When the Chips are Down

Idioms reveal the popularity of a perennially popular activity throughout the world and especially in the U.S. It’s not baseball or billiards. It’s gambling. It is surprising how many common idioms come from gambling. When the chips are down is just one of many American idioms. They didn’t spring up only after Las Vegas became a gambling … Read more

Pass The Buck

To pass the buck is a common idiomatic expression which has been in used since at least the early 1900’s. Meaning of Pass the Buck To pass the buck means to avoid responsibility or blame for something by passing it on to another person, or to let another person do something you were supposed to do. … Read more

Chip In, to

Meaning To chip in means to contribute some money to a cause, a business, or any other effort requiring money. It can also mean to contribute to an effort in any way, such as with physical help. This usually has the connotation of being a small amount of help or money, where each of a … Read more

Call Someone’s Bluff

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call Someone’s Bluff’ To call someone’s bluff is to make someone do something they threaten to do, in the hopes or assurance that they do not dare, or have the means, to carry out the threat. Usage The ‘someone’ in this idiom is important. Someone else’s bluff is always called. You cannot call … Read more