General Idioms (Page 11)

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You're hooked when you're obsessed with or addicted to something.
Hop, skip, and a jump
If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump from somewhere, it's only a short distance away.
Hope against hope
If you hope against hope, you hope for something even though there is little or no chance of your wish being fulfilled.
Horns of a dilemma
If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you are faced with two equally unpleasant options and have to choose one.
Hostile takeover
If a company is bought out when it does not want to be, it is known as a hostile takeover.
Hot air
Language that is full of words but means little or nothing is hot air.
Hot button
(USA) A hot button is a topic or issue that people feel very strongly about.
Hot ticket
(USA) A hot ticket is something that is very much in demand at the moment.
Hot to trot
If someone is hot to trot, they are sexually aroused or eager to do something.
Hot water
If you get into hot water, you get into trouble.
How come
If you want to show disbelief or surprise about an action, you can ask a question using 'how come'. How come he got the job? (You can't believe that they gave the job to somebody like him)
How long is a piece of string
If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
How's tricks?
This is used as a way of asking people how they are and how things have been going in their life.
Hue and cry
Hue and cry is an expression that used to mean all the people who joined in chasing a criminal or villain. Nowadays, if you do something without hue and cry, you do it discreetly and without drawing attention.
Humming and harring
If someone is humming and harring,they are unsure about a decision and can't nake their mind up.
Hunky Dory
If something is hunky dory, it is perfectly satisfactory, fine.
If something is hush-hush it is confidential.
I don't give a pin!
(UK) If you don't give a pin, you don't care about something, someone, or a situation.
I hereby give notice of my intention
Hereby is used sometimes in formal, official declarations and statements to give greater force to the speaker' or the writer's affirmation. People will say it sometimes to emphasise their sincerity and correctness.
If at first you don't succeed try try again
When you fail, try until you get it right!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it
Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even hurt it.
If worst comes to worst
This isused to show the worst that could happen in a situation: If worst comes to worst and the hotels are full, we can sleep in the car.('If the worst comes to the worst'  is also  used.)
If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch
If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.  
If you will
'If you will' is used as a way of making a concession in a sentence: He wasn't a very honest person, a liar if you will. Here, it is used a way of accepting that the reader or listener might think of the person as a liar, but without commit the writer or speaker to that position fully.
Ill at ease
If someone is ill at ease, they are worried or uncomfortable.
In a cleft stick
If you are in a cleft stick, you are in a difficult situation, caught between choices.
In a coon's age
A long time. Example: I haven't seen her in a coon's age.
In a fix
If you are in a fix, you are in trouble.
In a flash
If something happens in a flash, it happens very quickly indeed.
In a jam
If you are in a jam, you are in some trouble.  If you get out of a jam, you avoid trouble.
In a jiffy
If something happens in a jiffy, it happens very quickly.
In a rut
In a settled or established pattern, habit or course of action, especially a boring one.
In a tick
(UK) If someone will do something in a tick, they'll do it very soon or very quickly.
In a tight spot
If you're in a tight spot, you're in a difficult situation.
In all honesty
If you say something in all honesty, you are telling the complete truth. It can be used as a way of introducing a negative opinion whilst trying to be polite; in all honesty, I have to say that I wasn't very impressed.
In apple-pie order
If something is in apple-pie order, it is very neat and organised.
In cahoots
If people are in cahoots, they are conspiring together.
In dire straits
If you're in dire straits, you're in serious trouble or difficulties.
In dribs and drabs
If people arrive in dribs and drabs, they come in small groups at irregular intervals, instead of all arriving at the same time.
In droves
When things happen in droves, a lot happen at the same time or very quickly.
In full swing
If things are in full swing, they have been going for a sufficient period of time to be going well and very actively.
In high spirits
If someone is in high spirits, they are in a very good mood or feeling confident about something.
In hot water
If you are in hot water, you are in serious trouble.
In league with
If you're in league with someone, you have an agreement with them to do something, often something illegal or against the rules.
In light of
'In light of' is similar to 'due to'.
In my bad books
If you are in someone's bad books, they are angry with you. Likewise, if you are in their good books, they are pleased with you.
In my book
This idiom means "in my opinion" or "as far as I'm concerned". Examples: "The government's doing an awful job, in my book" "In my book, it's the best city I've ever lived in." "My boss doesn't really respect me, and in my book that's a problem."
In my good books
If someone is in your good books, you are pleased with or think highly of them at the moment.
In no uncertain terms
Clearly; precisely; emphatically without doubt.
In perfect form
When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature.

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