Idioms Beginning With: 'A'
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- All over the place
- If something is completely disorganised or confused, it is all over the place.
- All over the shop
- If something is completely disorganised or confused, it is all over the shop.
- All over the show
- If something is all over the show, it's in a complete mess.An alternative to 'All over the shop'.
- All roads lead to Rome
- This means that there can be many different ways of doing something.
- All set
- If you're all set, you are ready for something.
- All sixes
- If something is all sixes, it doesn't matter how it's done; it's the same as 'six of one and half a dozen of the other'.
- All skin and bone
- If a person is very underweight, they are all skin and bone, or bones.
- All square
- If something is all square, nobody has an advantage or is ahead of the others.
- All talk and no trousers
- (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
- All that glitters is not gold
- This means that appearances can be deceptive and things that look or sound valuable can be worthless.
('All that glistens is not gold' is an alternative.)
- All the rage
- If something's all the rage, it is very popular or fashionable at the moment.
- All the tea in China
- If someone won't do something for all the tea in China, they won't do it no matter how much money they are offered.
- All things to all people
- When we try to be all things to all people, we try to satifsy everyone, and often end up satisfying no one.
- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
- This expression means that people need time off from working and if they don't get it, they will become bored and lack interest and enthusiasm.(It is often shortened to All work and no play.)
- All your eggs in one basket
- If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything at once, instead of trying to spread the risk.
(This is often used as a negative imperative- 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket'. 'Have your eggs in one basket' is also used.)
- All's fair in love and war
- This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
- All's well that ends well
- If the end result is good, then everything is good.
- An all-rounder is someone of wide-ranging skills or great versatility. someone who is expert in many things, especially if they are good at all areas of a sport.
- All-singing, all-dancing
- If something's all-singing, all-dancing, it is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.
- Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades
- (USA) Used in response to someone saying "almost" in a win/lose situation. The full expression is "Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." An alternate form puts "and flinging shit from a shovel" at the end.
- Alter ego
- An alter ego is a very close and intimate friend. It is a Latin phrase that literally means 'other self'.
- Always a bridesmaid, never a bride
- If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc, they crave.
- Ambulance chaser
- A lawyer who encourages people who have been in accidents or become ill to sue for compensation is an ambulance chaser.
- Some use 'Amen' or 'Amen to that' as a way of agreeing with something that has just been said.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away
- Eating healthy food keeps you healthy.
- An Englishman's home is his castle
- (UK) This means that what happens in a person's home or private life is their business and should not be subject to outside interference.
- An old flame
- An old flame is a person that somebody has had an emotional, usually passionate, relationship with, who is still looked on fondly and with affection.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
- This expression means that is is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise.
- And all that jazz
- This idiom means that everything related or similar is included.
- Angry as a bear
- If someone is as angry as a bear, they are very angry.('Angry as a bear with a sore foot' is also used.)
- Angry as a bull
- If someone is as angry as a bull, they are very angry.
- Answers on a postcard
- This idiom can be used to suggest that the answer to something is very obvious or that the person would really like to hear what people think.
- Ants in your pants
- If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
- Any port in a storm
- This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.
- Any Tom, Dick or Harry
- If something could be done by any Tom, Dick or Harry, it could be done by absolutely anyone.
- Apple of your eye
- Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.
- Apple pie order
- Everything is in perfect order and tidy if it is in apple pie order.
- Apples and oranges
- 'Apples and oranges' used when people compare or describe two totally different things. ('Apples to oranges' is also used.)
- Apples for apples
- An apples for apples comparison is a comparison between related or similar things. ('Apples to apples' is also used.)
- Apron strings
- A man who is tied to a woman's apron strings is excessively dependent on her, especially when it is his mother's apron strings.
- Argue the toss
- (UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
- Arm and a leg
- If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
- Armchair critic
- An armchair critic is someone who offers advice but never shows that they could actually do any better.
- Armchair quarterback
- (USA) An armchair quarterback is someone who offers advice, especially about football, but never shows that they could actually do any better.
- Armed to the teeth
- If people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons.
- Around the clock
- If something is open around the clock, it is open 24 hours a day. For example, an airport is open around the clock.
- Arrow in the quiver
- An arrow in the quiver is a strategy or option that could be used to achieve your objective.
- As a rule
- If you do something as a rule, then you usually do it.
- As cold as ice
- This idiom can be used to describe a person who does not show any emotion.
- As cold as stone
- If something is as cold as stone, it is very cold. If a person is as cold as stone, they are unemotional.
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