Idioms beginning with K

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: knockout

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

knock socks off

Meaning: doing something which was never done before

Example: Lara's performance at the concert last night just knocked my socks off. Read on

kick the habit

Meaning: to overcome an addiction especially of an addiction like drugs

Example: Even after trying so hard, I could not kick the habit of drinking. Read on

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 on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on

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