Idioms Beginning With: 'O'
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- On the sly
- If someone does something on the sly, they do it furtively or secretly.
- On the stroke
- If you arrive somewhere on the stroke of 2 o'clock, you arrive at exactly that time.(At the stroke is also used.)
- On the stump
- When politicians are campaigning for support and votes, they are on the stump.
- On the table
- If a plan or proposal is on the table, it is being discussed.
- On the take
- (UK) Someone who is stealing from work is on the take.
- On the take
- This is used as a term to describe someone in a position of authority who is corrupt, someone who will take money in exchange for doing something for the person paying that may be illegal.
- On the tip of your tongue
- If a word is on the tip of your tongue, you know you know the word, but you just can't quite remember it at the moment.
- On the trot
- (UK) This idiom means 'consecutively'; I'd saw them three days on the trot, which means that I saw them on three consecutive days.
- On the up and up
- If you are on the up and up, you are making very good progress in life and doing well.
- On the up and up
- To say that something or someone is on the up and up means that the thing or person is legitimate, honest, respectable.
- On the uptake
- If someone is quick on the uptake, they understand something quickly, but if they're slow on the uptake, it takes them a long time to get it.
- On the wagon
- If someone is on the wagon, they have stopped drinking alcohol.
- On the wallaby track
- (AU) In Australian English, if you're on the wallaby track, you are unemployed.
- On top of the world
- If you are on top of the world, everything is going well for you.
- On track
- If you are on track, you are on schedule to achieve something as planned.
- On your high horse
- When someone is on their high horse, they are being inflexible, arrogant and will not make any compromises.
- On your last legs
- If someone's on their last legs, they're close to dying.
- On your soapbox
- If someone is up on their soapbox about something, they are very overtly and verbally passionate about the topic.
- On your tod
- If you are on your tod, you are alone.
- On your toes
- Someone on his or her toes is alert and ready to go.
- Once bitten, twice shy
- If somebody is said to be once bitten twice shy, it means that someone who has been hurt or who has had something go wrong will be far more careful the next time.
- Once in a blue moon
- If something happens once in a blue moon, it happens very rarely indeed.
- One bad apple
- The full form of this proverb is 'one bad apple spoils the barrel', meaning that a bad person, policy, etc, can ruin everything around it.
- One fell swoop
- If something is done at one fell swoop, it is done in a single period of activity, usually swiftly and ruthlessly.
- One for the road
- A last drink before leaving a pub or bar is one for the road.
- One good turn deserves another
- This means that when people do something good, something good will happen to them.
- One hand washes the other
- This idiom means that we need other people to get on as cooperation benefits us all.
- One in the eye
- If you achieve something that will irritate someone because they did not think that you were capable it is one in the eye for them.
- One man's loss is another man's gain
- This means thato ne person's setback benefits someone else.
- One man's meat is another man's poison
- This idiom means that one person can like something very much, but another can hate it.
- One man's trash is another man's treasure
- What is useless to one person might be valuable to another.
- One nail drives out another
- A new pain or problem will stop you worrying or feeling bad about something else.
- One over the eight
- (UK) Someone who is one over the eight is drunk.
- One over the eight
- (UK) Someone who has had one over the eight is very drunk indeed. It refers to the standard eight pints that most people drink and feel is enough.
- One swallow does not make a summer
- This means that one good or positive event does not mean that everything is all right.
- One-man band
- If one person does all the work or has all the responsibility somewhere, then they are a one-man band.
- A one-off event only happens once and will not be repeated.
- A one-off occurence is a unique or exceptional event.
- One-trick pony
- A one-trick pony is someone who does one thing well, but has limited skills in other areas.
- Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches
- This means that it's hard to know how much someone else is suffering..
- Oops a daisy
- An expression used to indicate surprise.
- Open all hours
- If a shop or suchlike is open all hours, it only closes, if at all, terribly late.
- Open book
- If a person is an open book, it is easy to know what they think or how they feel about things.
- Open old sores
- When a sore is almost healed, and if a person rips or tears it open, it is way of preventing the healing process and further aggravating the pain. This phrase, metaphorically suggests, to revive or reopen a quarrel or enmity which was almost forgotten.
- Open old wounds
- If you open old wounds, you revive a quarrel or problem that caused a lot of trouble in the past.
- Open secret
- An open secret is something that is supposed to be secret but is common knowledge.
- Open the floodgates
- If you open the floodgates, you make something possible to happen that had been difficult, illegal or impossible.
- A question or issue that is open-and-shut is easily proved or settled.
- Opening a can of worms
- If you open a can of worms, you do something that will cause a lot of problems and is, on balance, probably going to cause more trouble than it's worth.
- Opportunity knocks but once
- This idiom means that you only get one chance to achieve what you really want to do.
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