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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - B 

(Idioms B page 11  :  blow a fuse →  above board)

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 with anger.
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 whistle-blower.
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 angry.
When my mother saw the state of the house after the party, she blew
her top!
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 depression.
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 very unexpectedly.
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 happened.
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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