English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - B
|blow a fuse||If you blow a
fuse, you suddenly lose your temper
and become very angry.
Charlie blew a fuse yesterday then he discovered that his ipod had been stolen.
|blow a gasket||When a furious
person blows a gasket, they explode
When the shop was burgled for the third time, the owner blew a gasket.
|blow hot and cold||If you blow hot
and cold about something, you
constantly change your opinion about it.
The boss keeps blowing hot and cold about the marketing campaign - one day he finds it excellent, the next day he wants to make changes.
|blow out of proportion||If you exaggerate
the importance of something, you blow it
out of proportion.
The importance of the event was blown out of proportion by the media.
|blow the whistle||If you report an
illegal or socially-harmful activity to the
authorities, and give information about
those responsible for it, you blow the
whistle or you are a
He refused to blow the whistle on his boss for fear of losing his job.
|blow up in your face||When working on a
plan or project, if it suddenly goes wrong
or fails, it blows up in your face.
The trip was difficult to organise, but it blew up in his face when the airline company went on strike.
|blow your top||If you blow
your top, you suddenly become very
When my mother saw the state of the house after the party, she blew
|blue around the gills||If a person looks
blue around gills, (or green
or pale) they look unwell or sick.
You should sit down. You look a bit blue around the gills.
|blue chip company||This term refers to
a company with a solid reputation for the
quality of its products and the stability of
its growth and earnings.
It's usually safe to invest in a blue chip company.
|blue in the face||If you do something
until you are blue in the face, you
try unsuccessfully to do something for a
very long time.
I explained the situation until I was blue in the face but she wouldn't change her mind.
|feel blue||To feel blue
means to have feelings of deep sadness or
I'm going to see my grandmother. She's feeling a bit blue at the moment.
|blue-eyed boy||A blue-eyed boy
is someone's favourite.
He's the director's blue-eyed boy!
|out of the blue||If something
happens out of the blue, it happens
I had nearly given up hope when out of the blue I was offered a job.
|(scream) blue murder||Someone who
screams blue murder shouts or complains
very loudly as if something very serious has
The crowd started screaming blue murder when the football match was interrupted.
|above board||If a situation or
business is described as above board,
it is open, honest and legal.
There are not secret negotiations. Our dealings have always been above board.
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