Idioms beginning with D

down for the count

Meaning: doomed, finished, or defeated.

Example: I doubt she'll leave the hospital. Her illness has her down for the count. Read on

day in, day out

Meaning: every day, without respite.

Example: They had to endure the city's dirt and noise day in, day outRead on

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 on

do one’s bit

Meaning: to do a share of a task.

Example: When people can "do their bit", they are helping support a larger cause. Read on

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

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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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