IDIOMS beginning with A

IDIOMS beginning with A

A Bit Much
Meaning: More than is reasonable; a bit too much

A Bite at The Cherry
Meaning: A good opportunity that isn’t available to everyone

A Busy Bee
Meaning: A busy, active person who moves quickly from task to task.

A Cat Has Nine Lives
Meaning: Cats seem to get away with dangerous things

A Cat in Gloves Catches No Mice
Meaning: You can’t get what you need if you’re too careful.

A Cat Nap
Meaning: A short sleep during the day

A Cold Day In July
Meaning: (Something that) will never happen

A Cold Fish
Meaning: Someone who is not often moved by emotions, who is regarded as being hard and (unfeeling.

A Cut Above
Meaning: Slightly better than

A Cut Below
Meaning: Inferior to; somewhat lower in quality than

A Day Late And A Dollar Short
Meaning: Too delayed and insignificant to have much effect

A Dog in The Manger
Meaning: A person who selfishly prevent others from using, enjoying or profiting (from something even though he/ she cannot use or enjoy it himself.

A Few Sandwiches Short Of A Picnic
Meaning: Abnormally stupid, not really sane

A Good Deal
Meaning: To a large extent, a lot

A Great Deal
Meaning: To a very large extent

A Guinea Pig
Meaning: Someone who is part of an experiment or trial

A Hair’s Breadth
Meaning: A very small distance or amount

A Home Bird
Meaning: Somebody who prefers to spend his social and free time at home.

A Hundred And Ten Percent
Meaning: More than what seems to be the maximum

A Lame Duck
Meaning: A person or enterprise (often a business) that is not a success and that has to be (helped.

A Leg Up
Meaning: An advantage, a boost

A Lemon
Meaning: A vehicle that does not work properly

A Life Of Its Own
Meaning: An indepdendent existence

A Little Bird Told Me
Meaning: I got this information from a source I cannot reveal.; I don’t wish to divulge where I got the information

A Little Bird Told Me
Meaning: I got this information from a source I cannot reveal.; I don’t wish to divulge where I got the information

A Little from Column A a Little from Column B
Meaning: A course of action drawing on several different ideas or possibilities

A Lone Wolf
Meaning: Someone who is not very social with other people

A Lot on One’s Plate
Meaning: A lot to do

A Million and One
Meaning: Very many

A Notch Above
Meaning: Superior to; higher in quality

A Penny for Your Thoughts
Meaning: What are you thinking?

A Penny Saved is A Penny Earned
Meaning: Every small amount helps to build one’s savings

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Meaning: A visual presentation can communicate something very (effectively

A Plum Job
Meaning: An easy and pleasant job that also pays well

A Rare Bird
Meaning: Somebody or something of a kind that one seldom sees.

A Scaredy-Cat
Meaning: Someone who is excessively scared or afraid.

A Second Bite At The Cherry
Meaning: A Second chance to do something

A Sight for Sore Eyes
Meaning: Someone that you’re pleased to see

A Sitting Duck
Meaning: A person or object in a vulnerable position that is easy to attack or injure.

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell
Meaning: Little to no likelihood of occurrence or success

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
Meaning: Fix something quickly, because if you don’t, it will just get more (difficult to fix

A Stone’s Throw
Meaning: A very short distance

A Storm in a Teacup
Meaning: Unnecessary anger or worry about an unimportant or trivial matter

A Tall Order
Meaning: A difficult task

A Week Is A Long Time In _
Meaning: In the field mentioned, the situation may change rapidly

About Time
Meaning: Far past the desired time

About To
Meaning: On the point of, occurring imminently

Above And Beyond
Meaning: More than is expected or required

Above Board
Meaning: Openly, without deceit. Honestly, reputably.

Above The Law
Meaning: Exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.

Above The Salt
Meaning: Of high standing or honor

Above Water
Meaning: Not in extreme difficulty. Especially said of finances

Accident Of Birth
Meaning: Luck in something due to family good fortune

Accident Waiting To Happen
Meaning: A dangerous way of setting up or organizing something

According To Hoyle
Meaning: Properly, in accordance with established procedures

Ace In The Hole
Meaning: A hidden advantage

Ace Up One’s Sleeve
Meaning: A surprise advantage of which others are not aware.

Acid Test
Meaning: A crucial event that determines the worth of something

Acknowledge The Corn
Meaning: Admit to a mistake, especially a small one; point out one’s own (shortcomings, or another’s

Acquired Taste
Meaning: Something one learns to appreciate only after trying it repeatedly

Across The Board
Meaning: In relation to all categories, for everyone

Across The Pond
Meaning: On or to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Act High and Mighty
Meaning: Be arrogant, presume that one is better than others

Act Of Congress
Meaning: Hard to get, said of authorization

Act One’s Age
Meaning: To be mature, not childish

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Meaning: One’s character and intentions are shown more accurately by one’s actions than by one’s words.

Achilles’ Heel
Meaning: The weak point of an otherwise powerful person or organization

Add Fuel To The Fire
Meaning: Worsen already existing tension

Add Insult To Injury
Meaning: Compound a defeat with humiliation or mockery

Add Insult to Injury
Meaning: Humiliate someone in addition to doing damage to him or her

After One’s Own Heart
Meaning: Similar in a pleasing way

After The Fact
Meaning: Too late; after something is completed or finalized

After The Lord Mayor’s Show (UK)
Meaning: Anticlimactic; occurring after something impressive

Against The Clock
Meaning: Forced to hurry to meet a deadline

Against the Clock
Meaning: In a very limited amount of time; with a shortage of time being the main problem.

Against The Grain
Meaning: Contrary to one’s natural inclinations

Against The Run Of Play
Meaning: A typical of the way a game has been going

Age Before Beauty
Meaning: Something said by a younger woman to an older one, for instance allowing her (to pass through a doorway

Agree To Disagree
Meaning: Accept or set aside a disagreement

Agreement In Principle
Meaning: In a negotiation, an agreement in which not all details have been (worked out

Aha Moment
Meaning: Sudden realization, the point at which one suddenly understands something

Ahead Of One’s Time
Meaning: Offering ideas not yet in general circulation; highly creative

Ahead Of The Curve
Meaning: Innovative, devising new ideas in advance of others

Ahead Of The Curve
Meaning: Offering ideas not yet in general circulation; highly creative

Ahead Of The Game
Meaning: Making faster progress than anticipated; ahead of schedule

Air Rage
Meaning: Angry behavior inside an airplane

Airy Fairy
Meaning: whimsical, nonsensical, impractical

Albatross Around One’s Neck
Meaning: Something from one’s past that acts as a hindrance

Alive and Kicking
Meaning: In good health despite health problems

All Along
Meaning: For the entire time something has been happening

All And Sundry
Meaning: Everyone(separately) Each one.

All Bark And No Bite
Meaning: Tending to make verbal threats but not deliver on them

All Bets Are Off
Meaning: What seemed certain is now unclear

All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go
Meaning: Prepared (with clothing or otherwise) for an event that does not occur

All Ears
Meaning: Listening willingly, waiting for an explanation

All Eyes And Ears
Meaning: Attentive

All Eyes Are On
Meaning: Watching alertly or attentively. Having prominent eyes. Everyone is paying (attention to

All Fur Coat And No Knickers
Meaning: Superficially attractive, physically or otherwise

All Hands on Deck
Meaning: Everyone must help.

All Hat And No Cattle
Meaning: Pretentious, full of bluster

All Hell Breaks Loose
Meaning: The situation becomes chaotic.

All In A Day’s Work (Excl.)
Meaning: That’s what I’m here for; although I have accomplished something, (it is part of what I’m expected to do

All In Good Time
Meaning: Eventually; at a more favorable time in the future. This phrase encourages one to be patient.

All in One Piece
Meaning: Safely

All It’s Cracked Up To Be
Meaning: As good as claims or reputation would suggest

All Mouth And No Trousers
Meaning: Superficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance

All Over But The Shouting
Meaning: Certain to end in a specific way

All Over Hell’S Half Acre
Meaning: All over the place; everywhere.

All Over The Board
Meaning: Everywhere, in many different locations

All Over The Map
Meaning: Everywhere; in many different locations

All Over The Place
Meaning: Everywhere; in many different locations

All Rights Reserved
Meaning: Said of a published work; all reproduction rights are asserted by the (copyright holder

All Roads Lead to Rome
Meaning: There is more than one effective way to do something; many different (methods will produce the same result

All Set
Meaning: Ready, prepared, finished

All Sizzle And No Steak
Meaning: Failing to live up to advance promotion or reputation

All Talk and No Trousers
Meaning: Prone to empty boasts

All Told
Meaning: With everything taken into consideration

All That Jazz
Meaning: Similar things, similar qualities, et cetera

All The Marbles
Meaning: The entire prize or reward

All The Rage
Meaning: Very fashionable

All the Rage
Meaning: Very much in fashion

All The Same
Meaning: Anyway; nevertheless; nonetheless.

All The Tea In China
Meaning: Great wealth, a large payment

All Things Being Equal
Meaning: In the event that all aspects of a situation remain the same

All Things Considered
Meaning: Taking all factors into consideration

All Thumbs
Meaning: Clumsy

All Very Well
Meaning: True to a certain extent

All Wet
Meaning: Completely mistaken

Along The Lines Of
Meaning: In general accordance with, in the same general direction as

Amateur Hour
Meaning: A display of incompetence

Amber Gambler
Meaning: Someone who accelerates to try to cross an intersection before a traffic light (turns red

Amber Nectar
Meaning: Beer

American Dream
Meaning: The belief among Americans that hard work leads to material success

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Meaning: Eating healthy foods will keep one from getting sick (and (needing to see a doctor)

An Axe
Meaning: To Grind A grievance, a disagreement with someone that justifies confrontation.

An Early Bird
Meaning: A person who gets up early in the morning, or who starts work earlier than (others.

An Eye for an Eye
Meaning: Justice in which reparation or vengeance exactly matches the harm caused to (the victim

An Offer One Can’t Refuse
Meaning: An extremely attractive offer

Ancient History
Meaning: Something, such as a disagreement, that happened long ago and ought to be

And Counting
Meaning: And the number just mentioned is increasing (or decreasing)

And Change
Meaning: And an additional amount of money that’s less than the next round number

And His Mother
Meaning: An intensifier for an inclusive noun or phrase such as everyone, everybody

And So Forth
Meaning: Indicates that a list continues in a similar manner, etc.

And So On
Meaning: Indicates that a list continues in a similar manner, etc.

And The Like
Meaning: And other similar items, etc.

And Then Some
Meaning: And even more than what has just been mentioned

Another Nail In One’s Coffin
Meaning: Something that leads to someone’s death, literally or (figuratively.

Answer Back
Meaning: Respond impertinently; to talk back.

Ants In Your Pants
Meaning: Restlessness

Any Port in a Storm
Meaning: If you’re in trouble, you’ll turn to anything that improves the situation.

Any Tom, Dick or Harry
Meaning: Any ordinary person

Angel’s Advocate
Meaning: Someone who takes a positive outlook on an idea or proposal

Angle For
Meaning: Aim toward something, try to obtain something, often indirectly or secretly

Apple of One’s Eye
Meaning: A favorite person or thing, a person especially valued by someone

Apple of Someone’s Eye
Meaning: The person that someone loves most of all and is very proud of

Apples and Oranges
Meaning: Of two different classes, not comparable

Apples and Oranges
Meaning: Of two different classes, not comparable

Arm Candy
Meaning: An attractive woman accompanying a powerful or famous man at a social event

Armed to the Teeth
Meaning: Carrying many weapons

Around the Clock
Meaning: At all times

As American as Apple Pie
Meaning: Very or typically American

As Far as I Can Throw (someone)
Meaning: Only slightly

As Fit as A Fiddle
Meaning: To be healthy and physically fit

As Pale as A Ghost
Meaning: Extremely pale

As Pale as Death
Meaning: Extremely pale

As Poor as a Church Mouse
Meaning: Very poor; extremely poor

As Red as A Cherry
Meaning: Very red

Asleep at the Wheel (Switch)
Meaning: not paying attention to one’s work; not doing one’s job diligently.

At Death’s Door
Meaning: Very near death

At Each Other’s Throats
Meaning: Constantly and strongly arguing

At Loggerheads
Meaning: In a state of persistent disagreement

At Loggerheads
Meaning: In a state of persistent disagreement.

At Sixes and Sevens
Meaning: Someone is in a state of confusion or not very well organized.

At the Drop of a Hat
Meaning: Spontaneously, suddenly

At the Eleventh Hour
Meaning: It happens when it is almost too late.

At the End of One’s Rope (Tether)
Meaning: Running out of endurance or patience

At the End of the Day
Meaning: In the final analysis; when all is said and done

At Wit’s End
Meaning: Frustrated because all measures to deal with something have failed

at cross purposes
Meaning: With aims or goals that conflict or interfere with one another.

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