Idioms beginning with B

bent out of shape

Meaning: to become angry.

Example: John's flight was canceled, and he got bent out of shape. Read on

beat the air

Meaning: fighting without any purpose.

Example: You are just beating the air if you want to turn him into a good boy. Read on

beyond the pale

Meaning: unacceptable.

Example: Nobody will want to be friends with you if you are considered beyond the pale in your social circle. Read on

bird’s eye view

Meaning: an overview.

Example: You can get a bird's-eye view of the city by going to the topmost floor. Read on

bigger fish to fry

Meaning: to have other, more important things to do.

Example: You are not worth my time or energy; I have bigger fish to fry. Read on

belle of the ball

Meaning: the most beautiful woman in a gathering.

Example: She felt like the belle of the ball as she danced the night away with her beau. Read on

in bed with

Meaning: to work with a person or organisation, or being involved with them, in a way that causes other people to distrust you.

Example: The two young men were in bed with the neighborhood gangs. Read on

break one’s back

Meaning: get through the hardest part of something.

Example: I'm tired and need an ice-cold drink. I broke my back at work today on that project. Read on

blank check

Meaning: Complete authority or unrestricted freedom of action or a free hand.

Example: Roger was given a blank check by Mr. Musk. He could spend as much as he wanted to implement the latest driving technology. Read on

been around

Meaning: (existed) been present and active.

Example: This is not a new viral video; it's been around for a couple of years. Read on

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high up

Meaning: to have an important standing in society

Example: With the way he barked orders at the workers, everyone got the impression that he is high up in the company. Read on

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