Idioms Beginning With: 'B'
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Blow hot and cold If you blow hot and cold on an idea, your attitude and opinion keeps changing; one minute you are for it, the next you are against. Blow me down People say '(well,) blow me down' when you have just told them something surprising, shocking or unexpected. ('Blow me down with a feather' is also used.) Blow off steam (USA) If you blow off steam, you express your anger or frustration. Blow out of proportion If something is blown out of proportion, it is exaggerated and people see it as more serious, worse, etc, than it really is. Blow out of the water If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively. Blow smoke (USA) If people blow smoke, they exaggerate or say things that are not true, usually to make themselves look better. Blow the cobwebs away If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in. Blow the whistle If somebody blows the whistle on a plan, they report it to the authorities. Blow your mind Something that will blow your mind is something extraordinary that will amaze you beyond explanation. Blow your own horn If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.) Blow your own trumpet If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.) Blow your stack If you blow your stack, you lose your temper. Blow your top If someone blows their top, they lose their temper. Blue blood Someone with blue blood is royalty. Blue skies A overly enthusiastic outlook or disposition. The sales team had blue skies projections for their deals, although not many of those deals were signed. Blue-eyed boy Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person. Bluestocking An intellectual woman is a bluestocking. Boardinghouse reach Boardinghouse reach is the ability to reach a long distance across a table to get food. We've used it in our family for as long as I can remember, when you reach across someone's plate, "Pardon my boardinghouse reach". Bob's your uncle (UK) This idiom means that something will be successful: Just tell him that I gave you his name and Bob's your uncle- he'll help you. Body politic A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic. Boil the ocean If you are trying to boil the ocean, you are attempting to do something that's impossible or too big, or making something too complex. Boil to the surface If a problem or issue boils to the surface, it emerges at a particular time and needs to be discussed or resolved. Bold as brass Someone who is as bold as brass is very confident and not worried about how other people will respond or about being caught. Bolt from the blue If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue. Bone of contention If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention. Bone to pick If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel. Boot is on the other foot When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength. Born on the wrong side of the blanket A child born on the wrong side of the blanket is illegitimate- his or her parents were not married at the time of the birth. Born on the wrong side of the tracks Someone whose is born on the wrong side of the tracks is from the poor part of town. Born to the purple Someone who is born to the purple is born in a royal or aristocratic family. ("Born in the purple" is also used.) Born with a silver spoon in your mouth If you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you are born into a rich family. Both ends meet If you make both ends meet, you live off the money you earn and don't go into debt. Bottom line In accountancy, the bottom line is net income, and is used idiomatically to mean the conclusion. Bottoms-up Equivalent to 'Cheers' when drinking with someone. Bounce ideas If you bounce ideas off someone, you share your ideas with them to know whether they think they would work. Bounce off the walls If someone's bouncing off the walls, they are very excited about something. Bouquet of orchids Id someone deserves a bouquet of orchids, they have done something worthy of praise. Box and dice Box and dice means everything. Box clever (UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit. Box of fluffy ducks (NZ) Used when something is working well or going your way. If you are happy, you are a box of fluffy ducks. Also can be shortened to 'a box of fluffies'. Boxing and coxing If people are boxing and coxing, they are sharing responsibilities so that one of them is working while the other isn't. It can also be used when couples are sharing a house, but their relationship has broken down and when one is at home, the other stays out. Boys in blue The boys in blue are the police. Boys will be boys Boys will be boys means that boys, or men, will behave in certain ways, often noisily or irresponsibily. Brain drain When organisations or countries can pay higher salaries to attract talented people from poorer countries, there's a brain drain, a loss of talent. Brain surgery If something is not brain surgery, it isn't very complicated or difficult to understand or master. Brass monkey If it's brass monkey weather, or cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, it is extremely cold. Brass neck (UK) Someone who has the brass neck to do something has no sense of shame about what they do. Brass tacks If you get down to brass tacks, you get down to the real business. Bread and butter Bread and butter issues are ones that affect people directly and in a very important way. Bread and circuses Activites that entertain people and distract them from problems to keep them from complaining or protesting are bread and circuses. If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our . If you know of an idiom that you would like to be listed here, please use our online form to Idioms Discussion Forum suggest an idiom. Members Get More
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