Idioms Beginning With: 'S'
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- Spot on
- If something is spot on, it is exactly right.
- Sprat to catch a mackerel
- If you use a sprat to catch a mackerel, you make a small expenditure or take a small risk in the hope of a much greater gain.
- Spread the word
- If you spread the word about something, you let as many people know about it as you can.
- Spread the word
- If you spreqad the word, you tell people or the public about something.
- Spread yourself too thin
- If you spread youself too thin, you overextend yourself and take on too many things to deal with them properly.
- Spring chicken
- Someone who's a spring chicken is very young, often inexperienced.
- Spring to mind
- If something springs to mind, it appears suddenly and unexpectedly in your thoughts.
- Spur of the moment
- If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it because you felt like it at that time, without any planning or preparation.
- Sputnik moment
- A Sputnik moment is a point where people realise that they are threatened of challenged and have to redouble their efforts to catch up. It comes from the time when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, the Sputnik 1, and beat the USA into space.
- Square meal
- A square meal is a substantial or filling meal.
- Square Mile
- (UK) The Square Mile is the City, the financial area of London.
- Square peg in a round hole
- If somebody's in a situation, organisation, etc, where they don't fit in and feel out of place, they are a square peg in a round hole.
- Square the circle
- When someone is squaring the circle, they are trying to do something impossible.
- Squared away
- Being prepared or ready for business or tasks at hand. Having the proper knowledge, skill and equipment to handle your assignment or station. 'He is a great addition to the squad; he is squared away.'
- Squared away
- Organized and in order -- from the set of the sails on a square-rigged ship. If she was squared away, she was trimmmed to the wind and sailing well.
- Squeaky clean
- If something is squeaky clean, it is very clean indeed- spotless. If a person is squeaky clean, they have no criminal record and are not suspected of illegal or immoral activities.
- Squeaky wheel gets the grease
- (USA) When people say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, they mean that the person who complains or protests the loudest attracts attention and service.
- Squeeze blood out of a turnip
- (USA) When people say that you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip, it means that you cannot get something from a person, especially money, that they don't have.
- Stage rat
- A stage rat is someone who enjoys doing any work connected with live theatre--acting, set design, lighting, stage managing, etc.
- Stake a claim
- If you stake a claim to something, you announce that it belongs to you.
- Stalking horse
- A stalking horse is a strategy or something used to conceal your intentions. It is often used where someone put themselves forwards as a candidate to divide opponents or to hide the real candidate.
- Stand head and shoulders above
- It means to stand apart from the rest (in a good way), or to be the best. For example, "With his amazing grasp on the subject, John stood head and shoulders above the rest".
- Stand in good stead
- If something will stand you in good stead, it will probably be advantageous in the future.
- Stand tall
- If you stand tall, you are brave, proud or confident.
- Stand the test of time
- If something like a work of art stands the test of time, it is appreciated forever.
- Stare down the barrel of a gun
- If someone is staring down the barrel of a gun, there's a high risk of something very bad happening.
- Stars and stripes
- The stars and stripes is the American flag.
- Stars in your eyes
- Someone who dreams of being famous has stars in their eyes.
- Start from scratch
- When you start something from scratch, you start at the very beginning.
- State of the art
- If something is state of the art, it is the most up-to-date model incorporating the latest and best technology.
- Status quo
- Someone who wants to preserve the status quo wants a particular situation to remain unchanged.
- Stay the course
- If you stay the course, you continue to do something no matter how difficult it is.
- Steal a march
- This expression indicates the stealthiness of a person over another to gain advantage of the situation. For instance, if two persons are offered some jobs which are vacant, they resolve to go together next day at an agreed time, but one of them, without telling the other, goes earlier than the other and secures the better of the two jobs, he is said to steal a march on the other person.
- Steal someone's thunder
- If someone steals your thunder, they take the credit and praise for something you did.
- Steal the show
- If you steal the show, you act or do so well in a performance that you get most of the attention.
- Steer clear of
- If you steer clear of something, you avoid it.
- Stem the tide
- If people try to stem the tide, they are trying to stop something unpleasant from getting worse, usually when they don't succeed.
- Step on it
- This idiom is a way of telling someone to hurry up or to go faster.
- Step on someone's toes
- If you step on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
- Step up a gear
- If you step up a gear, you perform noticeably better, especially in sport.
- Step up to the plate
- If someone steps up to the plate, they take on or accept a challenge or a responsibility.
- Stew in your own juices
- If you leave someone to stew in their own juices, you leave them to worry about the consequences of what they have done wrong or badly.
- Stick in your craw
- If someone or something really annoys you, it is said to stick in your craw.
- Stick out like a sore thumb
- If something sticks or stands out like a sore thumb, it is clearly and obviously different from the things that are around it.
- Stick to your guns
- If you stick to your guns, you keep your position even though people attack or criticise you.
- Stick your neck out
- If you stick you neck out, you take a risk because you believe in something.
- A stick-in-the-mud is someone who doesn't like change and wants things to stay the same.
- Sticking point
- A sticking point is a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations, etc, where compromise is unlikely or impossible.
- Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me
- To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.
- Sticky end
- (UK) If someone comes to a sticky end, they die in an unpleasant way. ('Meet a sticky end' is also used.)
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