Take off Something

Also: Take something off Meaning of Idom ‘Take Off Something’ 1. Remove; undress, as applied to clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, etc. as in to take off one’s shirt or take off one’s glasses. 1Brenner, Gail Abel.  Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage note: This meaning can … Read more

Take Off

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Off’ 1. To leave or go away. Also expressed ‘take oneself off.’ 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage note: Also expressed as a command similar to beat it or buzz off, as in the example “Take off. I don’t have time for your complaints … Read more

Take Care

Also: Take care of yourself Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Care’ Take care means be careful; be cautious.” Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Care of Yourself’ Take care of yourself means keep yourself healthy; be good to yourself; pay attention to your health and get well (to someone who is ill). Usage Both variations of this idiom … 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

Take Someone to the Cleaners

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Someone to the Cleaners’ To take someone to the cleaners is to take most or all their money or cause them to lose their money through cheating them or some other nefarious means; to “clean someone out” financially either by dishonest means or in a court battle. Occasionally, taking someone to … Read more

Take French Leave

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take French Leave’ To take French leave is to leave without getting permission or without informing anyone; to leave a gathering without saying goodbye to the host; to quit a job without giving notice. Usage This expression is better left unused, as it may be seen as a slur toward the French. … Read more

Take As Gospel

Also: Take as the gospel truth Take for gospel Accept as gospel Meaning of Idiom ‘Take (something) as Gospel’ To take something as gospel means to absolutely believe it to be true. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. See also gospel truth. Examples Of Use … Read more

Take a Joke (be able to)

Meaning of ‘To Be Able to Take a Joke’ To be able to take a joke is to not react negatively when you are teased or to jokes that are about you or against you; to be able to accept others making fun of you with grace and good-humor. Compare to dish it out.  Want … Read more