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
Meaning:
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

Tear-Jerker
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
Meaning:
A commotion about something unimportant

Ten a Penny
Meaning: Ordinary, inexpensive

Ten to One
Meaning:
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

Tight-Lipped
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

TLC
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
To do something for the first time

To Pull Someone’s Leg
Meaning: Lie playfully

To Run Hot and Cold
Meaning:
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

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

Tongue-in-Cheek
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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
Meaning:
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

Thumbs-Up
Meaning: Approval

Train Wreck
Meaning:
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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