Idioms beginning with L

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learn the ropes

Meaning: to learn the tricks in order to do something well.

Example: It's important for you to learn the ropes and understand your father's business well before taking it over. Read more ➺

let the cat out of the bag

Meaning: to reveal a secret by mistake.

Example: I wanted to keep my job offer a secret, but my little brother overheard and let the cat out of the bag. Read more ➺


Meaning: used to describe a cowardly and weak person.

Example: There is no place for a lily-livered soldier in The United States Army. Read more ➺

lend a hand

Meaning: to assist or help someone particularly voluntarily.

Example: When my friend was moving to his new house, I offered to lend a hand with preparing, packing, and carrying boxes. Read more ➺

long time no see

Meaning: informal way to greet someone you haven't seen in a long time.

Example: Long time no see! It's been ages. How have you been? Read more ➺

in the limelight

Meaning: receiving prominent public attention or fame.

Example: The candidate has been in the limelight for months before the election. Read more ➺

live on the edge

Meaning: to lead an exciting or dangerous lifestyle.

Example: He's always been an adrenaline junkie and loves to live on the edge. Read more ➺

lame duck

Meaning: a person or thing that is disabled, helpless, ineffective, or inefficient.

Example: Knowing she would be a lame duck, the mayor decided to resign from office early and retire. Read more ➺

left out in the cold

Meaning: being neglected.

Example: Orphans are left out in the cold when parents' meetings are held. Read more ➺

long shot

Meaning: a bet with very low chances of winning.

Example: I don't think I would be considered a pessimist, not by a long shot. Read more ➺