Body and bodily functions Idioms (Page 4)

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Follow your nose
When giving directions, telling someone to follow their nose means that they should go straight ahead.
Foot in mouth
This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
Foot in the door
If you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organisation at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
A person who wears glasses
Friendly footing
When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
Frog in my throat
If you have a frog in your throat, you can't speak or you are losing your voice because you have a problem with your throat.
From the bottom of your heart
If someone does something from the bottom of their heart, then they do it with genuine emotion and feeling.
Full of piss and vinegar
Someone who's full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.
Funny bone
Your funny bone is the part of your elbow that the ulnar nerve runs along, which can cause numbness and a strange feeling if it is knocked.
Get it in the neck
(UK) If you get it in the neck, you are punished or criticised for something.
Get it off your chest
If you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
Get on my last nerve
(USA) If something is getting on your last nerve, you are completely fed up, ready to lose your temper. (Southern USA)
Get on your nerves
If something gets on your nerves, it annoys or irritates you.
Get the nod
(UK) If you get the nod to something, you get approval or permission to do it.
Get your feet wet
If you get your feet wet, you gain your first experience of something.
Get your hands dirty
If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.
Get your head around something
If you get your head around something, you come to understand it even though it is difficult to comprehend.
Get your teeth into
If you get your teeth into something, you become involved in or do something that is intellectually challenging or satisfying.  ('Dig you teeth into' and 'sink your teeth into' are also used.)
Gird one's loins
If you gird your loins, you prepare for conflict or a difficult time.
Give a big hand
Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
Give me a hand
If someone gives you a hand, they help you.
Give someone a leg up
If you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone.
Give the nod
(UK) If you give the nod to something, you approve it or give permission to do it.
Give your eye teeth
If you really want something and would be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get it, you would give your eye teeth for it.
Go for the jugular
If you go for the jugular, you attack someone where they are most vulnerable.
Go hand in hand
If things go hand in hand, they are associated and go together.
Go to your head
If something goes to your head, it makes you feel vain.  If alcohol goes to your head, it makes you feel drunk quickly.
Good hand
If you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
Grease someone's palm
If you grease someone's palm, you bribe them to do something.
Great minds think alike
If two people have the same thought at the same time, one of them might say "Great minds think alike."
Growing pains
If a business is going through some growing pains, it is experiencing the typical problems that arise when a company becomes stronger and bigger.
Hair on fire
If something sets your hair on fire, it excites you or catches your attention urgently.
Hairy at the heel
(UK) Someone who is hairy at the heel is dangerous or untrustworthy.
Hale and hearty
Someone who is hale and hearty is in very good health.
Half a mind
If you have half a mind to do something, you haven't decided to do it, but are thinking seriously about doing it.
Hand in hand
Hand in hand= work together closely When people in a group, say in an office or in a project, work together with mutual understanding to achieve the target, we say they work hand in hand. There is no lack of co-operation and each synchoranises the activity with that of the other.
Hand to mouth
Someone who's living from hand to mouth, is very poor and needs the little money they have coming in to cover their expenses.
Hands down
If someone is better hands down than everyone else, they are much better.
Handwriting like chicken scratch
If your handwriting is very hard to read, it is like chicken scratch.
Hate someone's guts
If you hate someone's guts, you really hate them, hate everything about them.
Have a foot in both camps
Someone who plays a part or who is involved in two different groups of people, opinions, ways of thinking or living, etc, has a foot in both camps.
Have a heart
If someone has a heart, they arekind and sympathetic.  If you say, 'Have a heart' to someone, you are asking them to be understanding and sympathetic.
Have the ear of someone
If you have the ear of someone, they listen to you and respect your opinions and advice.
Have the guts
Someone who has enough courage to do something has the guts to do it.
Have your tail up
If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
Head is mince
(Scot) When someone's thoughts are in a state of abject confusion, especially when facing a severe dilemma, their head is mince.
Head nor tail
If you can't make head nor tail of something, you cannot understand it at all or make any sense of it.
Head on a spike
If someone wants a head on a spike, they want to be able to destroy or really punish a person.
Head on the block
If someone's head is on the block, they are going to be held responsible and suffer the consequences for something that has gone wrong.
Head over heels in love
When someone falls passionately in love and is intoxicated by the feeling has fallen head over heels in love.

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