. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage … Read more

Read Between the Lines

Meaning of Idiom ‘Read Between the Lines’ To read between the lines is to look for or understand a hidden meaning, information, or an implied message that is not actually stated or obvious from outward appearance. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage … Read more

Make a Beeline for (someone, something)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Make a Beeline’ To make a beeline is to immediately go straight toward someone or something. Examples of Use “Every time he has a birthday party, little Ricky makes a beeline for the cake.” “As soon as Tom gets to work he makes a beeline for the back door for a cigarette break.” … Read more

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Also: Swallow something hook, line, and sinker Fall for something hook, line, and sinker Meaning of Idiom ‘Hook, Line, and Sinker’ Hook, line, and sinker means completely and without doubt or reservation; to be completely tricked or believe a lie or deception. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary … Read more

Draw the Line

Also: Draw a Line Meaning of Idiom ‘Draw the Line’ To draw the line is to set a definite limit on what one is willing to do, accept, etc. and to state emphatically that one will stop short of this limit. The idiom can also mean to separate one thing from another or to accept, recognize, or admit … Read more