Idioms beginning with T

tide over

Meaning: temporary help (often financial)

Example: When I was at university, my mother always sent me food parcels to tide me over until my next grant cheque came. Read on

turn aside

Meaning: refuse entry to somewhere

Example: His job application was turned aside when they saw his criminal record. Read on

two peas in a pod

Meaning: practically identical in appearance

Example: Those boys could be twins, they are like two peas in a pod. Read on

turn against

Meaning: to change from supporting something to opposing it

Example: A section of his supporters turned against him when they heard his latest speech on immigration. Read on

topsy-turvy

Meaning: with the top at the bottom

Example: Everything has been topsy-turvy since we moved in. I can't find anything until I unpack properly. Read on

the smell of an oily rag

Meaning: a slim or frugal amount  

Example: When we were students, we didn't have much money and we got by on the smell of an oily rag most days. Read on

through thick and thin

Meaning: under all conditions, no matter how challenging or difficult

Example: My best friend has supported me through thick and thin. Read on

throw down the gauntlet

Meaning: to accept a challenge

Example: When it comes to the rights of animals, we are always willing to throw down the gauntlet. Read on

take heart

Meaning: to stay confident and positive

Example: We lost the elections - it is a part of the game. But we absolutely take heart in the apparently greater awareness and involvement of the young generation in keeping the spirit of democracy. Read on

throw under the bus

Meaning: to betray a partner, colleague or close friend for self-benefits

Example: Mark always looks for someone to blame and throw under the bus for his failings. Read on

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in broad daylight

Meaning: during the daytime

Example: Politicians strongly condemn corruption and nepotism during political rallies, yet they go ahead and misuse public resources in broad daylight. Read on

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