Slip Someone a Mickey (Finn)

Also: Mickey Finn Mickey Slip someone a Mickey Meaning of Idiom ‘Mickey Finn’ A Mickey (Finn) is a drug placed in an alcoholic drink or a drugged alcoholic drink. Meaning of Idiom ‘Slip Someone a Mickey (Finn)’ To slip someone a Mickey (Finn) is to surreptitiously drug someone’s alcoholic drink or to give someone a … Read more

Smart Alec

Also: Smart aleck Meaning of Idiom ‘Smart Alec’ A smart alec is a conceited person who irritates others by always trying to be clever, sarcastic, etc.; a person who insists on showing off their knowledge in a way that is annoying. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of … Read more

Life Of Riley

Also: Life of Reilly Meaning of Idiom ‘Life Of Riley’ The life of Riley is an easy, carefree, comfortable life of luxury. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010., 2Jarvie, Gordon.  Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009., 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples Of Use “I love … Read more

Hamlet without the Prince

Also: Hamlet without the prince of Denmark Hamlet without Hamlet Meaning of Idiom ‘Hamlet Without the Prince’ Hamlet without the prince refers to a performance or event taking place without the most important performer or central figure, such as the lead speaker. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Knowles, Elizabeth. What … Read more

Adonis, an

Meaning of Idiom ‘An Adonis’ An Adonis is a young man of unusual physical beauty; an extremely sexually attractive young man, one who is well built and handsome. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. [http://amzn.to/2ve0F4R The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms]. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. , 2Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000. Examples Of Use “Wow, that guy … Read more

Sisyphean Task

Also: Sisyphean labor Sisyphean burden Meaning of Idiom ‘Sisyphean Task, a’ A Sisyphean task is a pointless, fruitless, and unrewarding task that must be repeated over and over again; and endless task.  1Webber, Elizabeth, and Mike Feinsilber. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions. Merriam-Webster, 2000.,2Addis, Ferdie. Opening Pandora’s Box: Phrases Borrowed from the Classics and the Stories behind Them. Reader’s Digest Association, … Read more

Rob Peter to Pay Paul

Meaning of Idiom ‘Rob Peter to Pay Paul’ To rob Peter to pay Paul means to borrow money from one person or institution to pay back money owed to another person; to take from one person to give to another; to shift money or resources without accomplishing any gain or benefit. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: … Read more

Peeping Tom, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘Peeping Tom’ A peeping Tom is a man who secretly watches others, especially through windows, usually related to sexual gratification; a (sexual) voyeur. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Goodbrand, Allan. Know Your Onions: a Light-Hearted Look at Popular Idioms and Sayings. Book Guild Publishing, 2015. Usage A peeping Tom is virtually … Read more

Pandora’s Box

A mythological idiom in use since the late 1500’s. Meaning of Pandora’s Box Opening Pandora’s box is the same as opening a can of worms. It refers to a process which, once began, results in many unforeseen problems which were previously covered up. To open Pandora’s box is to let things get out of control. Want … Read more

Murphy’s Law

Meaning of Idiom Murphy’s Law Murphy’s law is a humorous fictional “rule” that says anything that can go wrong will go wrong. In other words, if there is any possibility of something bad happening, it will. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, … Read more