Idioms Beginning With: 'L'
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- Let the devil take the hindmost
- This idiom means that you should think of yourself and not be concerned about other people; look after yourself and let the devil take the hindmost.
- Let the dust settle
- If you let the dust settle, or wait till the dust settles, you wait until things have become calmer or have returned to normality after conflict or a problem.
- Let the genie out of the bottle
- If people let the genie out of the bottle, they let something bad happen that cannot be put right or controlled.
- Let the grass grow round your feet
- If you let the grass grow round your feet, you delay doing things instead of taking action.
- Let your guard down
- If you let your guard down, you relax and stop looking out for danger.
- Let your hair down
- If someone lets their hair down, they relax and stop feeling inhibited or shy.
- Let's call it a day
- This is used as a way of suggesting that it is time to stop working on something.
- Letter of the law
- If people interpret laws and regulations strictly, ignoring the ideas behind them, they follow the letter of the law.
- Level best
- If you do your level best, you make every possible efforrt to do something as well as you can.
- Level playing field
- If there's a level playing field everybody is treated equally.
- License to print money
- A license to print money is something that generates a large income without much effort.
- Lick someone's boots
- If you lick someone's boots, you behave in a very servile manner and try to please someone.
- Lie like a rug
- If someone lies like a rug, they lie to the point where it becomes obvious that they're lying.
- Lie low
- If someone lies low, they try not to be found or caught.
- Lie through your teeth
- Someone who is always lying, regardless of what people know, lies through their teeth.
- Life and limb
- When people risk life and limb, they could be killed or suffer serious injuries.
- Life is just a bowl of cherries
- This idiom means that life is simple and pleasant.
- Life left in something
- If there is life left in something, it is still useful, is not worn out, or benefit can still be derived from it.
- Light a fire under
- If you light a fire under somebody, you strongly motivate them to work faster.
- Light at the end of the tunnel
- If you can see light at the end of the tunnel, then you can see some signs of hope in the future, though things are difficult at the moment.
- Light bulb moment
- A light bulb moment is when you have a sudden realisation about something, like the light bulbs used to indicate an idea in cartoons.
- Light on your feet
- If someone is light on their feet, they can move quickly and are agile.
- Light years ahead
- If you are light years ahead of others, you are a long way in front of them in terms of development, success, etc.
- Lightning fast
- Something that is lightning fast is very fast indeed.
- Lightning rod
- Someone or something that attracts a lot of negative comment, often diverting attention from other problems, is a lightning rod.
- Like a bat out of hell
- This expression means extremely quickly.
- Like a beached whale
- Once a whale is on a beach, it cannot get back into the easily, so if you are completely stuck somewhere and can't get away, you are stranded like a beached whale.
- Like a bear with a sore head
- (UK) If someone's like a bear with a sore head, they complain a lot and are unhappy about something.
- Like a bull at a gate
- If you tackle a job very quickly, without any real thought about what you are doing, you are going at it like a bull at a gate.
- Like a bump on a log
- (USA) If someone is sitting there like a bump on a log, they are not doing anything. sittting around while everybody else is working.
- Like a cat on hot bricks
- If someone is like a cat on hot bricks, they are very nervous or excited.
- Like a cat that got the cream
- If someone looks very pleased with themselves and happy, they look like a cat that got the cream.
- Like a duck to water
- If someone has a natural talent for something and enjoys it, they take to it like a duck to water.
- Like a fish needs a bicycle
- If someone needs something like a Fish Needs a Bicycle, they do not need it at all, originally a feminist slogan: A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
- Like a fish out of water
- If someone feels like a fish out of water, they are very uncomfortable in the situation they are in.
- Like a hawk
- If you watch something or someone like a hawk, you observe very closely and carefully.
- Like a headless chicken
- If someone rushes about like a headless chicken, they move very fast all over the place, usually without thinking.
- Like a hot knife through butter
- If something happens very easily, without any real opposition, it goes like a knife through hot butter.("Like a knife through butter" is also used.)
- Like a kid in a candy store
- If someone is like a kid in a candy store, they are very excited about something.
- Like a moth to a flame
- Something that is like a moth to a flame is attracted to something that is deadly or dangerous.
- Like a rat deserting a sinking ship
- If people leave a company because they know that it's about to have serious problems, or turn their back on a person about to be in a similar situation, they are said to be like rats deserting a sinking ship.
- Like a shag on a rock
- (AU) If someone feels like a shag on a rock, they are lonely or isolated. A shag is an Australian bird that often perches alone on a rock.
- Like a ton of bricks
- If you come down on someone like a ton of bricks, you punish them very quickly and severely.
- Like Chinese arithmetic
- If something is complicated and hard to understand, it's like Chinese arithmetic.
- Like clockwork
- If something happens like clockwork, it happens at very regular times or intervals.
- Like collecting frogs in a bucket
- Something like colecting frogs in a bucket describes a task that is difficult to control or coordinate
- Like father, like son
- This idiom is used when different generations of a family behave in the same way or have the same talents of defects.
- Like giving a donkey strawberries
- (UK) If something is like giving a donkey strawberries, people fail to appreciate its value.
- Like green corn through the new maid
- (USA) If something is very fast, it is like green corn through the new maid.
- Like it or lump it
- When people say this, they mean that the person will have to accept the situation because it isn't going to change.
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