With Flying Colors

A phrase used since the 17th century. Meaning With flying colors means with easy and outstanding success. To succeed at something extremely well.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “I was worried about my medical exam but I passed with flying colors.” “I hardly studied … Read more

Taken Aback, to be

To take someone aback or to be taken aback is an old idiomatic expression that has existed in English since the mid-1900’s. Like many common expressions, it was taken from old nautical terminology dating from the 1800’s. Meaning of Taken Aback When someone is taken aback, they are very shocked, surprise, or, to use another expression taken off guard. … Read more

Show Your True Colors, to

An expression in use since the 1800’s. Meaning To show your true colors means to reveal your true character, feelings, opinions, etc. Usage This idiom is always used in a negative sense, to describe someone who seemed to be a better person than they turned out to be once their ‘true colors’ came out. Examples … Read more

Fair-Weather Friend

Used since at least the mid-1800’s, but probably originated earlier. Meaning of Idiom ‘Fair Weather Friend’ A fair-weather friend is a friend who is with you during the good times but abandons you when things go wrong. In other words, it is the kind of friend who cannot be relied upon during bad times or … Read more

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Meaning of Idiom ‘Chief Cook and Bottle Washer’ A person who is the chief cook and bottle washer is in charge but also performs many duties, some of them trivial; someone in charge of almost every job, often the owner or the sole employee of a small business, or someone with numerous responsibilities in a large business. … Read more

At Loggerheads

Meaning of the Idiom ‘at Loggerheads’ To be ‘at loggerheads’ means to be engaged in a quarrelsome argument; strongly disagreeing. This somewhat formal idiom tends to carry the connotation of being unable to reach an agreement. Usage “The union has been at loggerheads with management on the benefits package for months now.” “Peace talks are … Read more