Idioms Beginning With: 'O'

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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.
Other fish to fry
If you have other fish to fry, it doesn't matter if one opportunity fails to materialise as you have plenty of others.
Other side of the coin
The other side of the coin is a different, usually opposing, view of a situation. ('Flip side of the coin' is an alternative.)
Out and about
If someone is out and about, they have left their home and are getting things done that they need to do.
Out in the sticks
(UK) If someone lives out in the sticks, they live out in the country, a long way from any metropolitan area.
Out like a light
If you are out like a light, you fall fast asleep.
Out of both sides of your mouth
If you talk or speak out of both sides of your mouth, you say different and contradictory things to different people, so that people are left unsure or confused.
Out of hand
If something gets out of hand, it gets out of control.
Out of my league
If someone or something is out of your league, you aren't good enough or rich enough, etc, for it or them.
Out of pocket
If you are out of pocket on a deal, you have lost money.
Out of sight, out of mind
Out of sight, out of mind is used to suggest that someone will not think or worry about something if it isn't directly visible or available to them.
Out of sorts
If you are feeling a bit upset and depressed, you are out of sorts.
Out of the blue
If something happens out of the blue, it happens suddenly and unexpectedly.
Out of the box
Thinking out of the box is thinking in a creative way. However, it can also be used for a ready-made product that requires no specialist knowledge to set it up.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire
If you get out of one problem, but find yourself in a worse situation, you are out of the frying pan, into the fire.
Out of the gate running
If someone comes out of the gate running, they start something at a fast pace, without any build-up.
Out of the goodness of your heart
If you do something out of the kindess of your heart, you do because you are kind, not for any benefit or out of duty.('Out of the kindness of your heart' is also used.)
Out of the left field
(USA) If something comes out of the left field, it is beside the point and has nothing to do with the matter being discussed.
Out of the mouths of babes
People say this when children unexpectedly say something very intelligent or wise.
Out of the woods
If you are out of the woods, you have emerged safely from a dangerous situation, though the idiom is often used in the negative.
Out of this world
If something is out of this world, it is fantastic.
Out of Whack
If something is out of whack, it is not working correctly or not in the correct order.
Out of your hair
If you get someone out of your hair, you get them to stop bothering or annoying you. ('Stay/keep/get out of my hair!' can be used as imperatives)
Out of your mind
If someone is out of the mind, they are so emotional about something that they are no longer rational.
Out of your own pocket
If someone does something out of their own pocket, they pay all the expenses involved.
Out on a limb
If somebody's out on a limb, they are in a very exposed position and could get into difficulties.
Out to lunch
If someone's out to lunch, they are crazy or out of touch.
This means complete or total; an out-and-out lie is completey false.
Over a barrel
If someone has you over a barrel, they have you in a position where you have no choice but to accept what they want.
Over and over
If something happens over and over, it happens repeatedly.
Over my dead body
If you say that something will happen over your dead body, you will not let it happen.
Over the counter
Medicines and drugs that can be sold without a doctor's prescription are sold over the counter.
Over the hill
If someone is over the hill they have reached an age at which they can longer perform as well as they used to.
Over the moon
If you are over the moon about something, you are overjoyed.
Over the top
If something is over the top, it is excessive or unnecessary.  It refers to the moment a soldier leaves the trenches.
Over your head
If something is over your head, or goes over your head, it is too complex or difficult for you to understand.
Over-egg the pudding
(UK) If you over-egg the pudding, you spoil something by trying to improve it excessively. It is also used nowadays with the meaning of making something look bigger or more important than it really is. ('Over-egg' alone is often used in this sense.)

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