Idioms beginning with S

stand your ground

Meaning: not retreat

Example: We stood our ground on the footpath, and then eventually, all the cows moved away. Read on

spick and span

Meaning: neat and clean

Example: The house was spick and span when the guests arrived. Jane must have been cleaning for hours. Read on

bite head off

Meaning: overreact in an angry or harsh way

Example: His mother nearly bit his head off when he got his new shoes dirty. Read on

sticky fingers

Meaning: keep objects that don't belong to you

Example: Money had started disappearing from the treasury coffers so, they realised that someone had sticky fingers. Read on

square peg in a round hole

Meaning: a person who doesn't fit into societies norm

Example: How he got the job I will never know. He's like a square peg in a round hole. Read on

silver lining

Meaning: sadness or unpleasant things can have a positive side effect

Example: If it's the tough time in your life, it comes with many silver linings. Read on

stand in a good stead

Meaning: to be of advantage to someone

Example: His years of experience in the spoken English field has stood him in good stead. Read on

smack dab

Meaning: exactly

Example: We got our water balloons fully filled and threw smack dab at their heads. It was fun, I tell you! Read on

screw up

Meaning: slang depicting that a mistake was made

Example: I really screwed up this time. My wife will never forgive me for forgetting her birthday. Read on

seventh heaven

Meaning: being glad

Example: Nicole Kidman was in seventh heaven when she received the award for the best actress. Read on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on

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