Category Archives: Idioms

Idioms are expressions with greater meaning. Phrases like "nick of time" or "in other words" or "for heaven's sake". Definition: a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word understood on its own:

Pay your dues

Pay your dues
Pay your dues

To earn the right to have something because you worked hard: For example: “I’ve paid my dues for the last 25 years, and now I’m ready for a comfortable retirement.”

Usually, dues. a regular fee or charge payable at specific intervals, especially to a group or organization: membership dues.

 

Across the pond

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

The North Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe. It is most often used to describe travel or location between the United Kingdom and the United States or Canada.

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. 

Happily ever after

Happily ever after
Happily ever after

The new economic realities of the 19th century then cross-pollinated with the ideas that emerged from the Enlightenment about individual rights and the pursuit of happiness, and the result was a full-blown Age of Romanticism. It was the 1800s and people’s feelings suddenly mattered. The new ideal was not only to marry for love but that that love was to live on in bliss for all of the eternity. Thus, it wasn’t until the relatively recent 150 years ago that the ever-popular “happily ever after” ideal was born.

Under the radar

under the radar
under the radar

The definition of “under the radar” is: doing something without other people noticing. For example, “The employee didn’t want his boss to find out that he was looking for another job, so he did all his searching under the radar.”

Putting on airs

If someone is “putting on airs” it means that he or she is acting superior or snobbish.
Since the 1500s, “airs” has referred to having an affected manner. It’s from the French word air, “look, appearance, or bearing.” Behaving as if you’re better than other people — wealthier, better dressed, or better educated — is to put on airs. Acting like you know more than your teacher is a way to put on airs.

Ne’er do well

“an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; good-for-nothing.”

Ne'er do Well
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BAE

Before all else. For example, “You’re my BAE.” Not to be confused with BFF, best friends forever. 

Devil may care

Definition: easy going, loose, reckless and carefree. For example “this devil may care attitude is going to get him fired from his job”.