Idioms beginning with U

upper hand

Meaning: to have the authority to make decisions over someone or something

Example: The man has an upper hand to his wife. It is reflected in the way he speaks with her. Read on

unring the bell

Meaning: once something has been done you cannot run away from it, you can only face the aftermath

Example: Remember Tom, you cannot unring the bell once you have sent out that mail. Read on

use your loaf

Meaning: To tell someone to use their brain more in analysing what they are doing.

Example: I do not like it that you talk about people's disabilities so often. You ought to use your loaf and understand that you may be hurting someone's sentiments. Read on

until the cows come home

Meaning: for a very long time

Example: We can keep on arguing about this till the cows come home, but it won't solve anything. Read on

under the weather

Meaning: to be ill or feel ill

Example: I did not go to work today, as I was feeling a bit under the weather. Read on

upper crust

Meaning: the aristocracy and upper classes, informal

Example: Reservation system was developed to help the needy. Now it has become privilege for the society therefore even the upper crust are demanding reservation these days. Read on

uncle Tom Cobley and all

Meaning: used to denote a long list of people (in British English)

Example: Businessman, entrepreneurs, Uncle Tom Cobley and all had been invited to the Real Estate Awards function in the city last month.3 Read on

late unpleasantness

Meaning: the war that took place recently

Example: No sooner had Japanese recovered from the late unpleasantness, a massive volcanic eruption took place destroying huge no. of lives & property. Read on

ugly duckling

Meaning: a young person who turns out to be beautiful or talented against all expectations.

Example: Some people think they've turned into an ugly duckling whereas the truth is they are & look the same as they used to in their childhood. Read on

under a cloud

Meaning: under suspicion

Example: The luxury transport industry is under a cloud at the moment after newspapers revealed that many indulged in illegal activities. Read on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on


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