Biblical Idioms

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chapter and verse

Meaning: accurate information about something.

Example: Conversations at the university can give you chapter and verse. Read more ➺


day of reckoning

Meaning: a time when people are punished for their past mistakes.

Example: The reckless behavior of drug-taking college students went unabated until the day of reckoning came—they were all sent home. Read more ➺


feet of clay

Meaning: have a flaw or weakness most people are unaware of.

Example: Despite his success in business, it was later revealed that the CEO had feet of clay when it came to personal ethics. Read more ➺


dig one’s own grave

Meaning: to do something that has negative consequences for you, even though these consequences can be easily seen.

Example: She dug her own grave when she started talking behind her boss's back. Read more ➺


cross swords

Meaning: to fight with another person physically or verbally.

Example: The vice-presidents crossed swords at all policy meetings. Read more ➺


blood, sweat, and tears

Meaning: putting a lot of effort to get a task done.

Example: He has put in nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into this company. Read more ➺


yoke around one’s neck

Meaning: a fatiguing burden.

Example: I refused to be the yoke around his neck, and so I turned down his generous offer of employment in a job for which I was unqualified. Read more ➺


make all the difference

Meaning: influence someone or something in a positive way

Example: It will make all the difference when a mother phone calls their daughter before they head out for an interview. Read more ➺


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 more ➺


make light of

Meaning: to treat something as if it isn't important

Example: You need to stop making light of this situation. You could be in serious trouble. Read more ➺


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