English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

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Through the floor
If prices go, or fall, through the floor, they fall very quickly.
Through thick and thin
If someone supports you through thick and thin, they support you during good times and bad.
Throw a curve
(USA) If you throw someone a curve, you surprise them with something they find difficult to deal with. ('Throw' a curveball' is also used.) 
Throw a monkey wrench into the works
(USA) If you throw a monkey wrench into the works, you ensure that something fails.
Throw a sickie
If you pretend to be ill to take a day off work or school, you throw a sickie.
Throw a spanner in the works
(UK) If you throw a spanner in the works, you cause a problem that stops or slows progress on something that was going well.
Throw caution to the wind
When people throw caution to the wind, they take a great risk.
Throw down the gauntlet
Throw down the gauntlet is to issue a challenge to somebody.
Throw in the towel
If you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something.
Throw pearls to the pigs
Someone that throws pearls to pigs is giving someone else something they don't deserve or appreciate. ('Throw pearls before pigs' and 'Cast pearls before swine' are also used.)
Throw someone a bone
If you throw someone a bone, you give them a small reward or some kind words to make them feel good even if they've not really contributed much.
Throw someone a line
If someone throws you a line, they give you help when you are in serious difficulties.
Throw someone in at the deep end
If you are thrown in at the deep end, you have to deal with serious issues the moment you start something like a job, instead of having time to acquire experience.
Throw someone to the wolves
If someone is thrown to the wolves, they are abandoned and have to face trouble without any support.
Throw someone under the bus
To throw someone under the bus is to get the person in trouble either by placing blame on that person or not standing up for him.
Throw the baby out with the bath water
If you get rid of useful things when discarding inessential things, you throw the baby out with the bath water.
Throw the book at someone
If you throw the book at someone, you punish them as severely as possible.
Throw your hat in the ring
If someone throws their hat in the ring, they announce that they want to take part in a competition or contest. 'Toss your hat in the ring' is an alternative.
Throw your toys out of the pram
To make an angry protest against a relatively minor problem, in the process embarrassing the protester. The analogy is with a baby who throws toys out of the pram in order to get their parent to pay attention to them. The implication in the idiom is that the protester is acting like a baby.
Throw your weight around
If someone throws their weight around, they use their authority or force of personality to get what they want in the face of opposition.
Thumb your nose at
If you thumb your nose at something, you reject it or scorn it.
Thumbs down & thumbs up
If something gets the thumbs up, it gets approval, while the thumbs down means disapproval.
Tick all the right boxes
To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
Tickle your fancy
If something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it.
Tickled pink
If you are very pleased about something, you are tickled pink.
Tidy desk, tidy mind
A cluttered or disorganised environment will affect your clarity of thought. Organised surroundings and affairs will allow for clearer thought organisation.
Tie the knot
When people tie the knot, they get married.
Tied to your mother's apron strings
Describes a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he (or she) cannot do anything on his (or her) own.
Tight rein
If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.
Tight ship
If you run a tight ship, you control an organization or business firmly to maximise performance.    
Tighten your belt
If you have to tighten your belt, you have to economise.
Till the cows come home
This idioms means 'for a very long time'. ('Until the cows come home' is also used.)
Till the pips squeak
If someone will do something till the pips squeak, they will do it to the limit, even though it will make other people suffer.
Till you're blue in the face
If you do something till you're blue in the face, you do it repeatedly without achieving the desired result until you're incredibly frustrated.
Tilt at windmills
A person who tilts at windmills, tries to do things that will never work in practice.
Time and again
If something happens time and again, it happens repeatedly. ('Time and time again' is also used.)
Time and tide wait for no man
This is used as a way of suggestion that people should act without delay.
Time does sail
This idioms means that time passes by unnoticed.
Time flies
This idiom means that time moves quickly and often unnoticed.
Time is on my side
If time is on your side, you have the luxury of not having to worry about how long something will take.
Time of your life
If you're having the time of your life, you are enjoying yourself very much indeed.
Time out of mind
This is the very distant past- so far back that no one can remember when, like time immemorial.
Time-honoured practice
A time-honoured practice is a traditional way of doing something that has become almost universally accepted as the most appropriate or suitable way.
Tip of the iceberg
The tip of the iceberg is the part of a problem that can be seen, with far more serious problems lying underneath.
Tipping point
Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.
Tired and emotional
(UK) This idiom is a euphemism used to mean 'drunk', especially when talking about politicians.
Tit for tat
If someone responds to an insult by being rude back, it's tit for tat- repaying something negative the same way.
To a fault
If something does something to a fault, they do it excessively. So someone who is generous to a fault is too generous.
To a man
If a group of people does, believes, thinks, etc, something to a man, then they all do it.
To a T
If something is done to a T, it is done perfectly.

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