Idioms Beginning With: 'H'
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- Hobson's choice
- A Hobson's choice is something that appears to be a free choice, but is really no choice as there is no genuine alternative.
- Hoist with your own petard
- If you are hoist with your own petard, you get into trouble or caught in a trap that you had set for someone else.
- Hold all the aces
- If you hold all the aces, you have all the advantages and your opponents or rivals are in a weak position.
- Hold fire
- If you hold your fire, you delay a decision, or keep criticism back.('Hang your fire' is also used.)
- Hold the baby
- (UK) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the baby.
- Hold the bag
- (USA) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag.
- Hold the fort
- If you hold the fort, you look after something or assume someone's responsibilities while they are away.
- Hold the torch
- If you hold the torch for someone, you have an unrequited or unspoken love.
- Hold the wire
- If you ask someone on the telephone to hold the wire, you want them to wait and not hang up.
- Hold water
- When you say that something does or does not 'hold water', it means that the point of view or argument put forward is or is not sound, strong or logical. For e.g., 'Saying we should increase our interest rates because everyone else is doing so will not hold water'.
- Hold your hands up
- (UK) If you hold your hands up, you accept responsibility for something you have done wrong.
- Hold your horses
- If someone tells you to hold your horses, you are doing something too fast and they would like you to slow down.
- Hold your own
- If you can hold your own, you can compete or perform equally with other people.
- Hold your tongue
- If you hold your tongue, you keep silent even though you want to speak.
- Someone who is holier-than-thou believes that they are morally superior to other people.
- Hollow leg
- Someone who has a hollow leg eats what seems to be more than his stomach can hold.
- Hollow victory
- A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.
- Holy smoke!
- This is a way of expressing surprise:
"Holy smoke! Look at all of those geese!"
- Home and hearth
- 'Home and hearth' is an idiom evoking warmth and security.
- Home is where you lay your hat
- Wherever you are comfortable and at ease with yourself is your home, regardless where you were born or brought up.('Home is where you lay your head' and 'Home is where you hang your hat' are also used.)
- Home stretch
- The home stretch is the last part of something, like a journey, race or project.
- Home sweet home
- This is said when one is pleased to be back at one's own home.
- Home, James
- (UK) This is a cliched way of telling the driver of a vehicle to start driving. It is supposed to be an order to a chauffeur (a privately employed driver). The full phrase is 'Home, James, and don't spare the horses'.
- Honest as the day is long
- Someone who is as honest as the day is long is very trustworthy or honest.
- Honest truth
- If someone claims that something is the honest truth, they wish to sound extra-sincere about something.
- Honor among thieves
- If someone says there is honor among thieves, this means that even corrupt or bad people sometimes have a sense of honor or integrity, or justice, even if it is skewed. ('Honour among thieves' is the British English version.)
- Honours are even
- If honours are even, then a competition has ended with neither side emerging as a winner.
- Hook, line, and sinker
- If somebody accepts or believes something hook, line, and sinker, they accept it completely.
- You're hooked when you're obsessed with or addicted to something.
- Hop, skip, and a jump
- If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump from somewhere, it's only a short distance away.
- Hope against hope
- If you hope against hope, you hope for something even though there is little or no chance of your wish being fulfilled.
- Hope in hell
- If something hasn't got a hope in hell, it stands absolutely no chance of succeeding.
- Hopping mad
- If you're hopping mad, you are extremely angry.
- Hornets' nest
- A hornets' nest is a violent situation or one with a lot of dispute.
(If you create the problem, you 'stir up a hornets' nest'.)
- Horns of a dilemma
- If you are on the horns of a dilemma, you are faced with two equally unpleasant options and have to choose one.
- Horse of a different color
- (USA) If something is a horse of a different color, it's a different matter or separate issue altogether.
- Horse trading
- Horse trading is an idiom used to describe negotiations, especially where these are difficult and involve a lot of compromise.
- Horses for courses
- Horses for courses means that what is suitable for one person or situation might be unsuitable for another.
- Hostile takeover
- If a company is bought out when it does not want to be, it is known as a hostile takeover.
- Hot air
- Language that is full of words but means little or nothing is hot air.
- Hot as blue blazes
- If something's as hot as blue blazes, it's extremely hot.
- Hot as Hades
- If something's as hot as Hades, it's extremely hot.
- Hot button
- (USA) A hot button is a topic or issue that people feel very strongly about.
- Hot foot
- If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running.
- Hot potato
- A problem or issue that is very controversial and no one wants to deal with is a hot potato.
- Hot ticket
- (USA) A hot ticket is something that is very much in demand at the moment.
- Hot to trot
- If someone is hot to trot, they are sexually aroused or eager to do something.
- Hot under the collar
- If you're hot under the collar, you're feeling angry or bothered.
- Hot water
- If you get into hot water, you get into trouble.
- Someone who is hot-blooded is easily excitable or passionate.
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