Miles Away, to be

Also: To look miles away Meaning of Idiom ‘Miles Away’ To be or to look miles away means to appear to be lost in thought, unfocused, daydreaming, not listening, distracted, etc. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Usage This idiom is most … Read more

Why Do We Say By Heart Instead of By Brain to Mean Mermorize?

You have to learn a poem to recite in class. How do your learn it? By heart. You’re an actor and you have to memorize your lines. You learn them by heart. You have to give a big speech. Better learn by heart! It is our brains which house memories and yet if you actually said “I … Read more

Under the Impression

Meaning of Idiom ‘Under the Impression’ To be under the impression means to think, assume, or believe something is the case, usually mistakenly. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Examples Of Use “I was under the impression you liked working with John.” “Sorry I … Read more

Penny for Your Thoughts, a

‘A penny for your thoughts’ is a common idiomatic expression that has existed since the 1500’s, appearing in a collection of proverbs by John Heywood, from 1546. It is not a proverb, however, by any strict criteria. Meaning of Penny for Your Thoughts We use the expression a penny for your thoughts when we wish to know … Read more

Off the Top Of My Head

Meaning of Idiom ‘Off the Top of My (or one’s) Head’ Off the top of one’s head means to say something spontaneously, without much thought or consideration as to whether one is correct; to give a quick guess or to estimate something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary … Read more

Enter One’s Head

Also: Enter One’s Mind Meaning of Idiom Enter One’s Head: To occur to someone or come into one’s thoughts. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See also Come Into Someone’s Head. Usage This idiom is most often used negatively. Examples: “Did it ever … Read more