Idioms beginning with T

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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 ➺

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 ➺

throw in the towel

Meaning: to give up a struggle

Example: After hours of struggling with the complex math problem, Jane decided to throw in the towel. Read more ➺

the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Meaning: refers to children resembling or behaving like their parents.

Example: John is very aggressive and outspoken, just like his father. The apple doesn't fall far from the treein John's case. Read more ➺

tit for tat

Meaning: used to express when you punish someone in return for something bad done to you.

Example: They had engaged in a tit for tat exchange of petty insults all night. Read more ➺

third degree

Meaning: an interrogation that frequently includes torture in an effort to find the truth or a confession.

Example: The detective put him through the third degree, but he wouldn't break. Read more ➺

take a back seat

Meaning: to take a less significant role or position.

Example: I decided to take a back seat so as to let my boss handle the problem. Read more ➺

turn the clock back

Meaning: to restore something to its former state or condition.

Example: I would if I could turn the clock back and study another course. Read more ➺

till doomsday

Meaning: for a very long time.

Example: You can wait from now till doomsday for customer service. Read more ➺

three cheers

Meaning: good for

Example: The troops who stood to gain from the official declaration of hospitality gave three cheers. Read more ➺