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

Freeze Over

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Freeze Over’ To freeze over, regarding a body of water like a pond or lake, means form a layer of solid ice on the surface; generally, to become covered in a layer of ice (phrasal verb). 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. McGraw-Hill, 2006. Examples Of Use … Read more

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

Also: Don’t cry over spilled milk No use crying over spilt spilled milk Meaning of Idiom ‘Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk’ Don’t cry over spilt (or spilled) milk means don’t be upset about something that has happened and cannot be changed, undone, or rectified. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury … Read more

Over and Above

Meaning of Idiom ‘Over and Above’ Over and above means in addtion to; besides something else. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Manser, M. H., and I. McCaig. A Learner’s Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford University Press, 1986. Compare to Above and Beyond. Example Of Use “If you buy a car, you’ll have a monthly payment and the … Read more

Haul Someone Over the Coals

Also: Drag Someone Over the Coals Rake Someone Over the Coals Meaning of Idiom ‘Haul Someone Over the Coals’ To haul/drag someone over the coals means to angrily scold or reprimand them. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. … Read more

Hash Out

Also: Hash Over Meaning of Idiom ‘Hash (Something) Out’ To hash something out is to discuss or review it in-depth, especially in order to reach an agreement. Usage “When you get a chance,” said Nancy, “we need to sit down and hash out a new schedule.” “I definitely want to make a deal with you,” said … Read more