When Hell Freezes Over

Also: Not till hell freezes over It will be a cold day in hell (when) Meaning of Idiom ‘When Hell Freezes Over’ When hell freezes over means never; not at all. See: Freeze Over Usage The less emphatic version ‘it will be a cold day in hell’ is sometimes heard. When we say ‘It will … Read more

Not Think Twice

Negative variation of the idiom to think twice. Meaning of Idiom ‘Not Think Twice’ To not think twice means to do something spontaneously and quickly without considering it very much or worrying about the consequences. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. … Read more

Not For All the Tea in China

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not For All the Tea in China’ Not for all the tea in China means not for any price or reward; never; not at all. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: … Read more

Not My Cup of Tea

Meaning of Idiom ‘Not My (or one’s) Cup of Tea’ When something is not your cup of tea, it is not something you like or prefer; not something one would choose. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary]. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.  Want to see … Read more

Not Bat an Eye

Also: Not bat an eyelid Not bat an eyelash Not blink an eye Without batting an eye Meaning Of Idiom ‘To Not Bat and Eye’ To not bat an eye means to now show any emotional reaction, shock, or suprise; to act as if everything is completely normal (when it is not); to do something … Read more

Nothing If Not

Meaning of Idiom ‘Nothing if Not’ Nothing if not, followed by an adjective, means very, certainly; most of all. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. ,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples of Use “Jane is nothing if … Read more

Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Also: Not as good as it’s cracked up to be Not what it’s cracked up to be Meaning of Idiom ‘Not all it’s Cracked up to be’ When something is not all it’s cracked up to be it is not as good as its reputation suggests or as good as people generally think it to … Read more

Last But Not Least

Meaning of Idiom ‘Last but Not Least’ Last but not least means last in a sequence, but not least in importance. In a long list of people being mentioned or introduced, the last person may be referred to as last but not least. This idiom is also applied to the last in a list of items, … Read more