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until the cows come home

Meaning: for a long time or indefinitely.

Example: I'll keep drawing pictures on the sidewalk with chalk until the cows come home. Read more ➺


chickens come home to roost

Meaning: everyone eventually faces the consequences of their actions.

Example: After years of exploiting others, his wealth vanished overnight, and the chickens came home to roost. Read more ➺


drive home

Meaning: strongly emphasize or reinforce a point.

Example: The instructor repeated the key point slowly to drive home the importance of following safety procedures. Read more ➺


next door

Meaning: the nearest house.

Example: Our house is next door to hers; that's why we know each other. Read more ➺


lights are on but nobody is home

Meaning: used to describe a stupid person.

Example: No matter how hard I try to understand what Jim is talking about, it is apparent that his lights are on but nobody is home. Read more ➺


home is where the heart is

Meaning: a place you feel connected to emotionally

Example: No matter where I go, it's always so lovely to come back here. Home is where the heart is after all. Read more ➺


dead as a doornail

Meaning: becoming obsolete

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


keep the wolf from the door

Meaning: to have sufficient money to prevent starvation or hunger

Example: Both the man and his wife must work long hours just to keep the wolf from the door. Read more ➺


Elvis has left the building

Meaning: the show is ended and go home now

Example: I think we delayed coming - Elvis has left the building. Read more ➺


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 more ➺


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