Idioms beginning with S

second wind

Meaning: another burst of energy when you had been too tired to finish

Example: Come on, let's have that shovel again. I'm getting a second wind now. Read on

sweep under the rug

Meaning: try to hide a problem or keep a problem secret instead of dealing with it

Example: My father has helped me deal with things instead of sweeping them under the rug. Read on

sponger, sponging, sponge off

Meaning: someone who scrounges from others

Example: Josh has turned up at my house three times this week just as I'm cooking dinner. What a sponger! Read on

storm in a teacup

Meaning: an excessive enthusiasm or rage about a minor matter

Example: I find the whole issue about these gender roles a storm in a teacup. Read on

so far so good

Meaning: progress has been satisfactory up to now

Example: Thanks for asking; so far, so good. Read on

skeleton in the closet

Meaning: a secret of an embarrassing, guilty or shameful nature that you don't want to disclose

Example: I have come to know that Eric has a skeleton in his cupboard. Read on

spill the beans

Meaning: disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely

Example: Lauren finally spilled the beans. She has been promoted to manager, and it's going to upset some people in the office. Read on

straight shooter

Meaning: someone who speaks the truth

Example: I really like Ken. He's a straight shooter, that's for sure. Read on

set the bar

Meaning: fix the standards acceptable for the task

Example: Don't set the bar so high that it's impossible to achieve anything. Read on

shadowban

Meaning: a method of censoring or controlling content on the internet

Example: Twitter has shadow-banned me, and no one will see my tweets now. Read on

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put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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