Idioms Beginning With: 'H'
results for letter 'H
- Heath Robinson
- (UK) If a machine or system is described as Heath Robinson, it is very complicated, but not practical or effective, named after a cartoonist who drew very complicated machines that performed simple tasks.
- Heaven knows
- If you ask someone a question and they say this, they have no idea.
- Heaven knows
- Used when someone does not feel recognized or appreciated. For example; heaven knows how hard I work to feed my family.
- Heaven only knows
- The answer to a question is not or cannot be known. For example, heaven only knows when the war will end.
- Heavenly bodies
- The heavenly bodies are the stars.
- If someone is heavy-handed, they are insensitive and use excessive force or authority when dealing with a problem.
- Hedge your bets
- If you hedge your bets, you don't risk everything on one opportunity, but try more than one thing.
- Held hostage
- If you are being held hostage, you have no choice to but to do what is asked in a situation.
- Hell for leather
- If you do something hell for leather, especially running, you do it as fast as you can.
- Hell in a handcart
- If something is going to hell in a handcart, it is getting worse and worse, with no hope of stopping the decline.
- If a woman constantly nags her husband or partner, then he is henpecked.
- Herding cats
- If you have to try to co-ordinate a very difficult situation, where people want to do very different things, you are herding cats.
- Here today, gone tomorrow
- Money, happiness and other desirable things are often here today, gone tomorrow, which means that they don't last for very long.
- Hide nor hair
- When there's no trace of something or a person, you haven't seen hide nor hair of it or them.('Neither hide nor hair' is also used.)
- Hiding to nothing
- If people are on a hiding to nothing, their schemes and plans have no chance of succeeding.
'Hiding to nowhere' is an alternative.
- High and dry
- If you are left high and dry, you are left alone and given no help at all when you need it.
- High and low
- If you search high and low, you look everywhere for something or someone.
- High and mighty
- The high and mighty are the people with authority and power. If a person is high and mighty, they behave in a superior and condescending way.
- High as a kite
- If someone's as high as a kite, it means they have had too much to drink or are under the influence of drugs.
- High on the hog
- To live in great comfort with lots of money.
- Someone who rises quickly to a position of wealth or success is a high-flier.('High-flyer' is an alternative spelling.)
- If someone is high-handed, they behave arrogantly and pompously.
- High-wire act
- A high-wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc.
- Highway robbery
- Something that is ridiculously expensive, especially when you have no choice but to pay, is a highway robbery.
- Himalayan blunder
- A Himalayan blunder is a very serious mistake or error.
- Hindsight is twenty-twenty
- After something has gone wrong, it is easy to look back and make criticisms.
- Hit a nerve
- If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.
- Hit a roadblock
- If you hit a roablock, something stops you from making progress or continuing with something.
- Hit and miss
- Something that is hit and miss is unpredictable and may produce results or may fail.
- Hit below the belt
- To hit below the belt is to say something unfair or cruel when you shouldn’t.
- Hit home
- If something hits home, it is understood completely and has a strong effect as people accept it even though it is negative.
- Hit me with your best shot
- If someone tells you to hit them with your best shot, they are telling you that no matter what you do it won't hurt them or make a difference to them.
- Hit rock bottom
- When someone hits rock bottom, they reach a point in life where things could not get any worse.
- Hit rough weather
- If you hit rough weather, you experience difficulties or problems.
- Hit the airwaves
- If someone hits the airwaves, they go on radio and TV to promote something or to tell their side of a story.
- Hit the books
- If you hit the books, you study or read hard.
- Hit the bull's-eye
- If someone hits the bull's-eye, they are exactly right about something or achieve the best result possible.
"Bulls-eye" and "bullseye" are alternative spellings.
- Hit the ceiling
- If someone hits the ceiling, they lose their temper and become very angry.
- Hit the dirt
- To duck out of the way or fall to the ground to avoid something dangerous.
- Hit the fan
- When it hits the fan, or, more rudely, the shit hits the fan, serious trouble starts.
- Hit the ground running
- If someone hits the ground running, they start a new job or position in a very dynamic manner.
- Hit the hay
- When you hit the hay, you go to bed.
- Hit the jackpot
- When someone hits the jackpot, they have a piece of good luck or get exactly what they want.
- Hit the mark
- If someone hits the mark, they are right about something.
- Hit the nail on the head
- If someone hits the nail on the head, they are exactly right about something.
- Hit the right note
- If you hit the right note, you speak or act in a way that has a positive effect on people.('Strike the right note' is also used.)
- Hit the road
- When people hit the road, they leave a place to go somewhere else.
- Hit the roof
- If you lose your temper and get very angry, you hit the roof.
- Hit the sack
- When you hit the sack, you go to bed.
- Hit your stride
- If you hit your stride, you become confident and proficient at something.
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