English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- True colours
- If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are.
('True colors' is the American spelling.)
- Trump card
- A trump card is a resource or strategy that is held back for use at a crucial time when it will beat rivals or opponents.
- Truth will out
- Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.
- Tug at the heartstrings
- f something tugs at the heartstrings, it makes you feel sad or sympathetic towards it.
- Turf war
- If people or organisations are fighting for control of something, it is a turf war.
- Turn a blind eye
- When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
- Turn a deaf ear
- If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don't listen to you.
- Turn a new leaf
- If someone turns a new leaf, they change their behaviour and stop doing wrong or bad things.
- Turn someone's crank
- If you turn someone's crank, you excite or interest them.
- Turn something on its head
- If you turn something on its head, you turn it upside down or reverse it.
- Turn the corner
- To get over a bad run. When a loss making venture ceases to make losses, it has "turned the corner".
- Turn the crack
- (Scot) If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.
- Turn the other cheek
- If you turn the other cheek, you are humble and do not retaliate or get outwardly angry when someone offends or hurts you, in fact, you give them the opportunity to re-offend instead and compound their unpleasantness.
- Turn the tables
- If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
- Turn turtle
- If something turns turtle, it turns upside down.
- Turn up like a bad penny
- If someone turns up like a bad penny, they go somewhere where they are not wanted.
- Turn up one's toes to the daisies
- If someone has turned up their toes to the daisies, it means that the person died.
- Turn water into wine
- If someone turns water into wine, they transform something bad into something excellent.
- Turn your nose up
- If someone turns their nose up at something, they reject it or look odwn on it because they don't think it is good enough for them.
- Turn-up for the books
- A turn-up for the books is an unexpected or surprising event.
- Twenty-four seven
- Twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Twilight zone
- The twilight zone is an ambiguous area between two different states, ways of life, conditions, etc.
- Twinkling of an eye
- If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
- Twist of fate
- A twist of fate is an unpredicted or random occurrence with far-reaching consequences.
- Twist someone's arm
- If you twist someone's arm, you put pressure on them to try to make them do what you want them to do.
- Twisting in the wind
- If you are twisting in the wind, you are without help or support - you are on your own.
- Two cents
- If you add or throw in your two cents, you give your opinion on an issue.
- Two heads are better than one
- When two people work together more things get accomplished.
- Two left feet
- A person with two left feet can't dance.
- Two peas in a pod
- If things or people are like two peas in a pod, they look very similar or are always together.
- Two sides of the same coin
- If two things are two sides of the same coin, there is much difference between them.
- Two-edged sword
- If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a two-edged sword; it cuts both ways.
- Someone who is two-faced will say one thing to your face and another when you're not there.
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