Bite One’s Nails

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bite One’s Nails’ To bite one’s nails is to show signs of nervousness, anxiety, impatience, etc. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,3Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Usage Although … Read more

Dead as a Doornail

Also: Dead as a dodo Dead as a herring Meaning of Idiom ‘Dead as a Doornail’ To be as dead as a doornail means to be completely and truly dead, never to live again or able to be used again; finished. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2 Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary … Read more

Hit the Nail On the Head

To hit the nail on the head is an old English idiom in existence since at least the 15th century, and probably longer. Meaning of Idiom ‘To Hit the Nail on the Head’ Hit the nail on the head is one of those idioms whose meaning is fairly easy to tell. It means to be exactly correct, especially … Read more