Idioms beginning with U

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until the cows come home

Meaning: for a long time or indefinitely.

Example: I'll keep drawing pictures on the sidewalk with chalk until the cows come home. Read more ➺


up on

Meaning: be well informed about a matter or subject.

Example: She's always up on the latest fashion trends. Read more ➺


up a creek without a paddle

Meaning: being in trouble.

Example: With no savings, being fired will leave me up the creek without a paddle. Read more ➺


upside down

Meaning: literally refers to an object that has been reoriented so that the portion which would otherwise be considered the top is now at the bottom, i.e., it is in an inverted position.

Example: Out of embarrassment, I turned the book upside down so that he would not see the title of what I was reading. Read more ➺


under the auspices

Meaning: under the protection, sponsorship, or patronage

Example: We restored the home under the auspices of the historical society. Read more ➺


under siege

Meaning: to be under attack

Example: The president came under siege for his radical decisions. Read more ➺


under fire

Meaning: being shot at

Example: The politician came under fire after it was discovered that he had spend campaign money on lavish parties. Read more ➺


up and about

Meaning: to get out of the bed actively after sleep

Example: He was up and about within a few days of the operation. Read more ➺


up to no good

Meaning: to have an evil plan

Example: The children can be up to no good cooped up in that attic together for two hours. You must go up and check. Read more ➺


under the radar

Meaning: going unnoticed, avoiding unnecessary attention

Example: They managed to stay under the radar for years, after stealing all that money from their friends. Read more ➺


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