English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- Drop the ball
- If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.
- Dropped like a hot cake
- If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
- Drown your sorrows
- If someone gets drunk or drinks a lot to try to stop feeling unhappy, they drown their sorrows.
- Drunk as a lord
- (UK) Someone who is very drunk is as drunk as a lord.
- Drunker than a peach orchard boar
- (USA) Southern US expression - Very drunk, as when a boar would eat fermented peaches that have fallen from the tree.
- Dry as a bone
- If your lawn is as dry as a bone, the soil is completely dry.
- Dry as a wooden god
- (AU) Very dry area or very thirsty: That desert is as dry as a wooden god.
- Dry as dust
- Very dry. Often used metaphorically: a boring, literal person or an unexciting speech. "She knows her stuff but she's dry as dust."
- Dry as snuff
- If something is as dry as snuff, it is very dry indeed.
- Dry run
- A dry run is a full rehearsal or trial exercise of something to see how it will work before it is launched.
- Dry spell
- If something or someone is having a dry spell, they aren't being as successful as they normally are.
- Duck soup
- (USA) If something is duck soup, it is very easy.
- Duck to water
- If you take to something like a duck to water, you find when you start that you have a natural affinity for it.
- Ducks in a row
- (USA) If you have your ducks in a row, you are well-organized.
- Dull as ditchwater
- (UK) If something is as dull as ditchwater, it is incredibly boring. A ditch is a long narrow hole or trench dug to contain water, which is normally a dark, dirty colour and stagnant (when water turns a funny colour and starts to smell bad). (In American English,'things are 'dull as dishwater'.)
- Dumb as a post
- Someone's who's as dumb as a post is very stupid, like a fencepost.
- Dumb as a rock
- If you are dumb as a rock, you have no common sense and are stupid.
- Dunkirk spirit
- (UK) Dunkirk spirit is when people pull together to get through a very difficult time.
- Dutch auction
- If something is sold by setting a price, then reducing it until someone buys it, it is sold in a Dutch auction. It can also mean that something is changed until it is accepted by everyone.
- Dutch courage
- Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
- Dutch treat
- If something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.
- Dutch uncle
- A Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
- Dutch wife
- A Dutch wife is a long pillow or a hot water bottle.
- Dwell on the past
- Thinking too much about the past, so that it becomes a problem is to dwell on the past.
- If someone is a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of a political party, etc, they support them totally, without any questions.
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