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

Sisyphean Task

Also: Sisyphean labor Sisyphean burden Meaning of Idiom ‘Sisyphean Task, a’ A Sisyphean task is a pointless, fruitless, and unrewarding task that must be repeated over and over again; and endless task.  1Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000.,2Addis, Ferdie. Opening Pandora’s Box: Phrases Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories behind Them. Reader’s Digest Association, … 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

Herculean Task

Meaning of Idiom ‘Herculean Task’ A herculean task is an extremely difficult task; an almost impossible undertaking.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use “The President informed the people that they had a Herculean task before them.” “The building of the Great Pyramids of Egypt must have been … Read more

Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed, to

To get up on the wrong side of the bed is a very old saying, but it wasn’t always used figuratively. It’s been around since at least Roman times. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: & C Black, 2009. Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed’ To get up on … Read more

Dog Days

Also: Dog days of summer. An idiom with Ancient Roman origins. Meaning of Idiom ‘Dog Days (Of Summer) The dog days (of summer) are the hottest, longest, most humid days of summer, between early July and early September in the Northern hemisphere and January and February in the Southern hemisphere. The idiom also can refer to … Read more

Damocles’ Sword

Also: sword of Damocles Meaning of Idiom Damocles’ Sword Damocles’ sword refers to an impending disaster; a danger or disaster that could occur at any moment. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.  Want … Read more