Idioms beginning with A

give it a whirl

Meaning: to try something new.

Example: The ski instructor told Sally to "give it a whirl" on the beginner's ski slope by following his exact moves. Read on

a whole new ball game

Meaning: a significant change in circumstances.

Example: For most young adults, moving out is a whole new ball game. Read on

right as rain

Meaning: to imply that everything is satisfactory.

Example: He was right as rain after a few days in bed after getting injured. Read on

as thick as thieves

Meaning: a very secretive and close relationship between people.

Example: They remained as thick as thieves for several weeks. This made us curious to know what they were doing.  Read on

a quick buck

Meaning: to make money quickly.

Example: He decided to make a quick buck by selling his CD collection. Read on

all the way up

Meaning: Literally refers to ascending a mountain or cliff, or navigating a river to a specific terminal point.

Example: I made it all the way up the steep incline, but I didn't have the energy to go on.  Read on

as bold as brass

Meaning: daring, brave, bold or overconfident

Example: I was nervous about approaching the recording artist, but my friend Jane went to him, as bold as brass, and requested a group photo. Read on

know which side one’s bread is buttered

Meaning: to be cognizant of where one's interests lie in a given situation.

Example: He tries to come across as a neutral party, but he is very aware of which side his bread is buttered on. Read on

a wet blanket

Meaning: a person who spoils other people's fun.

Example: If you are going to come to my party, you can't be such a wet blanket. Read on

at the helm

Meaning: in charge of an organization, group of people, etc.

Example: Lara resigned after a couple of years at the helm of the company. Read on

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pay lip service

Meaning: to agree by word of mouth only

Example: He paid lip service to the cause, but he hasn't lent a hand yet. Read on

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