IDIOMS beginning with K

IDIOMS beginning with K

Kangaroo Court
Meaning: A court of law where proper procedures are not followed at all; a sham judicial proceeding

Keep (Something) at Bay
Meaning: Maintain a distance from something or someone

Keep a Stiff Upper Lip
Meaning: Control one’s emotions; not give in to fear or grief

Keep an Eye On
Meaning: To keep an eye on something or someone is to watch it periodically, to keep it under surveillance.

Keep an Eye Peeled
Meaning: Be observant; watch out for something

Keep It Under Your Hat
Meaning: Don’t tell anyone; don’t reveal this secret

Keep Someone at Arm’s Length
Meaning: Avoid close interaction or cooperation

Keep Your Nose Clean
Meaning: Avoid trouble or situations that compromise one’e honesty

Keep Your Powder Dry
Meaning: Do not attack until you are ready.

Keeping One’s Nose to the Grindstone
Meaning: Working hard on something repetitive or tedious

Kick Ass, Kick Butt
Meaning: A) Defeat badly, B) be excellent or highly effective

Kick the Bucket
Meaning: To die

Kick the Can Down the Road
Meaning: Postpone an important decision

Kill a Fly With an Elephant Gun
Meaning: Approach a problem with excessive measures

Kill Two Birds with One Stone
Meaning: Act in such a way as to produce two desirable effects

Kill Two Birds with One Stone
Meaning: Solve two problems with one move

Kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
Meaning: To destroy a source of ongoing profits or benefits

Kink in One’s Neck
Meaning: A cramp in one’s neck that causes pain

King of the Hill
Meaning: At the top of one’s field; the most influential person in a given field or area

Kiss and Make Up
Meaning: Make peace after an argument

Kith and Kin
Meaning: Family (collectively)

Knock on Wood; Touch Wood
Meaning: Let’s hope I have good luck or continue to have good luck.

Knock Some Sense Into
Meaning: To beat someone in order to teach him/her a lesson. May be used figuratively.

Knock Someone’s Socks Off
Meaning: Amaze someone

Knock Up
Meaning: To impregnate a woman. Often used in the form knocked up.

Meaning: An extremely beautiful woman

Know (Something) Like the Back of One’s Hand
Meaning: To be very familiar with something, especially an area

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