Idioms beginning with O

on the line

Meaning: to be at serious risk.

Example: Put your toes on the line and form up! Read on

on the blink

Meaning: to be malfunctioning or not operating correctly.

Example: The computer is on the blink again; I really need to check whether there's a virus causing problems. Read on

on top of the world

Meaning: in a good mood as everything is going well for you

Example: He was on top of the world after he won the World Marathon Championships. Read on

on the cards

Meaning: Something very likely to happen, occur or take place.

Example: A promotion is in the cards for him. Read on

on board

Meaning: be physically on a plane, ship, vehicle, train, or rocket

Example: Let's get Phoebe on board for the Madison project. After all, it is her area of expertise. Read on

out of hand

Meaning: out of control

Example: When the police arrived, they realised the party was getting out of hand. Read on

on the ball

Meaning: alert to new trends, ideas, and methods

Example: The mother is glad to know that her son is always on the ball to learn new things in class. Read on

on/to hand

Meaning: present, nearby, close, or easily accessible

Example: My parents are always on hand if we need a babysitter. Read on

outside the lines

Meaning: not sticking to the rules

Example: I never thought they would be allowed to do their duties outside the lines. Read on

old school

Meaning: old fashioned ideas or approach compared to current trends

Example: Dress smart when you come round for dinner, my father is a bit old school. Read on

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dig own grave

dig own grave Meaning: do something stupid that will seriously harm oneself, cause one’s own ruin or downfall. Example: If she continues to behave like this to her … Read on

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