God’s Acre

Meaning of Idiom ‘God’s Acre’ God’s acre is a churchyard or, more specifically, a churchyard cemetery. Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “My Grandfather wanted to be laid to rest in God’s acre, which was strange since I’d never known him to go to church.” “Sarah … Read more

Devil’s Advocate, to play

‘To play devil’s advocate’ is a very old idiomatic expression stemming from a literal court role in the 14th century. Meaning of Idiom ‘To Play Devil’s Advocate’ Someone who plays devil’s advocate (or the devil’s advocate) is arguing against a popular or familiar view or is simply arguing for the sake of arguing. When you … Read more

Cross My (or your) Heart

The full version of this idiom is ‘Cross my heart and hope to die.’ Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross My heart’ Cross my heart is an emphatic pledge that one is telling the truth, sometimes said while using one hand to make an imaginary X over the heart. 1 Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

By the Book

Meaning of Idiom ‘By the Book’ When something is done by the book it is done strictly according to the existing rules, regulations, or laws. Usage “The detective had always done things by the book, but for this case, he had to throw the book away.” “He doesn’t do everything by the book, but he gets results.” … Read more