IDIOMS beginning with T

IDIOMS beginning with T

Take (Someone) to the Cleaners
Meaning: 1) Swindle; 2) defeat badly

Take a Deep Dive (Into)
Meaning: Explore something extensively

Take a Flyer
Meaning: To take a rise; especially to make a speculative investment

Take a Gander
Meaning: Go to take a look at something

Take a Hike
Meaning: Go away

Take A Powder
Meaning: To leave, especially in order to avoid a difficult situation

Take a Rain Check
Meaning: Decline an invitation but suggest that you’ll accept it at a later time.

Take Five (Ten)
Meaning: Take a short break of five (ten) minutes

Take Five
Meaning: To take one brief (about five minutes) rest period

Take It Easy
Meaning: 1) Relax, rest; 2) (as a command) Calm down!

Take It Easy
Meaning: Don’t hurry; relax; don’t get angry

Take It Easy
Meaning: When you relax, or do things at a comfortable pace, you take it easy.

Take It on The Chin
Meaning: Be attacked; suffer an attack

Take It or Leave It (command)
Meaning: You must decide now whether you will accept this proposal

Take Someone to Task
Meaning: Reprimand someone strongly

Take Something with a Pinch (grain) of Salt
If you take what someone says with a pinch of salt, you do not completely believe it.

Take the Cake
Meaning: Be the most extreme instance

Take the Edge Off (of Something)
Meaning: To slightly improve something negative

Take the Fifth
Meaning: Refuse to answer because answering might incriminate or cause problems for you

Take the Gloves Off
Meaning: Negotiate in a more aggressive way

Take the High Road
Meaning: Refuse to descend to immoral activities or personal attacks

Take The Mickey (Piss) (Out Of Someone)
Meaning: Make fun of or ridicule someone

Take the Shine Off (Something)
Meaning: To do something that diminishes a positive event

Take the Starch out of (Someone)
Meaning: Make someone less confident or less arrogant

Take The Wind Out of Someone’s Sails
Meaning: To reduce someone’s confidence, ofte by doing something unexpected

Take Your Life in Your Hands
Meaning: Undergo extreme risk

Take Your Medicine
Meaning: Accept something unpleasant, for example, punishment, without protesting or complaining

Take Your Time
Meaning: Don’t hurry, work at a relaxed pace

Taste of Your Own Medicine
Meaning: The same unpleasant experience or treatment that one has given to others

Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Meaning: To change someone’s long-established habits. Usually used in the

Tear One’s Hair out
Meaning: Be extremely worried or frustrated

Meaning: A film or book that makes you cry

Tee Many Martoonies
Meaning: Too many martinis, scrambled to suggest drunkenness

Tell It to the Marines
Meaning: I don’t believe you; you must think I’m gullible.

Tempest in a Teapot
A commotion about something unimportant

Ten a Penny
Meaning: Ordinary, inexpensive

Ten to One
Something very likely

Test the Waters
Meaning: Experiment with something cautiously

Test the Waters
Meaning: Try something out in a preliminary way

Tie the Knot
Meaning: Get married

Tighten the Screws
Meaning: Increase pressure on someone

Meaning: secretive, unwilling to explain something

Til the Cows Come Home
Meaning: For a very long time

Time is Money
Meaning: time is valuable, so don’t waste it.

Tip of the Iceberg
Meaning: A small, visible part of a much larger problem

Tip One’s Hand
Meaning: Reveal one’s advantages; reveal useful information that one possesses

Meaning: Tender Loving Care

To be A Peach
Meaning: Someone or something that is extremely good, impressive, or attractive

To be Smitten With Someone
Meaning: To be completely captivated by someone and feel immense joy

To be someone’s One and Only
Meaning: To be unique to the other person

To be the Apple of Someone’s Eye
Meaning: To be loved and treasured by someone

To Bear Fruit
Meaning: To develop in a profitable or positive way

To Bear Fruit
To develop in a profitable or positive way

To Carpool
Meaning: To travel to the same place with a group of people in one car. e.g. work/school

To Each His Own
Meaning: People have different tastes.

To Get Cold Feet
Meaning: To experience reluctance or fear

To Have a Chip on One’s Shoulder
Meaning: To be combative, to be consistently argumentative

To Have Butterflies In Your Stomach
Meaning: To be nervous

To Have One For the Road
Meaning: To have one last (alcoholic) drink before you go home

To Pay an Arm and a Leg
Meaning: A very high cost

To Pop (one’s) Cherry
To do something for the first time

To Pull Someone’s Leg
Meaning: Lie playfully

To Run Hot and Cold
To be unable to make up one’s mind

To the Letter
Meaning: Exactly (said of instructions or procedures)

Toe the Line
Meaning: Accept authority, follow the rules

Meaning: Not good at perceiving the impact of one’s words, insensitive

Meaning: Said ironically; not meant to be taken seriously

Too Busy Fighting Alligators to Drain the Swamp
Meaning: So occupied with multiple challenges that one can’t keep the big picture in mind

Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth
A project works best if there is input from a limited number of people

Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians
Meaning: Everyone wants to be a leader, and no one wants to do the actual work

Too Many To Shake A Stick At
Meaning: A large number

Toot Your Own Horn
Meaning: Brag; emphasize one’s own contributions

Top Banana
Meaning: – The boss, the leader; – The main comic in a burlesque show.; – The head person, as of a group or project.; – A top performer in show business; specif., the star comedian in a burlesque show.; – The most important person in any group.

Toss a Wrench (Spanner) Into
Meaning: Sabotage; cause a process to stop

Touch Base
Meaning: Meet briefly with someone

Touch One’s Heart
Meaning: Affect someone emotionally, be touching

Touch Water
Meaning: Be launched. Said of a boat.

Tough Cookie
Meaning: A very determined person

Tough Cookie
Meaning: Someone who can endure hardship; especially,a strong negotiator

Tough Sledding
Meaning: Difficult progress

Turn a Blind Eye
Meaning: (to) Choose not to notice something

Turn on a Dime
Meaning: Quickly reverse direction or position

Turn Someone Inside Out
To cause strong emotional turmoil; to completely change someone

Turn Something on Its Head
Meaning: Reverse something, cause something to be done in a new way

Turn Turtle
Meaning: Capsize, turn over

Turn the Corner
Meaning: To begin to improve after a problem

Turn the Tables
Meaning: Reverse a situation

Turnabout Is Fair Play
If you suffer from the same suffering you have inflicted on others, that’s only fair

Twenty-Four Seven
Meaning: At any time

Twist the Knife (in Deeper)
Meaning: Make someone’s suffering worse

Twist the Knife (in Deeper)
Meaning: Make someone’s suffering worse

Two a Penny
Meaning: Ordinary, inexpensive

Two Peas in A Pod
Meaning: Two people who are very similar in appearance

Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF)
Meaning: Let’s be happy that the workweek is over!; One is satisfied because the work week has ended and the weekend has come.

That Ship Has Sailed
Meaning: That opportunity has passed.

That’s Music to My Ears
Meaning: I am very happy to hear this.

That’s a Stretch
Meaning: What you are suggesting is very difficult to believe; I am very skeptical

That’s All She Wrote
Meaning: That was the end of the story.

The Apple Never Falls Far From the Tree
Meaning: Family characteristics are usually inherited

The Birds and the Bees
Meaning: Human sexuality and reproduction

The Cat Is Out of the Bag
Meaning: The secret has been revealed.

The Coast Is Clear
Meaning: We are unobserved; it is safe to proceed.

The Cherry On the Cake
Meaning: The final thing that makes something perfect

The Deck Is (The Cards Are)
Meaning: Stacked Against You Unfavorable conditions exist.

The Jig Is Up
Meaning: A secret illicit activity has been exposed; your trickery is finished

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Meaning: Although something may seem superficially new, it has not altered the basic situation.

The Only Game in Town
Meaning: The sole option for a particular service.

The Powers That Be
Meaning: People in charge, often used when the speaker does not want to identify them.

The Real McCoy
Meaning: A genuine item

The Story Has Legs
Meaning: People are continuing to pay attention to the story.

The Time is Ripe
If you say that the time is ripe, you mean that it is a suitable point for a particular activity

The Walls Have Ears We
Meaning: may be overheard; be careful what you say

The Walls Have Ears
Meaning: We may be overheard; be careful what you say

The Whole Enchilada
Meaning: All of something.

The Whole Shebang
Meaning: Everything, all the parts of something

The World Is Your Oyster
Meaning: You have many opportunities and choices.

There But For The Grace Of God Go I
Meaning: I could easily have done what that person did.

There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat
Meaning: There’s more than one way of achieving a certain goal.

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Meaning: Nothing is given to you without some expectation of something in return.

Thin On The Ground
Meaning: Rare, seldom encountered

Think Big
Consider ambitious plans; avoid becoming overly concerned with details

Think Outside the Box
Meaning: Try to solve a problem in an original way; think creatively

Think Tank
A group of experts engaged in ongoing studies of a particular subject; a policy study group

Think Tank
Meaning: A group of experts engaged in ongoing studies of a particular subject; a policy study group

Third Rail
A topic so sensitive that it is dangerous to raise. This is especially used in political contexts

Third Time’s a Charm
Meaning: Even if you fail at something twice, you may well succeed the third time.

Thirty-Thousand-Foot View
Meaning: A very broad or general perspective

This Has (Person X) Written All Over It
Meaning: [Person X] would really like or be well suited to this.

This Is Not Your Father’s __
Meaning: This item has been much updated from its earlier versions.

Three Sheets to the Wind
Meaning: Very drunk

Through the Grapevine
Meaning: Via gossip

Through Thick and Thin
Meaning: In good times and bad

Throw a Wet Blanket on (Something)
Meaning: Discourage plans for something

Throw a Wrench Into
Meaning: To sabotage; to cause to fail

Throw Caution to the Wind
Meaning: To act in a daring way, without forethough

Throw Down the Gauntlet
Meaning: To issue a challenge

Throw Elbows
Meaning: Be combative; be aggressive (physically or figuratively)

Throw in the Towel
Meaning: To give up, admit defeat

Throw Someone for a Loop
Meaning: Deeply surprise someone; catch someone off guard

Throw Someone Under the Bus
Meaning: Sacrifice someone else’s interests for your own personal gain

Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
Eliminate something good while discarding the bad parts of something

Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
Meaning: To discard something valuable or important while disposing of something worthless

Throw The Book At
Meaning: Prosecute legally as strongly as possible

Throw the Fight
Meaning: Intentionally lose a contest, usually in collusion with gamblers

Throw the Game
Meaning: Intentionally lose a contest, usually in collusion with gamblers

Throw the Match
Meaning: Intentionally lose a contest, usually in collusion with gamblers

Meaning: Approval

Train Wreck
Anything that develops in a disastrous way

Trash Talk
Meaning: Insults directed at one’s opponent in a sporting event or contest

Tread Water
Meaning: Maintain a current situation without improvement or decline

Trial Balloon
Meaning: A test of someone’s or the public’s reaction

Trip the Light Fantastic
Meaning: Dance well; do ballroom dancing

take the cake
Meaning: – being the best in a competition – losing under awful circumstances – the worst outcome in a situation – the final straw during a series of bad events – something ridiculous a person says

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