To Your Heart’s Content

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Your Heart’s Content’ To your heart’s content means as much as you want; as long as you want; until you are completely satisfied and happy. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Pare, May.  Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.  Want … Read more

To a T

Also: Done to a T Done to a turn Meaning To a T means perfectly or just right. Often applied to cooking as in the expression “done to a T,” meaning cooked perfectly, to the proper degree of doneness. The variant “done to a turn” has the same meaning. Usage “Vic’s new job suits him to … 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

Have Something Down to a Fine Art

Also: Get something down to a fine art Meaning of Idiom ‘To Have Something Down to a Fine Art’ To have something down to a fine art means to have achieved a very high level of skill or proficiency in a certain activity, usually through long experience. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. See: Fine … Read more

Hang On (or hang on to)

Also: Hang on to your hat Meaning of Idiom Hang On or Hang on to Hang on, when used alone can mean to persevere. When used this way it is similar to “hang in there.” Hang on can also mean to keep something. When used with this meaning, the object being kept is named, necessitating the … Read more

Hand To Mouth, living from

Meaning of Idiom ‘Live (from) Hand to Mouth’ To live from hand to mouth means to only have enough money to buy what only the utmost essentials that one presently needs; to have barely enough money to survive and no ability to save so that one is always on the verge of not having food, shelter, etc.; … Read more

Beat (someone) To It

Meaning of Idiom ‘Beat (someone) To It’ To do get ahead of someone and do something before they can do it or to obtain something before they can attain it. Example Of Use “Hey, I wanted the last ice cream bar,” said Jane. “Looks like I beat you to it,” said John. “He tried to … Read more