Idioms Beginning With: 'O'
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- Object lesson
- An object lesson serves as a warning to others.
(In some varieties of English 'abject lesson' is used.)
- Odds and ends
- Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'bits and bobs'.
- Off colour
- If someone looks off colour/color, they look ill.
- Off like a dirty shirt
- (USA) If someone is off like a dirty shirt, they leave quickly.
- Off like a shot
- If someone is off like a shot, they leave or get going very quickly indeed.
- Off on one
- (UK) If someone goes off on one, they get extremely angry indeed.
- Off the beaten track
- Somewhere that's off the beaten track is in a remote location.
- Off the chart
- If something goes off the chart, it far exceeds the normal standards, good or bad, for something.
- Off the cuff
- If you do something off the cuff, you do it without any preparation.
- Off the grid
- Someone who is off the grid lives outside society and chooses not to follow its rules and conventions.
- Off the hook
- If someone is off the hook, they have avoided punishment or criticism for something they have done.
- Off the leash
- If someone is off the leash, they are no longer restricted or controlled.
- Off the mark
- If something is off the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect.
- Off the rails
- If someone has gone off the rails, they have lost track of reality.
- Off the record
- Something off the record is said in confidence because the speaker doesn't want it attributed to them, especially when talking to the media.
- Off the scale
- If something goes off the scale, it far exceeds the normal standards, good or bad, for something.
- Off the shelf
- If a product is off the shelf, it can be used straightaway without any setting-up.
- Off the top of your head
- If you say something off the top of your head, you don't think about it beforehand.
- Off the track
- If something puts or throws you off your track, it distracts you or keeps you from achieving what you want.
- Off the wall
- Something that is off the wall is unconventional.
- Off your chump
- (UK) If someone is off their chump, they are crazy or irrational.
- Off your guard
- If you catch someone off their guard, they are not ready or prepared when you do or say something.('Take somoene off their guard' is also used.)
- Off your rocker
- (UK) Someone who is off their rocker is crazy.
- Off-hand means without preparation. People say that they don't know the answer off-hand, meaning that they don't know it at that time.
- Oh, my goodness!
- An expression of surprise.
- Old chestnut
- An old chestnut is something that has been repeated so many times that it has lost its impact.
- Old flames die hard
- It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
- Old friends and old wine are best
- This idiom means that the things and people that we know well are better than the unfamiliar.
- Old hat
- If something's old hat, it seems rather old fashioned and dated.
- Old wives' tale
- A proverb or piece of advice that is commonly accepted as truth and is handed down the generations, but is sometimes false.
- Older than dirt
Something or someone's that's older than the dirt is extremely old.
- Older than dirt
- Something or someone that's older than dirt is very old indeed.
- Older than the hills
- Something or someone's that's older than the hills is extremely old.
- Oldest trick in the book
- The oldest trick in the book is a well-known way of deceiving someone, though still effective.
- Olive branch
- If you hold out or offer an olive branch, you make a gesture to indicate that you want peace.
- On a fishing expedition
- If someone is on a fishing expedition, they are trying to get information, often using incorrect or improper ways to find things out.
- On a mission
- Being on a mission refers to acting in a determined way and so focus in doing something that he/she is oblivious of anything else around him/her.
- On a razor edge
- If something is on a razor edge, it it is in a risky situation and the outcome is very uncertain.
- On a roll
- If you're on a roll, you're moving from success to success.
- On a shoogly peg
- (Scot) Something, like a person's job, that's on a shoogly peg is insecure.
- On a silver platter
- If you hand or give something on a silver platter to someone, you let them have it too easily.
- On all fours
- If someone is on all fours, they crawl.
- On board
- If someone is on board, they support or are working for or with a company, person, etc.
- On Carey Street
- (UK) If someone is on Carey Street, they are heavily in debt or have gone bankrupt.
- On edge
- If someone is worried or nervous, they are on edge.
- On fire
- If you're on fire, you're doing really well at something.
- On good terms
- If people are on good terms, they have a good relationship.
- On hold
- If something is on hold, no action is being taken.
- On ice
- If plans are put on ice, they are delayed and no action will be taken for the foreseeable future.
- On my back
- If people are on your back, they are bothering or nagging you.
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