English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - B
|born with a silver spoon in one's mouth||A person who is
born with a silver spoon in their mouth
is born into a very rich family.
She never has to worry about money; she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.
|I wasn't born yesterday||This expression is
used to indicate that you are not as foolish
or as easily deceived as some people seem to
Stop inventing silly excuses. I wasn't born yesterday you know!
make a botch of
|If you spoil
something, or make a mess of it, by doing a
job badly or incorrectly, you make a
botch of it or you botch it up.
Danny tried to assemble the new desk, but he made a botch of it.
|on the bottle||A person who drinks
alcohol often and regularly is on the
John went on the bottle when he lost his job.
|bottom fell out||When something
causes a plan, project or venture to
collapse or fail, the bottom falls out
When heavy rain was announced, the bottom fell out of their plans for a beach party.
|bounce off the walls||Someone who is very
excited about something, or full of nervous
energy, is said to be bouncing off the
Danny can't wait to start his new job. He's bouncing off the walls.
|bow and scrape||To say that someone
is bowing and scraping means that
they are being excessively polite or
The President was greeted with much bowing and scraping.
|brain drain||The departure of highly qualified people (scientists, engineers, etc.) for other countries, where they have better opportunities and usually better pay, is called the brain drain.|
|brain like a sieve||Someone who has a
brain like a sieve has a very bad
memory and forgets things easily.
Oh, I forgot to buy the bread - I've got a brain like a sieve these days!
|have something on the brain||If you have
something on the brain, you think or
talk abut it all constantly.
Stop talking about golf. You've got golf on the brain!
|brains behind something||Someone who is
the brains behind a project or action
is the person thought to have planned and
The police have arrested a man believed to be the brains behind the bank robbery.
|no-brainer||A decision or
choice that requires little or no thought,
because the best option is so obvious, is
called a no-brainer.
The choice was between a cash refund or having the amount credited to my account - it was a no-brainer. I took the cash!
|get down to brass tacks||When people get
down to brass tacks, they start to
discuss the essential aspects of a problem
The situation was so serious that after a few polite exchanges they quickly got down to brass tacks.
|all brawn and no brain||Someone who is
physically very strong but not very
intelligent is said to be all brawn and
He's an impressive player to watch, but he's all brawn and no brain.
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