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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - D 

(Idioms D, page 4 :  dice with death  → disappear into thin air)

dice with death If you put your life at risk by doing something very dangerous, you dice with death.
Going mountain-climbing alone is dicing with death.
dicey situation Any situation that is potentially risky or dangerous is called a dicey situation.
The politician put himself in a dicey situation by getting involved with an intern.
die is cast To say that the die is cast means that an irrevocable decision has been made that will determine the future.
I've handed in my resignation, so now the die is cast!
die with one's boots on A person who dies with their boots on dies while still leading an active life.
He says he'll never retire.  He'd rather die with his boots on!
(as) different as night and day Two people or things that are very different from each other are as different as night and day.
Although they are twins they are as different as night and day.
different kettle of fish To describe a person, thing or situation as a different kettle of fish means that it is completely different from what was previously mentioned.
You may have good business relations, but living in that country is a different kettle of fish.
different strokes for different folks Each individual has their own tastes and requirements. What suits one person may not suit another.
Alison really enjoys gardening, whereas Julie finds it a chore.  Different strokes for different folks!
dig in one's heels If you dig in your heels, you refuse to do something, especially if someone is trying to convince you to do so.
My grandfather dug in his heels and refused to move to an apartment.
dig one's own grave A person who digs their own grave does something which causes their own downfall.
If you drop out of college now, with such high unemployment, you'll be digging your own grave.
take a dim view If you take a dim view of something, you dislike or disapprove of it.
My previous boss took a dim view of wearing casual clothes to work.
dip toes in the water/
get one's feet wet
If you dip your toes in the water, or get your feet wet, you start to do something new or unfamiliar, or explore new territory for the first time.
It will be a new experience for me, but I can't wait to get my feet wet!
(in) dire straits If a person or organisation is in dire straits, they are in a very difficult situation.
The loss of major contracts has put the company in dire straits.
do someone's dirty work To do somebody's dirty work means to do the unpleasant or difficult work that another person does not want to do.
Life is easy for Harry. He always finds someone to do his dirty work!
wash ones dirty linen
in public
To wash one's dirty linen in public means to talk about unpleasant personal matters in the presence of others.
'Argue in private.  Don't wash your dirty linen in public.' was my grandmother's advice.
disappear into thin air If someone or something disappears into thin air, they vanish in a mysterious way.
After being accused of embezzlement, the director disappeared into thin air.
   
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