All Idioms

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call the shots

Meaning: to be in charge of what is happening and what should happen.

Example: The security forces will call the shots all around during the political gatherings. Read more ➺

bigger fish to fry

Meaning: to have other, more important things to do.

Example: You are not worth my time or energy; I have bigger fish to fry. Read more ➺

fish rots from the head down

Meaning: poor leadership leads to the decline of an organization.

Example: The company was bound to be closed sooner or later, considering the kind of managers that they had hired. A fish rots from the head down, after all. Read more ➺

tar with the same brush

Meaning: unfairly associate someone with others who share negative characteristics or behaviors.

Example: Hey, don't tar all politicians with the same brush; some are genuinely working for positive change. Read more ➺

safe and sound

Meaning: unharmed or uninjured.

Example: After the storm passed, we found our house still standing and our family safe and sound. Read more ➺

hot potato

Meaning: refers to a controversial or sensitive topic that people avoid discussing.

Example: The topic of religious beliefs can often be a hot potato, with individuals having sensitive feelings. Read more ➺

green around the gills

Meaning: someone who looks sick or nauseated.

Example: The sight of blood always makes her go green around the gills. Read more ➺

accidentally on purpose

Meaning: performing an action intentionally and pretending to either oneself or to the world that as an accident.

Example: She accidentally on purpose spilled coffee on her ex's new girlfriend's dress. Read more ➺

the die is cast

Meaning: implies a point of no return or irreversible change.

Example: When the army crossed the river into enemy territory, they knew the die was cast for the impending battle. Read more ➺

up on

Meaning: be well informed about a matter or subject.

Example: She's always up on the latest fashion trends. Read more ➺