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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - D 

(Idioms D page 9: dressed up → dry run)

dressed up to the nines Someone dressed up to the nines is wearing very smart or glamorous clothes.
Caroline must be going to a party - she's dressed up to the nines.
dribs and drabs If something comes in dribs and drabs, it arrives little by little, in small amounts or numbers.
Instead of the crowed expected, people arrived in dribs and drabs.
get someone's drift If you get someone's drift, you understand in a general way what they are trying to say.
I didn't understand every word but I got the drift.
drink like a fish A person who drinks like a fish is one who drinks a lot.
I'm nervous if Ben drives when we go out  because he drinks like a fish!
drive a hard bargain A person who drives a hard bargain always makes sure they gain advantage in a business deal.
Be prepared for tough negotiations with Dan. He drives a hard  bargain.
drive up the wall If somebody or something drives you up the wall, they do something that greatly annoys or irritates you.
I can't concentrate with all the noise - it's driving me up the wall.
drop a bombshell If you drop a bombshell, you make an unexpected announcement which will greatly change a situation.
The chairman dropped a bombshell when he announced the merger with the company's biggest rival.
drop like flies If people drop like flies, they fall ill or die in large  numbers.
There's a 'flu epidemic right now.  Senior citizens are dropping like flies.
drop of a hat If you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it immediately and without hesitation.
I've got great friends. They're ready to help out at the drop of a hat.
drop names When you drop names, you mention the names of famous people you know or have met in order to impress others.
There goes Jack dropping names again.  People will get tired of listening to him!
drop in the ocean A drop in the ocean is a very small quantity compared to the amount needed or expected.
The revenue from the proposed tax reform is a drop in the ocean compared to the deficit.
drop someone a line If you drop someone a line, you write a letter to them.
I always drop her a line to wish her a Merry Christmas.
drop like a hot potato If you drop someone or something like a hot potato, you leave them or immediately stop associating with them.
As soon as the article was published, she dropped him like a hot potato.
ready to drop Someone who is ready to drop is nearly too exhausted to stay standing.
I've been shopping all day with Judy.  I'm ready to drop!
drum into someone's head If you teach something to someone through constant repetition, you drum it into their head.
When we were kids at school, multiplication tables were drummed into our heads.
dry (or dummy) run If you organise a rehearsal, a trial exercise or a practice session
of something, in realistic conditions, to see how well it will work before it is launched, you do a dry run.
Let's do a dry run of the ceremony to make sure everything goes smoothly.
   
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