Body and bodily functions Idioms (Page 10)
- Two left feet
A person with two left feet can't dance.
- Under your nose
If something happens right in front of you, especially if it is surprising or audacious, it happens under your nose.
- Under your skin
If someone gets under your skin, they really annoy you.
- Under your thumb
Someone who is manipulated or controlled by another person is under his or her thumb.
- Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown
This means that people with serious responsibilities have a heavy burden.
- Up to the eyes
You you are up to your eyes in something, you are deeply involved or to have too much of something like work.
('Up the neck', 'up to the eyeballs' and 'up to the ears' are also used.)
- Up to the neck
If someone's in something up to the neck, they are very involved in it, especially when it's something wrong.
- Up to your eyes
When you've got too much work to do, you're up to your eyes in it.
- Up to your neck
If someone is very involved in something, they are up to their neck in it, especially if it is something bad or immoral.
- Upper hand
If you have the upper hand, you have the advantage.
- Vent your spleen
If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.
- Vinegar tits
A mean spirited women lacking in love or compassion.
- Voice in the wilderness
Someone who expresses an opinion that no one believes or listens to is a voice in the wilderness, especially if proved right later.
If you do a volte-face on something, you make a sudden and complete change in your stance or position over an issue.
- Warm the cockles of your heart
If something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy.
- Warts and all
If you like someone warts and all, you like them with all their faults.
- Wash your hands of something
If you wash your hands of something, you disassociate yourself and accept no responsibility for what will happen.
- Waste of skin
If a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much.
- Watch your back
If someone is after your job, or wants to harm you in any way, you need to "watch your back" to metaphorically see what is going on behind you
- Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink
This is from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and is used to suggest that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.
- Weak at the knees
If people go weak at the knees, they have a powerful emotional reaction to something and feel that they might fall over.
- Wear your heart on your sleeve
Someone who wears their heart on their sleeve shows their emotions and feelings publicly.
- Weight off your shoulders
If something is a weight off your shoulders, you have relieved yourself of a burden, normally a something that has been troubling you or worrying you.
- Wet behind the ears
Someone who is wet behind the ears is either very young or inexperienced.
- Win by a nose
If somebody wins by a nose, they only just beat the others.
- Wipe the smile of someone's face
If you wipe the smile of someone's face, you do something to make someone feel less pleased with themselves.
- Without batting an eye
If someone does something without batting an eye, they do it without showing alarm or any response; acting as though nothing were unusual.(Without batting an eyelid is also used.)
- Word of mouth
If something becomes known by word of mouth, it is because people are talking about it, not through publicity, etc.
- Work your fingers to the bone
If you work your fingers to the bone, you work extremely hard on something.
- Work your tail off
If you work your tail off, you work extremely hard.
- World at your feet
If everything is going well and the future looks full of opportunity, you have the world at your feet.
- Written all over your face
If someone has done something wrong or secret, but cannot hide it in their expression, it is written all over their face.
- Wrong foot
If you start something on the wrong foot, you start badly.
- You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
This idiom means that if you do something for me, I'll return the favour.
- You've got rocks in your head
Someone who has acted with a lack of intelligence has rocks in their head.
- Young blood
Young people with new ideas and fresh approaches are young blood.
- Your belly button is bigger than your stomach
If your belly button is bigger than your stomach, you take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
- Zip your lip
If someone tells you to zip your lip, they want to to shut up or keep quiet about something.
('Zip it' is also used.)
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