Idioms beginning with T

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

take it up/down a notch

Meaning: apply more effort to achieve a goal

Example: The team got through to the quarter-finals. Now they need to take it up a notch to get to the semis. Read on

to the nines

Meaning: to perfection

Example: The masked ball was excellent. You should have seen the costumes. Everyone was dressed to the nines. Read on

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

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dig own grave

dig own grave Meaning: do something stupid that will seriously harm oneself, cause one’s own ruin or downfall. Example: If she continues to behave like this to her … Read on

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