Idioms Beginning With: 'B'
results for letter 'B
- Break a leg
- This idiom is a way of wishing someone good luck.
- Break even
- If you break even, you don't make any money, but you don't lose any either.
- Break ground
- If you break ground, or break new ground, you make progress, taking things into a new area or going further than anyone has gone before.
'Ground-breaking' is used an adjective.
- Break the back of the beast
- If you break the back of the beast, you accomplish a challenge.
- Break the ice
- When you break the ice, you get over any initial embarrassment or shyness when you meet someone for the first time and start conversing.
- Break your duck
- (UK) If you break your duck, you do something for the first time.
- Break your heart
- If someone upsets you greatly, they break your heart, especially if they end a relationship.
- Breakneck speed
- If something happens at breakneckspeed, it happens very quickly, often at dangerous speed.
- Breathe down your neck
- If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
- Breathe life into
- If you breathe life into something, you give people involved more energy and enthusiasm again. ('Breathe new life' is also used.)
- Breathe your last
- When you breathe your last, you die.
- Brevity is the soul of wit
- The best way to communicate intelligently is to be concise and not to use unnecessary words.
- Bridge the gap
- If you bridge the gap, you make a connection where there is a great difference.
- Bright and breezy
- When someone is cheerful and full of energy, they are bright and breezy.
- Bright as a button
- A person who is as bright as a button is very intelligent or smart.
- Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
- If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
- Brighten up the day
- If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.
- Bring a knife to a gunfight
- If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
- Bring home
- If you bring something home, you explain it or make it very clear.
- Bring home the bacon
- A person who brings home the bacon earns the money that a family live on.
- Bring on board
- To make people embrace the ideas intended by the leader or agree to join a team or project is to bring them on board.
- Bring someone to book
- If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong.
- Bring someone to heel
- If you bring someone to heel, you make them obey you.('Call someone to heel' is also used.)
- Bring the curtain down
- If you bring the curtain down on something, you bring it to a end.
- Bring the house down
- Something that brings the house down is acclaimed and praised vigorously.
- Bring to the table
- If you bring something to the table, you make a contribution or an offer in a discussion or negotiation.
- Broad church
- If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas.
- Broad strokes
- If something is described or defined with broad stokes, then only an outline is given, without fine details.
- Broke as a joke and it ain't funny
- This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
- Broken record
- When someone sounds like a broken record, they keep on repeating the same things. ('Stuck record' is also used.)
- Broken reed
- If something or someone fails to give you the support you were hoping for, they are a broken reed.
- Brown as a berry
- Someone who is very sun tanned is brown as a berry.
- Brown nose
- When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.
- Browned off
- To be tired of or fed up with
- Brownie points
- If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.
- Brush under the carpet
- If you brush something under the carpet, you are making an attempt to ignore it, or hide it from others.
- Brush with death
- If someone comes very close to dying but live, they have a brush with death.
- Buck stops here
- The buck stops here is used to say that this is the point where responsibility lies or the person who is responsible.
- Buggles' turn
- (UK) If it Buggles' turn, someone gets promotion through length of service rather than ability, especially in the British civil service.
- Build bridges
- If you build bridges, you help people, institutions, groups, etc, that did not get on to improve their relationships.
- Built like a Mack Truck
- (USA) This is a common phrase used in the US among its citizens to refer to something that is rugged and solidly built that will provide years of reliable service. It can be a reference to a person, building, piece of furniture, a structure, etc.
- Bull in a China shop
- If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
- Bull market
- A bull market is a period when investors are optimistic and there are expectations that good financial results will continue.
- Bull session
- If you have a bull session, you have an informal group discussion about something.
- If you're a bull-headed, you're stubborn or inflexible.
- Bums on seats
- The people who have paid to watch a performance are bums on seats.
- Bun in the oven
- If a woman has a bun in the oven, she is pregnant.
- Bundle of nerves
- Someone who is a bundle of nerves is very worried or nervous.
- Bur under my saddle
- A bur under your saddle is something that annoys you or spurs you into action.('Burr' is an alternative spelling.)
- Burn rubber
- If you burn rubber, you drive very fast to get somewhere.
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