English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- A hot-headed person gets angry very easily.
(The noun 'hothead' can also be used.)
- Hour of need
- A time when someone really needs something, almost a last chance, is their hour of need.
- House of cards
- Something that is poorly thought out and can easily collapse or fail is a house of cards.
- How come
- If you want to show disbelief or surprise about an action, you can ask a question using 'how come'. How come he got the job? (You can't believe that they gave the job to somebody like him)
- How do you like them apples
- (USA) This idiomatic expression is used to express surprise or shock at something that has happened. It can also be used to boast about something you have done.
- How long is a piece of string
- If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
- How the hog ate the cabbage
- (USA) If you tell someone how the hog ate the cabbage, it means you tell it like it is- tell someone the truth that they probably don't want to hear.
- How's tricks?
- This is used as a way of asking people how they are and how things have been going in their life.
- Hue and cry
- Hue and cry is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention.
- Humming and harring
- If someone is humming and harring,they are unsure about a decision and can't nake their mind up.
- Hung the moon
- If you refer to someone as having hung the moon, you think they are extremely wonderful, or amazing, or good.
- Hungry as a bear
- If you are hungry as a bear, it means that you are really hungry.
- Hunky Dory
- If something is hunky dory, it is perfectly satisfactory, fine.
- If something is hush-hush it is confidential.
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