Pluck Up Courage

Also: Screw Up Courage Meaning of Idiom ‘Pluck Up (one’s) Courage’ To pluck up one’s courage means to force or will oneself to overcome fear or to be brave; to bolster one’s courage. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Spears, … Read more

Blow Smoke Up Someone’s Ass

Meaning of Idiom ‘Blow Smoke Up Someone’s Ass’ To blow smoke up someone’s ass means to insincerely compliment someone to get something from them or get them to do something; to manipulate someone with flattery; to exaggerate about something in order to make it seem better than it is. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: … Read more

Shut Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Shut Up’ 1. Stop speaking. Often spoken as a command (imperative). (Early 1800s) Usage note: When shup up is used as a command, it is rude and abrupt. 2. To shut someone up means to cause them to stop speaking. 3. Close completely, especially windows or shutters. (Early 1500s) 4. Imprison or … Read more

Put Up Or Shut Up

See shut up. Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ When someone is told to put up or shut up it means they should act on what they have been saying, or stop talking about it; stop complaining about things your not willing to do anything about. 1McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. … Read more

Put Someone Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Someone Up’ To put someone up is to provide a place for them to stay, usually temporarily; to provide lodgings. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples Of Use “We’ll put you up in the barracks for tonight,” said the sergeant. “We’ll get your permanent quarters … Read more

Put Up With

Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Up With (someone or something)’ To put up with someone or something means to tolerate or endure without complaining. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples Of Use “I’ve put up with your nonsense long enough. It’s time you found a new place to stay.” … Read more

Hurry Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hurry Up’ To hurry up means go as quickly as you can; hurry faster. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003. Usage To hurry means to go quickly. Often, hurry is used as a command as in “Hurry or we’re going to be late.” Hurry up is used as a … Read more

Dead from the Neck Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Dead from the Neck Up’ Someone who is dead from the neck up is extremely stupid; dull; dumb; very unintelligent. 1Jarvie, Gordon. [http://amzn.to/2uaI2lm Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Examples of Use “The … Read more

Hornet’s Nest, a

Also: Stir up a hornet’s nest Step in a hornet’s nest Meaning of Idiom ‘A Hornet’s Nest’ A hornet’s nest is a situation or subject that is fraught with trouble or causes a lot of opposition so that many people are extremely angry over it. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Heacock, Paul. … Read more