Idioms about numbers

Idioms about numbers


101
Meaning: In the American educational system 101 indicates an introductory course, often with no prerequisites. The meaning has been extended to include any introduction to the basics of anything.

a number cruncher
Meaning: a number cruncher refers to someone whose job is to work with numbers and mathematics. It may also refer to a computer that is able to solve complicated problems of mathematics.

at sixes and sevens
Meaning: Someone is in a state of confusion or not very well organized.

be on cloud nine
Meaning: feel extreme happiness or elation

by the numbers
Meaning: If you do something by the numbers, you are doing it in a strict, mechanical way, without using your imagination or creativity.

count to ten
Meaning: If someone asks you to count to ten, they are advising you to take a moment to calm down. The phrase is often used when someone is angry.

do a number on
Meaning: The phrase to do a number on is an idiomatic expression that means to treat harshly, to hurt or to damage

dressed up to the nines
Meaning: when someone is dressed up to the nines, they are wearing fashionable or formal clothes for a special occasion.

feel like a million
Meaning: To feel like a million means to feel well and healthy, both physically and mentally.

fifth column
Meaning: refers to a group within a country at war who are sympathetic to or collaborate with its enemies.

give me five
Meaning: If you say give me five, you want someone to slap your open hand as a greeting or to show joy.

keep count of something
Meaning: If you keep count of something, you remember or record a number as it changes over a period of time.

lose count of
Meaning: If you lose count of something, you fail to remember how many of it there is because the number is so high.

nine times out of ten
Meaning: Almost always

nine to five
Meaning: said about a job with normal daytime hours, a job that begins at nine o’clock in the morning and finishes at five.

on all fours
Meaning: On all fours mean on one’s hands and knees.

once bitten, twice shy
Meaning: You’re more cautious when you’ve been hurt before

one go
Meaning: If you do something at/in one go, you do it in one attempt.

one of a kind
Meaning: The phrase to be one of a kind is an idiomatic expression that means to be unique or special.

one-off
Meaning: Occurring once; one-time.

public enemy number one
Meaning: The idiom public enemy number one refers someone or something that people hate.

Pull the other one
Meaning: used to tell someone that you don’t believe what they have just said.

quick one
Meaning: to have a drink before going somewhere.

safety in numbers
Meaning: safety in numbers is the hypothesis that, by being part of a large physical group or mass, an individual is proportionally less likely to be the victim of a mishap, accident, attack, or other bad event.

take forty winks
Meaning: The idiom take forty winks means to take a nap for a short period of time.

take the fifth
Meaning: Refuse to answer because answering might incriminate or cause problems for you

talk nineteen to the dozen
Meaning: to speak very quickly.

that makes two of us
Meaning: When you use the phrase “that makes two of us” you mean that the same is true for you.

the third degree
Meaning: Give someone or get the third degree designates a close interrogation.



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