IDIOMS beginning with D

IDIOMS beginning with D

Da Man
Meaning: An accomplished or skillful person. Generally used in the compliment

Dance to Someone’s Tune
Meaning: Consistently follow someone’s directions or influence

Dance with the Devil
Meaning: Knowingly do something immoral

Dark Horse
Meaning: A surprise candidate or competitor, especially one who comes from behind to make a strong showing

Darken Someone’s Door (Step)
Meaning: Make an unwanted visit to someone’s home

Dead Ahead
Meaning: Directly ahead, either in a literal or a figurative sense

Dead as the Dodo
Meaning: Completely extinct; totally gone

Dead Eye
Meaning: A good shooter, a good marksman

Dead Heat
Meaning: An exact tie in a race or competition

Dead of Winter
Meaning: The coldest, darkest part of winter

Dead ringer
Meaning: Very similar in appearance

Dead Run
Meaning: Running as fast as possible

Dead Shot
Meaning: A good shooter, a good marksman

Deep Pockets
Meaning: The new owner has deep pockets, so fans are hoping the football team will improve next year with new players

Deliver the Goods
Meaning: Provide what is expected

Devil’s Advocate
Meaning: Someone who argues a point not out of conviction, but in order to air various points of view

Dirty Look
Meaning: A facial manner that signifies disapproval

Do 12-Ounce Curls
Meaning: Drink beer

Dodge a Bullet
Meaning: To narrowly escape disaster

Doesn’t Amount to a Hill of Beans
Meaning: Is unimportant, is negligible

Dog Days of the Summer
Meaning: The hottest day of summer

Dog in the Manger
Meaning: A person who prevents others from using something, even though the person himself or herself does not want it

Dog-and-Pony Show
Meaning: A flashy presentation, often in a marketing context

Meaning: Intensely competitive

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Meaning: Don’t be deceived by looks; don’t rely on looks when judging someone or something

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk
Meaning: Don’t worry about minor things.

Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Meaning: Do not question the value of a gift. The expression comes from the practice of determining the age and health of a horse by looking at its teeth.

Meaning: Improperly get income from two different sources

Double-Edged Sword
Meaning: Something that can be helpful or harmful; something beneficial that also has a downside

Down in the Dumps
Meaning: Depressed, sad

Down the Road
Meaning: In the future (in your lifetime)

Drag One’s Feet (or Heels)
Meaning: To do something reluctantly and slowly

Drag Your Feet
Meaning: Do something very reluctantly; delay doing something

Drain the Lizard
Meaning: Urinate

Draw a Blank
Meaning: Be unable to remember something

Draw a Line in the Sand
Meaning: Issue an ultimatum; specify an absolute limit in a conflict

Draw a Line Under (Something)
Meaning: To conclude something and move on to something else

Draw a Long Bow
Meaning: Exaggerate, lie

Draw the Line
Meaning: To set a limit to what one will accept

Dressed Up to the Nines
Meaning: Someone is wearing very smart or glamorous clothes

Drink the Kool Aid
Meaning: Accept a set of ideas uncritically, often dangerous ones

Drive a Hard Bargain
Meaning: To arrange a transaction so that it benefits oneself.

Drive a Hard Bargain
Meaning: To negotiate effectively

Drive a Wedge Between
Meaning: Try to split factions of a united group by introducing an issue on which they disagree

Drive Someone Up the Wall
Meaning: Deeply irritate someone

Drop a Line
Meaning: To write a letter or send an email

Drop the Ball
Meaning: Fail to fulfill one’s responsibilities; make a mistake

Dry Run
Meaning: A practice execution of a procedure

Dutch Courage
Meaning: Alcohol drunk with the intention of working up the nerve to do something

Dutch Uncle
Meaning: A highly critical person

Dyed-In-The-Wool (adj.)
Meaning: Consistent in an affiliation or opinion over a long period; inveterate

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