Idioms beginning with B

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barrel of monkeys

Meaning: something very funny, diverting, and amusing.

Example: The traffic jam was a total barrel of monkeys. Read more ➺

bring to the table

Meaning: making a valuable contribution to a group, company, or individual.

Example: I wish to bring to the table the issue of the current tax regime and how it affects our businesses. Read more ➺

by far

Meaning: to a great extent—the difference between two or more things is substantial.

Example: She is by far the most talented singer in the competition. Read more ➺

bell the cat

Meaning: do a dangerous job.

Example: Someone has to bell the cat and organize the office fundraiser, but so far, no one has volunteered. Read more ➺

bear fruit

Meaning: produce valuable results.

Example: Bearing fruit takes time and patience. Read more ➺

blind alley

Meaning: a street, road, or alley that closes at one end.

Example: I've been researching this problem for days, and I think I'm in a blind alley. There doesn't seem to be any way around it. Read more ➺

bottom line

Meaning: the most important factor to take into account of something

Example: When the profit comes down, the bottom line is that this investment isn't worth the risk. Read more ➺

bag and baggage

Meaning: (with) all one's belongings.

Example: She moved to a new city, leaving all her "bag and baggage" behind her. Read more ➺

back to basics

Meaning: start to give your attention to the simplest and most important matters after ignoring them for a while.

Example: After struggling to comprehend the intricate components, it's time to go back to the basics and refresh ourselves on the basic principles of the topic. Read more ➺

bay for blood

Meaning: want somebody to be hurt or punished.

Example: She was out for revenge and was not afraid to bay for blood. Read more ➺