Idioms Beginning With: 'S'
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- The sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question is the most important question that can be asked about something.
- Skate on thin ice
- If someone is skating on thin ice, they are taking a big risk.
- Skeleton in the closet
- If someone has a skeleton in the closet, they have a dark, shameful secret in their past that they want to remain secret.
- Skin and bones
- If someone is skin and bones, they are very underweight and look bad.
- Skin in the game
- A person who has skin in the game has invested in the company they are running.
- Skin someone alive
- If someone skins you alive, they admonish and punish you hard.
- An unauthorised, or hidden program or activity, often research-oriented, and out of the bureaucratic chain of command is known as a 'skunkworks'.
- Sky is the limit
- When people say that the sky is the limit, they think that there are no limits to the possibilities something could have.
- Slap leather
- (USA) This is used as an instruction to tell people when to draw their guns.
- Slap on the wrist
- If someone gets a slap on the wrist, they get a very minor punishment when they could have been punished more severely.
- Slave driver
- If someone is a slave driver they work you very hard, often with unreal expectations of what you can achieve.
- Sleep like a baby
- If you sleep very well, you sleep like a baby.
- Sleep like a log
- If you sleep like a log, you sleep very soundly.
- Sleep well- don't let the bedbugs bite
- This is a way of wishing someone a good night's sleep.
- Sleight of hand
- Sleight of hand is the ability to use your hands in a clever way, like a magician performing tricks you can't see.
- Slim chance
- A slim chance is a very small chance.
- Sling your hook
- This is used as a way of telling someone to leave or go away.
- Slip of the tongue
- If you say something accidentally, it is a slip of the tongue.
- Slip through one's fingers
- If something slips through one’s fingers it escapes or is lost through carelessness.
- Slip through the cracks
- (UK) If something slips through the cracks, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
- Slip through the net
- If something slips through the net, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
- Slippery customer
- A person from whom it is difficult to get anything definite or fixed is a slippery customer.
- Slippery slope
- A slippery slope is where a measure would lead to further worse measures.
- Slough of despond
- If someone is very depressed or in despair, they're in a slough of despond.
- Slow and steady wins the race
- This expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.
- Slow boat to China
- This idiom is used to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
- Slow but sure
- If something or someone is slow but sure, they may take their time to do something, but they are reliable.
- Slow off the mark
- If people are slow off the mark, they are slow to respond or act in a situation.
- Slower than molasses going uphill in January
- (USA) To move extremely slowly. Molasses drips slowly anyway but add January cold and gravity, dripping uphill would be an impossibility, thereby making the molasses move very slowly indeed!
- Slowly, slowly catchy monkey
- This means that eventually you will achieve your goal.
- Sly as a fox
- Someone who is as sly as a fox is cunning and experienced and can get what they want, often in an underhand way.
- Smack in the face
- If something is a smack in the face, it is a shock, usually one that impedes progress.
- Small beer
- If something is small beer, it's unimportant.
- Small dog, tall weeds
- This idiom is used to describe someone the speaker does not believe has the ability or resources to handle a task or job.
- Small fry
- If someone is small fry, they are unimportant. The term is often used when the police arrest the less important criminals, but are unable to catch the leaders and masterminds.
- Small potatoes
- Someone or something that is unimportant is small potatoes.
- If a person or a thing is called 'small-time' it means they're inconsequential, not worth much, don't play in the 'big leagues', as in 'a small-time operator'.
- Smart Alec
- A smart Alec is a conceited person who likes to show off how clever and knowledgeable they are.
- Smart as a whip
- A person who is smart as a whip is very clever.
- Smarty pants
- A smarty pants is someone who displays the intelligence in an annoying way.
- Smell a rat
- If you smell a rat, you know instinctively that something is wrong or that someone is lying to you.
- Smoke and mirrors
- An attempt to conceal something is smoke and mirrors.
- Smoke like a chimney
- Someone who smokes very heavily smokes like a chimney.
- Smoke the peace pipe
- If people smoke the peace pipe, they stop arguing and fighting.
- Smokestack industry
- Heavy industries like iron and steel production, especially if they produce a lot of pollution, are smokestack industries.
- Smoking gun
- A smoking gun is definitive proof of someone's guilt.
- Smooth as a baby's bottom
- If something is smooth as a baby's bottom, it has a regular, flat surface.
- Smooth sailing
- If something is smooth sailing, then you can progress without difficulty. ('Plain sailing' is also used.)
- Snake in the grass
- Someone who is a snake in the grass betrays you even though you have trusted them.
- Snake oil
- Advice or medicine which is of no use.
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