Idiom Category: General, Page 13
Keep it on the Q T
If you keep something on the Q T, you keep it quiet or secret.('Q-T' is also used.)
If you keep mum about something, you keep quiet and don't tell anyone.
If you keep posted about something, you keep up-to-date with information and developments.
Keep tabs on someone
If you keep tabs on someone, you check, watch and keep a close eye on what they are doing.
Keep under wraps
If you keep something under wraps, you keep it secret or concealed until some time in the future.
Keep your cool
If you keep your cool, you don't get excessively excited or disturbed in a bad situation.
Keep your options open
If someone's keeping their options open, they aren't going to restrict themselves or rule out any possible course of action.
Keep your pecker up
If someone tells you to keep your pecker up, they are telling you not to let your problems get on top of you and to try to be optimistic.
Kick a habit
If you kick a habit, you stop doing it.
Kick away the ladder
If someone kicks away the ladder, they remove something that was supporting or helping someone.
Kick the ballistics
It means you realise the intensity of a situation. For example, there is too much unemployment now, so the prime minister must kick the ballistics and change his policy.
Kick the bucket
When someone kicks the bucket, they die.
Kick up a stink
If you kick up a stink, you display anger about something.
A kindred spirit is someone who feels and thinks the way you do.
King of the castle
The king of the castle is the person who is in charge of something or in a very comfortable position compared to their companions.
If something costs or is worth a king's ransom, it costs or is worth a lot of money.
Kiss and tell
If people kiss and tell, they disclose private or confidential information.
Kiss something goodbye
If someone tells you that you can kiss something goodbye, you have no chance of getting or having it.
Kith and kin
Your kith and kin are your family; your next of kin are close relations you nominate to deal with your affairs in the event of your death on a document, like a passport.
A knee slapper is something that is considered funny, though it is often used sarcastically.
Knock the pins from under someone
If someone knocks the pins from under you, they let you down.
Knock your block off
To punch someone in the face Eg : The next time you do something like that I'm going to "knock your block off".
Know full well
When you know full well, you are absolutely sure that you know.
Know the ropes
Someone who is experienced and knows how the system works know the ropes.
Know your place
A person who knows their place doesn't try to impose themselves on others.
Labor of love
A labor of love is a project or task undertaking for the interest or pleasure in doing it rather than the reward, financial or otherwise.
Labour of love
A labour of love is a project or task undertaking for the interest or pleasure in doing it rather than the reward, financial or otherwise.
Land of nod
If someone has gone to the land of nod, they have fallen asleep or gone to bed.
A landslide victory is a victory in an election by a very large margin.
Larger than life
If something is excessive or exaggerated, it is larger than life.
If an elderly person does something special before they die, it is a last hurrah.
The person who has the last laugh ends up with the the advantage in a situation after some setbacks.
A last-ditch attempt is a desperate attempt that will probably fail anyway.
Lay it on thick
If someone lays it on thick, they make an emotion or experience seem more important or serious than it really is.
Lean and mean
An organisation that is lean and mean has no excess or unnecessary elements and is very competitive.
Learn the ropes
If you are learning the ropes, you are learning how to do something.
Leave no stone unturned
If you look everywhere to find something, or try everything to achieve something, you leave no stone unturned.
Leave well alone
If you leave something well alone, you keep a safe distance from it, either physically or metaphorically.
Left and right
If something happens left and right, it happens everywhere, usually without a plan or pattern.
Left in the dark
If you are left in the dark about something, you aren't given the information that you should have.
Left to your own devices
If someone is left to their own devices, they are not controlled and can do what they want.
This is used to emphasise how extreme something could be: 'We hadn't got the money to phone home, let alone stay in a hotel.' This emphasises the utter impossibility of staying in a hotel.
Let bygones be bygones
If people decide to let bygones be bygones, they decide to forget old problems or grievances they have with each other.
Let the best be the enemy of the good
If the desire for an unattainable perfection stops someone from choosing good possibilities, they let the best be the enemy of the good.
Let the cat out of the bag
If you reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag.
Let the genie out of the bottle
If people let the genie out of the bottle, they let something bad happen that cannot be put right or controlled.
Let your guard down
If you let your guard down, you relax and stop looking out for danger.
If you do your level best, you make every possible efforrt to do something as well as you can.
If someone lies low, they try not to be found or caught.
Lie through your teeth
Someone who is always lying, regardless of what people know, lies through their teeth.
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