Idioms Beginning With: 'H'
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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 a meltdown When a person has a meltdown, they explode in anger and emotion. Have a riot (UK) If you have a riot, you enjoy yourself and have a good time. Have a ripper If you have a ripper of a time, you enjoy yourself. Have a trick up your sleeve If you have a trick up your sleeve, you have a secret strategy to use when the time is right. Have no truck with If you have no truck with something or someone, you refuse to get involved with it or them. Have someone in your corner If you have someone in your corner, you have their support or help. Have something up your sleeve If you have something up your sleeve, you have some hidden or secret plan, idea, etc, to use to your advantage when the time is right. Have the ear of someone If you have the ear of someone, they listen to you and respect your opinions and advice. Have the edge If you have the edge on someone or something, you have an advantage. Have the floor If someone has the floor, it is their turn to speak at a meeting. Have the guts Someone who has enough courage to do something has the guts to do it. Have your cake and eat it too If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory. Have your collar felt (UK) If someone has their collar felt, they are arrested. Have your fill If you have had your fill, you are fed up of somebody or something. Have your lunch handed to you If you have you lunch handed to you, you are outperformed and shown up by someone better. Have your moments Someone who has his or her moments exhibits a positive behavior pattern on an occasional basis but not generally. Have your tail up If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful. Have your work cut out If you have your work cut out, you are very busy indeed. Have-nots People without wealth or power are the have-nots. Having a gas If you're having a gas, you are having a laugh and enjoying yourself in company. Hay is for horses This idiom is used as a way of telling children not to say the word 'hey' as in hey you or hey there. He that travels far knows much People who travel widely have a wide knowledge. He who hesitates is lost If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes. He who laughs last laughs longest A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.('He who laughs last laughs best' is also used, and 'he' is sometimes omitted.) Head for the hills If people head for the hills, they run away from trouble. Head is in the clouds If a person has their head in the clouds, they have unrealistic, impractical ideas. 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. Head south If something head south, it begins to fail or start going bad.'The project proceeded well for the first two months, but then it headed south.' Heads will roll If heads will roll, people will be punished or sacked for something that has gone wrong. Headstrong A headstrong person is obstinate and does not take other people's advice readily. Healthy as a horse If you're as healthy as a horse, you're very healthy. Heap coals on someone's head To do something nice or kind to someone who has been nasty to you. If someone felt bad because they forgot to get you a Christmas gift, for you to buy them a specially nice gift is heaping coals on their head. ('Heap coals of fire' is also used.) Hear a pin drop If there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop. Hear on the grapevine To receive information indirectly through a series of third parties, similar to a rumour. Hear something on the grapevine If you hear something on the grapevine, you are informed about something by someone, circulating information or gossip from one person to another informally. ('Hear it through the grapevine' is also used.) Hear something on the jungle telegraph (UK) If you hear something on the jungle telegraph, you pick up some information or informal gossip from someone who shares some common interest. ('Bush telegraph' is also used.) Heart in the right place If someone's heart is in the right place, they are good and kind, though they might not always appear to be so. Heart in your boots If you're heart is in your boots, you are very unhappy. Heart in your mouth If your heart is in your mouth, then you feel nervous or scared. Heart isn't in it If your heart is not in something, then you don't really believe in it or support it. Heart misses a beat If your heart misses a beat, you are suddenly shocked or surprised. ('Heart skips a beat' is an alternative) Heart of glass When someone has a heart of glass, they are easily affected emotionally. Heart of gold Someone with a heart of gold is a genuinely kind and caring person. Heart of steel When someone has a heart of steel, they do not show emotion or are not affected emotionally. Heart-to-heart A heart-to-heart is a frank and honest conversation with someone, where you talk honestly and plainly about issues, no matter how painful. If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our . If you know of an idiom that you would like to be listed here, please use our online form to Idioms Discussion Forum suggest an idiom. Members Get More
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