Idioms beginning with O

out of hand

Meaning: out of control

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

on a tear

Meaning: very active or suddenly active

Example: Peter called to say he was getting an earlier train so, I been on a tear to get to the station in time. Read on

on edge

Meaning: to feel tense or unable to relax

Example: I am sorry for snapping at you. I have been a bit on edge since I found out that they are selling our company. Read on

on the horizon

Meaning: an event that is most likely going to happen soon

Example: I have seen the way your boss praises your work. I am sure that a promotion is on the horizon. Read on

on the tip of my tongue

Meaning: something like a name or word that you know it but cannot remember at a particular moment

Example: It won't take me much time to remember, her name is on the tip of my tongue. Read on

out of business

Meaning: out of operational conditions

Example: If we keep on selling our goods at the same price, we will soon go out of business. Read on

out of the frying pan into the fire

Meaning: to go from a bad to worse situation

Example: In a bid to gain independence, she agreed to get married early, not knowing she was jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Read on

on a roll

Meaning: making a lot of progress

Example: Our team has won eleven out of our twelve matches this season. We are on a roll. Read on

once bitten, twice shy

Meaning: a bad experience cause to believe caution

Example: I will never work with Peter again. He expects everyone to do the work on his behalf, once bitten twice shy. Read on

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beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Meaning: different people have different ideas and views about what is beautiful

Example: I don't see why he finds her attractive, I think she is downright ugly; but, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. Read on

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