Idioms Beginning With: 'S'
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- Stiff as a poker
- Something or someone that is stiff as a poker is inflexible. ('Stiff as a board' is also used.)
- Stiff upper lip
- (UK) If you keep your emotions to yourself and don't let others know how you feel when something bad happens, you keep a stiff upper lip.
- A stiff-necked person is rather formal and finds it hard to relax in company.
- Still in the game
- If someone is still in the game, they may be having troubles competing, but they are not yet finished and may come back.
- Still waters run deep
- People use this idiom to imply that people who are quiet and don't try to attract attention are often more interesting than people who do try to get attention.
- Stir the blood
- If something stirs your blood, it arouses feelings or passions,.
- Stir the pot
- To stir the pot is to agitate a situation to cause a reaction or trouble.
- Stitch in time saves nine
- A stitch in time saves nine means that if a job needs doing it is better to do it now, because it will only get worse, like a hole in clothes that requires stitching.
- Stone dead
- This idiom is a way of emphasizing that there were absolutely no signs of life or movement.
- Stone deaf
- Someone who is stone deaf is completely deaf.
- Stone the crows
- (AU) Stone the crows is used to convey shock or surprise similarly to "Oh my God".
"Stone the flamin' crows" is a more emphatic form of the expression.
- Stone's throw
- If a place is a stone's throw from where you are, it is a very short distance away.
- Stool pigeon
- (USA) A stool pigeon is a police informer.
- Stop a clock
- A face that could (or would) stop a clock is very ugly indeed.
- Stop cold
- To stop suddenly out of surprise.
- Stop on a dime
- (USA) If something like a vehicle stops on a dime, it stops very quickly and accurately.
- Stop the music
- 'Stop the music' is a way of telling people to stop everything that they're doing as something important has happened or become known.
- Storm in a teacup
- If someone exaggerates a problem or makes a small problem seem far greater than it really is, then they are making a storm in a teacup.
- Straddle the fence
- To straddle the fence is to be indecisive, often to the point where it becomes painful not to make a decision.
- Straight and narrow
- The straight and narrow is the correct, conventional and law-abiding path.('Strait and narrow' was the original form and is still used, but is less common.)
- Straight as an arrow
- A person who is as straight as an arrow is extremely honest and genuine.
- Straight face
- If someone keeps a straight face, they remain serious and do not show emotion or amusement.
- Straight from the shoulder
- If someone talks straight from the shoulder, they talk honestly and plainly.
- Straight red
- If someone is given a straight red, they are expelled from something immediately and without warning- it comes from the red card shown to football players when they are expelled from a game.
- Strain at the leash
- If someone is straining at the leash, they really want to do something that they are prevented from doing at the moment.
- Strain every nerve
- If you strain every nerve, you make a great effort to achieve something.
- Strange at the best of times
- To describe someone or something as really weird or unpleasant in a mild way.
- Strapped for cash
- If you're strapped for cash, you are short of money.
- Straw man
- A straw man is a weak argument that is easily defeated. It can also be a person who is used as to give an illegal or inappropriate activity an appearance of respectability.
- Straw poll
- A straw poll is a small unofficial survey or ballot to find out what people think about an issue.
- Straw that broke the camel's back
- The straw that broke the camel's back is the problem that made you lose your temper or the problem that finally brought about the collapse of something.
- Streets ahead
- If people are streets ahead of their rivals, they are a long way in front.
- Stretch the point
- If you stretch the point, you say something that is not exactly a lie, but is distorting the truth.('Stretch a point' is also used.)
- Strike a chord
- If strikes a chord, it is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow.
- Strike while the iron is hot
- If you strike while the iron is hot you do something when things are going well for you and you have a good chance to succeed.
- Stroke of luck
- When something fortunate happens unexpectedly, it is a stroke of luck.
- Stroll down memory lane
- If you take a stroll down memory lane, you talk about the past or revisit places that were important to you in the past.
(You can also 'take a trip down memory lane'.)
- Strong as an ox
- Someone who's exceedingly strong physically is said to be as strong as an ox.
- Strong like bull, dumb like stump
- Someone that does the job the hard way and not the smart way is strong like bull, dumb like stump.
- Stubborn as a mule
- Someone who will not listen to other people's advice and won't change their way of doing things is as stubborn as a mule.
- Stuffed shirt
- A stuffed shirt is a person who is very serious or formal.
- Stuffed to the gills
- If someone is stuffed to the gills, they have eaten a lot and are very full.
- Succeed in the clutch
- If you succeed in the clutch, you perform at a crucial time; it is particularly used in sports for the decisive moments of the game. The opposite is 'fail in the clutch.'
- Suck hind teat
- A person who sucks hind teat is at a disadvantage or considered worse or less important that others.
- Sunday driver
- A Sunday driver drives very slowly and makes unexpected manoeuvres.
- Sure as eggs is eggs
- These means absolutely certain, and we do say 'is' even though it is grammatically wrong.
- If something is sure-fire, it is certain to succeed.
('Surefire' is also used.)
- Swan song
- A swan song is a final act before dying or ending something.
- A person's swansong is their final achievement or public appearance.
- Swear like a sailor
- Someone who is foul-mouthed and uses bad language all the time, swears like a sailor.
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