IDIOMS beginning with B

IDIOMS beginning with B

Babe In Arms
Meaning: A baby being carried

Babe In The Woods
Meaning: An innocent, naive person

Babe Magnet
Meaning: A man to whom women are attracted

Baby Blues
Meaning: Blue eyes.

Baby Boomer
Meaning: A person born in the years following World War II, when there was a temporary marked increase in the birth rate

Babysitter Test
Meaning: An evaluation of the ease of use of household appliances, especially remote control devices

Back And Forth
Meaning: Dialogue, negotiations

Back At You
Meaning: Same to you (used to return a greeting or insult)

Back Burner (On The)
Meaning: Not urgent; set aside until later

Back Forty
Meaning: Remote, inaccessible land

Back in the Day
Meaning: Formerly, when I was younger, in earlier times

Back Of Beyond
Meaning: A remote location

Back Office
Meaning: Support services for a business

Back on One’s Feet
Meaning: Physically healthy again

Back to Square One
Meaning: Back to the start

Back to Square One
Meaning: Forced to begin something again

Back to the Drawing Board
Meaning: Forced to begin something again

Back to the Salt Mine(s)
Meaning: We have to go back to work.

Back to the Salt Mines
Meaning: It’s time for me (us) to go back to work

Back the Wrong Horse
Meaning: To support the losing side

Backing and Filling
Meaning: Delaying a decision by making small changes or arguing about small details

Backseat Driver
Meaning: A passenger in a car who gives unwanted advice to the driver is called a backseat driver.

Backseat Driver
Meaning: Someone who likes to give (often annoying) advice to the driver of a car, or the leader of some other enterprise

Bad Apple
Meaning: A discontented, trouble making, or dishonest person

Bad Blood
Meaning: Enmity or hatred that stems from something in the past

Bad Egg
Meaning: Someone who is not to be trusted

Bad Taste In One’s Mouth
Meaning: Unease, a feeling that something unspecified is wrong in a situation

Bag of Tricks
Meaning: A set of methods or resources

Bail Out
Meaning: To rescue someone from a bad situation, to shield someone from the consequences of his or her actions

Ball and Chain
Meaning: 1. One’s spouse (derogatory but often affectionate); 2. an ongoing burden

Ballpark Figure
Meaning: A rough estimate

Banner Year
Meaning: A year marked by strong successes

Bang for Your Buck
Meaning: Value for money

Bang for Your Buck
Meaning: Value for your money

Bang One’s Head Against the Wall
Meaning: Try repeatedly to do something without making progress

Baptism by Fire
Meaning: A difficult task given right after one has assumed new responsibilities

Bar Fly (or Barfly)
Meaning: Someone who spends much of his or her time in bars

Bare One’s Heart (Soul)
Meaning: To confess one’s deepest secrets

Bark Up the Wrong Tree
Meaning: Pursue a mistaken approach or belief; be wrong in a course of action

Basket Case
Meaning: So upset or stunned that one is unable to function; in a hopeless condition

Bat/Play for Both Teams
Meaning: To be bisexual.

Bat/Play for the Other Team
Meaning: To be homosexual.

Batten Down the Hatches
Meaning: Prepare for a storm

Batten Down the Hatches
Meaning: Prepare for a storm

Be A Barrel of Laughs
Meaning: To be fun, funny, and pleasant.

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

Be An Item
Meaning: Two people are an item when they are having a romantic relationship

Be Footloose and Fancy-Free
Meaning: To be free of responsibilities, including romantic commitments

Be Head Over Heels (In love)
Meaning: Be in love with somebody very much

Be in Seventh Heaven
Meaning: Extremely happy

Be in Two Minds
Meaning: To not be certain about something, or to have difficulty in making a decision

Be Like Chalk and Cheese
Meaning: Things or people who are very different and have nothing in common

Be Lovey – Dovey
Meaning: Expressing your love in public by constantly kissing and hugging

Be on the Mend
Meaning: Be improving after an illness

Be Snowed Under
Meaning: Be extremely busy with work or things to do

Bean Counters
Meaning: Accountants, finance professionals in an organization

Bean Counters
Meaning: Accountants, finance professionals in an organization

Beat Around the Bush
Meaning: To speak in a roundabout way in order to avoid confronting an unpleasant topic; Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable

Beat Someone To The Draw
Meaning: To accomplish or obtain something more quickly than someone else

Beat Someone to the Punch
Meaning: Do something before or faster than someone else

Beat the Drum for (Something)
Meaning: Speak in favor of something to try to generate support

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
Meaning: External appearance is a superficial basis for judging someone

Bed of Roses
Meaning: A comfortable situation

Bedroom Eyes
Meaning: An expression of the eyes that seems to invite sex

Bee in One’s Bonnet
Meaning: Someone who has a bee in their bonnet has an idea which constantly occupies their thoughts.

Beggar Thy Neighbor
Meaning: To do something beneficial for oneself without worrying about how it affects others

Behind the Eight (or 8) Ball
Meaning: At a serious disadvantage

Behind the Scenes
Meaning: In a way not apparent to the public

Behind the Times
Meaning: Old-fashioned

Bell the Cat
Meaning: Take on a difficult or impossible task

Bells And Whistles
Meaning: Attractive but unnecessary features of a product

Belly Laugh
Meaning: Loud, hearty laughter

Bend an Elbow
Meaning: Drink alcoholic beverages at a tavern

Best (Greatest) Thing Since Sliced Bread
Meaning: An innovative development

Best of Both Worlds
Meaning: Combining two qualities that are usually separate

Bet One’s Bottom Dollar (On Something)
Meaning: Be certain that something will happen

Bet the Farm
Meaning: Risk everything; spend all one’s money on something in hopes of success

Better late Than Never
Meaning: Better to arrive late than not to come at all; It implies that a belated achievement is better than not reaching a goal at all.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Meaning: Caught between two undesirable options

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Meaning: In a difficult position

Beyond the Pale
Meaning: Too morally or socially extreme to accept

Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt
Meaning: Absolutely certain

Big Apple
Meaning: An informal name for New York City

Big Brother
Meaning: Government, viewed as an intrusive force in the lives of citizens; government spying

Big Cheese
Meaning: An important person in a company or organization

Big Deal
Meaning: An important event or accomplishment

Big Fish
Meaning: An important person

Big Picture
Meaning: A wide perspective; a broad view of something

Big time
Meaning: If you do something big time, you do it to a great degree.

Birds of a Feather
Meaning: People having similar characters, backgrounds, interests, or beliefs.

Bird’s-Eye View
Meaning: A view from above; a broad perspective on something

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Meaning: Try to do more than one is capable of doing

Bite the Bullet
Meaning: To do something even though it involves pain, discomfort, or difficulty

Bite the Hand That Feeds You
Meaning: Act badly toward someone who has helped you

Bitter Pill to Swallow
Meaning: An unpleasant fact that one must accept

Black and White
Meaning: A clear distinction between good and bad, positive and negative

Black Eye
Meaning: A mark of shame

Black Sheep
Meaning: A person who does not fit into a group, especially a family

Meaning: Bruised, showing signs of having been physically harmed

Blank Check
Meaning: Permission to spend or do whatever one wishes; carte blanche

Blind Date
Meaning: When two people who have never seen each other before go on a date

Blinded by Love
Meaning: When a person is so madly in love with somebody that they can’t see the person’s faults or negative characteristics

Blood and Thunder
Meaning: A dramatic, spectacular performance

Blow Away the Cobwebs
Meaning: If something blows away the cobwebs, it makes you feel more lively and refreshes your ideas.

Blow Hot and Cold
Meaning: Shift one’s level of enthusiasm repeatedly

Blow Off Steam
Meaning: To express anger and frustration in a way that does no damage

Blow One’s Top
Meaning: Lose one’s temper

Blow One’s Stack
Meaning: To lose one’s temper and explode in anger

Blow the Cobwebs Away (or Out of Something)
Meaning: Make space for fresh ideas, encourage something new

Blow the Whistle
Meaning: Reporting an illegal or unacceptable activity to the authorities

Blow Up
Meaning: Explode

Blow Your Own Trumpet
Meaning: Brag; emphasize one’s own contributions

Blue Blood (adj. blue-blooded)
Meaning: Person of aristocratic background

Blue Eyed Boy
Meaning: A person who is a favorite of those in authority; someone whose mistakes are forgiven

Blue Light Special
Meaning: 1. a temporary sale at a discount store. 2. a traffic stop by the police.

Bob’s Your Uncle
Meaning: The rest is easy; you’re almost finished

Bolt From the Blue
Meaning: Something completely unexpected

Bone Dry
Meaning: Completely dry, totally without moisture

Born on The Wrong Side of the Blanket
Meaning: Born to parents who were not married

Borrow Trouble
Meaning: Take needless risks, invite problems

Bottom of the Barrel
Meaning: Low-quality choices

Boy Toy
Meaning: A young man who is the lover of an older, often wealthier woman (see toyboy)

Boys will be Boys
Meaning: A phrase of resignation used when boys get into trouble or are stereotypically reckless or rowdy

Meaning: To generate many ideas quickly

Break a Leg
Meaning: Good luck! This is used for a stage performer-or for anyone else who is about to give some kind of a performance, such as an important speech

Break Out in A Cold Sweat
Meaning: To perspire from fever or anxiety

Break the Bank
Meaning: Exhaust one’s financial resources

Break The Ice
Meaning: To get something started, particularly by means of a social introduction or conversation

Break up/ Split up (With Somebody)
Meaning: End the relationship

Bring Home the Bacon
Meaning: Earn money for one’s family

Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight
Meaning: Underequipped or unprepared

Brush Under the Carpet
Meaning: Attempt to temporarily conceal a problem or error

Bucket List
Meaning: Things you want to see or do before you die

Bull in a China Shop
Meaning: A clumsy or tactless person

Bump in the Road
Meaning: A temporary problem, a small setback

Bundle Up
Meaning: Put on lots of warm clothing

Burn One’s Bridges
Meaning: Leave a job or a relationship on such bad terms that one does not stay in contact

Burn the Candle at Both Ends
Meaning: To work too hard, with possible bad consequences for one’s health; Work very long hours;

Burn the Candle at Both Ends
Meaning: To work too hard, with possible bad consequences for one’s health; Work very long hours;

Burn the Midnight Oil
Meaning: To work late into the night

Burn the Midnight Oil
Meaning: Working late into the night

Bury (Hide) One’s Head In the Sand
Meaning: Ignoring something that’s obviously wrong, not facing reality

Bury the Hatchet
Meaning: Make peace, agree to end a dispute

Business as Usual
Meaning: A normal situation (whether related to business or not), typically restored after some change

Busman’s Holiday (UK)
Meaning: A working vacation

Busman’s Holiday
Meaning: A vacation where you do the same thing you do at work, a working vacation

Busted Flush
Meaning: A failure, someone or something that seemed promising but did not develop well

Butter Wouldn’t Melt in (Someone’s)
Meaning: Mouth This person is cool in manner, prim and proper

Buy a Pig in a Poke
Meaning: To buy something with no prior inspection

Buy Time
Meaning: Cause a delay in something with the aim of improving one’s position

By a Whisker
Meaning: By a very short distance

By All Means
Meaning: Of course, certainly

By Hook or by Crook
Meaning: By some possibly dishonest means

By the Skin of One’s Teeth
Meaning: Barely escaping disaster

By Word of Mouth
Meaning: Via personal communications rather than written media

buckle down
Meaning: – make sure something stays in place – giving a task a hundred percent – to focus – determination to finish a task – to settle – trying hard

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