General Idioms (Page 16)

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Not much cop
Describing a film or something as not much cop is a way of saying that you didn't think much of it.
Not on your life
When someone responds with "Not on your life," they are utterly rejecting a suggestion that has been made.
Not our bag
If something is not your bag, it is not really suitable for your needs or you don't like it much.
Not trust someone further than you can throw them
If you don't trust someone further than you could throw them, it means you don't trust them at all.
Not wash
If a story or explanation will not wash, it is not credible.
Not with a bang but a whimper
To end on a muted note - most likely in a situation where one would have expected a more spectacular finish. This expression was coined by T.S. Elliot in his 1925 poem, The Hollow Men, which ends: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.
Not worth the candle
If something's not worth the candle, it has no value or would be a waste of time and efffort.
Nothing to crow about
If something's nothing to crow about, it's not particularly good or special.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
You can't win if you don't join in the game; if you don't participate in something, you will not achieve anything.
Now I ask you
Used at the end of a story to express disbelief, or in answer to a question to express a mild indignation.
Null and void
If something's null and void, it is invalid or is no longer applicable.
Nuts and bolts
The nuts and bolts are the most essential components of something.
Object lesson
An object lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'abject lesson' is used.)
Odds and ends
Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'bits and bobs'.
Off the beaten track
Somewhere that's off the beaten track is in a remote location.
Off the chart
If something goes off the chart, it far exceeds the normal standards, good or bad, for something.
Off the grid
Someone who is off the grid lives outside society and chooses not to follow its rules and conventions.
Off the hook
If someone is off the hook, they have avoided punishment or criticism for something they have done.
Off the rails
If someone has gone off the rails, they have lost track of reality.
Off the record
Something off the record is said in confidence because the speaker doesn't want it attributed to them, especially when talking to the media.
Off the scale
If something goes off the scale, it far exceeds the normal standards, good or bad, for something.
Off your rocker
(UK) Someone who is off their rocker is crazy.
Oh, my goodness!
An expression of surprise.
Oldest trick in the book
The oldest trick in the book is a well-known way of deceiving someone, though still effective.
On a fishing expedition
If someone is on a fishing expedition, they are trying to get information, often using incorrect or improper ways to find things out.
On a mission
Being on a mission refers to acting in a determined way and so focus in doing something that he/she is oblivious of anything else around him/her.
On a razor edge
If something is on a razor edge, it it is in a risky situation and the outcome is very uncertain.
On a roll
If you're on a roll, you're moving from success to success.
On a shoogly peg
(Scot) Something, like a person's job, that's on a shoogly peg is insecure.
On a silver platter
If you hand or give something on a silver platter to someone, you let them have it too easily.
On board
If someone is on board, they support or are working for or with a company, person, etc.
On edge
If someone is worried or nervous, they are on edge.
On fire
If you're on fire, you're doing really well at something.
On good terms
If people are on good terms, they have a good relationship.
On hold
If something is on hold, no action is being taken.
On speaking terms
If you are on speaking terms with someone, your relationship may be strained, but you are still talking and negotiating.
On tenterhooks
This means that she is waiting impatiently and excitedly for something.
On The Anvil
If something is on the anvil, it is being discussed or prepared but is not yet ready.
On the blink
(UK) Is a machine is on the blink, it isn't working properly or is out of order.
On the blower
(UK) If someone is on the blower, they are on the phone.
On the cheap
If you do something on the cheap, you spend as little as possible to do it.
On the chopping block
A person who's on the chopping block is in danger of losing their job or getting into serious trouble.  A project that's on the chopping block is likely to be terminated.
On the dole
(UK) Someone receiving financial assistance when unemployed is on the dole.
On the dot
If someone says that they're leaving at seven on the dot, don't be late; they mean at exactly seven o'clock.
On the fiddle
(UK) Someone who is stealing money from work is on the fiddle, especially if they are doing it by fraud.
On the flip side
On the reverse or the other side
On the fly
If you do things on the fly, you do things without preparation, responding to events as they happen.
On the ground
Events on the ground are where things are actually happening, not at a distance.
On the hook
If someone is on the hook, they are responsible for something.
On the knocker
(UK) If someone is on the knocker, they are going from house to house trying to buy or sell things or get support.

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