English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- 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.
- If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you scold them.
- 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 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn a blind eye
- When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
- Turn a deaf ear
- If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don't listen to you.
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