Idioms Beginning With: 'O'
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- On my watch
- If someoething happens on your watch, you are responsible for it as you were in charge.
- On pins and needles
- If you are on pins and needles, you are very worried about something.
- On tenterhooks
- This means that she is waiting impatiently and excitedly for something.
- On The Anvil
- If something is on the anvil, it is being discussed or prepared but is not yet ready.
- On the ball
- If someone's on the ball, they are well-informed and know what's going on in their area of responsibility or interest.
- On the blink
- (UK) Is a machine is on the blink, it isn't working properly or is out of order.
- On the blower
- (UK) If someone is on the blower, they are on the phone.
- On the cards
- (UK) If something is in the cards, it is almost certain to happen.
- On the carpet
- When you are called to the bosses office (since supposedly, they are the only ones who have carpet) and its definitely not for a good reason, i.e., you are in trouble, something has not gone according to plan and either maybe you are responsible and/or have some explaining to do.
- On the case
- If someone is on the case, they are dealing with a problem.
- On the cheap
- If you do something on the cheap, you spend as little as possible to do it.
- On the chopping block
- A person who's on the chopping block is in danger of losing their job or getting into serious trouble. A project that's on the chopping block is likely to be terminated.
- On the dole
- (UK) Someone receiving financial assistance when unemployed is on the dole.
- On the dot
- If someone says that they're leaving at seven on the dot, don't be late; they mean at exactly seven o'clock.
- On the double
- If someone tells you to do something on the double, they want you to do it immediately and quickly.
- On the face of it
- This idiom is used when describing the way a situation appears, while allowing for the possibility that things may be different:
On the face of it, the company looks very profitable. (The company appears to be very profitable, but this may not be the case.)
- On the factory floor
- On the factory floor means the place where things are actually produced.
- On the fiddle
- (UK) Someone who is stealing money from work is on the fiddle, especially if they are doing it by fraud.
- On the flip side
- On the reverse or the other side
- On the fly
- If you do things on the fly, you do things without preparation, responding to events as they happen.
- On the game
- (UK) A person who is on the game works as a prostitute.
- On the ground
- Events on the ground are where things are actually happening, not at a distance.
- On the hoof
- If you decide something on the hoof, you do it without planning, responding to events as they happen.
- On the hook
- If someone is on the hook, they are responsible for something.
- On the house
- If you get something for free that would normally have to be bought, especially in a bar or restaurant, it is on the house.
- On the knock
- (UK) If you buy something on the knock, you pay for it in instalments.
- On the knocker
- (UK) If someone is on the knocker, they are going from house to house trying to buy or sell things or get support.
- On the knocker
- (AU) If you do something on the knocker, you do it immediately or promptly.
- On the lam
- If someone is on the lam, they are hiding from the police or authorities, especially to avoid arrest or prison.
- On the level
- If someone is honest and trustworthy, they are on the level.
- On the line
- If somebody's job is on the line, they stand a very good chance of losing it.
- On the make
- If someone is on the make, they are trying to make a lot of money, usually illegally.
- On the map
- If a place becomes widely known, it is put on the map. A place that remains unknown is off the map.
- On the money
- If you are on the money, you are right about something.
- On the mound
- (USA) If you're on the mound, you're on the mound back at your game, back in control.
- On the never-never
- (UK) If you buy something on the never-never, you buy it on long-term credit.
- On the nod
- (UK) If something is accepted by parliament or a committee majority, it is on the nod.
- On the nod
- (UK) Someone who's on the nod is either asleep or falling asleep, especially when the shouldn't or are are in a position unusual for sleep, like sitting or standing.
- On the nod
- (UK) When a horse runs, its head moves backwards and forwards alternately - in horse racing, if 2 horses cross the line together the one whose head happens to be going forward often wins and is said to win 'on the nod'.
- On the nose
- This means right on time.
- On the off-chance
- If you do something on the off-chance, you do it in case it works, even though the chance of success may be small.
- On the rebound
- If someone is on the rebound, their relationship has recently ended and they are emotionally unstable.
- On the right foot
- If you start something or set off on the right foot, you get off to a good start.
- On the rocks
- If something, like a relationship, is on the rocks, it is in trouble and may come to an end.
- On the ropes
- When something or someone is on the ropes, it or they are doing badly and likely to fail.
- On the run
- If someone is on the run, they are avoiding arrest and hiding from the police.
- On the same page
- If people are on the same page, they have the same information and are thinking the same way.
- On the same wavelength
- If people are on the same wavelength, they have the same ideas and opinions about something.
- On the shelf
- If something like a project is on the shelf, nothing is being done about it at the moment.
- On the skids
- When things or people are on the skids, they are in serious decline and trouble.
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