Body and bodily functions Idioms (Page 7)

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My heart goes out to someone
If your heart goes out to someone, you feel genuine sympathy for them.
If a game, election, contest, etc, is a nail-biter, it is exciting because the competitors are so close that it is impossible to predict the result.
Near the knuckle
If something is near the knuckle, it is bit explicit or too close to the truth for comfort
Neck and neck
If two competitors or candidates, etc, are neck and neck, then they are very close and neither is clearly winning.
Neck of the woods
If someone talks about their neck of the woods, they mean the area where they live.
Nerves of steel
If someone has nerves of steel, they don't get frightened when other people do.
New blood
If something needs new blood, it has become stale and needs new ideas or people to invigorate it.
No skin off my nose
If something's no skin off your nose, it doesn't affect or bother you at all.
No spine
If someone has no spine, they lack courage or are cowardly.
No Sweat
No Sweat means something is easy. For example, "This contest is just no sweat." meaning "This contest is just easy."
A no-brainer is something like a ​decision that is very ​easy or ​obvious and doesn't require any thought.
Nod's as good as a wink
(UK) 'A nod's as good as a wink' is a way of saying you have understood something that someone has said, even though it was not said directly.  The full phrase (sometimes used in the UK ) is 'a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse'.
Nose in the air
If someone has their nose in the air, they behave in a way that is meant to show that they are superior to others.
Nosy parker
(UK) A nosy parker is someone who is excessively interested in other people's lives. ('Nosey parker' is an alternative spelling.)
Not bat an eye
If someone doesn't bat an eye, they do not react when other people normally would.
Not have the heart
If you don't have the heart to do something, you don't have the strength or courage to do something. (Usually used in the negative)
Not to be sneezed at
If something is not to be sneezed at, it should be taken seriously.
Off the top of your head
If you say something off the top of your head, you don't think about it beforehand.
Off-hand means without preparation. People say that they don't know the answer off-hand, meaning that they don't know it at that time.
On my back
If people are on your back, they are bothering or nagging you.
On the face of it
This idiom is used when describing the way a situation appears, while allowing for the possibility that things may be different: On the face of it, the company looks very profitable.  (The company appears to be very profitable, but this may not be the case.)
On the nod
(UK) If something is accepted by parliament or a committee majority, it is on the nod.
On the nod
(UK) Someone who's on the nod is either asleep or falling asleep, especially when the shouldn't or are are in a position unusual for sleep, like sitting or standing.
On the nose
This means right on time.
On the right foot
If you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
On the tip of your tongue
If a word is on the tip of your tongue, you know you know the word, but you just can't quite remember it at the moment.
On your last legs
If someone's on their last legs, they're close to dying.
On your toes
Someone on his or her toes is alert and ready to go.
One hand washes the other
This idiom means that we need other people to get on as cooperation benefits us all.
One in the eye
If you achieve something that will irritate someone because they did not think that you were capable it is one in the eye for them.
Out of both sides of your mouth
If you talk or speak out of both sides of your mouth, you say different and contradictory things to different people, so that people are left unsure or confused.
Out of hand
If something gets out of hand, it gets out of control.
Out of the goodness of your heart
If you do something out of the kindess of your heart, you do because you are kind, not for any benefit or out of duty.('Out of the kindness of your heart' is also used.)
Out of your hair
If you get someone out of your hair, you get them to stop bothering or annoying you. ('Stay/keep/get out of my hair!' can be used as imperatives)
Out on a limb
If somebody's out on a limb, they are in a very exposed position and could get into difficulties.
Over your head
If something is over your head, or goes over your head, it is too complex or difficult for you to understand.
Pain in the neck
If someone is very annoying and always disturbing you, they are a pain in the neck. Pain in the butt, or pain in the ass (USA), and Pain in the arse (UK) are less polite alternative forms.
Pay through the nose
If you pay through the nose for something, you pay a very high price for it.
Pick someone's brains
If you pick someone's brains, you ask them for advice, suggestions and information about something they know about.
Plain as the nose on your face
If something is as plain as the nose on your face, it is very clear and obvious.
Plastic smile
When someone is wearing a plastic smile, they are appear to be happier with a situation or events than they actually are. This is actually a description of the forced smile you might see in many photographs.
Play into someone's hands
If you play into someone's hands, you do what they were expecting you to do and take advantage of this.
Play it by ear
If you play it by ear, you don't have a plan of action, but decide what to do as events take shape.
Play out of your skin
If someone plays out of their skin, they give an outstanding performance.
Point the finger
When you point the finger at someone, you are accusing and blaming them for something.
Pound of flesh
If someone wants their pound of flesh, the force someone to pay or give back something owed, even though they don't need it and it will cause the other person a lot of difficulty.
Powder your nose
If somebody goes to powder your nose, it is a euphemism for going to the lavatory (toilet).
Press the flesh
When people, especially politicians, press the flesh, they meet members of the public and shake their hands, usually when trying to get support.
Prick up your ears
If you prick up your ears, you listen very carefully.  ('Pick up your ears' is also used.)
Pull someone's leg
If you pull someone's leg, you tease them, but not maliciously.

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