Idioms beginning with T

the brains behind

Meaning: used to refer to the person who originally invented a particular scheme, plan or idea

Example: Gladys was the brains behind the successful birthday party that left all the children smiling on their way back home. Read on

at the helm

Meaning: in charge of an organization, group of people, etc.

Example: Lara resigned after a couple of years at the helm of the company. Read on

take the cake

Meaning: being the best in a competition

Example: I can't believe you said that your hypocrisy takes the cake. Read on

the buck stops here

Meaning: The responsibility for a situation or a problem with somebody.

Example: the buck stops with Read on

tempest in a teapot

Meaning: when a minor issue causes an exaggerated reaction of anger or trouble

Example: At first, I thought we were having a general discussion, but it ended setting off a tempest in the teapot. Read on

too close for comfort

Meaning: to be very close to something dangerous or unwelcoming

Example: She was standing on the edge of a cliff in the photo, too close for comfort. Read on

take a cue from

Meaning: to do what is recommended by someone else

Example: I'm not good at belly dance, so I'll take my cue from you. Read on

the ball is in your court

Meaning: the initiative for taking action lies with somebody

Example: We did what we could, and now the ball is in your court. 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

time puts everything in its place

Meaning: time is persistent; as it passes eventually, everything goes back to its original state or place

Example: After my breakup with Judy, I couldn't understand why things had to end so tragically, but I now understand time puts everything in its place in my new relationship. Read on

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call bluff

Meaning: to challenge to prove one's claim, when they are likely attempting to deceive

Example: When the employee threatened to quit if he was not given a pay rise, the boss called his bluff. Read on

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