English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- Vale of tears
- This vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings.
- Velvet glove
- This idiom is used to describe a person who appears gentle, but is determined and inflexible underneath.
('Iron fist in a velvet glove' is the full form.)
- Vent your spleen
- If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.
- Vicar of Bray
- (UK) A person who changes their beliefs and principles to stay popular with people above them is a Vicar of Bray
- Vicious circle
- A vicious circle is a sequence of events that make each other worse- someone drinks because they are unhappy at work, then loses their job...
'Vicious cycle' is also used.
- Vinegar tits
- A mean spirited women lacking in love or compassion.
- Virgin territory
- If something is virgin territory, it hasn't been explored before.
- Voice in the wilderness
- Someone who expresses an opinion that no one believes or listens to is a voice in the wilderness, especially if proved right later.
- If you do a volte-face on something, you make a sudden and complete change in your stance or position over an issue.
- Vultures are circling
- If the vultures are circling, then something is in danger and its enemies are getting ready for the kill.
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