Idioms Beginning With: 'D'
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- Don't upset the applecart
- If you are advised not to upset the applecart, you are being told not to disturb the way things are done because it might ruin things.
- Don't wash your dirty laundry in public
- (UK) People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private. (In American English, 'don't air your dirty laundry in public' is used.)
- Done to death
- If a joke or story has been done to death, it has been told so often that it has stopped being funny.
- Donkey work
- Donkey work is any hard, boring work or task.
- Donkey's years
- This idiom means 'a very long time'.
- A person who doesn't stand up for themselves and gets treated badly is a doormat.
- Dot all the i's and cross all the t's
- If you dot all the i's and cross all the t's, you do something very carefully and thoroughly.
- Double Dutch
- (UK) If something is double Dutch, it is completely incomprehensible.
- Double take
- If someone does a double take, they react very slowly to something to show how shocked or surprised they are.
- Double whammy
- A double whammy is when something causes two problems at the same time, or when two setbacks occur at the same time.
- Double-edged sword
- If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a double-edged sword sword; it cuts both ways.
- Doubting Thomas
- A Doubting Thomas is someone who only believes what they see themselves, not what they are told.
- Down and dirty
- Down and dirty means unscrupulous and very competitive.
- Down and out
- If someone is down and out, they are desperately poor and need help.
- Down at heel
- Someone who is down at heel is short of money. ('Down in heel' is used in American English)
- Down for the count
- If someone is down for the count, they have lost a struggle, like a boxer who has been knocked out.
- Down in the doldrums
- If somebody's down in the doldrums, they are depressed and lacking energy.
- Down in the dumps
- If someone's down in the dumps, they are depressed.
- Down in the mouth
- If someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy or depressed.
- Down the drain
- If something goes down the drain, especially money or work, it is wasted or produces no results.
- Down the hatch
- This idiom can be said before drinking alcohol in company.
- Down the pan
- If something has gone down the pan, it has failed or been ruined.
- Down the pike
- Something that is down the pike it is in the future.
- Down the Swanee
- If a plan or scheme, etc, goes down the Swanee, it goes wrong or fails.
- Down the tubes
- If something has gone down the tubes, it has failed or been ruined.
- Down to the wire
- (USA) If something goes down to the wire, like a competition, then it goes to the very last moment before it is clear who has won.
- Someone who's down-to-earth is practical and realistic. It can also be used for things like ideas.
- Drag your feet
- If someone is dragging their feet, they are taking too long to do or finish something, usually because they don't want to do it.
- Drag your heels
- If you drag your heels, you either delay doing something or do it as slowly as possible because you don't want to do it.
- Draw a bead on
- To draw a bead on is to aim a gun at something and can be used to mean to focus on or aim at someting as a goal..
- Draw a blank
- If you try to find something out and draw a blank, you don't get any useful information.
- Draw a line in the sand
- If you draw a line in the sand, you establish a limit beyond which things will be unacceptable.
- Draw a long bow
- If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate.
- Draw the line
- When you draw the line, you set out limits of what you find acceptable, beyond which you will not go.
- Draw the shortest straw
- If someone draws the shortest straw, they lose or are chosen to do something unpleasant.
- Drawing card
- (USA) A famous person who attracts people to attend an event is a drawing card.
- Dress someone down
- If you dress someone down, you scold them.
- Dress to kill
- When someone is dressed to kill, they are dressed very smartly.
- Dressed to the nines
- If you are in your very best clothes, you're dressed to the nines.
- Drink like a fish
- If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
- Drive a wedge
- If you drive a wedge between people, you exploit an issue so that people start to disagree.
- Drive home
- The idiomatic expression 'drive home' means 'reinforce' as in 'The company offered unlimited technical support as a way to drive home the message that customer satisfaction was its highest priority.'
- Drive someone up the wall
- If something or someone drives you up the wall, they do something that irritates you greatly.
- Drive you spare
- If someone or something drives you spare, it is extremely annoying.
- Driven by a motor
- This is used to describe people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when they talk excessively: 'they act as if driven by a motor.'
- Drop a bombshell
- If someone drops a bombshell, they announce something that changes a situation drastically and unexpectedly.
- Drop a dime
- (USA) If you drop a dime, you inform the police about someone's illegal activities.
- Drop in the bucket
- (USA) A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won't make any noticeable difference.
- Drop in the ocean
- A drop in the ocean implies that something will have little effect because it is small and mostly insignificant.
- Drop into your lap
- If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. ('Fall into your lap' is also used.)
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