English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - D
|down payment||When someone makes
a down payment, they pay part of
the total amount agreed when signing a
purchase deal or contract.
Emma and Paul are excited. They put a down payment on their first house yesterday.
|down the drain||To say that money,
time or energy has gone down the drain
means that it has been wasted or lost.
His years of research went down the drain when the company went bankrupt.
|down to earth||Someone who is
down to earth is not a dreamer but a
realistic and practical person who has
sensible reactions and expectations.
Don't ask Suzy for help. She's fun, but not very down to earth.
|down to the wire||If something such
as project or a match goes down to the
wire, the situation can change up until
the last possible moment.
There's nothing as exciting as watching a game that goes down to the wire.
downhill all the way
|If something is
all downhill or downhill all the
way, it is very easy to achieve
considering the difficulties encountered
The hardest part for the burglars was turning off the alarm system. After that it was all downhill.
|go downhill||When something
goes downhill, it deteriorates or gets
worse little by little.
His health has been going downhill since the last operation.
|drag one's feet||If you drag
your feet, you delay a decision or
participate without any real enthusiasm.
The government is dragging its feet on measures to reduce pollution.
|drastic times call for drastic measures||When
faced with a difficult situation, it is
sometimes necessary to take actions which in
normal circumstances would appear extreme
After Johnny's third accident, his father confiscated his car.
Drastic times call for drastic measures!
|draw a blank||If you look for or
try to remember something, and draw a
blank, you fail to find it.
I nearly won the quiz; unfortunately I drew a blank at the last question!
|draw the line||If you decide to
draw the line, you determine when
an activity or situation becomes
When a person's private life is concerned, the media should know where to draw the line.
|draw a line in the sand||If you draw a
line in the sand, you establish a limit
beyond which a certain situation or activity
will not be accepted.
That's it! We're going to draw a line in the sand and make this our final proposal.
|dream ticket||If you refer to two
people as a dream ticket, you think
they would work well together and be
Two world champions teaming up for the children's fund-raising project would be a dream ticket.
|dressed to kill||When someone,
especially a woman, is dressed to kill,
they are wearing very fashionable or
glamorous clothes intended to attract
She arrived at the reception dressed to kill.
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