English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Showing 201-250 of 277 results for letter 'T'
To a T
If something is done to a T, it is done perfectly.
To all intents and purposes
This means in all the most important ways.
To be as thick as two bricks
Someone who is as thick as two bricks is really stupid.
To be dog cheap
If something's dog cheap, it is very cheap indeed.
To err is human, to forgive divine
This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.
To have the courage of your convictions
If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different.
To little avail
If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
To the end of time
To the end of time is an extravagant way of saying 'forever'.
Toe the line
If someone toes the line, they follow and respect the rules and regulations.
Tomorrow's another day
This means that things might turn out better or that there might be another opportunity in the future.
Tongue in cheek
If something is tongue in cheek, it isn't serious or meant to be taken seriously.
Tongue-lashing
If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you scold them.
Tongue-tied
If someone is tongue-tied, they are speechless or cannot  say what they want, often through shyness or embarrassment.
Too big for your boots
If someone is too big for their boots, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
Too big for your britches
If someone is too big for their britches, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
Too clever by half
If someone is too clever by half, they are very confident and smug about how clever they are in a way that annoys peopl.
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
Too many cooks spoil the broth
This means that where there are too many people trying to do something, they make a mess of it.
Too many irons in the fire
This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them.
Toot your own horn
If someone toot their own horn, they like to boast about their achievements.
Top brass
In the army or in other organizations, the top brass are the people in the highest positions
Top dog
The most important or influential person is the top dog.
Top notch
If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.
Toss-up
A result that is still unclear and can go either way is a toss-up.
Touch and go
If something is touch and go, the result is uncertain and could be good or bad.
Touch base
If you touch base with someone, you contact them.
Touch wood
This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.)
Touch-and-go
If something is touch-and-go, it is very uncertain; if someone is ill and may well die, then it is touch-and-go.
Tough as old boots
Something or someone that is as tough as old boots is strong and resilient.
Tough cookie
A tough cookie is a person who will do everything necessary to achieve what they want.
Tough luck
Tough luck is bad luck.
Tough nut to crack
If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. 'Hard nut to crack' is an alternative.
Tough row to hoe
(USA) A tough row to hoe is a situation that is difficult to handle. ('A hard row to hoe' is an alternative form.)
Trade barbs
If people trade barbs, they insult or attack each other.
Traffucked
If you are traffucked, you are stuck in heavy traffic and get where you need to be.
Trail your coat
If you trail your coat, you act in a provocative way.
Train of thought
A train of thought is a sequence of thoughts, especially when you are talking to someone and you forget what you were going to say.
Tread on someone's toes
If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
Tread the boards
When someone treads the boards, they perform on stage in a theatre.
Tread water
If someone is treading water, they are making no progress.
Treasure trove
Something of great value or a very good source.
Trick of the trade
A trick of the trade is something used by people experienced in an area that helps them.
Tried and tested
If a method has been tried and tested, it is known to work or be effective because it has been successfully used long enough to be trusted.
True blue
A person who is true blue is loyal and dependable, someone who can be relied on in all circumstances.
True blue
Someone who is true blue is extremely loyal.
True colours
If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are. ('True colors' is the American spelling.)
Trump card
A trump card is a resource or strategy that is held back for use at a crucial time when it will beat rivals or opponents.
Truth will out
Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.
Tug at the heartstrings
f something tugs at the heartstrings, it makes you feel sad or sympathetic towards it.
Turf war
If people or organisations are fighting for control of something, it is a turf war.

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