General Idioms (Page 10)

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Haste makes waste
This idiom means that if you try to do something quickly, without planning it, you're likely to end up spending more time, money, etc, doing it.
Hatchet job
A piece of criticism that destroys someone's reputation is a hatchet job.
Haul someone over the coals
If you haul someone over the coals, you reprimand them severely.
Have a ball
If you have a ball, you have a great time, a lot of fun.
Have a bash
If you have a bash at something, you try to do it, especially when there isn't much chance of success.
Have a blast
It means "to have a lot of fun".
Have a crack
If you have a crack at something, you try to do it. If someone is attempting to do something and they are unsuccessful, you might say, "Let me have a crack at it" suggesting that you might be successful at performing the task. ('Take a crack' is also used.)
Have a go
If you have a go, you try to do something, often when you don't think you have much chance of succeeding.
Have a meltdown
When a person has a meltdown, they explode in anger and emotion.
Have a ripper
If you have a ripper of a time, you enjoy yourself.
Have no truck with
If you have no truck with something or someone, you refuse to get involved with it or them.
Have the edge
If you have the edge on someone or something, you have an advantage.
Have your fill
If you have had your fill, you are fed up of somebody or something.
Having a gas
If you're having a gas, you are having a laugh and enjoying yourself in company.
He that travels far knows much
People who travel widely have a wide knowledge.
He who hesitates is lost
If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
He who laughs last laughs longest
A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair  to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.('He who laughs last laughs best' is also used, and 'he' is sometimes omitted.)
Head south
If something head south, it begins to fail or start going bad.'The project proceeded well for the first two months, but then it headed south.'
A headstrong person is obstinate and does not take other people's advice readily.
Heap coals on someone's head
To do something nice or kind to someone who has been nasty to you. If someone felt bad because they forgot to get you a Christmas gift, for you to buy them a specially nice gift is heaping coals on their head. ('Heap coals of fire' is also used.)
Hear a pin drop
If there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop.
Hear on the grapevine
To receive information indirectly through a series of third parties, similar to a rumour.
Hear something on the grapevine
If you hear something on the grapevine, you are informed about something by someone, circulating information or gossip from one person to another informally. ('Hear it through the grapevine' is also used.)
If someone is heavy-handed, they are insensitive and use excessive force or authority when dealing with a problem.
If a woman constantly nags her husband or partner, then he is henpecked.
Hiding to nothing
If people are on a hiding to nothing, their schemes and plans have no chance of succeeding. 'Hiding to nowhere' is an alternative.
High and dry
If you are left high and dry, you are left alone and given no help at all when you need it.
High and low
If you search high and low, you look everywhere for something or someone.
High and mighty
The high and mighty are the people with authority and power. If a person is high and mighty, they behave in a superior and condescending way.
High-wire act
A high-wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc.
Hit and miss
Something that is hit and miss is unpredictable and may produce results or may fail.
Hit below the belt
To hit below the belt is to say something unfair or cruel when you shouldn’t.
Hit me with your best shot
If someone tells you to hit them with your best shot, they are telling you that no matter what you do it won't hurt them or make a difference to them.
Hit rock bottom
When someone hits rock bottom, they reach a point in life where things could not get any worse.
Hit the books
If you hit the books, you study or read hard.
Hit the dirt
To duck out of the way or fall to the ground to avoid something dangerous.
Hit the fan
When it hits the fan, or, more rudely, the shit hits the fan, serious trouble starts.
Hit the ground running
If someone hits the ground running, they start a new job or position in a very dynamic manner.
Hit the nail on the head
If someone hits the nail on the head, they are exactly right about something.
Hit the sack
When you hit the sack, you go to bed.
Hit your stride
If you hit your stride, you become confident and proficient at something.
Hoist with your own petard
If you are hoist with your own petard, you get into trouble or caught in a trap that you had set for someone else.
Hold all the aces
If you hold all the aces, you have all the advantages and your opponents or rivals are in a weak position.
Hold the bag
(USA) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag.
Hold the torch
If you hold the torch for someone, you have an unrequited or unspoken love.
Hold water
When you say that something does or does not 'hold water', it means that the point of view or argument put forward is or is not sound, strong or logical. For e.g., 'Saying we should increase our interest rates because everyone else is doing so will not hold water'.
Hold your own
If you can hold your own, you can compete or perform equally with other people.
Hollow victory
A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.
Honest truth
If someone claims that something is the honest truth, they wish to sound extra-sincere about something.
Honours are even
If honours are even, then a competition has ended with neither side emerging as a winner.

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