Idioms beginning with K

keep your pants on

Meaning: to tell someone to be calm.

Example: I told him to keep his pants on after being punked. Read on

keep one’s own counsel

Meaning: say little or nothing about one's opinions or intentions.

Example: I doubted what he said, but I kept my own counsel. Read on

buckle down

Meaning: make sure something stays in place

Example: She knew if she didn't buckle down, the tasks wouldn't get done. Read on

keep card close to chest

Meaning: be secretive or cautious, give nothing away

Example: The children did not know where they were to go for their family holiday trip. Their dad kept his cards close to his chest. Read on

know on which side bread is buttered

Meaning: know what is to one's advantage

Example: She's far too clever to irritate her employer as she knows which side her bread is buttered on. Read on

king of the hill

Meaning: be the undisputed champion

Example: He made £3 million before he was 30, so he is the king of the hill in this industry. Read on

knotty problem

Meaning: difficult or complex problem

Example: The accountant always found the end of the tax year to be a knotty problem. Read on

keep promise

Meaning: be faithful to your word

Example: How on earth can I marry him when he can't keep his promises? Read on

kick the can down the road

Meaning: to avoid dealing with a problem

Example: I realise that the house needs to be painted but we are going to move in a few years so I am kicking the can down the road. Read on

knock out

Meaning: big success

Example: Does your brother really think that he can knock out the biggest guy in school? I would like to see him try. Read on

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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

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