What are Idioms?

Idioms are the phrases in any language. The phrases may not have any literal meanings but in the use of the language they can be related to various things.

Here are some examples:

- Crickets

If someone says that it's been crickets, they mean that there has been complete silence and no ommincation on an issue.

- Right on the button

If you are right on the button, you are exactly right about something.

- Button it

If someone tells you to button it, they are ordering you to be quiet.

- Press the right buttons

If you press, push or hit all the right buittons, you make someone react or respond in exactly the right way to get what you want.

- On speaking terms

If you are on speaking terms with someone, your relationship may be strained, but you are still talking and negotiating.

- Blood is up

If someone's blood is up, they are very angry about something.

- Put your name in the pot

If you ask if you should put someone's name in the pot, you are asking whether you should add someone's name to the list of those who will be joining us for a particular meal or event.

- Not a stitch

If you don't have a stitch, you have nothing suitable to wear for an occasion. If someone is without a stitch on, they are naked.

- The john

If someone goes to the john, they to the bathroom or toilet.

- Get your act together

If you get your act together, you become more organised.

- Not on your life

When someone responds with "Not on your life," they are utterly rejecting a suggestion that has been made.

- A leap in the dark

An action or a risk that you take without having much idea about what will happen as a result.

- As good as your word

If you say you will do something and then do it, you are as good as your word.

- At every turn

If something happens at every turn, it happens repeatedly or constantly.

- In the palm of your hand

If you have someone in the palm of your hand, you control them and can get them to do exactly what you want.

- In store

If you know what is in store for you, you know what will happen to you, usually in the near future.

(It can also be used in the negative)

- Mind the store

If you mind the store, you take care of something while the person who is in-charge or responsible is away.

- Walk the talk

If you walk the talk, you do what you promise or claim you can do.

- Spill your guts

If you spill your guts, you confess or make your problems public.

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