Idioms Beginning With: 'T'
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Tit for tat If someone responds to an insult by being rude back, it's tit for tat- repaying something negative the same way. To a fault If something does something to a fault, they do it excessively. So someone who is generous to a fault is too generous. To a man If a group of people does, believes, thinks, etc, something to a man, then they all do it. To a T If something is done to a T, it is done perfectly. To all intents and purposes This means in all the most important ways. To be as thick as two bricks Someone who is as thick as two bricks is really stupid. To be dog cheap If something's dog cheap, it is very cheap indeed. To err is human, to forgive divine This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven. To have the courage of your convictions If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different. To little avail If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result. To the end of time To the end of time is an extravagant way of saying 'forever'. Toe the line If someone toes the line, they follow and respect the rules and regulations. Tomorrow's another day This means that things might turn out better or that there might be another opportunity in the future. Tongue in cheek If something is tongue in cheek, it isn't serious or meant to be taken seriously. Tongue-lashing If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you scold them. Tongue-tied If someone is tongue-tied, they are speechless or cannot say what they want, often through shyness or embarrassment. Too big for your boots If someone is too big for their boots, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance. Too big for your britches If someone is too big for their britches, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance. Too clever by half If someone is too clever by half, they are very confident and smug about how clever they are in a way that annoys peopl. Too little, too late Too little, too late means that though something has been done to improve things, it isn't enough and the opportunity has passed. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently. Too many cooks spoil the broth This means that where there are too many people trying to do something, they make a mess of it. Too many irons in the fire This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them. Toot your own horn If someone toot their own horn, they like to boast about their achievements. Top brass In the army or in other organizations, the top brass are the people in the highest positions Top dog The most important or influential person is the top dog. Top notch If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard. Toss-up A result that is still unclear and can go either way is a toss-up. Touch base If you touch base with someone, you contact them. Touch wood This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.) Touch-and-go If something is touch-and-go, it is very uncertain; if someone is ill and may well die, then it is touch-and-go. Touch-and-go If something is touch-and-go, the result is uncertain and could be good or bad. Tough as old boots Something or someone that is as tough as old boots is strong and resilient. Tough as woodpecker lips (AU) Something that is as tough as woodpecker lips is very strong, resilient, etc. Tough cookie A tough cookie is a person who will do everything necessary to achieve what they want. Tough luck Tough luck is bad luck. Tough nut to crack If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. 'Hard nut to crack' is an alternative. Tough row to hoe (USA) A tough row to hoe is a situation that is difficult to handle. ('A hard row to hoe' is an alternative form.) Trade barbs If people trade barbs, they insult or attack each other. Traffucked If you are traffucked, you are stuck in heavy traffic and get where you need to be. Trail your coat If you trail your coat, you act in a provocative way. Train of thought A train of thought is a sequence of thoughts, especially when you are talking to someone and you forget what you were going to say. Tread on someone's toes If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of. Tread the boards When someone treads the boards, they perform on stage in a theatre. Tread water If someone is treading water, they are making no progress. Treasure trove Something of great value or a very good source. Trick of the trade A trick of the trade is something used by people experienced in an area that helps them. Tried and tested If a method has been tried and tested, it is known to work or be effective because it has been successfully used long enough to be trusted. True blue A person who is true blue is loyal and dependable, someone who can be relied on in all circumstances. True blue Someone who is true blue is extremely loyal. If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our . If you know of an idiom that you would like to be listed here, please use our online form to Idioms Discussion Forum suggest an idiom. 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