Idioms are really cool. We’ve been using them and hearing them all our

lives. I know some people, that if idioms were outlawed, they wouldn’t

have anything to say! I bet you know people like that too. Here’s a

definition: An idiom is a phrase whose meaning cannot be made sense

of from the literal definition, but refers instead to a figurative meaning

that is known only through common use.I got these from a list and

picked out some that I like. If you’ll notice, I only made it through

the H’s though. The supplied definitions are in italics.


A lost ball in the high weeds

A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing.

Good one. Never heard it before.

A slice off a cut loaf is never missed

I think this one is R rated but aside from that,pretty good huh?

Never heard this one either. I guess I’ve been sheltered.
A watched pot never boils

Good grief isn’t this true? One of the first laws made on ….day three?
After your own heart

A person after your own heart thinks the same way as you. Christians immediately think of David , who thought the same way God does. Lord help us to think the same way as You.
All dressed up and nowhere to go

You’re prepared for something that isn’t going to happen. My good friend Barry Butler used to say this all the time.
All hat, no cattle

When someone talks big, but cannot back it up. I chuckled the first time I heard this one. There’s probably a lot of variations on it.

All hell broke loose

Self explanatory. Another humorous one.
All over bar the shouting

When something is all over bar the shouting, the outcome is absolutely certain. All over “but” the shouting around here. Wouldn’t  the shouting  come first?
All roads lead to Rome

This means that there can be many different ways of doing something. I always thought this meant something else. It’s a long story.
Answers on a postcard

To suggest that the answer to something is very obvious or that the person would really like to hear what people think. Another new one on me. Anyone ever heard it?
Ants in your pants

Close your eyes and really imagine having some tight jeans on, a really hard to get undone belt, and with big ole lace up boots on. Then imagine about 3000 fire ants in there.
As mad as a wrongly shot hog

If someone is as mad as a wrongly shot hog, they are very angry. Wouldn’t you be? But then you might be in hog heaven.
At a drop of a dime

If someone will do something at the drop of a dime, they will do it instantly, without hesitation. It’s at the drop of a hat around here. A friend got horse-laughed years ago when he blurted out that he would “ drop at the fight of a hat”.

Away with the fairies

If someone is away with the fairies, they don’t face reality and have unrealistic expectations of life. Isn’t this a major tenet of Proposition 8 ?The idiom, not the definition.
Better than a kick in the teeth

If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn’t very good, but it is better than nothing. I’ve heard “better than a stick in the eye” Funny.
Better the devil you know. This one hits home better than “Better of two evils”.
Black as Newgate’s knocker

(UK) If things are as black as Newgate’s knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble. A little international flavor. If I ever hear you say this , I’ll know you’re my friend.
Break your duck

(UK) If you break your duck, you do something for the first time. This will  catch on in the US. Sure .
Cake’s not worth the candle Should have heard this one but I haven’t. Going to start saying it though. Everybody will think I’m real witty.
Circle the wagons

If you circle the wagons, you stop communicating with people who don’t think the same way as you to avoid their ideas. It can also mean to bring everyone together to defend a group against an attack. Have never heard the first definition.
Cloud cuckoo land

If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land. How could this one not be  included?
Cock a snook

To make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers outstretched. Used to do this all the time. Anyone else? We didn’t call it this though. We just did it.
Couldn’t give two hoots

Guess this is even a greater degree of apathy than not giving a (one) hoot. What is a hoot anyway?
Crossing the Rubicon

When you are crossing the Rubicon, you are passing a point of no return. After you do this thing, there is no way of turning around. The only way left is forward. New one here.  I think I’ll start saying this one too.
Deep pockets but short arms

Someone who has money but never puts his hand in his pocket to pay for anything has deep pockets but short arms. Dinosaur arms is better, and funnier.
Dog’s dinner

Something that is a dog’s dinner is a real mess. Anyone ever ate this? Sometimes I can whip this up from scratch in a jiffy.
Double whammy

A double whammy is when something causes two problems at the same time, or when two setbacks occur at the same time. No idiom list is complete without a double whammy.
Drop a bombshell

If someone drops a bombshell, they announce something that changes a situation drastically and unexpectedly. Bet this one originates way back, don’t you think?
Faint heart never won fair lady

This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel. Jesus said; as you believe, so it will be done for you. Go for your dreams in everything!
Going Jesse

If something is a going Jesse, it’s a viable, successful project or enterprise. I like the Stacy Harris, Springfield version “that guy is one hamburger-eating Jesse”
Grass may be greener on the other side but it’s just as hard to mow Tis true.

Hanged for a sheep as a lamb

This is an expression meaning that if you are going to get into trouble for doing something, then you ought to stop worrying and should try to get everything you can before you get caught. Never heard this one but  the sentiment is great!
Have no truck with

If you have no truck with something or someone, you refuse to get involved with it or them. I got no truck with you man! Any ides on how this one got started?



One Response to “Idioms”

  1. Deep pockets but short arms
    Tyranosarous rex arms: A very stingy person, indeed.

    My favorite Steve Moffitt idioms are: “Let sleeping dogs lie,” and “If you stir up crap, it’s going to stink.”

    I also like the, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”

    Hmmmm, everytime I use an idiom from now on, I am going to run to the nearest computer with internet access and post it on here.

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