Lovely Weather for Ducks

Also: Fine weather for ducks Nice weather for ducks Great weather for ducks Meaning Lovely weather for ducks: humorous phrase for very wet, rainy weather.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage “It’s been raining for two days straight. Lovely weather for ducks!” “Want to share my umbrella? … Read more

In Hot Water (to be)

Also: Get into hot water Meaning of Idiom ‘To Be in Hot Water’ To be in hot water is to be in trouble or difficulty. One can be in hot water or about to get into hot water.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage “Tim can’t play today; he’s in hot water over … Read more

Hold Water

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hold Water, to’ To hold water means to be correct, valid, sound, or reasonable and to stand up to scrutiny. This idiom has many synonyms or near-synonyms such as hold up, carry weight, stack up, airtight, etc.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage The idiom and its synonyms … Read more

Fish In Troubled Waters

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Fish in Troubled Waters To fish in troubled waters means to take advantage of unfortunate circumstances, confusion, difficulties, and problems in order to benefit oneself. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This expression can apply to widespread or … Read more

Dull As Dishwater (or Ditchwater)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Dull as Dishwater’ To be as dull as dishwater (or ditchwater) is to be extremely boring and tedious. Usage Dishwater is the more common usage today but both dishwater and ditchwater can be used interchangeably in the idiom. Examples Of Use “The Professor’s lecture was as dull as dishwater.” “I don’t know … Read more

Come Hell or High Water

Also: In spite of hell or high water. Used as an idiom since at least 1915. Meaning of ‘Come Hell or High Water’ Idiom Come hell or high water is an alliterative dyad which means “no matter what happens or how difficult it is.” This idiom is used to refer to a goal or intention that will … Read more

Adam’s Ale

Meaning of Idiom ‘Adam’s Ale’ Adam’s ale is an old-fashioned term for plain water. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. 22. Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Usage In Scotland, the term is sometimes heard as Adam’s wine. Examples of Use “We have no beer or wine. You’ll have to make … Read more