Idioms beginning with H

head start

Meaning: to start ahead of the official start of an event

Example: I know that the paper only has to be in next week, but I would like to get a head start. Read on

hang on

Meaning: hold on or hold tightly

Example: The child hung on to her mother and would not let go of her hands. Read on

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

heart goes out to

Meaning: to feel sympathy for someone when they are distressed

Example: Following the aftermath of the hurricane, my heart goes out to all the residents of New Orleans. Read on

high time

Meaning: to refer to something that is already overdue but must be started immediately

Example: After months of being unemployed, it's high time Paul starts a business of his own rather than keep waiting for paid employment. Read on

head-on

Meaning: front-to-front

Example: Even with the increased hostility at work, Amanda faced all her colleagues head-on as she pitched her new proposal. Read on

has-been

Meaning: to have had a wonderful past but no present or future in the field

Example: The company is now just a has-been. Read on

household name

Meaning: to be very popular

Example: The character is a household name because people are able to identify with the struggles that he faces. Read on

hands are tied

Meaning: to not be able to do anything about a situation

Example: The manager tried his best to explain the situation after such a terrible mess created by the employee in the account. In the end, his hands were tied and he had to fire the staff members responsible for the mistake. Read on

honesty is the best policy

Meaning: being honest is always good and fruitful

Example: The company has high moral standards and has the words "honesty is the best policy" written all over its premises. Read on

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every nook and cranny

Meaning: to look for something everywhere

Example: The lawyers searched every nook and cranny to find more evidence but alas, there was none. Read on

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