Idioms beginning with D

dog’s life

Meaning: a miserable and unpleasant life

Example: Mark's been leading a dog's life since he was fired from the job. Read on

dab hand

Meaning: an expert or skilled person

Example: Sophia is a dab hand at cooking. Read on

black mood

Meaning: to be angry, irritable or in a temper

Example: Geoff was in one of his black moods today, and no amount of cajoling could snap him out of it. Read on

Dutch uncle

Meaning: criticize, scold or lecture someone

Example: I thought he would approve of my choices, but he ranted on like a Dutch uncle for a whole hour. Read on

goose egg

Meaning: zero

Example: We had a good game, but the score was goose egg. Read on

does exactly what it says on the tin

Meaning: someone or something is exactly as they seem

Example: This medicine does exactly what it says on the tin, because I feel so much better. Read on

drain the swamp

Meaning: rooting out the practice of corruption

Example: No matter how critical it is, Draining the swamps would be just about impossible unless we citizens take action against it in the union. Read on

dead as a doornail

Meaning: becoming obsolete

Example: The flowers are all dead as a doornail. Read on

dead in the water

Meaning: unable to produce movement

Example: Their company is trying to revive an income that is dead in the water. Read on

drop by

Meaning: an informal visit

Example: I hope to finish the dress before Saturday. If you want to see what it looks like you should drop by over the weekend. Read on

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the last thing I want

Meaning: I don't want

Example: The report showed up all the flaws in the project, and that was the last thing I wanted! Read on

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