Idioms beginning with L

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 on

light of one’s life

Meaning: someone who makes one very happy.

Example: Because he was there with him through everything, he saw him as the light of his life. Read on

living on borrowed time

Meaning: not expected to live much longer.

Example: He was told he only had three months left to live, so he is living on borrowed time now that it is four months later. Read on

backhanded compliment

Meaning: give ironical praise to someone

Example: The judges loved your performance, but this was a backhanded compliment since they also highlighted it was blunt. Read on

lightning fast

Meaning: extremely quick

Example: At recess, the boys and girls run lightning fast. Read on

put cards on the table

Meaning: be open and honest

Example: When John met up with Jane on their first date, John laid his cards on the table for Jane to know what he wanted. Read on

leaps and bounds

Meaning: progress very quickly

Example: Regan's reading skills are coming on in leaps and bounds with the new teacher. Read on

lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

Example: They asked him to go to the movies, but he decided to lone it. Read on

look on the bright side

Meaning: always try to see the good things even in bad situations

Example: Don't worry about your exam score; look on the bright side. It is a significant improvement from the previous exam. Read on

jump to conclusions

Meaning: to predict a situation without having sufficient information

Example: Wait till we get the report; don't jump to conclusions. Read on

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cut and dried

Meaning: ready-made

Example: The rules in our school are cut and dried. Everyone is expected to follow them. Read on

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