Knock It Off

Meaning of Idiom ‘Knock It Off’ To knock it off means to stop doing something that annoys or irritates you or that is inappropriate or rude. Knock it off means the same as “Stop it.” Usage Usually used as an imperative or order as in “Knock it off, Peter, or I’m going to tell mom.” … Read more

Conk Out

Also: Conk off Meaning of Idiom ‘Conk Out’ (phrasal verb) 1. To conk out means to suddenly stop functioning or to fail, as a mechanical or electronic device. 2. To fall asleep. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 3. … Read more

Flip Someone Off

Also: Flip someone the bird Give someone the finger Give someone the bird Give someone the one-finger salute Meaning of Idiom ‘Flip Someone Off’ To flip someone off means to hold up one’s hand with the palm facing towards you and with the fist closed, raise the middle finger. The general meaning is meant to … Read more

Take off Something

Also: Take something off Meaning of Idom ‘Take Off Something’ 1. Remove; undress, as applied to clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, etc. as in to take off one’s shirt or take off one’s glasses. 1Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage note: This meaning can … Read more

Take Off

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Off’ 1. To leave or go away. Also expressed ‘take oneself off.’ 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage note: Also expressed as a command similar to beat it or buzz off, as in the example “Take off. I don’t have time for your complaints … Read more

Put Someone Off

Also: Put off someone Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Someone Off’ 1. To cause someone to dislike someone or something; to repel or repulse someone. 2. To persuade someone to delay acting; to discourage someone by making them wait, especially in order to avoid hurting their feelings. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, … Read more

Put Off Something

Also: Put something off Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Off Something’ To put off something means to postpone it; to delay something; to hold for a later time. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 Usage As suggested by the variant listed above, … Read more

Bored to Death

Also: Bore someone to death Bore the pants off (of someone) Bored to tears (bore someone to tears) Bored stiff (bore someone stiff) Meaning of Idiom ‘Bored to Death’ To be bored to death means to be extremely bored. To bore someone to death means to be dull or uninteresting. See worry to death. Usage It … Read more

Easy as Falling Off a Log

Meaning of Idiom ‘Easy as Falling off a Log’ When something is easy as falling off a log, it is very easy to do. 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. See similar idioms: Easy as ABC  Easy as Pie Dead … Read more

Just Fell Off the Turnip Truck

Also: Just Fell off the Cabbage Truck Meaning of Idiom ‘Just Fell off the Turnip Truck’ Someone who just fell off the turnip truck is naive, gullible, inexperienced, easily fooled, ignorant, unsophisticated, etc. Usage This chiefly rural idiom is often given as fall off the turnip truck but it is most often used in the … Read more