Idioms Beginning With: 'K'
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Kangaroo court When people take the law into their own hands and form courts that are not legal, these are known as kangaroo court. Keen as mustard (UK) If someone is very enthusiastic, they are as keen as mustard. Keep a straight face If you keep a straight face, look serious and do not laugh even though you want to. Keep abreast If you keep abreast of things, you stay informed about developments. Keep an eye out If you keeep an eye out for something, you are watching carefully to see if it happens. Keep at bay If you keep someone or something at bay, you maintain a safe distance from them. Keep body and soul together If you earn enough to cover your basic expenses, but nothing more than that, you earn enough to keep body and soul together. Keep in touch If you keep in touch with someone, you keep communicating with them even though you may live far apart. Keep it on the Q T If you keep something on the Q T, you keep it quiet or secret.('Q-T' is also used.) Keep it under your hat If you keep something under your hat, you keep it secret. Keep mum If you keep mum about something, you keep quiet and don't tell anyone. Keep on a short leash If you keep someone on a short lease, you restrict them and control what they do.(On a tight leash is also used.) Keep posted If you keep posted about something, you keep up-to-date with information and developments. Keep someone at arm's length If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them. Keep someone on their toes If you keep someone on their toes, you make sure that they concentrate on what they are supposed to do. Keep tabs on someone If you keep tabs on someone, you check, watch and keep a close eye on what they are doing. Keep the wolf at bay If you keep the wolf at bay, you make enough money to avoid going hungry or falling heavily into debt. Keep the wolf from the door If you keep the wolf from the door, you have enough money for food and the basic essentials. Keep under wraps If you keep something under wraps, you keep it secret or concealed until some time in the future. Keep up with the Joneses People who try to keep up with the Joneses are competitive about material possessions and always try to have the latest and best things. Keep your chin up (UK) This expression is used to tell someone to have confidence. Keep your cool If you keep your cool, you don't get excessively excited or disturbed in a bad situation. Keep your ear to the ground If you keep your ear to the ground, you try to keep informed about something, especially if there are rumours or uncertainties. Keep your eye on the ball If you keep your eye on the ball, you stay alert and pay close attention to what is happening. Keep your eye on the prize This means that you should keep your focus on achieving a positive end result. Keep your eyes peeled If you keep your eyes peeled, you stay alert or watchful. Keep your fingers crossed If you are keeping your fingers crossed, you are hoping for a positive outcome. Keep your hair on Keep your hair on is advice telling someone to keep calm and not to over-react or get angry. Keep your head If you keep your head, you stay calm in times of difficulty. Keep your head above water If you are just managing to survive financially, you are keeping your head above water. Keep your nose clean If someone is trying to keep their Nose Clean, they are trying to stay out of trouble by not getting involved in any sort of wrong-doing. Keep your nose to the grindstone If you keep your nose to the grindstone, you work hard and seriously. Keep your options open If someone's keeping their options open, they aren't going to restrict themselves or rule out any possible course of action. Keep your pants on If someone tells you to keep your pants on, they mean that you should be patient and not make them rush. Keep your pecker up If someone tells you to keep your pecker up, they are telling you not to let your problems get on top of you and to try to be optimistic. Keep your powder dry If you keep your powder dry, you act cautiously so as not to damage your chances. Keep your shirt on! This idiom is used to tell someone to calm down. Keep your wig on! (UK) This idiom is used to tell someone to calm down. Kettle of fish A pretty or fine kettle of fish is a difficult problem or situation. Kick a habit If you kick a habit, you stop doing it. Kick away the ladder If someone kicks away the ladder, they remove something that was supporting or helping someone. Kick in the teeth Bad news or a sudden disappointment are a kick in the teeth. Kick into gear If something kicks into gear, it gets going or started. Kick over the traces Kicking over the traces is wild rebellious behaviour or being out of control. It comes from when a horse in harness got a rear leg over the traces, which attach it to the vehicle, it started pulling and became uncontrollable. Kick someone to the curb If you kick someone to the curb, you fire them- they are longer employed or wanted.(In British English, you kick someone to the kerb.) Kick something into the long grass If an issue or problem is kicked into the long grass, it is pushed aside and hidden in the hope that it will be forgotten or ignored. Kick the ballistics It means you realise the intensity of a situation. For example, there is too much unemployment now, so the prime minister must kick the ballistics and change his policy. Kick the bucket When someone kicks the bucket, they die. Kick the can down the road If you kick the can down the road, you delay a decision in hopes that the problem or issue will go away or somebody else will make the decision later. Kick up a stink If you kick up a stink, you display anger about something. 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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