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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - D 

(Idioms D page 7 :  in the doldrums  →  down in the mouth)

in the doldrums To say that a person, a business or the economy in general is in the doldrums means that the situation is gloomy and that nothing new is happening.
Despite the recent measures, the economy is in the doldrums.
on the dole A person who receives financial assistance from the government when they are unemployed is on the dole.
Their father is on the dole so the family is living on a tight budget.
done deal This expression is used to refer to an agreement or decision which has been reached on a certain matter.
We're still considering several proposals, so it's not a done deal yet.
done and dusted When a project, task or activity is done and dusted, it is completely finished or ready.
I've nearly finished preparing the presentation.  When it's all done and dusted I'll be able to relax.
done thing The correct way to behave in a particular social situation is called the done thing.
Wearing jeans to play golf is not the done thing.
donkey work This expression is used to describe the unpleasant, repetitive or boring parts of a job.
I do the donkey work - my boss gets the credit!
donkey's years If someone has been doing something for donkey's years, they have been doing it for a very long time.
He knows the town inside out.  He's been living here for donkey's  years.
doom and gloom A general atmosphere of pessimism, and a feeling that the situation is not going to improve, is referred to as doom and gloom.
Fortunately it's not doom and gloom for all businesses, in spite of the economic situation.
door swings both ways If you say that the door swings both ways, you mean that the same principle or argument applies to both sides of a situation.
"You never call me."
"You don't contact me either. The door swings both ways you know!"
beyond the shadow of a doubt This expression is used to indicate absolute certainty about something.
There wasn't a shadow of doubt in our minds about Susan's sincerity.
doubting Thomas A 'doubting Thomas' is a person who will not believe something without proof, or without seeing it for themselves.
I had to show him my membership card.  What a doubting Thomas!
down at heel A person who is down-at-heel is someone whose appearance is untidy or neglected because of lack of money.
The down-at-heel student I first met became a successful writer.
down in the dumps Someone who is down in the dumps is depressed or feeling gloomy.
Alex has been down in the dumps since he failed his exam.
down in the mouth When someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy, discouraged or depressed.
You look a bit down in the mouth.  What's the matter?
   
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